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The Patagonia Piton Hybrid Hooded Fleece Jacket boasts the comfort of a fleece baselayer with the attitude and wind resistance of a technical shell. Wear it as a solo layer when you're planning the next day's adventures at camp, or wear it as a layer under a hardshell before beginning your redpoint attempt on an elusive ice project. Built with Patagonia E-fibers and Bluesign approved, the Piton Hybrid also demonstrates Patagonia's ongoing commitment to a reduced ecological impact.

  • Polartec Wind Pro fabric offers four times the wind resistance of traditional fleece, so you feel like you're wearing a protective shell that still breathes
  • Hardface Technology increases abrasion resistance and enhances Deluge DWR finish for added longevity and performance in wet conditions
  • Slim fit helps the Piton Hybrid function as a layer without causing bulk or discomfort
  • Weighs just 11.2 ounces, keeping your overall gear weight down
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Beautiful, just beautiful

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

I bought this to replace a TNF Radish hoody, possibly the best piece of clothing TNF has ever made (they don't make it any more unfortunately).

The xxl fit like a glove over a base layer which unfortunately is not true of the R1's anymore. The R1 in xxl fits like a muumuu dress and the xl is just too tight in the shoulders, The piton however is just right.

I don't have a ton of days in the mountains with it yet but i don't think I'll be disappointed by this one.

So close to perfect, but...

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

This jacket has grown to become one of my favorites. I agree with Josh that it is close to, if not stealing the glory from the venerable R1.

It's made from Polartec Powerdry fleece which feels a tiny bit thinner than the R1, but makes up in warmth by being just slightly less breathable. The hardface fleece blocks wind in some key exposed places. The result is a hoodie that is less bulky and better than the R1 when worn as an outer layer.

However, there are some things that could be improved. Most importantly, I wish there were pockets. I suspect they're not present to make wearing a harness or pack more comfortable, but around home and the campsite I always find myself instinctively trying to slip my hands in to pockets that should be there.

The balaclava style hood is nice but could be improved. I love that it fits snugly around the head, but the zipper / face covering portion just feels slightly uncomfortable. Resulting in a hood that never quite feels right when all bundled up. Awkwardly sits between nose and upper lip with a zipper that doesn't quite lay flat.

That being said, I do find myself turning to this layer more and more over the R1 (which was my previous all time favorite layer). I love that is is slim fitting and can be worn in a number of configurations because of the hood/collar design.

Two pieces for the price of one

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

It might take a little while to get used to the sensation of the different materials--windblocking fleece and standard fleece--but this is a great cool to cold weather jacket. At first my arms were chilled more than my torso, but after moving for a few minutes or miles it all equals out. If you think of your pack as a form of insulation the windblocking chest panel makes sense--you don't need that layer everywhere. Anyhow, this breathes like a charm, doesn't get too stinky, has a great hood, and best of all has no dumb thumb loops. Class act all the way.

Incredibly Versatile

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

I wear PHH for everything, ski touring, ice climbing, rock climbing, trail running. Love the wind protection this piece gives when wearing it by itself, and is a go to layering piece in colder conditions. The tight fitting balaclava style hood is awesome for underneath a climbing helmet or for that extra warmth with a hat. For me this piece was defiantly worth the money and something I wont be trading in any time soon.

Great Mid layer

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Loved wearing this skiing yesterday. Offered great warmth and when paired with a capilene 2 base layer never got swampy.

The hold zips up to almost under the nose, a great plus on the lift. No fiddly thumb loops to mess with the fit of your gloves, and best of all you hardly notice you are wearing it.

This is the heir to the R1 Hoody

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

One of the most versatile pieces of clothing I own, and I think the heir to the famous R1 hoody (which still has its own benefits, so don't go throwing it away now). This is one of the only pieces of clothing that seems to make it into my wardrobe all climbing season and all skiing season.


- Slim fit...unlike some newer patagonia jackets, which seem to be growing in size (or maybe I'm shrinking?)...this one has a great slim fit without looking super-euro

- Very breathable, quite warm...this jacket really strikes a balance. Over a T-shirt when I'm alpine climbing in mid-August or over a baselayer as my uphill jacket in the winter.

