User Review: Patagonia Men's R4 Jacket
Price Paid: $215
I received the R4 as a gift. I have hiked with it on numerous occasions as well as used it as my primary winter coat. It works wonders for both. It is very durable and after going camping recently I washed it to get the campfire smell out. You can tell a lot about quality by how something comes out in the wash. I just line dried the jacket.
The only complaint I would have is the ability for this jacket to dry. Being that it has the wind block membrane it takes a while for it to dry completely. I was used to the Polartec windbloc fleece-The Polartec product dried very fast but was not as warm and not as windproof as the R4 Patagonia. Hiking through areas with rock walls with water falling and water fall areas in general is probably not the best place to use this jacket and would recommend using a shell with it, even if it is a low cost parka.
Overall the jacket is great and cannot wait until I can wear it again when it gets cooler. This jacket is very warm and toasty-after a brisk hike in 30-40 degree weather I found myself almost taking it off, but it's a great jacket. The pocket placements are great as well and the chest pocket works well for my Garmin ETrex GPS!