A light, compressible fleece for high mountain objectives.
Late March means three things: corn skiing followed by chillin' and grillin' in the parking lot by three in the afternoon, and since you're wearing your Patagonia Men's R2 Fleece Jacket, you'll have the stretch and breathability you need on the skintrack, warmth for the descent, and the plush comfort you want as you let the legs relax over a brat and beer back at the car. Made with Polartec Thermal Pro grid fleece, the R2 provides excellent stretch and warmth as it wicks moisture and breathes throughout variable temperatures. Patagonia put Polartec Power Grid fabric on the R2's side panels and underarms for an improved fit and enhanced mobility, then treated it with Polygiene permanent odor control, so you can get after it day-after-day without it taking on any funk.
- Polartec Thermal Pro
- Polartec Power Grid side panels
- Polygiene permanent odor control
- Slim fit
- Underarm gussets
- Spiral-seam cuff construction
- Zippered hand and chest pockets
- Item #PAT00V5
- Q & A
Sizing is strange
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
Sizing is inconsistent with other Patagonia products. I wear a men’s medium (5’7” 175’, 40-41 in chest) in the R1, Capilene, Polartec Alpha insulated jacked, and Nano Puff Hooded Jacket. This jacket is listed as men’s but the medium is several inches too small in the shoulders, over 4-5 inches too long in the sleeves, and overall far too tight to wear with even a base-layer. I checked to make sure it wasn’t a women’s as the shoulders appear narrower than the waist but it is listed as men’s. Color and material seems nice.
How does this compare in warmth & fit to the R1? The R1 hoody is great but slim fitting so hard to wear over other layers, will this R2 easily fit over other layers? Or can you recommend something warm and breathable to wear over the r1 hoody on those brutal cold days?
If you're looking to wear something over an R1 I would get a Nano Air. Warmer than fleece but still breathable, and very awesome.
The R2 will layer a little easier than the R1 since it's smoother on the inside than the R1 waffle grid. Hopefully that helps?
What is the claimed fleece weight on the R2? Is this comparable to the Arcteryx Fortrez?
Patagonia does not give a specific fleece weight on their jackets but I would agree that the R2 Fleece Jacket (6.1 oz Polartec Thermal Pro) is comparable in weight/warmth to the Arc'teryx Fortrez Fleece Jacket (230 g/m² midweight). If anything, the Fortrez will be a little warmer. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions on Fleece Jackets.