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Built to Patagonia standard
This is, bar none, the best fleece Ive owned. It is incredibly warm, comfortable and the pockets are deep, and perfectly placed; I think. Everything is of the highest caliber, which one would expect given its a Patagonia. I bought the blue jacket, and it is really sweet I must say.
Cozy and timeless
I have had several Retro X vests, but never the full jacket. I'm very glad I decided to get one because it has quickly become one of my go to everyday jackets. It is a very warm and cozy windproof fleece, and the wooly style is great because it doesn't pill. It is a nice casual piece that can be layered up or down underneath easily. I tho... Read Moreught it would be more of a shoulder season coat for me here in Maine, but I have worn it all winter. If it's cold, then I wear a flannel and vest underneath. This is a great jacket all around and a timeless Patagonia classic.
I have a couple of zip down sweaters that I really love I was looking for one in black and I thought because its extra warm it would be great however I did not like the cardboard feel of the inside and I thought the waist line could be a little longer basically what I wanted was a warmer replica of the other sweaters that I had. Dont worry! I do ow... Read Moren many Patagonia products and I will continue to buy them
Hello Jim! We're truly sorry that this jacket was not what you expected in terms of length and feel. Our designs and fits are constantly being revised and customer's feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes, so we truly appreciate you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. Thanks so much for your review!
Could be an inch longer around the waist length wise also the front pocket needs to be made of better material already have a hole/slight rip. Possibly might return due to manufacturing default?
Other than the material on the front pocket love the coat. With living in Michigan it has been keeping me warm through these cold months.
I have purchased Patagonia products for DECADES; I have Baggie, Hoodies, etc. that are 25+ years old that look almost new despite rigorous use. This is the first Patagonia product where the zippering function is "intermittent" i.e. it catches at the neck. I find myself having to be "extra" precise in lining up the zipper to prev... Read Moreent locking...
Another great Patagonia item! The wind resistant liner/interior makes it different than other fleece jackets, but also gives it a sturdier feel. Likely takes a few wears in order to break in. You can size up if you intend to layer, but fits true to size and is warm enough to not need a thick layer underneath. Beautiful and highly recommend!
Won't let you down!!
It's currently 23 degrees Fahrenheit where I am at and wind gusts of 15 mph. This jacket is amazing. Considering that I am only wearing an under shirt when I decided to go out with my dog for a walk. I managed to stayed warm with the jacket and it did exactly what it was meant to do. Protected the upper body from the wind and kept me warm. To ... Read Moredate, happy with the purchase.
I bought this for work and it keeps me warm down to freezing so far. It offers moderate wind protection, but after about 15 mph, some air gets in. If I were to hike in this above 30 degrees or so, Id get too warm. The jacket is well built and is made of quality materials. I highly recommend the Classic Retro-X.
Warmth with Retro vibes
I bought this for my boyfriend after I saw him eyeing my retro-x jacket. Now its the only jacket hes been wearing. He still wears the heck out of his nano but loves how windproof this is as well as street forward. Also, thank you Patagonia for your AMAZING customer service! You are one of a kind
Zipper sometimes gets stuck
Sometimes the zipper gets stuck because it rolls over the inner lining. you have to pull the lining fabric out of the zipper to get it to move. Also its not as soft/cozy as I had thought from pictures. The inside is not at all like the outside, not soft or fuzzy. Jacket is very warm though and looks great in my opinion, so I still wear it often. ... Read MoreJust have to move the zipper gingerly.
I'd seen someone in a roomy, flexible fleece jacket and thought this was it. The fabric had a stiff look, the jacket boxy and fit small. A more generous fabric, fit and longer length would've been better.
Thank you for providing this important feedback. The nature of the wind-proof liner does make it feel a bit stiffer. If you are looking for something more flexible with a similar soft, shearling exterior, you could consider the [Retro Pile Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-retro-pile-fleece-jacket/22801.html?dwvar_22801_color=ELKH). We hope this helps!
So comfortable you can't pry it off.
I really dig how comfortable the jacket is and its crazy warm yet breathable on a brisk winter walk. My only downside is the fit around the chest is a bit wide. Not sure how to change that though as the back allows me to have a large range of motion. Also, the change in color on the chest pocket is a bit weird and would look that much slicker if it... Read More was more subtle.
