User Review: Patagonia Men's R2 Jacket
Fabric: Fluffy, porous, R2 material.
Price Paid: $65 *Sale price
The R2 is a solid jacket if used appropriately.
Construction, Material, and Effectiveness:
The construction of the seams are conducive to backpacking and rock climbing, as the seams do not lie on any pressure points a harness or straps lay on. The seams are well stitched and have a low profile with no "humps" on the seam lines. The zipper is YKK, which is a good zipper manufacturer, and has glides up and down the track with ease, but does holds its zip position until I unzip it.
The pocket position is good. No issues to date with an awkward angle of accessibility because of my backpack straps.
The material that composes the body of the R2 is very warm, lofty, and breathable. Great for cold days on the trail or an even better applied at the campsite when you want to cool down after hiking, but want to stay warm as the temperature is dropping. The body material wicks sweat well and dries effortlessly. Inside the front portion of the jacket is an extra layer of essentially gym short material which helps wick moisture and manage dead air providing extra heat retention when exertion levels are low.
The most efficient part of this jacket lies within the porous, lofty body material. The fluffy exterior texture is reflected on the interior providing excellent loft and dead air management. The porous material provides excellent breath ability, as mentioned earlier, but more importantly makes drying this garment quick as lightning. On a cold, wet day I have dried this garment from damp to dry as a bone hanging inside my tent in well under 3 hours. On sunny days it can get soaked and hung dry in less than an hour. **I did not time the dry times but an estimation should be sufficient to drive my point home.**
The cuffs and collar are composed of a different material than the body; I imagine to help wick sweat on the extremities of the jacket more efficiently. Works well, as I have not had a problem with them and they are very comfortable; Patagonia gets a check plus on the collar and cuffs.
I am 6'1" and weigh 195 plus or minus 5 lbs. My torso is an average length for my height but have an above average chest circumference. The XL fits me comfortably loose. Usually I wear larges but reviews on suspiciously short length of the jacket backed by my own physical research drove me to purchase the XL. With my pack on the length covers the top of my pant pocket. Jacket arm length is perfect!
I use this jacket for spring and fall backpacking as well as day hikes in winter. The loft and breath ability really pays off in those situations. However, because the porous nature of the fabric, this jacket is far from wind proof. If the wind kicks up I immediately layer up. This is why if I pack it in, I use it primarily as my camp jacket.
Great for light weight backpacking.
2007/2008 model R2 series. Great construction and efficient technology yield a superb mid weight jacket. 4/5 stars mainly due to vulnerability to wind. It is an easy on, easy off jacket.