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    Great function/comfort/looks. But it's synthetic and will stink after an hour of sweating, and I don't mind body odor. I hiked for 30 minutes when too hot, just to see what'd happen. Sure enough, I passed the stink threshold, which takes about 2 weeks in a similar wool top. As awesome as Patagonia's capilene/synthethic stuff is, I predict a continuing trend toward naturals. All the new wool stuff is superior unless you shower daily and sweat minimally.

    Versatile light top

      Great light weight top. Ideal for loads of different uses. I have a black and a deep blue. Interestingly, the black is a lighter weight material than the deep blue. If you want something roughly similar in weight to a 100g fleece, then go for the deep blue. If you want something a bit lighter and more of a base layer, then go for the black. Also, the R.5 is a slightly looser fit that the other Patagonia tops of the same size that I have purchased (R1 top, R1.5 jacket, MW Capilene Zip Tee).

      Light weight warmth

        I just bought this top a little while ago, and already I have taken it hiking in temps around 40 deg and while I was moving I needed to unzip the zipper and even contemplated removing it during the hike because it was a bit too warm. Good gear.

        R.5 makes the grade in Patagonia

          16 days in Patagonia (Chile & Argentina) and I wore the R.5 for probably 13 of those days. A great shirt!! Wicks well when it's hot, insulates well when it's cold, looks good even after 2 weeks, and becomes only moderately smelly after all that punishment. I would buy this shirt again in a second!!

          Comfort and Warmth Winner!

            In all but the worst winter conditions this is the only top I need. When moisture or winds arise, I just add my shell. It's extremely comfortable, versatile and well worth the extra money. I liked it so much I bought a second one.

            The First Layer

              I just tried the R.5 Zip Shirt on an all day snow/ice climb and it was awesome. The combination of Polartec Power Dry, grid interior, and smooth outer surface is a winner! I also have the bottoms. Power dry is just that - DRY when you stop. Well worth the price. I highly recommend them. Thanks goes to this site for the great sales, free shipping, and excellent customer service. Kurt


                The size runs a bit small, I think it was meant to snugly fit, if you like your outer shirt/top to be a bit loose, get 2x bigger sizes... (ie. I wear a large shirt, but would order XXL to get the non-form-fitting feel... )

                R.5 top

                  This top is unbelievable. I rode in mine almost every day this season, and I missed it when I didn't. I think it will also make a great pajama top for kickin around the house in the off season. It's crazy soft inside and really warm for how thin it is. It gets the sweat gone with a quickness and doesn't stink like roadkill after 1 use. I would give it 6 stars if I could afford more than 5.