Jacket looks great, but as title suggests, its a weird fit. I usually wear a large in Patagonia (I really need a medium-tall, since Patagonia seems to run wide, but since they dont make tall sizes, I go with a large for sleeve length and deal with the baggies), but after trying on a large in this, the body and sleeves are shorter than other Patagon... Read Moreia items, so I had to size up to an XL. The sleeves and body on this are still oddly short, and its super baggy, but it works. I had it tailored and called it a day. Suggestion: make tall sizing, please.
Hi Jason, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate your comments and suggestions regarding our sizing. Feedback like this helps us to improve products for future seasons so its really appreciated.
Second one owned
My original retro x jacket was purchased in 2000 for myself and along with all of my Patagonia gear I loved it from the start. Fast forward 20 years and my 17 ear old daughter has hijacked mine (its a size lg and too loose for her but it didnt deter her). I ordered a medium for her and she loves it. Its awesome to see the quality Has not wavered in... Read More 20 years as many other companies do. Its identical to mine, except for size and color. For casual wear or as a mid layer under a shell you cant beat this jacket.
Warm, attractive , and durable
This is the 2nd jacket I have owned from Patagonia. The first one I "borrowed" from my daughter for a few years (!) and when she wanted it back I bought a new one. It is actually a men's small, like the old one. Don't know if the ladies' size is better but I am happy with the fit of the mens' small. Nice and warm and a... Read Morettractive an for sure durable. The new one is a bit stiff but I expect after I wear it a bit it will soften. Maybe a washing eventually will soften it too.
My first Patagonia fleece, and I was amazed how warm and insulated the jacket is. It is true to size, and as noted, a regular fit. If you want to have an oversized fit like I do, I recommend getting a size up, but remember that it'll look a little big instead of the oversized look. If you know you know. This jacket is designed to fit true to s... Read Moreize. I still love mine.
Bought myself the female version of this jacket and its so incredible I bought it for my boyfriend for Christmas as well! They are so warm and perfect for chilly weather and being outdoors since the inside lining is basically wind proof. The look is great and the fit was excellent (I did size down in the womens for a more fitted look but mens was t... Read Morerue to size). I would totally recommend this jacket and we are so excited to have these great Patagonia fleeces for years to come.
The fit on these Retro X jackets is very strange. I'm 6'0, 185 lbs. The Large is extremely tight in the torso in that it is almost form fitting. The sleeves are very baggy and loose. I returned it immediately. The old Rero X I still have from 20 years ago fits like a normal jacket/fleece. The current version is very different. I wouldn&#x... Read More27;t recommend this product.
We're sorry to hear this jacket was a disappointment, but we appreciate your feedback on sizing, fit and fabric, Jason!
Another great product from Patagonia
This product is fashionable for a fleece. Rather warm too; I have worn this with a t shirt in 25 - 35 degree days in Vermont and felt very comfortable. I only recommend rethinking the length of the product. If the length was 1-1.5 inches longer about. It has a very comfortable, snug fit. I have worn this on windy days and it did not disappoint me. ... Read MoreOverall this product is superior to every similar product I own. Patagonia knows how to make great products! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for new gear.
Awesome durable and warm fleece!
Got this fleece as a gift from my daughter after telling her my layers werent keeping me warm during chilly days cycling in Central Park. I love how the wind doesnt penetrate this fleece and I can stay warm and dry using this fleece with only a few layers underneath.
Nice jacket, a little short
Gifted this jacket to my husband as an alternative to his Nano Puff. It is solidly constructed! As other reviews note, this is not a cozy, stay inside fleece. It's a jacket made for breezy, cool days outside! He is 6", ~165lbs, with a 31" waist and a climber body (muscular arms and shoulders, but not bulky). The M fits him really n... Read Moreicely in the chest, arms, and torso, but is a little short. Probably about 1" shorter than the Nano Puff. Not a deal breaker, but an extra inch on this jacket length would be really nice, Patagonia! The dark blue is more vibrant in person and is definitely wearable with blue jeans. Overall, he really likes this jacket, but wishes it was just a little longer.
