The second big item in my COVID-19 fueled Patagonia order was the Patagonia R1 Pullover Hoody. I ordered the R1 Pullover Hoody in a size small and in Fire (aka bright as hell red). The R1 Pullover Hoody retails for $159. For reference I am 5’11” and weigh 160lbs with a slim build. I ordered a small because I plan to use the Patagonia R1 Pullover Hoody as a middle layer over a t-shirt or base layer long sleeve but under something heavier like my Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody so I didn’t want any excess fabric. On first appearances I am happy with the fit and it is not too tight or too loose.
I already had the Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody which is the heaviest and least breathable technical fleece that Patagonia offers. My new R1 Pullover Hoody is all the way at the opposite end as the lightest and most breathable. I love my R2, it is stupid warm, but I really wanted something a little more breathable and flexible to deal with the variable conditions of New Mexico. The R1 Pullover Hoody and the R2 Techface Hoody combo is also going to make for a great layering system in all but he absolute coldest temperatures.
A couple of features that really drew me to the R1 Pullover Hoody is the breathability. Patagonia actually used different levels of fleece for different areas. You can see the lighter panel that run under both arms and the bottom third of the torso so that it is lighter when wearing a climbing harness or with hip belt straps. I like the extra long torso length in the whole R1 and R2 line. I have a longer torso so I like the extra length but it is also very comfortable under backpacks and harnesses. The R1 Pullover Hoody is also nice for wearing under those items because it has a 2/3 zipper and not a full. So it can sit comfortably under a harness while still providing enough zipper to vent.
I also love the thumb loops which is a unique feature to the R1 Pullover Hoody. I think they are extremely nice for an item that will be layered so that you don’t have to worry about the sleeve getting caught and bunching up when putting other layers on. I also wanted a hood because I really like the hood on my R2 a lot more than I thought I would. I really prefer to wear a baseball cap opposed to a beanie. But having a hood to throw up for exposed sections kind of bridges the gap. Just a heads up thought the R1 Pullover Hoody’s hood is a literal balaclava. When it is fully zipped up the only thing exposed are the eyes. On the pocket front there is one chest pocket on the left side but no other pockets. I like this as pockets add bulk and will be covered by a harness or hip belt. However, it is good to know there aren’t any before ordering.
The Patagonia R1 Pullover Hoody is available in sizes from XXS to XXL and in black, red, and blue. I will post a detained review of the R1 Pullover Hoody after several months of use which at this point means it’ll probably be late fall before I can get enough use to feel comfortable reviewing it.