Patagonia Mens R1 Hoody Quick Review

December 30, 2008

Patagonia is dedicated to providing the most durable and functional outerwear and accessories on the market. That direction has been guiding them for years as others have played "me too" in the market. They continue to push the limits of sustainability and fabric technology by using recycled fibers and mixing it with high-tech blends to provide the best product on the market. Case in point is the new Patagonia R1 Hoody. This tight-fitting base or midlayer hoody is made from a combination of Polartec® Power Dry® and Capilene® fabrics utilizing 60% and 50% recycled fibers respectively. This proven combination provides warmth, breathability and durability with the knowledge that at the end of its life, it can be recycled. Patagonia R1 Hoody Review The fit of the Patagonia R1 Hoody is athletic and form-fitting. The fabric is comfortable next to the skin and provides extra warmth when needed, but without much bulk. Thumbholes in the sleeves keep the sleeves in place when putting on additional layers and prevents unwanted snow entry during inevitable crashes or during deep powder excursions. The hood is nice to have, but can get in the way if you're not too keen on using it much. In a pinch, though, it could provide the extra warmth necessary to keep yourself warm and comfortable. I'll give it a more thorough flogging over the coming weeks and post my thoughts, but for now, I'm liking the R1. The Good Polartec Power Dry / Capilene combo is warm and comfortable Breathes well and wicks away moisture Tight fit is great as base layer Longer length keeps it tucked in (no plumber's crack) Thumbholes keep sleeves in place Good use of recycled materials The Bad Hood can get in the way... maybe a collared option would be better, or going with the similar Patagonia R1 Flash Fleece instead Buy Now: Search for the Patagonia R1 Hoody

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