Very comfy and warm
Great jacket, but has a strange fit like some of Patagonia's other jackets. The fit is near perfect everywhere except the chest, where it is a little more snug than I want. However, if I were to size up to a large, there would be a bunch of loose fabric around the midsection. Overall, it's a great jacket.
This is an excellent jacket. The large fits me very well. The jacket is quite warm, perfect for damp fall conditions with temps in the 30s and 40s. A bit bulky for backpacking but great on a day hike or walk around town. Feels sort of like wearing a bearskin. Nice chest pocket for your phone or a map.
I liked the outside of the jacket, but the inside was rubbery. I really wanted a jacket that was fleece inside and out that didnt shed.
Was not a comfortable jacket. It was too stiff on the inside not what I was expecting. I love Patagonia products but not this one. Make a fleece jacket with fleece on the inside and out that doesnt shed and Im in! Your customer service is excellent!!!
Loved the style of color when I saw it online, but wish I had tried it on at store. The material inside isn't as comfortable as I thought and it feels rough against bare skin. Hope they can redesign with soft material, especially in the sleeves. Runs a bit loose so it'd be great to layer with. Might return for a size small.
I bought my first Retro-X jacket about 20 years ago and I have really beaten it up. I put suede elbow patches on it and the zipper had to be replaced once by Patagonia, for free. It's still going strong and it's the one I use for backpacking and camping. I have a newer one in a different color for 'around town' because it looks ... Read Morea tad better. I have worn these in every kind of weather and they are the most versatile jackets I have ever owned. I washed mine in NikWax water repellant and they shed snow and rain admirably, though they are not great raincoats in a downpour. They are also comfortable over a range of temperatures -- warm when it's very cold; if you unzip them they do not overheat when the temperature warms up a bit. This is one of the best outdoor garments I have ever owned.
Great outside, less than ideal inside
I loved the course and thick fleece that makes up the jackets exterior. But, lining (which I assume is the wind proof portion) had an odd feel to it. It was odd enough that I ended up returning it. A fleece like this which is fluffy in and out would be a welcome purchase for me.
If you are looking for a solid fleece to rep when going out on cold nights, driving back from the slopes, or just for walking the dog, look no further. This thing is toasty! Super high quality fleece with a solid internal backing to make it windproof. Fits true to size, and of course the zippers and overall construction are top notch. Ordered it ri... Read Moreght before the new colors came out, just might have to buy another!
I ordered the Classic Retro-X to replace my Retro-X from the 90's. My current Retro-X is perhaps the most worn garment in my entire life, spanning 20 years. Unfortunately, the new Retro-X is not an accurate re issue of the original. The new version is cut much larger with extra fabric around the chest and waist and especially in the arms. It i... Read Mores actually clearly visible in the picture of the model. This has clearly been re-designed to be an outerwear jacket rather than a middle wear insulating layer. Upon attempting to layer it under my ski coat, my arms bound up and there were folds of fabric in the middle section. Additionally, the fabric is much stiffer and feels thicker. I tried the small as well, and it was too tight with an additional zipper problem. All in all, this is only appropriate for fashion wear, not for layering or serious use outdoors.
Hi Jonathan, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit of our Retro-X Jacket. We're not exactly sure what season your original jacket came from but it definitely sounds like some revisions have been made. The Retro-X is more of a casual fleece and it won't make the best mid-layer as you've described. If you're interested in checking out an option that would serve as a better mid-layer we'd suggest taking a look at the [Men's R2 Fleece Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-r2-regulator-fleece-jacket/25139.html?dwvar_25139_color=CSRD#q=r2&lang=en_US&start=1)
Best Pile Fleece On the Market
I have multiple colors in this jacket and its by far my favorite fleece jacket to wear. Im not typically someone who wears certain jackets in specific seasons. This jacket I where all year long, even some of those summer nights with a cool breeze. I am 5'8. I could probably fit into a medium which would be a standard fit but I like my outerwea... Read Morer a little roomy so that's why I wear a large in this fleece.
