Patagonia R2 Granular Jacket
Finally, a warm, extremely light, wind and water resistant…
Fabric: Hard face Thermal Pro
Price Paid: $120
Finally, a warm, extremely light, wind and water resistant fleece jacket. Polartec thermal pro fleece that is similar to shearling fur on the inside and a hard face on the outside, kinda like cotton duck canvas. A pull cord in the collar to keep the wind out, and the pull cords for the waist are inside the pockets so they don't hang out.
Nice supplex pockets and elbow patches add to the overall quality of this jacket. The sleeves are really snug down at the wrist, but that will help keep you warm. It just takes a bit of a pull to get it on and off. The torso and sleeves are long enough for me (I wear Tall/Long) which is a pleasant surprise. The other R garments are cut too short. Now if they would only make it with a hood as well...
Update: March 20, 2006
I reviewed this jacket previously, but after going mountain biking with it at 35 degrees, I have to change my opinion. At 10 or 15 MPH, the jacket is just like a screen door. I guess I hadn't had a hard wind blow before I wrote the other review. It seemed nice around town, but I think I shall go back to a wind/water resistant nylon shell with a fleece lining for the mountain biking. It has its good features, but it falls short of the all around jacket I had hoped it would be.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The smooth face of this insulating midlayer cuts through wind and resists the harsh elements of alpine terrain. The single-sided fleece is heat-efficient and highly breathable; R2? on the inside speeds dry time and moisture transport. The knit face buffers against wind and sheds snow. Pocket details: two zippered, lined hand pockets, an interior zip pocket and a left bicep pocket. Clean-finished cordlocks and an internal drawcord eliminate loose hardware and seal out madly driven snow. Made in USA.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . Patagonia R2 Granular jacket has a patterned face with a water-resistant finish. Flatlock stitched jacket has soft and fuzzy fleece interior to insulate and breathe as you tear down on the slopes. Versatile midlayer for cold days on the lift Angled cuffs Napoleon zip pocket Drawcord collar and hem Front zip pockets Interior storm flap Length: 30” Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. 100% polyester Machine wash, dry CLOSEOUTS . USA. Size: S(36-38) M(39-41) L(42-45) XL(46-48)
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
The R2 Granular Jacket by Patagonia has a smooth face that buffers against wind and sheds snow. It's highly breathable, with directional knit on the inside to speed dry time and increase moisture transport. Patagonia's Granular Jacket packs inside ridiculously small places! Stretch-woven panels reinforce the articulated elbows for durability and freedom of movement. Clean-finished corlocks and an internal drawcord eliminate loose hardware and seal out madly driven snow.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version
As vital to the all-mountain snowrider as steep chutes, secret powder stashes and a continual storm cycle. The heat-efficient Granular's knit face buffers against wind and sheds snow. It's highly breathable, with directional knit on the inside to speed dry time and increase moisture transport. And it packs inside ridiculously small places. Supplex nylon panels reinforce the articulated elbows and two handwarmer pockets; clean-finished cordlocks and an internal drawcord eliminate loose hardware and seal out madly driven snow.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version