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Sometimes a fleece is juuuuust right.

It's March, so that means three things: Corn skiing, chillin' and grillin' in the parking lot at 3 p.m. You're wearing your Patagonia Men's R2 Fleece Jacket as your outer layer afternoon and evening. Made with directionally knit Polartec Thermal Pro fabric grid fleece, the R2 provides excellent stretch and warmth, while it wicks moisture and breathes throughout variable temperatures. Patagonia has put the R1's Polartec Power Dry high/low grid fabric on the R2's side panels, underarms and lower torso for improved fit, shape and abrasion resistance. The Polartec Power Dry is a new fabric this year, and was engineered to make these fleece insulation layers even more breathable and compressible than previous years. So, while it's great by itself, when it gets even colder, you can use it as a mid-to-heavy underlayer.

The short-shear, high-loft fleece material has a smooth appearance but gives an incredible warmth-to-weight ratio. In addition to the tech, the R2 is made with fit and function in mind. The center-front zipper has Sonic/Stitch seam construction to reduce bulk, and the soft, kissing-welt zipper garage at chin makes it more comfortable. Check out the discreet, on-seam thumb loops so you can hold your cold beverage and not have to duck your hands into one of the two high-hand pockets. Those pockets have Slim Zip installs, clean finished zipper garages, and are harness- and pack-compatible. There's also one left chest pocket and two internal drop-in mesh pockets for even more organization.

  • Polartec Thermal Pro body
  • Polartec Power Dry in sides, underarms, lower torso
  • Slim fit

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Anyone know how thick the R2 is like on a...

Anyone know how thick the R2 is like on a scale from 1 to 10?

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Its hard to not have a reference. I would say if a 1 is like their Capilene 3 and the 10 is the Classic Synchilla or R4, the R2 is something like a 4-5. The layers under the pits is the R1 and that is like a 2-3. I bought this as a present for my roommate and he loves it. He primarily uses it to drink outside in the cold and lift serviced skiing.

How does it do in the wind? Or is this...

How does it do in the wind? Or is this primarily a midlayer, meant to be worn under a shell or other jacket?

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It does block against the wind a little but, its not even close to a Gore Wind Stopper Fabric. Ive worn it as a stand alone jacket during high aerobic activities on colder days (around 30 F). If I was skiing using lifts, I would wear this as a mid-layer.

5 5

Super Warm

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The r2 gives plenty of heat retention.

Great as a stand alone is chilly conditions, or layered under a shell or down parka for the downright cold.

The fit is slim and stretchy, great for mobility in the mountains and layering purposes.

I'm 5'10" 156lbs , Chest:98CM , Waist:81CM,...

I'm 5'10" 156lbs , Chest:98CM , Waist:81CM, size: S or M ?

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Hey Jack,

Thanks for your question.

Based on the measurements you provided for us I would suggest a size medium for you in the Patagonia R2 Fleece Jacket - Men's.

I hope this helps you.

I'm 5'10" 156lbs , Chest:98CM , Waist:81CM,...

I'm 5'10" 156lbs , Chest:98CM , Waist:81CM, size: S or M ?

Responded on

Hey Jack,

Thanks for your question.

Based on the measurements you provided for us I would suggest a size medium for you in the Patagonia R2 Fleece Jacket - Men's.

I hope this helps you.

if I order a med and its to small can i...

if I order a med and its to small can i send back for large, i pay shipping and handling ???

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Yes... you pay return shipping.

Consult the size chart... chest size is the most reliable measure to guide you.

R2 Jacket video review

Patagonia designer Eric Rice shares his thoughts on the newly updated R2 jacket.

4 5

Great, but could use a minor change.

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

This fits true to size as an active slim fit layering garment. I am 5'10, 180lbs slightly muscular build, and purchased Medium. At first it seemed too snug around the chest and armpits, but after wearing a couple times it stretched and broke in a little. This jacket is very comfortable, warm, and fuzzy soft. It layers well under my Marmot ROM jacket, and I can comfortably wear a Patigonia Cap 2 under it no problem.
Biggest complaint like so many other reviewers is the thumb holes. They aren't very comfortable. I think the best option would be for Patagonia to update this next year to use the R1 material for the entire wrist cuff utilizing the R1 thumb holes and this would be perfect. The R2 fuzzy material is too bulky to comfortably fit under snug fitting gloves. Other than that it looks quite techy. That can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. My girlfriend wasn't to fond of the appearance of the jacket and refers to it as my "panda jacket" due to the fuzzy material and contrasting R1 material.
I like the jacket and wear it most of the time due to how comfortable and soft it is. I intend to use this layering in winter for snowboarding, spring and fall for climbing, hiking, camping.
I also purchased an R1 hoody at the same time and returned it preferring the R2. The R1 with an even slimmer fit, my Cap2 bunched up every time under it, and even more techy look, something I wouldn't want to wear as a casual piece. The R1 has its place which is pure performance and is legendary for reason, just not for me.

4 5

Handsome, Furry Fellow

Patagonia has a new designer this year and I bought this jacket because I like the new design. The new R2 has more of the R1's Polartec Power Dry high/low grid fabric than the older model which is why I chose it. It's a great tech piece I plan on using as a mid layer for backcountry skiing this winter.

I had to go with a large in this jacket (normally I go with a medium because I don't like baggy jackets). I'm 6'1" 175 lbs. The reason I went up is because the little elastic along the bottom was causing the jacket to ride up. On the large I don't have that problem. This jacket does have tumbholes but they are a little uncomfortable and I don't see myself ever using them. If the elastic on the bottom were a little more generous I would give it 5 stars.