Retro Zipper Sticks
I purchased the Retro-X fleece to replace my trusty old R4 fleece which I recycled with Patagonia Worn Wear. The Retro-X is light,warm and I really like the color. The inside lining is not soft, but rather stiff and rough compared to my my old R4. The Retro-X could also use an inside pocket. The problem with my Retro-X is the YKK zipper catches on... Read More a ribbon sewn parallel to the zipper. Every time I try to unzip the jacket the zipper catches on the ribbon and sticks a couple of inches below the neckline . I've learned to pull up on the right side of the collar when unzipping to avoid this phenomenon but it irritates me. I would send the Retro-X in for exchange but after talking to customer service I learned my color is sold out and not scheduled for future availability. Only one other color in my size is in stock and I don't like that color. This zipper problem may be a sewing flaw on my fleece only. YKKs are the best. I need this fleece for the winter so I'm stuck like the zipper.
Awesome Casual Jacket
Love the color scheme on the sage khaki version. Looks great with jeans. I tend to get more technical outdoor jackets, so this one was a perfect fit for the more casual settings. It is a little stiff when you first get it, but after a few wears it has a great feel. The outside is super soft, but it does a great job stopping the wind. The chest pock... Read Moreet is super handy and has a nice padded inside. The hand pockets go straight to the mesh lining inside. Would love if the same fleece material was on the inside of the pockets to help keep my hands warm because I don’t like to wear gloves.
William we really appreciate your attention to detail in this review. This kind of thoughtful feedback is so helpful to other customers and to our product designers to make improvements, so thank you!
Great product-Great service
Had one of these jackets many years ago and loved it. Got lost in a move. So got another one with different trim colors for myself for Christmas. Love it and get lots of great comments about it from both friends and strangers. I wear it for bus duty at an elementary school in Minnesota and I am never cold.
I bought a men’s medium because I liked the colors better than the women’s. I am a 132 lb, 5’7” female with a lean, athletic build. It’s incredibly warm and totally wind proof. The lining is mildly stiff suggesting it will battle the cold fearlessly and it does. I can wear a light sweater under it during 20 degree days with a hat and gloves and be ... Read Morewarm. I love this coat. I am careful with all of my clothing and conservative with drying so I wash it inside out and hang it to dry. It’s dried in no time and looks great.
Fit isn't perfect but works well after modifications
This jacket is great. It is warm, comfortable, and looks great. Unfortunately, it is not cut well for tall people. I am 6'2" and ordered a large. The jacket is too short to be worn comfortably without a waist cinch. Rather than returning the jacket, I added my own waist cinch to keep it from ballooning around my waist. Not everyone is ... Read Moregoing to want to do this. So just be aware that if you are tall and skinny, the sizing will be off and you will not have a snug fit around the waist. It would be great if this product were offered in tall sizes.
Just started to see wear on my second retro after 13 years. Thought it was time for a new one before it was sold out. Jacket is warm even when wet, wicks moisture during strenuous activity, and wears like iron, never cold. Will keep my first two as they are still serviceable, can’t part with them. Thanks for another great product.
Classic Retro-X Jacket is Wind Proof
The jacket is very nice, quality materials and nice looking. It definitely is wind proof, which was the main reason for purchasing. The only complaint is the inside is not very pleasing. I wish it had a thin layer of a nice, soft or silky feeling material. Otherwise it is a great jacket. The outside front pocket is super helpful for access to my ph... Read Moreone.
Cute oversized fleece jacket
I'm a 5'4 girl (normally size small) but ordered the men's retro x jacket in medium for a more boxy, oversized fit. Fits perfectly oversized in the body, but the arms are way too long. I have other men's medium sized clothes and the arms are usually not THIS long... I wish Patagonia offered alteration services because I would lo... Read Moreve to get the arms shortened but still have the elastic cuff! Otherwise, the jacket itself is super comfortable and warm. Good for weather in the mid-40s to 50s.
