The tech face of fleece.
New from Patagonia's technical fleece lineup, the Men's R1 Techface Hooded Fleece Jacket fits smoothly into your performance arsenal whether you're wearing it for early season climbing or a late-season ski tour. The next-to-skin feel of its fleece construction mimics the warm, stretchy, and breathable Patagonia Regulator fleece, but provides additional abrasion and weather resistance on its face. A DWR finish sheds light precipitation, articulated patterning keeps you moving freely during your ascent, and the hood is compatible with climbing helmets so you don't have to sacrifice safety in favor of comfort. Low-bulk, snag-resistant cuffs keep a low profile on your wrists whether you're cleaning a route or removing your skins, and the hem and hood are drawstring adjustable if an unexpected winter breeze makes an out-of-season appearance.
- Fleece jacket for performance layering at the crag or spring tour
- Abrasion resistant on the outside, soft and warm on the inside
- Articulated patterning provides active mobility
- Adjustable hood with laminated visor keeps the weather off
- Stretchy cuffs seal out the cold wind and snow flurries
- Slim fit keeps excess bulk from causing a hitch
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- Q & A
Dare i say, Bitchin'?
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 175lbs
I have been on the hunt for the ultimate lightweight hardface fleece EDC hoody, & have found Power-Grid supremely comfortable but lacking in weather protection by itself. I still like fleece for its durability, textures & styles (as well as softshells). As quickly as synthetic insulation has been evolving lately, i still find fleeces if not as effective insulators, more comfortable, breathable and "nicer" in appearance than puffy, baffled synthetics for just hanging out or cuddling with the cat. So far i have been considering things like the TNF Borod hoody & L2 Propirus, the OR Transition hoody, and the Patagonia R1 pullover hoody (which i still want), but either the fit & finish was lacking refinement (Borod) [Edit: i didn't even realize how spoiled Arc'teryx has made me] or the material was a bit too thin & close-fitting (like the Transition). The Burton ak Power-Grid hoody is my all-time favorite daily-wear fleece, but really lacks weather resistance, these being technical layering fabrics, traditionally. Enter the R1 Techface. I LOVE this jacket - it's exactly what i was jonesing for. It looks crisp and casual, but performs like Woah - i was out all day yesterday with this over a good Cap. 2-weight t-shirt, i was comfortable all day. It was breezy, and i'd put the hood on and zip up - the halo hood adjuster works perfectly for isolating the hood so it moves with your head when you look around - a make/break feature for me, since i find my peripheral vision useful. The weight is just perfect. The face is less hard than Arc'teryx Epsilon LT or whatnot, but harder than most hard-face fleece, and very stretchy. And the cut is actually not too techie - it looks more like a "regular" casual hoody. I found it interesting that i stayed completely comfortable, ever more than my girlfriend, who was wearing the Marmot ROM, and i even saw one guy carrying his Nano-air around. So i was as surprised that it kept me comfy in the upper 30s/lower 40s ºF, but i never had to do more than take the hood off to stay exactly the right temp in the sunny 60s that came later. I can tell this will be one of my favorite hoodies ever, and i'm a certifiable hoody-junky. This garment is as close as i have seen to perfection in this world of transitory impermanence. Pps, it looks classy. The grid shows through the slick (not shiny) outer surface, making it looks like a pinstripe/ windowpane design (at least in black)... Yep. Very very sweet.