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When you save weight, you have more energy to play.

If you’re all about cutting down on weight when you play in the mountains, check out the Patagonia Men’s R3 Hi-Loft Fleece Jacket. This compressible, super lightweight fleece retains heat in cold weather, and the fabric feels soft and fuzzy against your skin. The R3 Hi-Loft works great alone when you ski up the peak and is a sweet addition to your layering system when wet storms roll in.

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5 5

Very warm!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I'm very impressed how warm this fleece is.
I've compared it to my other Patagonia Los lobos fleece jacket and also a Columbia Omni Heat fleece jacket and they don't even compare to how ridiculously warm this thing is.
I'm very pleased with it and I'll be using it as a midlayer when the weather gets down to the teens this week in Boston.
Overall , excellent product. I ordered a large and I'm 511 173lbs. I think the Medium would have been a better fit but I like to have other shirts and a thermal underneath and the Medium might be too snug and I will lose the freedom of movement which I like.

5 5

Fluffy!

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

I don't know what I can say about this item that will add to the reviews below other than my perceptions of the fit. I am 6'0'' and 180lbs and a medium in this jacket fits perfect. A large is workable and does not look over-big, but Patagonia's penchant for full fits and longer sleeves means that most people can probably safely size down with their fleeces. The hand on this fleece is just as plush as it looks which creates greater warmth than a lot of thicker models.

5 5

super warm and soft

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

If you wear this out on the town expect to get stroked a lot...ladies love it and so do I. However it offers no wind protection so any sort of breeze cuts right though it. Like others have said its super warm and looks great. I've put it through the was a couple of times and it has held up better than expected. I'm 6'2 200lb and the large fits well. Not too baggy but a loose fit.

5 5

One of the Two Best...

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

I have both the R2 and the R3 jackets, and once winter arrives they never sit idle. The R2 is superb around the house, not too cold, not too hot, a true Goldilocks piece of kit. The R3 is another story altogether; it is definitely too much for indoor use, unless you are suffering from a virus. In the outdoors is is absolutely perfect with a baselayer (my choice is Capilene4), and a light shell like a Houdini. The combo breathes like crazy, is light as a feather, and the shell gets rid of the jacket's habit of letting wind blow right on through. I am not a big fan of the chest pocket, but otherwise I think starting a religion based on these clothing choices is actually quite valid.

4 5

Toasty

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

If you are wearing this jacket as a mid-layer, it better be a cold day. I wore it skiing this spring and was sweating like crazy. I can't wait to test it out next winter.

Hello!

I recently tried on a Patagonia...

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Hello!

I recently tried on a Patagonia R1 non-hoody. The small fit quite well, can I expect a small in this R3 to be pretty much the same cut/fit etc?

Cheers,
-Graeme

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Graeme,
I'd say a small should do it here for you if the small R1 was right on the money.

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Great, thanks!

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Totally agree with Ty, but it is worth noting that a lot of people wear the R1 next-to-skin, but the same is not true of the R3. If the R1 is already on the snug side and you want to layer something hefty (wool long underwear) under this, you might consider sizing up.

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Hi again!

I was wondering how this compares to the monkeyman from mountain hardware?

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I Found the R3 much softer than the Monkey man. I think the monkey man was a little more wind resistant, (neither really are wind resistant though ) The monkey man i felt was a little more form fitting, but they are comparable.

3 5

Dig the fuzzy, but . . .

Really, really like the fuzz, its an incredibly warm layer, but unfortunately not great as a stand alone fleece (for me). Stretchy side panels and the fleece itself breath well, but any light breeze that would pick up would cut right through it. Would be ideal under a light shell, but I just can't buy into having one fleece for every 10 degree change in temperature. Would rather have a fleece that can act as a layer and a stand alone jacket with decent warmth and wind resistance. For an equal amount of fuzzy goodness I found the mt hardwear monkey man to be more ideal. I'll stick with the R1 for my Patagonia R series needs.