Wonderful Fleece Jacket
Haven't had this for very long, but so far it's a wonderful fleece jacket (Pelican w/ Wren Gold). I've already gotten several admiring comments on it. The jacket is beautifully made and is pretty true to size. If you're expecting a cuddly, soft fleece jacket - this truthfully isn't really it. While the Sherpa fleece outer l... Read Moreayer is quite soft, the wind barrier and inner moisture wicking barriers stiffen it a bit and makes this perfect for cold weather and to keep out the wind - something most fleece jackets can't do. My only suggestion for improvement would be an inside breast pocket suitable for a smart phone. Cold weather affects lithium ion batteries and being able to keep your phone inside the jacket instead of in an outside pocket would help preserve battery life. But overall, this is a wonderful jacket
After 15-20 years of wearing a NF Denali fleece, I decided to try my first Patagonia product. The Retro-X is a superior product in warmth, comfort, and quality. The lining is different than most fleece jackets and it takes a little getting used to. But after some use, it feels like a second skin. I wouldn’t mind a right breast pocket for everyday c... Read Morearry items / smartphone. I’m a little surprised that a jacket of this caliber *doesn't* have a dedicated smartphone pocket (But maybe that’s difficult / hard to design into a jacket to make it acceptable to most people.). I’m 6-foot, 205 pounds and the large fits me nicely. All in all, a great looking, quality piece of clothing!
Looks great and warm / windproof - runs a bit short and arms long
I am 6' 2" and 175 lbs and bought the Large. The jacket runs a bit short and the arms are kind of long and baggy, but overall the look just works - it looks comfy and is! Large is definitely the right size for me. One thing to note is that the inside is NOT fleece - it is kind of rough as it is the windproof material membrane or whatever.... Read More But nothing to complain about in terms of feel. I bought this in Sage Khaki which seems to always sell out - very happy with it. Nice jacket to just thrown on easily and can definitely layer underneath.
Not loving it, maybe liking it.
I've been using Patagonia since 1991 when it wasn't popular. I've been buying mediums forever. Mediums USE to fit me. Now they are short on the hip and the arms are longer, so much that it bunches on the arm (if you know what I mean.) Unless you have a deformed body this will fit the bill. Imagine I ordered a Large? The sleeves would... Read More be touching the ground. The stitching inside for the so called Y-joint sleeves protrudes so much that if you sit in your car/train/bus etc.. you'll 100% feel the stitching on your back, which is very annoying during a long commute. NOW.. is it warm, is it wind proof, can you wear this jacket with only a tee shirt in 20 degree weather? YES, YES and YES! Its function is second to none. It's just the sizing is not the same as it use to be, which is why I'm giving this a 2 star.
retro fleece jacket
would have given it 5 stars had there been a draw cord in bottom. can't layer under as it does run small but you can use it as a base layer. something patagonia and all manufacturers should consider, just because we pack a few pounds on as we age does NOT mean our arms get longer too. think about it....
Down Coat Disguised as a Fleece, Perfect!
Price tag made me hesitant but this fleece is super warm, it's perfect for if you're traveling and it's surprisingly chilly at your destination. This is the fleece all other fleeces are trying to perform and look like, great color choices and quality. I live an hour from Canada, going to and from work and class is made all that much ... Read Moreeasier with this. For sizing go true to whatever size you like your sweaters normally as it's slightly roomy but if you wanna wear a lot under or for style purposes - go up a size. I'm 6'1 & 220 and this stops at my true waist. This a top tier quality fleece, just don't run around thinking it's a coat.
The warmest and most windproof fleece you'll ever own
I bought the vest because they were out of jackets months ago, but I have to say it is super warm and it completely blocks the wind, and in short, a unique fleece in its own class for super cold winters. I like that they are offering this jacket again, but unfortunately they are not offering the color I like and want to buy which is in my opinion i... Read Moref a gorgeous combination: brown fur with burgundy or wine color pocket, I hope it will be offered in the next batch.
Really bad fit and uncomfortable lining
Uncomfortable, rubbery inner lining. Also the torso is super short and the shoulders and neck are really big, looks super goofy.
We're sorry to hear your feedback on this jacket. Feel free to set up a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
One single complaint regarding this jacket.
