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Classic style meets lightweight windproofing in Patagonia's Retro-X Jacket.

The Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket is made for working under the hood of your truck or spending the night in a bivy. Patagonia made this jacket with a plush Synchilla Fozzie-the-Bear outer, a polyester mesh liner, and a windproof breathable membrane sandwiched in the middle. The Classic Retro-X Jacket packs a surprising amount of warmth for its light weight. The sooner you get this jacket, the sooner you'll be able to mat down the ¼-inch Synchilla for its real Classic look.

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Unanswered Question

Hi my husband is 5'11 180-185 I usually get him a med at JCREW and we joke around that he is a "MARGE" what are you thoughts for this jacket?


Tough Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 161 lbs
    Size Purchased: M

Hello All.

Have owned this jacket for about 9 months and have enjoyed every bit of it. The experiences with this jacket have been causal cold nights out on the town. Also cold weather commuting it has served has a excellent jacket for keeping out the wind and shedding light snow. I have used it a handful of times xc skiing and shoeing, but with the aerobic exercise its ventilation is poor. Agree with the "boxy" fit comments.


Unanswered Question

How does this compare to the R4 Jacket in warmth and weight? I have an older R4 that's incredibly warm, but swallows me like a trash bag.

I'm 5'6 and 150lbs.

Which size should I get?


Um, No thanks

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

Received this and the R3 fleece jackets for Christmas. Love the R3! Super comfy. The Classic Retro X on the other hand--like wearing cardboard on the inside with a brillo pad outside. Just not for me so I returned it. Looks very nice but just not comfortable for me.


Love It

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

This jacket was perfect for what I was looking for. It's windproof and warm which is great on those cold windy nights. It's perfect for walking around town or on a weekend camping trip. A couple downsides i do want to point out; it doesn't have a draw chord so sometimes can be a bit drafty in the back. It also isn't for an extended backpacking trip because it doesn't pack small nor is it super light. Still is a quality retro piece from Patagonia.

What is center back length of a medium?

I have a 44 inch chest and a 49 inch waist. what size Classic Retro X is recommended? How do they fit? Does this Jacket run Large or true to size? I have never ordered a Patagonia item before. Thanks

Hey Jennifer,

this jacket does fit true to size. Patagonia generally has a somewhat "boxy" fit compared to other brands. If you have a chest of 44" I would recommend an XL. the L might be a little tight across the chest if you have a thicker layer/shirt on under the jacket.

I'm a 6' 3" 170lb male, and looking to buy...

I'm a 6' 3" 170lb male, and looking to buy this jacket. I have the synchilla fleece in an XL, but what size should I go with on this one? Thanks!


I'd go with an XL here if that's what works with you for the synchilla piece you have.


Loved it, but oddly it "split" on arm.

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

I got this for my husband a few years ago, he LOVED receiving it. He wore it a handful of times. Oddly enough the fabric on the arm of the jacket split/ripped. We have no idea how it happened, so it's been hanging in the closet since.

Give Patagonia a shout and they can work with you to repair or replace the jacket for sure, definitely covered under the iron clad guarantee. 1.800.638.6464

What is your return policy? What size...

What is your return policy? What size would you suggest for a 5'9" 185 lb. male?

Richard, medium would probably fit you well, and both Patagonia and Backcountry have great return policies, detailed well here...


Sizes didn't work for me

    I tried a large and it was too big in the waist and then a medium and it was too tight in the chest. It's a very nice jacket but didn't work for my tall skinny frame (6'2", 180 lbs) so I returned it and am searching for another style jacket.



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

    This is a very warm fleece! The fleece isn't lined all the way through the interior but it is still very warm. I love the look of the jacket and get complemented all the time. The chest pocket was great to keep my phone in while I could keep my hands warm in the other pockets.


    nice, but runs big

      i got this for my bf-- should've known to size down w/ patagonia. he is 6' and about 170lbs. the L was too big, should've gone M. we ended up returning it, although it's a nice jacket-- fuzzy!


      NOT soft and fuzzy

      • Gender:Male

      Yes, it's really windproof.

      Yes, it's made of recycled materials.

      But no, it's not soft. The Patagonia R3 fleece and the Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man look similar to the Retro-X but unlike the Retro-X, they are SOFT AND FUZZY. However, this jacket isn't. The jacket feels like the yellow insulation materials they put in buildings/houses. It's not soft. I'm in college and a couple of girls literally ran up to me to feel my jacket, but leave disappointed in it's roughness. Times like that I wished I chose the R3 or the Monkey Man.

      But considering that the Retro-X is windproof unlike its counterparts, it's nice. But keep in mind that the jacket feels a bit stiff even after wearing it for a couple of months and I don't think it'll get any less stiff because of its construction with the inner windproof layer design.

      But the jacket is very warm and cuddly looking, but beware it's not soft and fuzzy like how I was hoping.


      Love it

        This is a great, warm, heavy fleece. It is very "tight knit" so it keeps the wind out but yet it is breathable. The lining isn't the same as the outside but is a smooth mesh. Fits true to size.


        One of the Finest Made Product Ever

          I bought one of these jackets around 1993. It was my main jacket for winter for many years. I left it at a new years party and my friend refused to return it conveniently because he love it so much.

          This jacket is one of the greatest jackets ever designed. It has a thicker fleece exterior but it keeps you incredibly warm due to the wind-proof membrane. Pockets are large.

          Patagonia makes quality products that are durable and this is one of the best.

          I'm glad to have my new one for this winter.


          warm, wind resistant

            The wind blocking layer really works and the jacket is quite warm. i would call it more of a casual/around town/maybe a day hike fleece. It's not the most packable, i wouldn't take it in the backcountry with me. i could see wearing it as a thick midlayer under a shell on the ski hill tho. All in all, i bought it for casual wear so i am happy with it. The vest is a good option too.

            I am 5 foot 9, 150 lbs, and a 32 waist. I...

            I am 5 foot 9, 150 lbs, and a 32 waist. I can't decide between a small and medium. I understand a medium would be better for layering, but would a small still be big enough to fit a sweatshirt under? How does it compare sizing wise to the north face Denali or the Patagonia better sweater?

            Best Answer

            I'm stressing out man. Your!

            Tell us your chest size and we can help you with your sizing question.

            Finn I think you could go medium for sure and be happy. Doubtful you could fit a sweatshirt underneath a small.