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Patagonia R1 Pullover

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.

Key features include:

  • High/low grid interior (Polartec Power Grid polyester) for light weight, breathability and versatility 
  • Fabric stretches, traps heat and compresses for ease of packing
  • Minimalist, deep-venting front zipper allows for further temperature regulation, with a soft zipper garage to keep your chin comfy 
  • Off-shoulder seams sit comfortably under pack straps
  • Polygiene permanent odor control helps prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes
  • Exterior left-chest pocket with Slim Zip, zipper garage and mesh pocket bag 
  • Cuffs and hem finished with ultrasoft binding help seal in warmth
  • Available in red, blue, grey and black

Price: $129

 

Biking through the autumn woods. Photo Kevin Erdvig