Kevin H.wrote a review of Patagonia R1 TechFace Hooded Fleece Jacket - Men's on January 21, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
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.