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PatagoniaR2 Fleece Jacket - Men's

A light, compressible fleece for high mountain objectives.

Late March means three things: corn skiing followed by chillin' and grillin' in the parking lot, and since you're wearing your Patagonia Men's R2 Fleece Jacket, you'll have the stretch and breathability you need on the skintrack, warmth for the descent, and the plush comfort you want as you let the legs relax over a brat and beer back at the car. Made with Polartec Thermal Pro grid fleece, the R2 provides excellent stretch and warmth as it wicks moisture and breathes throughout variable temperatures. Patagonia put Polartec Power Grid fabric on the R2's side panels and underarms for an improved fit and enhanced mobility, then treated it with Polygiene permanent odor control, so you can get after it day-after-day without it taking on any funk.

  • Polartec Thermal Pro
  • Polartec Power Grid side panels
  • Polygiene permanent odor control
  • Slim fit
  • Underarm gussets
  • Spiral-seam cuff construction
  • Zippered hand and chest pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Amazing !!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

Excellent!!

Very tight fitting

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

I bought this on sale a couple of months ago and i first thought they had sent me a Small size, but it was indeed a Medium. It fits very tightly in the upper Lats/armpit region if you are average built and is used to using a Medium size. I was a bit disappointed but decided to keep it anyway. Back in 2000 my mom had bought me a size Large and if you compare these 2 side by side, the difference is outrageous. Maybe I should have tried it on at REI before buying, but oh well. Lesson learned.

Tried to love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

The construction of this fleece is great and I love the materials, but as others have complained, this is meant for a narrow person. I'm by no means obese, and this fleece fits like a straitjacket in the neck and shoulders. I really tried to love it, but will now have to take a loss on eBay. This jacket needs a redesign. I would caution unless you have a narrow neck and shoulders/chest. Basically a physique like a stick.

Just not for me

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This piece is great but the fit is not what I am looking for. Too slim. Made for the skinny tall guy. You can only have on one layer underneath this for it to be comfortable and they layer needs to be a thin slim layer. The material on the R2 is amazingly comfortable and soft. I am sad it doesn't fit my needs.

Inexcusable

    I am extremely disappointed with Patagonia's customer service and choices about their updates to the R-line. The previous R-line had a unique fleece fiber that I haven't encountered in any other brand or line. Unfortunately, Patagonia chose to update their R-line so that it mirrored less competitive rival brands and their materials.
    I sent my R2 jacket in to be repaired and wrote specific notes about how I would pay for any repairs that they could not fix for free. I expected the detailed notes to be an obvious sign that I would like to keep my jacket. However, I had inadvertently neglected a box that noted if they could throw my item out after they had determined if it could be repaired or not. This was particularly upsetting because they DO NOT MAKE THIS JACKET anymore and it had strong sentimental value! When I sent my pack to REI recently, they called to let me know they received it and emailed pictures of the damaged areas to make sure they knew what I intended to be repaired. However, Patagaonia sent 2 emails and then "chopped up" (in their words!) my irreplaceable jacket. As I previously said, extremely disappointing.

    Great!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I got this for my husband for a medium layer under his ski shell. He loves it - it does run a little skinny - sometimes he takes a Medium, I ordered a Large on this one. Fits snug but just what he wants for this layer. This will last for years.

    fit not quite right..

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Lg

    I agree with the other reviewers who notice a binding fit in the shoulders underneath the armpits--and I'm slim across the shoulders to start with. Got a large which was fine everywhere else, but couldn't get over the weird fit. Sleeves were good for me with a little bunching, but I have long arms and, if you don't, there will be a lot of extra length. Really wanted it to work as a mid layer. Will try the performance better sweater instead. Little less "technical" and lighter to boot!

    Great technical fleece

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Excellent as a layering piece for very cold days or standalone for chilly ones. The fit is slim, with longer sleeves and a longer tail which is great for the tall and slim crowd.

    Great Piece

    • Size Bought: medium

    Love this as a layering piece under a hardshell on those super cold days. So comfortable and warm close to the skin. Can't say enough good things about this piece.

    Just what I hoped it would be.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    I already had a high-loft hooded fleece, and specifically wanted something similar with no hood for layering under an Arc'teryx Atom LT or Gamma LT. I wear a size XL in those other pieces, and the XL R2 was absolutely perfect to wear under them. It's a trim fit, but not crazy tight in my experience. I was surprised how low-bulk it is. It's surprisingly warm for its weight and compressibility, feels super soft, and looks awesome. This is gonna stay in my layering rotation for a long time.

    Know what you're getting into

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This jacket is a little polarizing. As some reviews have commented the sizing on this piece is a bit odd, but your usage and body-type will largely determine whether this is a good or bad type of odd. If you have a long torso and struggle to find slim fit outdoor clothing buy this before they're gone. If you're a strapping robustly built person, you might want to look elsewhere. I'm 6'1" and 160lbs, and really appreciate the extra length and slim fit of the medium. It fits very much like a long sweater. I can see it working especially well as a layering piece inside of waders or bib-style snow clothing.

    Last thing I'll add is that I *think* the R2 jacket has changed over the years. I bought this one to replace what I seem to remember was an R2 that I bought about a decade ago. After a long, productive life it decided to retire on a recent trip to Mongolia. That R2 was more of a medium to heavy weight fleece jacket. This R2 is more of a light-weight active piece. So if you're like me and have a little more sparkle in your hair since you bought your last R2, know what you're getting into.

    Hey Mark! Thanks for the review. I hope you enjoy this new R2 for as long as you enjoyed the last one!

    Great layering piece

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Will be a staple cold-weather skiing mid-layer. Probably won't spend a day on lift-served slopes without this under my shell or in the backcountry without this in my backpack.
    I tend to run warm--with this and a ski shell, I'll be good on-resort down to frigid temps.
    It is a slim fit, and a little constrictive in the underarms, but the material is stretchy and seems to breathe well.

    Sizing is strange

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Sizing is inconsistent with other Patagonia products. I wear a men’s medium (5’7” 175’, 40-41 in chest) in the R1, Capilene, Polartec Alpha insulated jacked, and Nano Puff Hooded Jacket. This jacket is listed as men’s but the medium is several inches too small in the shoulders, over 4-5 inches too long in the sleeves, and overall far too tight to wear with even a base-layer. I checked to make sure it wasn’t a women’s as the shoulders appear narrower than the waist but it is listed as men’s. Color and material seems nice.

    How does this compare in warmth & fit to the R1? The R1 hoody is great but slim fitting so hard to wear over other layers, will this R2 easily fit over other layers? Or can you recommend something warm and breathable to wear over the r1 hoody on those brutal cold days?

    Best Answer

    Jeff,

    If you're looking to wear something over an R1 I would get a Nano Air. Warmer than fleece but still breathable, and very awesome.

    The R2 will layer a little easier than the R1 since it's smoother on the inside than the R1 waffle grid. Hopefully that helps?

    What is the claimed fleece weight on the R2? Is this comparable to the Arcteryx Fortrez?

    Hey Mtnbikerwyo,



    Patagonia does not give a specific fleece weight on their jackets but I would agree that the R2 Fleece Jacket (6.1 oz Polartec Thermal Pro) is comparable in weight/warmth to the Arc'teryx Fortrez Fleece Jacket (230 g/m² midweight). If anything, the Fortrez will be a little warmer. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions on Fleece Jackets.