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Patagonia R1 Hoody Review

Built for outdoor performance, this lightweight fleece works perfectly for active use
patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review
Credit: Patagonia
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Price:  $169 List | $169.00 at REI
Pros:  Lightweight, athletic fit, easy to layer,
Cons:  Not exceptionally warm, poor casual wear use,
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By James Lucas, Adam Paashaus & Matt Bento  ⋅  Nov 14, 2022
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  • Warmth - 20% 7.0
  • Comfort - 20% 7.0
  • Breathability - 20% 9.0
  • Layering Ability - 15% 9.0
  • Weight - 15% 9.0
  • Weather resistance - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Patagonia R1 Hoody has been a crucial piece in our arsenal for years. The ultra-reliable piece provides a bit of warmth during active use to its Polartec Power Grid polyester interior. The fleece also provides significant breathability, has an athletic slim fit for layering, and weighs little. Though it has poor weather resistance, this fleece stands out for its ability to move well and perform in cold weather, making it one of our all-time favorites.

Editor's Note: This product was retested and the review was updated on November 14, 2022.

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Pros Lightweight, athletic fit, easy to layer,Comfortable, warm, simple, versatile, breathableBreathable, lightweight, inexpensive, comfortable for athleticsWarm, great mobility, incredibly comfortable,Stylish, warm, simple
Cons Not exceptionally warm, poor casual wear use,Few features, less technical, no thumb loopsAverage weather resistanceLacks thumb loops, poor breathability,More style than function, bulky
Bottom Line Built for outdoor performance, this lightweight fleece works perfectly for active useThis lightweight piece has all the warmth of a mid-layer jacket but with a highly breathable design that's ideal for colder, active adventuresHighly featured and even higher performing, this cost-effective option provides a hard-to-beat valueComfort, style, and function make this piece work well in the mountains and for casual evenings around townBilled as casual outdoor wear, this warm fleece can move from out on the town to out at the crags
Rating Categories Patagonia R1 Hoody Patagonia R1 Air Fu... Outdoor Research Vi... Arc'teryx Kyanite A... Kuhl Interceptr 1/4...
Warmth (20%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Comfort (20%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Breathability (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Layering Ability (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Weight (15%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Weather resistance (10%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
Specs Patagonia R1 Hoody Patagonia R1 Air Fu... Outdoor Research Vi... Arc'teryx Kyanite A... Kuhl Interceptr 1/4...
Type Lightweight Lightweight Lightweight Midweight Midweight
Measured Weight 11.4 oz 12.5 oz 13 oz 15 oz 15.1 oz
Main Material 93% polyester, 7% spandex 100% Polyester 94% polyester, 6% spandex 53% polyester, 38% nylon, 9% elastane Body: 78% acrylic, 22% polyester
Side panels: 70% acrylic, 30% polyester
# of Pockets 1 3 3 2 1
Unique Features Balaclava hood, odor control, thumb holes Slim-fit hood, quick drying Thumb holes, UPF 30, 3-panel hood with binding Scuba hood, stretchy fabric Thump loops, articulated sleeves, low bulk seam stiching
Hood Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you're climbing on El Capitan, running through Arches National Park, or skiing at Stowe Mountain, then the Patagonia R1 Hoody provides the perfect amount of lightweight warmth and versatility for any outdoor adventure. While it lacks in terms of weather resistance, this piece excels in every other metric making it a tried and true contender for climbing, running, skiing, or just hanging out with friends outside.

Performance Comparison


patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review - our testers liked climbing in this piece because of its close...
Our testers liked climbing in this piece because of its close athletic fit and breathability.
Credit: James Lucas

Warmth


The R1 Hoody with its 93% polyester, 7% spandex grid pattern works best when active. Running through the Flatirons before sunrise, climbing in the late evenings in El Dorado Canyon, and brisk hikes in the late afternoons in Rocky Mountain National Park had the fleece performing well. When our testers stopped moving or when the temps dropped further, they needed to pull on a heavier layer as this isn't the warmest fleece in the review.

patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review - the r1 is a great layering piece that comes in handy every season....
The R1 is a great layering piece that comes in handy every season. It is fairly lightweight and great for use as an athletic piece. It is less than ideal as a single piece for staying warm while it's cold out.
Credit: James Lucas

Despite the R1's inability to function well when stationary, it has a snug fit and the balaclava-style hood helped protect our testers' ears and faces. The thumb holes keep the sleeves down when needed and the slight elasticity allows the sleeves to be pushed up and stay up while active. The athletic cut kept the fleece close to the body, trapping heat, and allowed for ideal layering under a rain jacket. While its thinness works against it, the versatility of the R1 makes it work well in terms of warmth, especially as a mid-layer piece.