5 5

High End Fleece

The best fleece I've ever purchased. Unusually soft. Unusually resistant to odor. Nice athletic, but not too trim fit. At first I thought it wasn't all that much better than my $40 Columbia fleece. But after a month or so, I can tell Patagonia really thought out the details of this piece, and I won't go back. I use it mostly indoors, while working at a computer.

I'm 5'6", 40" chest and the medium fits pretty well, with a cozy bit of space throughout.

Sometimes you want to be covered in super soft polyester fur. This is the way.

5 5

Fuuuuzzzyyyyyyy!

For some reason I thought this fleece had Polartec Windpro, which it apparently doesn't. It now makes sense because this thing isn't windproof, just a hair more resistant than your average fleece--trace amounts. The jacket is nice and fuzzy people will rub up against you because of it, and is really warm as a mid layer. As an outer layer, it's good on chilly days, but don't be caught wearing this alone on windy days. Great selection of colors! Get the bright ones, don't be plain! I love this jacket and I highly recommend it.

5 5

Cozy

I have had a patagonia fleece jacket in the past and It was time to finally retire it after 20+ years.
I really like the R3. It isn't for cold windy days unless you pair it with a shell or at minimum a vest. I am warm and cozy when I pair it with my goretex shell. It is highly breathable and I don't have to worry about sweating and getting all clammy with it on.
Even on cold days all I use is a next to skin layer, the R3 and a shell for alpine skiing. Perfect.

4 5

Awesome Layer, Wicks Well

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this Jacket a few years back. I've actually owned 2.(not a wear problem, just liked the Chanel blue more than the black)

Got it primarily for running around town. I began using it as an additional "over midlayer" on cold belays. It works really well for this purpose. It also is slim enough that you can wear it through short sections, rather than having to take it off like a thick puffy. The porous construction allows it to breath VERY well, and the lining wicks exceptionally well. Again, due to the loose knit fabric, it dries quickly, and I've never had the traditional odor problems like I have had with other synthetics. It will also turn heads as it is a super unique piece. Definitely grab one. Full price is totally worth it.

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Totally agree that the R3 has an uncanny ability to not stink after days of sweat and snow.

5 5

Great mid layer

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this on a couple of backpacking trips in about 5degC and it was nice and toasty under a windproof shell. I've been wearing it as just a casual jacket lately in temps as low as -10degC with just a T shirt under and it's a little chilly, but still okay for short periods of time outside. I have yet to run into any issues with breathability. Wind will cut right through this thing without a shell however, but as a midlayer it's perfect. Aside from that it's the softest, most comfortable jacket I've ever worn, and as others have mentioned, everyone always wants to feel it.
To update and add to everything above, wore it for a 6 day telemark tour in Northern Sweden, and it was perfect. The large pockets are perfect for holding Nalgene bottles to keep your water liquid, or to hold freshly boiled water close to your body for extra warmth. I can't say enough about how well this jacket performed.

5 5

Super Comfy and Warm

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This fleece is awesome. Super comfy. Super warm when needed. Breathable when needed. Its a daily wear and looks great too.

4 5

Incredibly versatile

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased primarily for layering purposes under a soft or hard shell. Find myself wearing it solo over a t-shirt or base layer on a regular basis. The fleece is incredibly warm, especially when fully zipped. A slight unzip and the heat is regulated quite well. I never find myself sweating much underneath, just incredibly warm at times, which isn't a negative. Under a soft or hardshell it performs well. I have camped with it once and ended up using the fleece as an extra pillow as other reviewers have mentioned. VERY soft and it's true that ladies will rub you! The incredible softness you feel when you first purchase the fleece does fade, but I've had no durability issues. Highly recommended. Must comment that it is definitely not windproof.

4 5

Great for everyday casual use

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

6'1" male 185 lbs, 35-36 inch length for arms

Pros:
- Warm
- Looks good
- Pockets are great
- Light
- Arm length is fantastic

Cons:
- Wind whips through it. It's designed as a mid-layer, so put a shell or something over it to keep wind out.
- Bunches up a little at the waist (I bought a Large)
- Wish it had holes for thumbs

I found the jacket was too cold to wear as a mid-layer for me when snowboarding, even with a base-layer on. My thinner and more dense fleece works better as heat escapes pretty easily.