This jacket is everything I have ever wanted in a winter jacket. It goes above and beyond in warmth for a fleece. The address bonus of the windproof membrane is something every fleece needs, IMHO. Fleece are warm but the second the wind blows that warmth is robbed away. The medium fit is relatively perfect for my 6' 140lb frame. Neck, wrist,... Read More arm length are all perfect. Me being on the skinny side it is a little roomy but then I like my shirts and jackets and little bit big. The him is not that snug for my 33" waste. Not a complaint but I would have been happy if there was a drawcord in the bottom hem. Also although the two hand pockets and the outside chest pocket are quite large an inside pocket would have been nice. Overall a true 5 star jacket. Now the one complaint which is not about the jacket itself but customer service regarding this jacket. I have actually wanted this jacket for many years. Last year I missed out on getting one by a hair because they had sold out throughout the world. I messaged Patagonia telling them that this is the only jacket i have ever DESPERATELY, COVITINGINGLY wanting in my entire life and I was told "Sorry that's out of stock and we will never ever make it again...EVER". This summer I look to see what Patagonia might have introduced to replace this jacket and THERE IT WAS. I double checked the reviews to see if there were new reviews indicating the jacket was indeed back in stock and not only were there new reviews but one of the last reviews dated from last year was a guy raving about the jacket and how sad it was that they were NEVER GOING TO HAVE IT IN STOCK EVER AGAIN. Had customer service been worth their reputation they would have gotten in touch with me when it was decided to continue this product but noooooo had to find out on my own AND that happened only after they appear to have sold out of the green colour I would have preferred. I ended up grabbing one of the black ones and although my second choice I am happy with the colour. So over all a fantastic jacket but crap crap crappie customer service. Oh, and although I opted out of getting emails I have been deluged with them since ordering the jacket so thanks for that as well.
The liner is stiff and uncomfortable. The liner is also sticky anted wearing it for a few minutes. Like it’s lined w plastic that doesn’t breathe. It looks so cozy in photos. In reality it isn’t cozy at all.
I'm sorry to hear your feedback on the overall feel of this jacket. You are more than welcome to send it in for a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
Maine’s September Chill
I have 2 Labrador Retriever puppies (Boone and Hobbes) who wake at o-dark thirty, when it’s about 40 degrees, damp and raw outside. The Retro-X jacket has been a life saver during this chilly start to September, and truly shuts out the wind and cold when my dynamic duo are ready to conquer the day!! Thank you for keeping me warm and energized, Pata... Read Moregonia, so I can keep up with my funny fur babies!! Below: “Hobbes” 4 mo.’s, (my dishwasher door surfer) and “Boone” 7 mo.’s!
My Favorite Fleece of All-Time
I've had plenty of fleeces over the years. Long story short, this is (or was) my favorite. My doggy decided it would be a cool prank to eat half the zipper off of my jacket, and Patagonia was very unfortunately unable to repair it, and so now it's gone. I'm really sad that Patagonia doesn't still offer this fleece. I've mov... Read Moreed onto the Retro Pile Jacket, which I'm not sold on yet, but time will tell. Below is my best effort to explain why this is the best and most versatile fleece that I've ever worn: Style: The retro styling is what turned me on to this fleece from the start. The lines just really appeal to me, and I really dig that nylon front zip pocket. I don't know what it is about it, but to me, it's just such a classic jacket. I could wear this now... 20 years ago... or 20 years in the future, and I don't think anyone would think it looked bad. Fit: I loved that it isn't super form-fitting, the way that a lot of Patagonia apparel tends to be. I am 5'10, 145 lbs, and a medium was okay for a loose-fitting fleece. I could definitely have worn a small, but my size has varied a bit over the lifetime of this fleece, so no regrets on the medium. Finish: Some may be a bit turned off by the fact that this fleece looks really soft... but isn't. I was a little surprised at first, myself. Ultimately, after wearing it for 7 years, I think the stiffness of the garment was what made it hold up so well (and I wore the HECK out of this baby). And just because it isn't a fuzzy-wuzzy-teddy-bear doesn't mean it isn't comfortable; it's cozy as hell! Wearability: The Retro-X Jacket is WAY practical. I think the fact that I had the black one helped a bit, because it would heat of like crazy in sunny weather, but it was a REALLY warm little piece. If you were walking around in brisk, sunny, autumn weather (40-45 degrees), you'd actually start to get warm. And It was windproof like no jacket I've ever had. The most chilling winds wouldn't cut this thing. But if you moved inside and unzipped it, you would be totally comfortable. In frigid temperatures, I'd layer this under a light micro-down jacket, and I'd be A-OK, and I'm a person who gets cold very easily. This fleece even held up well in wet/rainy conditions. Not that I'm saying you should wear it out in a torrential downpour (although you could, and I did), but a little bit of rain didn't make this look any worse for wear. There are some fleeces that you'd be sad to get wet, and this wasn't one of them. Versatility is the key word for this fleece: The only time I put it away was during the Summer. If I had to have only one jacket in my life, this would most likely be it. Bottom line: I recommend this fleece jacket for anyone and everyone. My quality of life WITH this fleece was significantly better than WITHOUT it. I need to use like 5 different fleece jackets now that it's gone. The problem? Good luck finding it. I have actually called Patagonia to ask if they're bringing it back, and they give me a soft "no." So not in the near future. If they bring it back tomorrow, I'll grind my teeth, throw all of my new fleece jackets in a big pile, think about how much they cost me... and probably buy a new Retro X Jacket.
