- January 17 2012
Does what it was designed to
Overall the R1 zip up does exactly what it set out to. With that in mind, you need to know that the fleece is not a hang around the house winter warmer, although it does this job fairly well. The R1 is designed to be used to move moisture and keep you dry during high exertion cold weather activities. It does this job superbly. During a recent winter ride I was I got soaked in a wet rain snow mix and was freezing in my wet jersey and arm warmers. Once the rain stopped I ditched the wet clothes, put on the R1, and rode another 6 miles warm and snug without overheating. Use it for what it's intended for and this is an excellent product.
- December 24 2011
This isn't my first R1. I had to come back for more! The weight of this high low garment is the best! You can layer it with other tops to create an unbelievable warmth. Or wear alone when the weather is warmer. I travel to warm and cold climates and the R1 goes with me every time! A fine Patagonia product!
- November 16 2011
Full zip offers full vent vs. full warms
OK....so the last thing I really needed was more patagonia garments in my closet...but...having the R1 Balaclava convinced me of the square checked fleece pattern....when worn snug, the garment presses tightly against skin (or wool base layer) and creates slight friction and a gentle warming affect. The full zip allows complete and continuous zipping/venting to desired needs. You'd never guess it, but an essential base layer next to skin or, as my favorite, with a wool layer first. Go for it...
- November 15 2011
This is an extremely comfortable thin layer fleece that works as a light jacket or a layer under a heavier coat. The check pattern is great for mobility. The fit is typical for Patagonia; Large for 6'1", 180. I can not speak to the durability since I have not had this product very long. I recommend this product and will definitely purchase another when this wears out.
- November 1 2011
Great for Layering
I've had the R1 for a couple months now and I mainly use it as a mid layer. Unlike most layer jackets that I have purchased in the past, the neck is very soft and comfortable when fully zipped because the top of the zipper is covered with soft material eliminating the annoying zipper rub when moving your head back and forth. I've used it to run around town but it does not slide off and on very easily over normal clothes. As usual, it is another quality Patagonia product: fits great and expected to last a long time.