Patagonia R1 Hoody

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Patagonia R1 Hoody Review Facts

If you are someone who is into any activities having to do with the outdoors, whether that be climbing, biking, hiking, and more, you know that Patagonia is one of the greatest brands to provide you with all the necessary equipment. Yes, some of its products are more expensive than similar products that you could find from other brands, but many people can attest to the fact that the quality of its pieces is unbeatable, especially its fleeces. Finding a fleece, whether it be a hoodie or a pullover, that will provide you with all the warmth and comfort that you need while performing outdoor activities is essential.

The Patagonia R1 Hoody is a great option for you if you are looking for something that is lightweight and warm all at the same time. This hoodie lasts forever, so you will not have to worry about replacing it any time soon. The fabric that the hoodie was created out of is very breathable, so you won’t have to worry about sweating too much and having your hoodie become uncomfortable.

People were especially appreciative of the design of the hood, which zips up to cover a part of your face (your chin and mouth, as well as your forehead on top). This will help your face to stay especially warm in cold weather, which, as many people know, could cause them to completely abandon outdoor activities at all in colder weather. And, the sleeves have built-in gloves for your hands that wrap around your thumb. These gloves will work to keep your hands warm, but they also won’t make it difficult for you to use your hands for various different things as necessary.

So, let’s look at some of the different features that make this hoodie something worth considering.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • People have said that the fleece fits them well and is true to size
  • The fleece is very lightweight, meaning that you will feel even more comfortable wearing it
  • People like the design of the hood and how it is meant to keep parts of your face warm
  • There are built-in gloves with a thumb hole, which keep your hands warm without getting in the way of your ability to use your hands
  • The Patagonia hoody, according to some people, is not the most stylish fleece available

  • It is not the warmest fleece on the market in comparison to others



If you are someone who loves to participate in outdoor activities, you know that some brands make better quality materials than others. While you certainly can find cheaper clothes or other gear, you won’t always have the guarantee that they will work as well or last as long or something that you might have to shell out some more money for. If you are someone on a budget, this might not be the ideal option for you; however, if you think about it, buying something that is a lot more durable will save you money in the long run because it means that you won’t have to replace it as often.

This hoodie is made by the brand Patagonia, which is one of the top brands when it comes to outdoor equipment. It mainly creates outdoor clothing for men, women, and children, and it also makes equipment and gear such as backpacks, laptop bags, water bottles, and more. So, when it comes to what to wear or some of the essentials that you should take with you when doing outdoor activities, you can be assured that Patagonia will have what you need. The only thing is that many of Patagonia’s products are rather expensive in comparison to similar ones offered on the market, but that is because Patagonia is regarded as being prestigious in the realm of outdoor brands. It is particularly well known for its fleeces and other clothing tailored towards cold weather activities.


People lauded this hoodie for its breathability. It is made of a material called Polartec Power Grid, which helps to fight moisture and increase the product’s breathability. People said that when held under the light, the breathability and lightweight features are made visible due to how thin the fabric is. If you are someone who sweats quickly and who wants a fleece that is much more lightweight and breathable, then this is the perfect option for you.

The fleece is also made with another material called Polygiene. This essentially helps the product to fight any odors that might come from your body, such as ones caused by sweat. It is also supposed to get rid of bacteria and any odors that tend to come naturally with products that are made of synthetic materials.


This product is exceptionally comfortable, according to a wide variety of users. This is important when choosing a fleece because you don’t want something that is so thick that it itches, or something that will make you feel stuffy and uncomfortable. This fleece is made out of thin and lightweight fabric, which does make the fleece a little less warm than other ones out there, but that does not mean that you will be freezing. Some people said that this is better to be used under something heavy when you are outside in freezing weather, but others say that this fleece is both warm and comfortable. The breathability of the fabric also aids in the overall comfort of this product.

You can choose whether to purchase a half zip version of the jacket or the full zip version. There is no real difference between either other than what your personal preference is. However, if you do any activities that require you to wear a harness or backpack, you might find that the half zip is less of a nuisance because it won’t bunch up as often. However, if you want something that you can unzip when you get too warm, then the full zip is a great option.