Starts out amazing and quickly declines
I've had the Retro X for a little over a month and the fabric is already wearing down around the wrists and the zippers to reveal the mesh underneath the shearling. Sadly, this jacket has garbage quality despite it being really stylish and warm. You could easily wear this jacket into the winter, especially with a warm layer under it. I would 1... Read More00% recommend the jacket if it weren't for the quality. It's extremely disappointing.
It's a jacket, not a fleece
I was looking for a windproof fleece, thought they didn't exist, then came across this. I was super excited, but when it arrived, I was disappointed when the inside wasn't fleece, just the outside. The inside had a weird, sticky feel to it, which may have gone away with a wash, but I never made it that far. Also, it's huge. I'm ... Read More5'9, 190, average build, and I was swimming in a large (which Patagonia's size recommender put me at 84% that I would like; no qualms with being in the other 16%, just saying). Pluses: I did wear it outside, and it seems toasty and windproof. So if you're looking for a legitimate windproof fleece, this isn't it, but if you want a warm, windproof jacket that's fuzzy on the outside, this fits the bill, but order a smaller size than you're used to.
I bought this last month and am amazed at how warm and comfortable it is. I can't speak to durability yet as it's so new but it appears sturdy and well built. Wearing it this morning in 23 degree weather and I'm perfectly comfortable. Really blocks the wind too! Can't go wrong.
I wanted to love this jacket but ran into the same problem many other reviewers encountered...I'm 6'2' tall 200 lbs and have difficulty finding clothes that fit tall slim without looking like a circus tent. Fortunately most L Patagonia tops fit perfectly (thanks to patagonia for staying true to its clients) but this jacket was the ex... Read Moreception. Shorter torso on the L so if I raised my arms the bottom would be way above my waist. The XL had a fit similar to other companies XL with way too much room in the waist (width). Thanks to Patagonia support for letting me trade them in for a tried and true synchila which fits like a glove in L. Seemed like a solid jacket though and hopefully I can find a wind proof Patagonia fleece that fits!
My favorite Patagonia Jacket
This jacket is the real deal. If you are looking for a reliable,fashionable jacket that will keep you more than warm in below freezing temperatures this is the jacket for you. They used to make these jackets wider in the torso to use as a over coat but with their newest model it is a bit slimmer then it used to be making it good comfortable fit for... Read More wearing it over other jackets or not.
what's going on?
I love my retro fleece XL i bought 1 year ago and when they went on sale I said let'sa "get another one". This one is much different. smaller,the pockets are a bit higher. I just seems smaller than an XL as I have known Patagonia for my whole life. p.s. I've lost 10 lbs since last year so I am actually smaller!
This is my third synchilla jacket. This edition is the best fitting. It is not as fluffy as its previous editions and the inner lining is more stiff,not as supple. It may get softer as it gets older. But I believe that lining provides a better wind barrier from the outside and heat retention on the inside. I do wish it had a private interior pocket... Read More. The chest pocket is big enough to hold my IPhone 6s Plus.
