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The fleece to end all fleeces.

With stretchy, windproof fleece on the outside and breathable, high loft fleece on the inside the Patagonia Men’s R4 Fleece Jacket sounds like some kind of delicious weatherproof candy. When combined with a crunchy outer shell to fend off heavy moisture and to seal in some extra heat, the R4 is an ideal layer for when the going gets gnarly. Patagonia designers also ensured this fleece jacket could handle many cold-weather conditions on its own. Hike, climb, or skin to your heart’s desire without feeling the bite of frigid winds or the chill of a sweat-soaked inner layer thanks to the dynamic duo of Regulator fleece fabrics that combine in this jacket.

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5 5

R4 is the best

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

This jacket is wind proof. I don't think the lack of a draw cord waist is anywhere near the big deal a lot of people are making out of it. Zip up your hand warmer pockets and enjoy the outdoors.

3 5

Used to be the best fleece ever...

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

I got this fleece about 10 years ago when it first came out and it was the best fleece that I have ever owned. Originally it had a waist draw cord and was all I needed for the entire winter excepting for rain and snow - and I used it for everything for several seasons. The old one wore out, unfortunately, and I was going to buy another one two years ago but I cannot comprehend why Patagonia designers would remove the waist draw cord. Without that, as has been said, it negates the whole idea of windstopper. I even wrote Patagonia an email saying to pull their head out and I would buy another but as yet, as far as I know, they haven't put a drawstring back in it. Maybe I'll write another complaint this year...

Responded on

Thomas,
Look for a Fall 2013 revised model coming soon to Backcountry. Drawstring included.

5 5

get this fleece

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

love this fleece. I traveled to SLC in january and this fleece was all I needed to stay warm. I was in park city one morning and the temp was -15F and all i had was my thermal (military thermal) meaning it sucked. and a long sleeve shirt on and this fleece. So as far as keeping you warm, it does its job. also while traveling to Utah i drove through Wyoming. let me tell you it was windy as all get out there didn't feel a breeze through the jacket unless i had a zipper undone. by far the best fleece I have ever owned. Fits perfectly and is light weight, you really don't notice its on.

4 5

Yeah you should get it.

This jacket is truly a warm fleece. Super soft and breathable

2 5

Not the answer...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a warm fleece that was also wind proof. Many are either or, but the R4 claims to do both. The material is top notch and it truly is warm and blocks the wind very well. Despite those plusses, there are a few problems that are, in my mind, unforgivable. As mentioned in other reviews, the lack of a cinch cord is huge. Pretty much negates the wind proof feature if you're doing any moving around whatsoever. Second, the fit is HORRIBLE! I'm a long and lean 6'5" 220lbs - pretty much a perfect candidate for an XL. The sleeves and shoulders were good but the waste of the jacket was about about 6-8" too big around my waste. It seriously ballooned out like a cone. My wife actually laughed at me when she saw it. Might not have been such a show stopper if there had been a cinch cord but I just couldn't get over these two big problems. I've definitely noticed a trend with Patagonia fleece products of late that they are WAY too big in the abdomen area, not sure who exactly they are marketing to, certainly not the climber/biker/skier crowd that doesn't need extra room in the belly... Verdict - skip this one.

Responded on

Sounds like they changed the fit for this season, and has hem cinch cord.

5 5

GREAT FOR URBAN ADVENTURE/NOT OUTDOR ONE

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

Really great material, very comfortable great water resistance-really saved me when I was caught in a rain storm, but if you're a hardcore climber or hiker this probably isn't for you since it doesn't cinch at the waist or wrists. Also feel the mesh pockets should be enclosed, but I really do love this coat for cruising around a cold, wintry city.

2 5

poor design

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

good material
poor fit
mesh pockets (useless)
no elastic or drawstring in waist or cuffs

worth $90 not $190

1 5

Drawstring?

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

Jacket has no waist or cuff drawstrings. Makes it pretty worthless.

1 5

You've Been Warned

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

I'm writing this review in hopes it prevents even one person from purchasing this jacket as I did). I have nothing against Patagonia and own other products of theirs that I love. That said, let me start with a couple positives.
1. It's wind proof as advertised
2. It's made of a comfortable fleece material inside and out making it comfy to wear around town with a t shirt underneath. (which is clearly all it is designed to be used for).

