Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket

3 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

men's
Weight 23.7 oz / 672 g
Shell Fabric 7.5 oz Synchilla® 100% Polyester 1/4" Pile, 86% Recycled
Lining Fabric 100% Polyester Brushed Mesh, Breathable/Windproof Barrier
Trim Fabric 100% Supplex® Nylon

Reviews

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It may say retro, but the quality of my most recent…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

It may say retro, but the quality of my most recent purchase (circa '11) is not near the quality of my last couple (circa '00), they just don't last as long, especially at the elbows and pack rub points.

Pros

  • soft
  • cozy
  • no metal at cuffs (snaps, etc.) that interfere with iPads, etc.

Cons

  • wear for hiking use
  • wear at elbows for lounging
  • airflow at pockets (cold) if pockets unzipped

This is a great classic. Although they no longer wear like iron for hiking, they are a great cozy lounger for around camp, or deck and patio lounging.

Classic fit with true to size (up one size from 10 years ago) dries fast, water beads in light showers, not for rain or wet snow, breathes and wicks better than most fleece, not for windy conditions without an additional wind blocking layer.

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great jacket great look got a hell of a deal on it…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 89 bucks

great jacket great look got a hell of a deal on it so i jumped when i saw the price. love the shearling fleece look. id say if ur lookin 4 one get a discontinued color ull save a bundle and get an amazing coat.

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The best heavyweight fleece jacket on the market,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $185

The best heavyweight fleece jacket on the market, bar none. Crushes the goofy TNF Denali Jacket. This jacket is incredibly warm, and is windproof, and has multiple pockets for storage. The best thing about this jacket is its unique shearling look.

I recommend buying this jacket at size. It's not meant for multiple layers underneath. You don't need or want a sweatshirt or sweater underneath. A light long sleeved T-shirt or turtleneck will do. If you buy a size larger, then the bottom of the jacket will not hug your waist which in turn results in cold air blowing into your belly since there's no drawstring. This jacket is not meant to have a drawstring. If you want a drawstring, get the windproof synchilla, which I have also, and is great. Retro-X is more rugged looking, windproof synchilla is more proper looking for the office or with slacks/cords.

Update: February 17, 2007

This jacket is worth every penny. Don't think to yourself that you will buy this jacket once it goes on sale, because it'll be sold out before it even has the chance. I have both this jacket and the Retro-X Vest. I was lucky to get the vest at 20% off because of a storewide sale at Hudson Trail Outfitters. Both offer superior warm, and most importantly, they're windproof. Warm fleece is worthless without a windproof barrier.

I sometimes wear this jacket with just a t-shirt underneath, and I'm plenty warm even if it's 40F outside. I also love the chest pocket which allows me to keep my wallet handy. I don't think this jacket needs an adjustable waist strap because it'll take away from the free movement that you get.

As someone else said, you gotta love the shearling look. The only issue that I have, being picky, is that it doesn't breathe as well as let's say a Gore-tex lined shell, but I may be asking for too much. It can get stuffy sometimes if you're exerting yourself. The synchilla windproof jacket is great also.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Patagonia's Men's Classic Retro-X Jacket page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Patagonia versatile Retro-X has the wind-stopping ability to block the gusts coming off the Medicine Bow range and the fortitude for burly ranch work. It has a thick 100% polyester (86% recycled) Synchilla fleece face thats soft and supple. A moisture-wicking, brushed mesh lining and a windproof/breathable barrier cut cold and wind faster than a tumbler of scotch. With Y-Joint sleeves for mobility, a vertical zippered chest pocket made of Supplex nylon and zippered handwarmer pockets lined with brushed poly mesh. At the end of the day, use a bunched-up Retro-X as a pillow. Hip length.

- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version

The Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket is more than a fuzzy, windproof fleece jacket, its impenetrable wind barrier comes sandwiched between cozy recycled-polyester pile and a Capilene brushed-mesh composite lining. Stay warm and look good doing it. Breathable/windproof membrane that's bonded between the recycled-polyester fleece exterior and moisture-wicking, brushed-polyester mesh lining Full-zip jacket with wind flap and Y-Joint(TM) sleeves Vertical zippered Supplex(R) nylon chest pocket Zippered handwarmers lined with brushed polyester mesh Hip length

- OMCgear refers to the men's version

Wind can take your plans and scatter them across three counties. The versatile Retro-X? has the wind-stopping ability to block the gusts coming off the Medicine Bow range and the fortitude for burly ranch work. It has a thick 100% polyester (86% recycled) Synchilla(R) fleece face that?s soft and supple. A moisture-wicking, brushed mesh lining and a windproof/breathable barrier cut cold and wind faster than a tumbler of scotch. With Y-Joint? sleeves for mobility, a vertical zippered chest pocket made of Supplex(R) nylon and zippered handwarmer pockets lined with brushed poly mesh. At the end of the day, use a bunched-up Retro-X as a pillow. Hip length.

- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version

The Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket is made for working under the hood of your truck or spending the night in a bivy. Patagonia made this jacket with a plush Synchilla Fozzie-the-Bear outer, a polyester mesh liner, and a windproof breathable membrane sandwiched in the middle. The Classic Retro-X Jacket packs a surprising amount of warmth for its light weight. The sooner you get this jacket, the sooner you'll be able to mat down the 1/4-inch Synchilla for its real Classic look.

- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version