There are also loops for your thumbs, which means that you will be able to keep your hands warm, too. But this loop only goes up to your palms, meaning that your fingers will remain free to do anything you need. If you will be wearing gloves, you can still hook this loop around your thumb to ensure that there is no space between your gloves and your jacket. All of these features combined make this a comfortable fleece.
The hoodie is also extremely lightweight, as we have mentioned; it only weighs 12.9 ounces. It may not have the features that other hoodies on the market do, but this also aids in the overall comfort of the product because you won’t feel like you have something extremely heavy on your body. Not only that, but if you will be taking the hoodie with you in your backpack, or if you get hot outside and wish to take it off, you won’t be adding an extra heavy weight to your bag.


The R1 Hoody has an athletic fit, and it also has a slim fit. The torso of the jacket is also rather long. But many people said that this jacket is true to size and very comfortable. It comes in sizes XXS to XXL.


This fleece might not be the best if you want something that you can use in any type of weather conditions, but it is perfect for if you will be performing activities in the mountains. People said that the best activities it is used for include running, hiking, climbing, and some aerobic activities that they do in the winter, such as skiing. You can easily use this fleece to layer under other clothes, or if the weather is too warm for you to wear something heavier over top of it, you could also wear this during an early morning run when the mornings are still chilly. However, many people have recommended this fleece for use in the mountains. Considering the fact that this jacket is not resistant to different weather conditions that you might encounter, you probably don’t want to wear this as a stand alone piece when it’s raining or snowing outside; definitely have something heavier to wear over top. Otherwise, you can ideally use this jacket for any activity.


Cleaning this jacket is very easy. You can simply toss it in the washing machine when you find that your jacket is too dirty to wear anymore. And, of course, if you dry your clothes in the dryer, you can also throw the Patagonia hoodie in there, too.

The hoodie is made with a product that is meant to fight bacteria that could arise due to sweat. And, it works to mask odors caused by sweating. So, you will find that you won’t have to do too much extensive cleaning with this product.


One place where some people expressed dissatisfaction with this product was with its style. While style might not be the most important characteristic when considering a product that you would wear to perform different outdoor activities, some people do like to choose clothes that look good on them- despite whether or not it offers all the features they want. Since this jacket is lightweight, it does not at all look bulky, and it has a slim fit, which means that it will look somewhat flattering on you. However, people said that the overall design of the jacket is not the most appealing, and they did not feel inclined to wear this jacket outside during everyday activities because they simply had pieces that were much more attractive to wear.

This jacket is not available in too many colors, either. For men, the jacket is available in light blue, black, and a bright yellow-green color that has gray accents. The women’s version of the jacket is also available in several colors, including light blue, yellow, coral-pink, and black. Again, this jacket might not have the best color range, but it does come in a variety of colors that are sure to suit your style.

Weather Resistance

One of the areas in which this Patagonia product is lacking is in its resistance to the elements. You probably do not want to wear this jacket alone if it is raining or snowing outside, or even if it’s a particularly windy day. If the weather is too warm for you to wear something over it, you probably will want to wear something else entirely. The R1 Hoody is made out of a very lightweight and breathable material, which means that it is not the best at fighting against different elements. Any rain that will get on the jacket will go right through, getting you wet, and you will be freezing from the wind. Since this jacket is so good for layering, many people simply recommend this as a layering piece rather than something to wear to defend against the weather.

Key Features

The jacket is made with a breathable material, adding to the overall comfort
The fleece has thumb holes, which add extra warmth for you
The hoodie has a material called Polygiene to help fight odors and bacteria
It is perfect to wear in the mountains and as part of several layers of clothing

Bottom Line

Finding a good fleece jacket is key if you plan to be doing any activities in the outdoors, particularly in the mountains, whether you want something that you can wear on its own or as part of several layers. The Patagonia R1 Hoody might not offer all of the features that other jackets do, such as hand warmers and side pockets (it does have a chest pocket), and it might not be resistant to the weather. But the jacket is so lightweight and comfortable that it is so difficult to pass up. People said that they didn’t want to take the jacket off at all when they wore it. So, if you are looking for a highly durable and breathable fleece, this Patagonia jacket might be a great option for you to look into.