- December 29 2011
Amazing winter coat
I LOVE this coat. Totally worth the price. I think it's perfect for under 30 degree weather. I am usually cold if I'm outside for awhile, but not with this coat. Today I wore it for a medium snow storm in Michigan and it was great--it's very soft and warm. I'm not sure I would wear it skiing, but it's great for shopping, walking around or wearing for general cold weather. I generally buy Patagonia coats because of the quality and sustainability practices of this company and this coat is no exception!
- December 4 2011
Stellar All-Purpose Cold Weather Jacket
My wife and I love Patagonia's R4 Jacket. It's the first coat we usually grab when heading out the door when cold mountain weather arrives. The sizing, features and gender-specific fit of the Guide Jacket are superb. The jacket is very cozy and roomy enough to accommodate heavy layering. The material is nice and stretchy, durable, and has high resistance to wind and precip. We found the jacket to be comfortable on all but the coldest days when down insulation is more appropriate. The only criticism to be made for this jacket version is that there is no elastic or cinch closure for the sleeves and hem to prevent heat from escaping (form preceded function here). All is all, a great all purpose cold weather jacket. Definitely worth the $$$.
- November 21 2011
Womens R4 is the best fleece jacket
I own Mountain Hardware and North Face fleece jackets but my Patagonia R4 is the warmest, softest and most comfortable of them all. I love it. I use this coat for November high school and college football games and it performed extremely well. It is a very warm and comfortable jacket.
- December 28 2010
Soft, warm, wonderful jacket!
I got this jacket as a gift for Christmas. I was worried about it being too short because I like longer jackets, but it is a perfect length. Also, the sleeves are not too long. I ordered a large and it was true to size. The coat is very soft to touch...it is warm when you need it to be (outside with the wind) but yet I can keep it on all day in my office and not be too hot. Overall a great coat that I will keep for years.
- January 29 2012
Comfortable and warm
Comfort and warmth are the bottom line for this jacket. I absolutely love the flexibility of the fabric. It moves with me without binding or tugging anywhere. Most other windproof/wind resistant jackets are stiff but not the R4. The only criticism I have is that it doesn't have a waist cinch and I sometimes get a draft from the loose waist style. A Napolean pocket (chest zip pocket) would improve the jacket's function too. The hand pockets are mesh which can be a pro or con depending on how you look at it. For me it lets in a draft, but for others it offers a way to ventilate if needed. The sizing was true and the slimmer fit was not extreme (I'm 5'8' and thinnish) - I can still wear a sweater underneath without bunching. Overall I am very happy with the jacket. It's so comfortable that I want to leave it on all the time.