Soo close to being awesome...
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This jacket is so close to being awesome. Unfortunately, it falls short. The zipper at the top of the jacket is extremely annoying, when zipped all the way up.
If it was designed like the R1, buying this jacket would be a no brainer. Unfortunately, the zipper on this jacket is bigger, stiffer, does not curve off to the side of the mouth, and doesn't have a large enough fabric backing to protect your chin.
As a result, the zipper chafes your chin and it's size is obnoxious.
The hood could be a little tighter too. It's very slightly looser than the R1 - only noticable under a helmet (slightly more bunching).
Bummer. Hoping Patagonia gets this piece right, next year!