This fall, I field-tested the new Patagonia R1 mid-layer fleece pullover in North Conway, New Hampshire, and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. As you’d expect from a high-end manufacturer like Patagonia, the R1 performed as advertised. I wore it while paddling along the Housatonic River, foraging for wild mushrooms, mountain-biking in the White Mountains, hiking the Berkshire hills, and more, and it kept me warm and comfortable throughout my adventures.
I appreciated the R1’s light weight, comfortable stretch fit,. and moisture-wicking ability, as well as the Polygiene odor-control fabric—which really does work! The deep-venting zippered front proved useful to release heat or keep it in when the activity, or lack thereof, dictated. Oh, and the chest pocket was handy for keeping my phone within easy reach.
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