Comfort


Patagonia's design team did an excellent job thinking of the user's comfort when they crafted the R1. The grid pattern of the fleece feels airy against the skin. While some of our testers loved the feel, others noticed the slight spaces inbetween and the lack of a constant texture. The close to skin fit kept the fabric from bunching which given the hard wear that our testers did in the piece added significantly to the comfort. The balaclava style hoody also conforms well to the head. This made looking up or down while belaying easy.

patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review - the fleece fits fairly well and moves with the body. the bottom of...
The fleece fits fairly well and moves with the body. The bottom of the jacket features a skirt like feature which fits under a harness well and keeps the fleece from riding up.
Credit: James Lucas

The designers did a few more things very well. They put the seams off the shoulders which means that packs don't press against them and cause discomfort. The in sleeve thumbholes fit quite well, molding in to the space between the thumb and index finger. The fleece also has stretchier fabric in the hood, along the sides, and at the bottom of the piece to help with mobility. The length of the jacket also allows it to fit comfortably under a harness.


Breathability


The R1 excels in terms of breathability. The grid style of the fleece allows for additional air to escape between the squares and the already thin fabric does well in allowing excess heat to escape. The jacket also has a long front zipper which goes from above the mouth to below the belly button. While there's a full zip, jacket style available, our tester's liked the pullover more as it weighs less. The long zipper also added significantly to the jacket's breathability.

patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review - the r1 has a classic grided pattern which feels comfortable against...
The R1 has a classic grided pattern which feels comfortable against the skin, allows for lots of breathability, and keeps things warm.
Credit: James Lucas

One problem with wearing an active piece like the R1 is that odor-causing microbes can grow in the fabric. Patagonia addressed this problem by using Polygiene® permanent odor control to prevent this. While the fleece does retain some smell after heavy sweating, it does a better job than previous models without the Polygiene®.

Layering Ability


In terms of layer, the R1 holds its own. The fleece's athletic fit makes it easy to wear under a heavier jacket. The thumbholes keep the fleece in place and prevent bunching. The balaclava hood stayed in place while wearing under a helmet or a second heavier hood. Our testers liked the long zipper as it kept the jacket trim and easy to layer with. The chest pocket also felt accessible while wearing another layer over the jacket.

patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review - the thumb loops on the jacket and the fitted hood make it a highly...
The thumb loops on the jacket and the fitted hood make it a highly layerable piece.
Credit: James Lucas

While the R1 fits well under other pieces, it doesn't pair as well with layering underneath. The trim cut means that only a thin long sleeve or light t-shirt will fit. Our testers didn't mind this as they sometimes wore just the R1 and used it as a base layer.

Weather Resistance


What makes the R1 exceptional for breathability also makes it prone to soaking through. While climbing in the rain in Rocky Mountain National Park, our testers quickly got wet. The hood adds some protection but the piece lacks any solid protection from the elements.

patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review - the long front zip comes up super high to act as a balaclava-style...
The long front zip comes up super high to act as a balaclava-style closure. Great for the backcountry but not great on style! It does help with layering and with keeping weather out of the face.
Credit: James Lucas

The fleece nature of the piece means that wind can easily cut through the garment and rain will wet the fabric. While this is true of many of the fleeces in this review, the R1 got wet fairly fast. Luckily, the thinness also made it dry quickly. If there's weather in the forecast, it's best to bring a hard shell rain jacket or move fast enough that you're out of the thunderstorms in time.


Weight


At 11.4 ounces, the R1 Hoody barely made a dent in our scale and ranked as one of the lightest in this review. The thinness of the material make it great for throwing into the pack for long hikes, for heading off into the back country. and for alpine missions where ever ounce matters.


The jacket compresses well given the lack of a full-length zipper and handwarmers. It bunches up well and our testers loved being able to bring it with them anywhere.

Should You Buy the Patagonia R1?


While our testers loved this for early morning missions into the alpine, for running in the hills in the evenings, they also liked this for throwing on at camp and layering with during windy, cold days in the back country. This fleece excels with any outdoor activitiy that requires movement given its exceptional breathability and comfort. If you're looking for a casual wear fleece that will just keep you warm, then the R1 isn't your best bet. But if you want a reliable, versatile jacket that can withstand El Capitan offwidths and miles of trails in the Rocky Mountains, than this piece is for you. The Patagonia backing and assured quality just add to the great value of this piece.

patagonia r1 hoody fleece jacket review - a top choice for moving in the outdoors, the patagonia r1's...
A top choice for moving in the outdoors, the Patagonia R1's breathability makes it an outstanding fleece jacket capable of any mission whether at the crag, in the back country, or close to home.
Credit: James Lucas

What Other Fleece Jackets Should You Consider?


Patagonia nailed it with the R1 Hoody. This standard setting fleece offers a lightweight, breathable, easy to layer jacket that performs better than the rest. The Patagonia R1 Air Full Zip Hoody is our highest scoring fleece. It's a fairly similar jacket but slightly less technical. The Outdoor Research Vigor provides a lot of similar features at a more reasonable price, as does the Mountain Hardwear Stratus Full Zip.

James Lucas, Adam Paashaus & Matt Bento
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