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A beefy fleece for when it's colder than frozen patties.
The Patagonia R3 Men's Fleece Jacket is similar to its R2 counterpart, just beefer. Use it as a standalone coverup when hiking a ridgeline in cold but calm conditions or as a layer when the weather gets frightful. Made with directionally knit Polartec Thermal Pro fabric grid fleece, the R3 provides excellent stretch and warmth, while it wicks moisture and breathes throughout variable temperatures. And it is extremely warm. The R3 also comes equipped with a new fabric engineered for breathability and compression, Polartec Power Dry; this high/low grid fabric is placed on the R3's side and underarms panels to make the R3 even more breathable, compressible, and easier to layer than in previous years. There's an incredible weight-to-warmth ratio with this jacket.
In addition to the tech, the R2 is made with fit and function in mind. The center-front full-length zipper makes it more than just a mere layer—it's a fully functional jacket. And it 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 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 445g fleece body
- Polartec Power Dry in side, underarm panels
- Regular fit
- Full front zip
- Multiple pockets
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Patagonia R3 Fleece Jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
The product has several flaws. I've had it for six weeks now. The jacket sheds terribly. There are fleece fibers all over my pants and around the house. The second flaw are the tight cuffs on the sleeves. It is annoying when taking off and putting the jacket on. The sleeves are very tight so it is difficulty to wear a long sleeve garment underneath. On the positive side, the jacket has nice large pockets.
Hello, I'm 154 lbs, 5'5, 41" chest, 32"...
Hello, I'm 154 lbs, 5'5, 41" chest, 32" waist. What size would you recommend for this jacket?
I think a small would probably fit you best.
Thank you. Just ordered a small one. :)
Edit 2/12/2014: Small is too small for me. Medium would fit better. Returning.
Not a true athletic fit
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
I'm 6'2" 175lbs and ordered a large but it was too big. Patagonia sizing varies product to product and tend to run large. Might try a medium. It seemed warm, but would prefer a athletic fit so it will work better as a layer. Expensive if not on sell, cheaper alternatives.
Collar has the same height as old...
Collar has the same height as old version?
Nope. I believe the new version's collar is a little shorter.
As good, better, or worse than original?...
As good, better, or worse than original? Did the fit change?
Hopefully better! Fit is super similar to the old version, and essentially the same fleece is used, just an updated version from Polartec. The main change is the overall aesthetic with the move away from the contrasting power stretch panels at the neck and front chest pocket.