patagonia’s R1 Hoody – one of my favorite things

As a rep in the outdoor industry and an outdoor retail buyer for years, I tend to appreciate items with ‘staying power’. A proud product from any manufacturer is one that can stand the test of time, finding the hard balance of function, cost, style and customer resonance – year after year. The R1 Hoody from patagonia is one of these things and a personal favorite of mine, simply because it works.

The jack of all trades R1 has been my ‘go to’ for years and I covet its reliability and function  to cover the many options of mountain travel. The hood fits perfectly under a helmet zipped up and provides crucial warmth to the back of the neck for colder days. Particularly nice for bivi’s and winter camping when your toque may have gotten wet during the day. The sleeves are the perfect length, with lighter fabric around the cuffs and waists for layering as well as an off center zipper to negate the zipper bulk you get with many layers. Year after year, the features on this piece have been refined and reworked to come up with something that is a stalwart and functional minimalist in the heritage of climbing garments.

Tech speak:

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Fabric: Jersey microfiber face speeds moisture-wicking and allows for easy layering-Fabric: “6.8-oz Polartec® Power Dry® 93% polyester (41% recycled)/7% spandex. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.”

How does it work?
“Moisture and high relative humidity next to the skin cause discomfort. Polartec® Power Dry® keeps the skin dry through three comple- mentary mechanisms:”

1. The fabric is highly breathable and does not restrict the movement of moisture vapor. Made with patented bi-component contsrtuction for superior wicking action.

2. “Touch points“ on the fabric inner surface draw off the sweat. Sweat is wicked off the skin to the outside of the fabric where it spreads rapidly for evaporation. Polartec® Power Dry® fabrics move at least 30% more moisture away from the skin than single component fabrics.

3. When the sweat reaches the outside of the fabric, it spreads out to many times its original surface area, enabling it to dry at least 2 times faster than cotton.”


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