71691Owner Review - Light-Weight R4 Patagonia Fleece
- Oct 1, 2006This is my first owner review ever!! Thanks a lot for looking at this!!
Patagonia Lt-Weight R4
October 1, 2006
Name: Dexter Bateman
Height: 6'5" (1.93 m)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
City, State, Country: Atlanta, GA, United States
Date: October, 2006
I started backpacking a few years ago in the Southern
Appalachians of North Georgia. I take frequent day hikes and go out for a
few nights on every long weekend available. I usually get to do two or three
extended, week long hikes per year. The Georgia Mountains are home to hot
summers and cold winters with some ice and snow. I consider myself a
lightweight hiker, not using ultra light gear, but taking only the bare
Product: Light-Weight R4 Fleece
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Made In: USA
Listed Weight: 18 oz (510 g)
Received Weight: 18.2 oz (516 g)
Size Men's X-Large: Chest: 46-48" (117-122 cm) Neck: 17-17.5"
(43.18-44.45cm) Sleeve: 36-37" (91-94cm) Waist: 38" (97cm)
Color Options: Royal/Channel Blue, Sultan Red/Persian Red, Stainless/Whale
Blue, Black/Whale Blue.
- Polartec Windbloc laminate
- Lined with R1 fleece for wicking moisture on the inside
- Adjustable draw cord collar and hem
- Hand warmer and chest pockets
- Internal stow pockets
I have used this fleece for numerous trips since I purchased it
last fall. I have used it for bumming around chilly Atlanta and two extended
trips and countless numbers of short hikes on the Appalachian Trail in North
Georgia. I have also worn the fleece hiking in Washington State hiking in
Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks and day hiking in the White Mountains
of New Hampshire. Elevations ranged from 500 � 7000 feet (152-2134 m) and
temperatures from 60-10 degrees F (15.56 to -12.21 degrees C).
This fleece is very warm, and only receives the title
"Light-weight" because it is compared to the even warmer regular R4 jacket.
This jacket has always done a wonderful job of keeping me warm. It offers
several different levels of warmth from wearing the jacket loosely unzipped
to cinching down all of the drawstrings and zipping all the way up to the
* *I love the way this jacket fits me. It is trim and feels
fitted without being too constricting. The sleeves are long enough to extend
even when stretching my arms out. This fleece also excels at being used with
a layering system: There is enough room under all joints and sleeves to fit
base layers comfortably. The fleece also slides nicely under a rain shell.
I really like the shoulder seams, which have been designed in an
"s-shape" to avoid having the seams directly under pack straps. This is a
lifesaver for extended backpacking trips! The collar is also coated with
Supplex, so it fits nicely around my neck without being too rigid.
This is the first windproof fleece I have ever owned. I did not
really understand the meaning of windproof until I really needed it.
Ridge-walking in the Presidential Range in New Hampshire is definitely the
place to test a windproof fleece. The wind blows mercilessly through the
gulfs and on top of all of the exposed peaks. I would put this fleece on as
soon as I got into the Alpine zone on every hike and I never felt the wind!
The main zipper is backed with a Supplex liner, so none of the wind can
sneak in anywhere. It is incredible!
This is one area where the Lt-Weight R4 could use some
improvement. The torso zippers open into large mesh pockets on the inside of
the jacket. It definitely makes a difference to open up these zippers, but
on a long uphill climb in cold weather, I find myself building up moisture
on the inside. The underarms are made of unlamented R1 fleece which provides
excellent breathability. This is, however, the one weak point of the
windproofness: if I lift up my arms, the wind can penetrate this area.
Longer pit zips positioned farther back would be a big improvement over the
* *A highly technical fleece suitable for a variety of cold
weather activities, this fleece is a very good combination of when mobility,
warmth and comfort are required. This is a definitely a quality piece of
clothing, which shows now signs of wear after nearly a year's use. One
improvement that could be made, however, is a better method a sealing the
wrist cuffs. The cuffs are elastic on the back side to create a tight fit,
but these may stretch if I continue to pull the sleeves up my forearms. I
would really like to see a Velcro type closure for these cuffs. I look
forward to bringing this jacket on all of my cold weather excursions this
- Very warm
- Very windproof
- High quality
- Great fit
*Could be better:*
- Wrist cuffs **
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