I LOVE THIS JACKET!!!!
This is my second Retro-X jacket and it's the best. I can wear a T-shirt and this jacket when it's 15*F outside and be perfectly warm. It's even TOO warm when I'm in and out of the car. Yes,it's bulky but that doesn't bother me. I keep my cell phone in the front breast pocket. If it's really brutal outside and/or ... Read Morewet snow/sleet,I wear a shell over this for max protection,but usually I just wear this.
Not an R4
For some reason they have stopped selling their R4 jacket which both blocks wind and can be used during more technical pursuits. Although this jacket does block wind efficiently it is way to bulky when compared to the R4 which was just as warm. Although the removed the drawstring from the bottom of the R4 in the newer renditions those jackets were ... Read Morestill more functional than this. Unless youplan on using your jacket simply to sit by a camp fire or walk around town shopping I'd recommend seeking out the R4 somewhere.
Great jacket - the wimpy zipper is a YUGE problem
I bought the men's classic retro-x jacket (cardigan) in graphite navy size large as gift for my son about 2 years ago. When visiting him recently I asked why he never wears the Retro-x. That's when I learned the zipper won't stay closed (keeps coming apart). He really likes the coat and especially the thick fleece and the windproof l... Read Moreining for cold and windy conditions. BUT,the zipper keeps coming apart and clearly that's a deal breaker. BTW: my son took the coat to a seamstress thinking the zipper needed a minor repair. No such luck. She said they designed the jacket with the wrong zipper and they should have used a YKK #2 instead of this "wimpy one". (not strong enough for a heavy fleece winter coat like the retro-x) The size large fit perfectly for my son who is 5' 11" and 175 pounds. So sizing is as they say - true to size. Hopefully today's design is using a proper zipper (#2 zipper or better). Be sure to ask about the zipper before you buy - every thing else about this jacket is great.
Not your typical fleece jacket
I bought my Retro-X jacket thinking it was the no-longer-in-production all-fleece jacket that,from the outside,the Retro-X so much resembles. I was disappointed at first but have come to really like this jacket for what it is: a warm,wind-resistant outer layer that is perfect for the kind of spring and fall we get in the east. It's important t... Read Moreo realize that this jacket does not feature a fleece interior but rather a mesh lining which,while not uncomfortable,is certainly not as soft or cozy feeling as fleece. The jacket is also on the stiff side and works best as an outer layer on relatively casual outings. It's great for easy hikes and for laidback spring skiing where rain is not a threat (and where conditions might be too windy for a regular fleece jacket). The Retro-X is surprisingly warm (significantly warmer than any other fleece top I have owned) and there have been times I've underestimated its warmth and wished I'd worn a lighter jacket (it has occurred to me that pit zips might be a nice feature to have on the Retro-X). My only gripes regarding this jacket (besides the absence of pit zips which,admittedly,might not work as well with a fleece pile this thick) are the side pocket cut placements and the side pocket zipper directions. I'd prefer it if the side pockets were cut a bit lower (as I find them to be cut too high to comfortably rest my hands for warming and prefer the zips to close upwards rather than downwards.
The zipper is a serious problem
I love the jacket. And I would love it even more if the zipper worked. My retro is brand new,purchased a year ago on another website,never worn,and the zipper threads will not lock when zipped. I want to buy another one thinking the zipper may zip. But at two Ben Franklins,I am skid dish. I have Patagonia gear that i can still wear going back to th... Read Moree 80's. Granted the items are old,frayed,tighter fitting,and falling apart (very much like my own condition now). It's a true outlier for me to leave an unhappy review of any Patagonia product since they have been with me from the mid-east deserts to the Rockies. But here it is. A first in 30 years of an otherwise tight bond I have had with this company and its extraordinary vision.
A bit bulky...
Warmest piece I have ever owned that is not down. I have an old one and a new one. Not much has changed and thats a good thing. Best worn as the outer layer. Warm and windproof. Sheds light rain well. Bulky under a soft or hard shell especially with the trend of "slim fit" clothing. Not made to make a fashion statement or to jog in,just p... Read Moreure,dependable warmth.
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