Patagonia Classic Retro-X Vest
Price Paid: $45
Great vest. Looks and is very comfy. Can wear as casual vest around town but works fantastic for hiking. I wore this vest as my primary hiking layer (over nylon shirt) for my hike up to the Everest basecamp. Wore pretty much the whole way up, alone up to maybe 4000m.
Definitely windproof. Seems a little stiff straight out of the package, but loosens up wonderfully with some use, but still maintains windproof capabilities.
Only issues - this is more designed for casual use, around camp and not as high-tech mountaineering layer. Meaning, the entire cut is a little more generous than Patagonia's technical gear, so for technical use I would have gotten a Med instead of the Large I did. It only means that the arm-holes are a bit loose and can let air in and out more easily than I would like and there is no drawstring along the bottom, which also is loose. I suspect, however, that I would have given this vest 5 stars if I had a medium.
Overall, excellent construction, durable, cozy, windproof. Just be aware of the generous cut when ordering and you will be amazingly pleased.
Price Paid: $120
Haven't had a chance to truly test this garment out yet as its not going to be very chilly for a while where I live, but initial impressions are:
It is very lightweight, lighter than I expected.
Windproof qualities are great. Appears well built and durable. Fits very snug. And it's warm.
The vest is overall capable and nice looking, but seems a tad expensive.
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Whether on its own or under a shell jacket, Patagonia's Retro-X Vest is windproof, recycled polyester Synchilla fleece vest keeps your core warm.
The Patagonia Classic Retro-X Vest is a windproof, hi-loft fleece that works well layering or casually over a shirt for a jaunt around town. Windproof membrane bonded between a recycled-polyester fleece exterior and moisture-wicking, brushed polyester-mesh interior Full-zip vest with internal wind flap Vertical zippered chest pocket made of Supplex(R) nylon Zippered handwarmers lined with brushed polyester mesh Hip length
Even a valedictory tromp around the Cathedral Lakes can turn chilly. Fight the inevitable drop in temperature with a Retro-X Vest. A windproof barrier sandwiched between thick 100% polyester pile (86% recycled) on the outside and a moisture-wicking, brushed-mesh lining keeps warmth in and winter out. Side pockets are lined with brushed-polyester mesh for comfort and a Supplex(R) chin flap adds extra protection. The vertical-zip chest pocket holds lunch money and ski pass. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.
Like clockwork, the wind ramps up its game once you get to camp, so zip up the windproof Patagonia Classic Retro-X Vest and start cooking your backcountry feast. Fuzzy, recycled polyester fleece holds in your body heat nicely, especially when layered under a ski jacket, but the breathable, wind-blocking barrier just atop the mesh lining gives you the protection you need off the grid. Then around the fire, you can trade off warming your hands in the front pockets and jamming on the harmonica you stashed in the chest pocket.