Those are the only good things about this jacket. For starters, as documented by most other people, it has no drawstring which is unacceptable in a windproof jacket and enough of a reason alone not to purchase.
2. Interior hand pockets are made of mesh which essentially makes them useless for keeping your hands warm due to all the cold air flying up through the base of the jacket.
3. There are no interior pockets.
4. Comfy interior fleece means no moisture wicking. Would be okay if there were pit zips to help ventilation when temperature changes but there aren.
5. Sleeve ends are large and fuzzy, I'd prefer a more tapered arm ending to keep out cold and free up hands.

For the price of this jacket you should receive a top quality jacket with high end features which you simply do not. Save yourself the frustration and money and get a mountain hardware tech or even a denali, both are far superior for significantly less money. Patagonia should be ashamed to call this their high end fleece. It is clearly designed only for people wanting the patagonia name so they can walk around and be seen in the high end shopping district of their choosing before they hit the steakhouse for dinner.

Responded on

definitely a good time to put Backcountry.com or Patagonia's return policy to good use! Either will help you get into a new jacket that is more to your liking.
just a couple notes as well:
The Patagonia designers are listening, and the R4 is coming back next fall with a waist draw cord. Pit zips and interior pockets were considered, but would have pushed the price close to $300

3 5

Terrible, awkward fit

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

Maybe it is because of my build (5'11, 150) but I tried the M and then the S, and for both sizes, the fit in the shoulders, arms and waist is awkward and uncomfortable. Great material, very warm and windproof, but strange fitting....

1 5

Are you kidding me?

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

I bought one of these this year but sent it right back; a "windproof" sweater but with no bottom drawstring? The wind blew right up through the bottom. I couldn't believe it.

5 5

Stellar

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

This was my second R4. Same great quality, though I preferred the less furry, older version. Also the older version seemed a bit more wind resistant - still the best I've found!

5 5

Warm, Light, Sharp, and Perfect

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

amazing preppy jacket, its not only warm, but its physically light and doesn't feel like a bulletproof vest because of that. Looks great, and really all around epic.

2 5

ARGH!

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

At the pricey retail of $260, you'd think there would be a draw cord to cinch the waist? Patagonia, what have you done!?

2 5

Something missing

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

I purchased this jacket for its warmth and windstopping cability but was very disappointed when I found out it lacked a sinch in the waste and cuffs. Although when hit directly by gusts of winds you felt nothing, in several diffrent climbing positions wind chill easily travels up the front and back. I still loved the jackets so I took it upon myself to add an elastic cord and stoppers to the waist line. Patagonia could make this jacket far more effective adding such functions on their own..

5 5

R4 Delivers

I love this jacket. Trim design and fully warm. It was my main winter jacket. Sheds light misty rain easily and maintains enough thick pile for a pedestrian commute to work.

5 5

Mountain Lion

I have this in the Large, I am 6'1" and 195 lbs with an athletic build and I wear this often. It is a little bit baggy, but that allows for good layering. The quality is superb, as I have learned to expect with Patagonia. It does a decent job of keeping me warm in everything up to a light wind and wicks moisture like a champ. You will not regret this purchase. I think it is similar to the Gorilla Fur jacket, but seems to have a little better fit for an athletic build. One warning, this doesn't work very well as a technical piece. I would say it is more for general hiking, base camp, or around town. I wouldn't want to climb in this or depend on it for skiing. It just doesn't sinch down enough to justify wearing it in those pursuits.

5 5

Great vesitile jacket

Looks great. Very warm - keeps the wind out.

5 5

Recommended

Wicked jacket. Has kept me warm in high winds and temps down to the upper teens (that's about as cold as it has gotten in N Alabama this year). I get the feeling I would have no trouble keeping warm in colder temps, although anything below 20 F would probably require some layering. I've had no qualms with the windproofing yet, you can even hold your arm out the window while driving and feel nothing. It lacks a cinch at the waist and sleeves, but it still gets the job done quite well.

5 5

Patagonia R4 only way to keep warm

This is my 2nd Patagonia R4. You can not wear them out. Wears like iron but as soft as wool. I still wear my first one, and it looks as new as my new one. Have to check the labels to make sure. Got a Large and an extra large for layering. I like to wear them to the store or out for the evening. When it is really cold, I put some Patagonia Capolene on first or a Patagonia R1.. then the R4.
I also wear one while running every winter morning and I'm never cold. The moisture is wicked away from my body and I'm very comfortable during the run. After the run, hang it up to dry and it's ready to go in an hour.
Can't go wrong with Patagonia

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