Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoody Review - Sean Sewell of Engearment
Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoody Review: The best hoodie for spring
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- Patagonia designed an all-new hoodie inspired by the iconic Regulator Fleece, and it's called the .
- The is lightweight, warm, breathable, water resistant, wind resistant, and abrasion resistant, making it perfect for tough outdoor adventures.
- Priced at 9, the is much more than the average hoodie. It is a versatile piece than can be worn as a middle or outer layer.
- I tested the out and its versatility makes it the perfect spring layer.
In terms of weather, spring is oftentimes the most unpredictable season. Some days are cold enough to remind you of winter, some days are scorching hot like summer, and other days are a windy and rainy mess.
Regardless of what the weather is like, spring is also the time when nature lovers and sports fanatics start venturing back into the outdoors. Whether you're camping, hiking, rock climbing, or biking through mountainous trails, dressing appropriately is a must.
Instead of wearing a cumbersome winter jacket, you need a jacket that balances mobility and function. Renowned outdoors brand just came out with the perfect layer for lightweight warmth and comfort — the .
Drawing inspiration from the iconic , the manages to be a lot more than a hooded version of that classic design. With a lightweight double-weave fabric and an articulated pattern, the is designed to be warm, stretchy, breathable, water resistant, wind resistant, and abrasion resistant.
It also features a two-way adjustable Alpine helmet-compatible hood for providing coverage and visibility. The hand warmer pockets, adjustable hems that lock in warmth, and snag-resistant stretch knit fabric add durability and comfort.
I recently had the opportunity to test the new , and it is the most comfortable and lightest hoodie I've worn. It's also really warm.
Upon unboxing the R1 TechFace Hoody, the most prominent feature was the articulated pattern. At first glance, its checkered pattern looks to be part of the aesthetic, but it's there for a purpose. On the interior of the jacket, you'll find many cushioned squares, which provide fleece-like warm and a full range of motion. The design also keeps the exterior of the jacket smooth to prevent rips and tears. Once I put it on, I quickly found out that the Hoody feels just as good as it looks.
What I like best about the is how easy it is to adjust. Most other hoodies come with a simple drawstring on the hood and that's it. The cords on the hood of the don't dangle or get in the way, and they're great for improving your visibility or the airflow on your neck. The adjustable hem is operated through two drawcords in the front hand warmer pocket — a touch you won't find on most other hoodies or jackets. The placement of these features makes adjusting your super easy.
Depending on the weather, you can wear it as a middle layer or an outer layer. The jacket is lightweight and thin enough to wear under a heavier coat if necessary, while its water resistance and warmth are more than enough to protect you in milder temperatures.
Priced at 9, it is expensive for a hoodie, but it's worth every penny. If you're looking a quality layer to wear during your outdoor adventures this spring, the is it. Don't sell yourself short with average sweatshirts you'd wear to the gym. The will prepare you for any type of weather, and it is built to last.
Video: Patagonia R1 Technical Fleece | Outdoor 2018
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