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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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Small size

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Size Bought: XXL

I ordered an XXL. I have to peel the sleeves on and off. This XXL is skin tight so you would not be able to wear much underneath. It seems warm, but our temps went up to 70, so I have not tried it in cold, windy Chicago weather.

Fleece, just right

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

Remembering that this is a fleece, which is to say, its not meant to be windproof or rain resistant (and therefore anyone that complains of these things doesn't understand the purpose of fleece). I have had patagonia fleece for over 20 years and personally think they are putting out the best product. These are ideal pieces for moderate cool weather, summer evenings, and winter layering. Better for layering than stuff like the Arc Teryx Atom, for instance, which I also own. The Atom is what I take packing, however, because lighter weight and compressibility. Fleece is the way to go for fair weather applications and all around use. I can wear this thing all the time - in the house as a sweater, in the mountains being active, to school, etc and it regulates body temperature beautifully. Its quiet - lacks the rustling sound of other shell fabrics, and its comfy. Can't be beat. Medium fit me just right. I just lost mine...somewhere... so I'm ordering another.

Like a warm hug

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I am 5'10" and ordered the medium. The fit is perfect. The athletic fit is perfect over a base layer. You can feel the warmth immediately. It leaves enough room for a down layer over top. Couldn't be happier!

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.

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.

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?

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.