Classic style meets lightweight windproofing in Patagonia's Retro-X Jacket.
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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.
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?
I'm stressing out man. Your waist...has...nothing...to...do...with...your...jacket...size...!
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.
Bought over a year ago
First off, I'm 6'4 190-200lbs (depending if its the holidays) and i fit very well in size large. I bought the black retro x with the grey pocket.
Used this from camping and hiking to everyday use in the wind, rain sleet and snow up here in the pacific northwest. Never has let me down. People have commented on it on several occasions and have even gotten a few random people asking if they can feel the fabric.
Over the past year and a half of owning the jacket the only wear and tear is under the elbows where the fleece has gotten a little matted while driving or resting my arms. Does not affect the integrity whatsoever. And can be remedied by rubbing your hands over it for a few seconds to kind of rough it back up.
I see myself using this for a long time.
He loved it. Gift for the BF...and i was uncertain about size as Patagonia usually runs a bit small. He normally wears an XL so i was in a quandry..but the XL fit fine. Plenty big (he can wear a heavy shirt or two layers under it).As stated in previous posts, it is looser at the bottom, but in my case that was what i wanted...many of the snap tees i have ended up with because they are too tight on him (too big on me).I would say this Patagonia item was pretty true to size. Thanks to those who helped me on the chats on this one trying to figure out size. its a KEEPER!!!!
It FIT!!! I held off on doing the review until after gifting it because i really thought it may have been too large. Patagonia has a tendency to run a wee bit on the small side, but after "chatting" with some of the customer service reps who checked and re-checked i was pretty comfortable with ordering the XL. Recipient is 5' 8", longish torso(short legs) and broad chested...this fit fine...a wee bit large, but i know a Large would have been too tight in the chest. It is loose around the bottom which I liked but some readers complained about (cold air etc) but if it had been tight i think it would have hung a bit funny. This was a great bargain...and "recipient" is quite happy with it..and he is a hard one to buy for..but he is a sucker for patagonia and fleece.
nice and warm
Love how wind resistant this is, it is a little baggy in the arms, The zippered pockets zip opposite way than used to, but nothing bad. No drawstring at waist so have draft once in a while. Great with sweater or extra layer underneath. The high loft i get confused for a muppet sometimes,
the Black Oak looks like a Brown color. ...
the Black Oak looks like a Brown color. Is it brown or black?
Black Oak is a very dark brown.
My blood runs pretty warm and I tend to...
My blood runs pretty warm and I tend to get pretty hot inside most jackets with a waterproof-type membrane - but this one is just windproof. I can't ever get a feel for how well something like this breathes. How stuffy is this jacket?
Also...I am about 5'11" and 175-180 lbs or so - what size?
This is more of a style, wear around town jacket, and a warm one at that. It is hot and heavy. if you're looking for a jacket that breathes well during aerobic activity, get a softshell.
I'm 5'7 165 lbs... 32 waist with a...
I'm 5'7 165 lbs... 32 waist with a shorter torso and athletic build. I am always between a small and a medium in shirts and jackets. I have read this jacket is a tad big and I'm looking for a replacement for my frazzled monkey man (medium - but they ran a bit small)... i'm looking for something I can throw on over a t-shirt and use as a layer under my shell for skiing and other winter activities. I'll rarely have more than a t-shirt or other base under the retro. That said - would a small be too small - or would it fit perfect? I'd imagine a medium would give more freedom - but I also think the retro might stretch just a hair over time. Thanks for any advice....
Thanks for the question. I'd say you should give the small a shot and rest assured that Backcountry's return policy will help you out if it doesn't fit. I think since you only want to wear a T underneath, or use the fleece as a mid layer that the size small might possibly give you the perfect fit. Hope that helps, good luck
love these but, my diet hasn't helped me....
love these but, my diet hasn't helped me. I'm 6 2 265 with 38 waist so could 2x fit my body . I hope
It should; I bought an XL and it was too big for me (6'3", 220#, 34" waist). It seems to run big in the waist and for me was hanging off my body
Patagonia, where goest thou?
I'd like to know what Patagonia's thought process is behind not putting a hem drawstring on their fleeces. Its such a simple but crucial thing that would really put them over the top. Without it they're technical fleece becomes just casual wear or mere fashion. And even that will be drafty casual wear....Its a pity, especially for the price.
Is it just me or does this jacket have a...
Is it just me or does this jacket have a wider waist than the older versions?
I can't speak to the older version but this new one does have a really wide waist... and no drawstring. Patagonia was probably trying to appeal to a greater percentage of the American market... or should I say "wider". Ugg... fat Americans... I just puked a little in my mouth.
great jacket, really warm and perfect for almost all conditions. one and only downside is that it has no scrunchies on the bottom especially since it is supposed to be a windproof jacket.