Patagonia R1 Fleece Pullover Review
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Summary: The Patagonia R1 Fleece Pullover is an ideal, compact, insulating, layering option because it traps heat and wicks moisture. It’s simplistic design allows the R1 to adapt to any season and any activity.
Weight: 333 g (11.75 oz)
The Patagonia R1 Fleece has been a standard in my layering system for years. It’s an excellent choice for insulation due to it’s active fit, breathability, and compressibility. The Patagonia R1 fleece features a timeless design that’s perfect for backcountry adventures or hitting the town.
As Patagonia’s lightest and most breathable fleece, the Patagonia R1 has proven itself for years and will continue to do so for many more. I’ve taken mine hiking, ski touring, biking, climbing, beer drinking, traveling, yard working, networking, dog walking, resort skiing, and more. It’s one of my standard pieces of outerwear.
This review covers the Patagonia R1 Fleece 1/2 Zip Pullover, but the R1 also comes in a full zip jacket and a pullover hoody. The technology is the same on all of these, but they are slightly different designs and weights. Patagonia’s Regulator Fleece technology offers lightweight, compressible, breathable, insulating layers that are standard apparel for adventurers around the world. You may recognize the R with a square around it as the Patagonia Regulator logo. There are four grades of Regulator – R1, R2, R3, R4. R1 is the most minimal of the regulator fleece line and my go to choice for mountain life. Watch this video about Patagonia’s Regulator System to learn more.
The Patagonia R1 pullover features high/low interior grid polyester fabric (Polartec® Power Dry® polyester) that traps heats and moves moisture. It kind of looks like a waffle pattern against your skin. This simplistic, textured pattern has been proven to work and I find that the R1 pullover is the first layer I grab whenever I go out and often it doesn’t come off until I get home.
There is nothing exciting about the Patagonia R1 fleece’s look. It’s a solid color pullover fleece. It’s warm for it’s size and it feels comfortable. It easily fits over a t-shirt or wool top, but I wouldn’t put much else underneath it due to it’s active fit. It’s simplistic design is what makes this thing so perfect.
The R1 Pullover has an active, technical fit. It’s not too tight, but it’s not loose. It’s ready to move with you and do what you want to do. The half zip allows you to dump a bit of heat or zip up for warmth as needed. A zipped left chest pocket is about the right size for a couple of Gu’s or a pocket watch. It won’t hold too much or it could be uncomfortable. The pocket is designed to be accessible with a pack on. You may not notice, but the seams are also arranged to limit the annoying factor from pack straps.
The R1 packs small and has proven to be durable. I did knick my latest R1, but the fabric has not torn due to the grid pattern that acts kind of like rip-stop. What really amazes me is that I can wear the R1 Pullover for weeks on end during ski season or even months on end while living in a rock hut in the Andes and it does not develop an odor. Maybe i’m lucky or maybe this thing is also stinkproof. Patagonia doesn’t advertise this feature though.
The R1’s simple design also means that it doesn’t weight much – only 333 g (11.75 oz). Plus it stuffs small, if you choose to take it off. Considering this and how warm it is, the Patagonia R1 Pullover offers a lot of bang for the buck. Sometimes, but not always, I wish that it had a drawcord hem so I didn’t have to tuck it in when the weather got gnarly. It also doesn’t block wind at all, which is why I usually pair this with my Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody.
Many companies have a fleece similar to the R1. I chose the Patagonia R1 because of Patagonia’s ironclad guarantee and I know it’s eco-friendly. I’ve gone through a couple of R1s over the years and they continue to do exactly what they are designed to do. There are no real frills and a few minor things have changed in design over the years, such as pocket cut and thumb loops. The Patagonia R1 is a staple in any mountain enthusiast’s outerwear collection.
Since the Patagonia R1 can be used in all seasons for any activity, the Patagonia R1 is a popular insulating piece. There are plenty of color options and you can usually find a deal online (see below). I highly recommend the Patagonia R1 Pullover. I’d happily buy another and be stoked to have two or maybe I’d buy the R1 Hoody. Either way, the R1 family goes with me wherever I go.
Patagonia R1 Pullover Fleece Specs
- Versatile R1® fleece, with its high/low grid pattern, provides excellent stretch, warmth, fast wicking and great breathability in a variety of temperatures
- A lighter weight, micro-grid fabric on inner collar, underarm gusset and Variable Conditions Cuff improves breathability and dry times where you need it most
- Refined technical fit with offset seams for comfort under outerwear and packs
- Center-front Slim Zip with soft, kissing-welt zipper garage and chin flap for next-to-skin comfort
- Variable Conditions Cuff has discreet, on-seam thumb loops for added coverage; a spiral-stitch construction allows sleeves to push up easily without constricting forearms
- One left chest pocket has Slim Zip install and clean finished zipper garage
- Body: 6.8-oz Polartec® Power Dry® 93% polyester (41% recycled)/7% spandex. Inner collar, underarms and cuffs: 5.4-oz Polartec® Power Dry® 92% polyester (54% recycled)/8% spandex
- 333 g (11.75 oz)
- Made in Colombia
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