Patagonia R2 Vest
Fabric: R2 polartec polyester fleece
Price Paid: $60
INDISPENSIBLE! Super warm, great fit, amazing moisture transfer, and really light and compressible. The R2 fabric is really versatile. Granted, it's not windproof, but under a shell, or on light-wind days, R2 is awesome.
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As every mountain minimalist knows, little can match the weight-to-redemption value of high-loft core warmth. Our dialed and refined R2AE fabric (PolartecAE Thermal ProAE) is supremely warm, with great stretch and a soft hand, while being incredibly compressible, breathable and light. The short-sheared but high-loft polyester face has a smooth appearance and insulates especially well underneath a shell; its directional knit wicks superbly, speeding dry times. Superbreathable, warm stretch panels (Polartec Power StretchAE) along the sides allow for a close, mobile fit. With a softly lined inner collar and chin flap for skin comfort, offset shoulder seams to stay clear of pack straps and zippered handwarmer pockets.
- River Sports Outfitters refers to the men's version
The Patagonia Men's R2 Vest provides lightweight core warmth for hiking, climbing, backpacking, and other backcountry pursuits, and it doesn't take up a lot of room in your pack. Patagonia made this vest from stretchy fleece fabric so you can move freely up the climbing route or down the scree-strewn trail. This breathable fabric wicks perspiration so you don't get swampy-feeling, and it's compressible for easy packing. Shoulder seams on the R2 Vest are set forward, so they won't rub underneath your pack straps.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Patagonia's R2 Vest features: two zippered handwarmer pockets, Polartec power stretch fabric panels, compressible easy to pack.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Patagonia's most technical core warmer comes in an improved, even more versatile fabric. The new Men's R2 Vest is designed in variable-knit polyester (7.4-oz Polartec Thermal Pro that's 40% recycled) to enhance compressibility, breathability, and moisture-management. With R1 stretch panels along the torso, backs of armholes and collar, this low-bulk warming insulation really shins when worn under a shell. The R2 Vest is recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version