User Review: Patagonia Men's R2 Jacket
Fabric: Polartec Power Dry/Thermal Pro
Price Paid: $170 CDN
This review is for the earlier model R2. I purchased this fleece the first year it came out to see if the "high loft" fleece worked as well as advertised. After roughly 7 years of use I can honestly say this fleece doesn't owe me anything! It's been awesome!
The fleece is really warm, fits great, and is highly breathable. The fleece is alright on its own on cooler days with no wind - but on windier days a shell is definitely needed. As a mid layer this fleece is unstoppable.
I'm 5'9" 140lbs. and the medium fits me great, leaving a bit of room for a heavier base layer if needed. Over the years the fleece isn't quite as warm as it used to be. Some areas such as the elbows and back have become worn and lost most of their loft over the years of hard use.
Last winter while ice climbing on a particularly cold day (-20 to -25C) I came to the conclusion that my favorite fleece finally needs to be replaced. Normally it would have kept me warm in these conditions with a light shell, but I found myself getting chilly. I knocked off half a star because I feel it's a little pricey for a fleece.