kriswrote a review of Patagonia R4 Fleece Jacket - Men's on October 19, 2010
i bought another one of these just a few weeks ago, and it is my second R4. i love my first and wouldnt have bough another were it not for the fact that i recently have been living in the city and needed a jacket that i could just throw on and feel guaranteed in the wind proofing and the warmth factor. my older one was simply getting worn and not the prettiest looking anymore haha. i love this jacket, it is incredibly warm and truly is windproof. i can honestly wear this with just a t-shirt or plain old cotton long sleeve underneath in temps that are at or below freezing. it is that warm. to warm infact for any winter hiking on the east coast that i have experienced. i own a patagonia down sweater and it gets very little use other than on the coldest days while snowboarding (under a shell). this jacket has simply replaced the need for that jacket on most occasions.
that said this design does have its flaws. when trying this on i saw that it dodnt have the draw string on the wast and the cuffs around the wrists were a little loose. i said "whatever, how much of a difference can it possibly make!?" well i must say that it does have an effect. it was cold and VERY windy this weekend in Tremblant (a little vacation) and i saw a difference between this new R4 and my old one. it wasnt that it was less warm so much as occasionally i would get a blast of cold air in my midsection and it was uncomfortable and unnerving. i know i am nit picking but it does make a difference when you personally are on the line.
all things considered though i would make the purchase again. it is a great jacket, does all that it is supposed to do and more. but i would tell you this, if you have the opportunity to pick up an older version with the draw string at the wast, or can afford to wait until next years model to see if they will revert back to their old ways that i would suggest doing it. but if not dont worry! this jacket will serve you extraordinarily well!
i love it and for the life of me cant understand why more people dont pick this up, it looks incredible, feels incredible (my girlfriend is a HUGE fan) and last forever. pull the trigger, doooo itttttt!