It's a great jacket, and I love it. I'm a tad disappointed that I don't like it as a true mid-layer, and thus the 4 stars. I'll give it another run on the slopes this winter to see if it can keep my body warm. If not, my Costco fleeces work perfect as of now.

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Do you wear windproof (shell, layer) over the jacket?

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It's needed when it's windy. I wear the Mountain Hardware Plasmic jacket.

5 5

Best mid-layer out there?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have been compiling gear for a winter mountaineering expedition. My search for a suitable mid-layer fleece has been very thorough to say the least. I ultimately decided upon Polartec as my material of choice, as I have several other Polartec garments and I have been very pleased with their performance and durability. However, as you may know, several manufacturers utilize Polartec Thermal Pro, so what is it that sets this jacket apart from its competitors (MH Monkey Man, TNF Super Siula and Scythe, Arc'teryx Strato, Marmot Powder 8 etc.) ?

Simple answer: the most comfortable and athletic fit is offered by the Patagonia R3. No other garment manufacturer offers a better jacket in this material. Fit and finish are second to none.

Features of the R3 that help to set it apart as the best hi-loft fleece on the market include the use of Polartec Power Stretch in the high friction areas (underarms/sides of torso/collar), thoughtful tailoring and excellent construction, durable plastic zipper, Pull-cord hem, and overall good looks.

I have yet to put this piece under any significant stress, but I am sure that it will perform to my satisfaction. That said, I do have one concern: how well will this hold up to repetitive friction and compression from a pack? I plan to use this exclusively under a shell, but I still doubt if that will fully protect it. With this concern in mind, one improvement that I would like to see is patches of Power Stretch on the shoulders. I look forward to using this on my expedition this winter, and I will certainly provide an update.

175 lbs, 5'10" and a medium is perfect.

Sizing.. So I nabbed a mhw monkey man sized...

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Sizing.. So I nabbed a mhw monkey man sized medium a few months ago but had to return it as it was too tight in the pits and sleeves. Is the R3 a looser fit? I am about 5'10'' , 185lbs (kinda stocky) and typically wear a medium. I would probably only wear a tshirt under this and problem being my arms are kinda shorty.

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We sound like similarly sized people (I'm 5'10" 175), so I can say with confidence that you will fit nicely into a medium R3. I think you will notice a less restrictive shoulder/sleeve. However, I would not say that the R3 is "looser" than the MH monkey man. They are both regular fitting garments, but Patagonia did a better job of making it fit on a human body. Hope that helps, and enjoy!

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Thanks, I am going to go for it!

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It sounds like you've already made the decision but I agree with Duncan. I'm 6'1" 170 and I can still wear a med if I really wanted to. I ended up going with the large for the added torso length. The med fit like a second skin but it was not uncomfortable in the least. The large isn't that much bigger and offers the ability for additional layering if needed. So I think you'll be fine with the med. Plus this is Backcountry so if it doesn't fit, who cares, just return it for the large. Btw - this fleece is awesome. I imagine it's what it would feel like if you turned a bunny inside out and wore it as a coat.

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Thanks folks. I did go with the R3 medium. Best decision Ive made ever. I cant pull it off. So warm. Such a perfect fit. If anything it could be maybe inch shorter on the arms but my arms are so weird its understandable its not.

Its perfect. For those debating, debate no longer. This fleece is the best. ever.

5 5

Great Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome fleece for the price. Super warm by itself as long as its not windy but if its blowing you are going to want a hardshell over top. Great construction and quality as expected from Patagonia. Super fuzzy and comfortable.

5 5

So Warm!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing single handedly extended my motorcycle season. Not super windproof but throw a shell over it and it feels like july inside the jacket.

5 5

Ideal

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It's ideal for completing my layering arsenal: baselayer - Fleece - shell jacket - down belay jacket! It's warm, soft, compact so it packs nicely, it breaths really well and seems to be tough against abbrasive materials (rocks).

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