- Under-helmet hood works great...nice and snug without suffocating


- The stitching on the arms has started to fray a bit...but I blame my poor off-width technique and not the jacket


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

I've used this hoodie both as a mid layer for EVERYTHING (skiing/ice climbing/winter running) as well as around town. Has a great fit; I'm 5'9 150lbs with broader shoulders and the small fits me perfectly. It's very warm, I'd put it as slightly warmer than the R1 by comparison. The hood is pretty awesome, it lays very flat against your back when not in use, and fits perfectly under a helmet when you wear it. The zipper runs high, making this have a built in balaclava . Overall, couldn't be happier with it. Another quality product. It's also pretty tough/abrasion resistant, and the tougher material that the chest/elbow panels are made from is effectively wind resistant

A good start

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large

An awesome addition to Patagonia's line, with a bit more brawn than the R1 which I have as well. I use it mainly as a non-competition running and skiing piece, and it does the job well. Also fuzzy and not too stinky enough that I can wear it while all my t shirts are drying. Hood is tight, but its supposed to be that way, and if you're big around the fit may be tricky. This is designed for a pretty athletic build but as a more casual piece.

Why did I buy this?

    Because it's amazingly comfortable. It doesn't quite block wind like you want it to, but then again it's a sweatshirt, not a wind breaker.

    and because i like to be super trendy, the cilantro color doesn't disappoint.

    When fully zipped, you're a ninja.

    It runs a bit small, so if you are a medium but like mobility in your sweatshirt, get the large.

    Nice Midlayer Piece but It chokes me

      I was hoping this would be a nice stand alone Full-Zip layer that would block the wind a little bit, but it doesn't.



      Small hood (Love the hood!)

      Athletic fit


      Looks absolutely AMAZING on me!


      Ninja type mask when zipped up (not my thing)

      The zipper on the neck area curves in which pushes on my trachea which kind of chokes me when I have it zipped up all the way.

      Doesn't block any wind (I know, I'm picky)

      I was hoping to use this as a stand alone jacket in chilly slot canyons to help keep me warm by blocking wind. It ended up not being a good fit for what I wanted it for, but overall it's a great pullover!

      Psyched to finally add to gear closet

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I just started wearing this as a warmup before working out, and will wear this climbing too. Whereas I typically wear mediums in Patagonia (prefer slightly realaxed fit), I wear a small in the Piton as I want more of an athletic fit (5ft 7in; 31in waist) and given its stretchiness.I'm really psyched on the Polartec - warm/breathable. I'm not sure about the hood yet (kinda like wearing a baclava), but doubt I'll be using it much.

      Awesome Fleece Jacket!

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      This fleece jacket is amazing. I wear this as a baselayer on the super cold days and on the warmer days, it serves as a great light fleece jacket. The colors are awesome and the fit is spot on. I really like the features of this jacket and it continues to serve me well.


      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      At the end of the day, this is a fleece. A $180 fleece. Really?? I like the fit, it does its job. I just expected more for $180. That is all.

      Piton Hoody rocks it

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      Totally digging the new Piton Hoody. It's my go to piece for a ski touring mid-layer, and awesome to wear around as just a normal hoody. The fabric across the chest and back of the shoulders is the Polartec WindPro, and offers a nice wind protection which is awesome while skinning when it's really chilly, or once at the top before I can get a shell on. It's definitely warmer than an R1, and I still prefer my R1 hoody for resort skiing where I'm going to have my jacket on all the time over it, and the hood underneath my helmet when it's nasty out.

      Soo close to being awesome...

      • 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!

      Just have to say it zipper is totally a preference. I went in to backcountry and tried on about every technical fleece jacket with all my layers and found this to be my top choice. I really disliked the hood and zipper on the r1, its almost like it's made for someone with no chin,where as the piton is snug but not restricting. I have read other reviews that feel this way too. So go try these two one and see for yourself, Ill be buying it very soon

      I wear a medium in both and am an athletic 5'10 165lbs with broad shoulders and a long torso.

      They fit pretty similarly in the body. The R1 is significantly longer, however, and is meant to be tucked in. The zipper on the Piton is significantly larger and stiffer. When you bend over, the zipper bulges out about 6-8" and causes a deformation of the fit. Even if they were the same length, the Piton would come untucked more often, due to this deformation. The half-zip of the R1 works better for this reason.

      The hood of the R1 is a much snugger fit, around the entire face. The Piton is too loosely cut and will let in cold air around the edges of the hood. This isn't a problem in casual environments, but in extreme environments, this could mean the difference between getting frostbite, and not getting frostbite. With both, you still need something for the nose and cheeks (I use a cut-down neoprene Serious Masque).

      Overall, the Piton is a nice garment for a day-at-the-crag or around-town casual use. However, for extreme environments where you can't just bail due to cold weather, the R1 hoody is a better-designed garment. I have no clue why they didn't just design the Piton just like the R1, but with the thicker fabric and Windpro panels. It's really a shame.