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Warm & comfortable
I have 3 of these R1 regulator pullovers. Two of them I purchased within the last month, & interestingly, one of these is a hair snug in fit, while the other one is just right...but they are both warm & comfortable, slide easily under an outer layer, & I especially like the odor control.
On my 3rd R1
The first one I got when they first came out and I think I saw it in a store. I like the long zipper which is good for ventilation. Nice fit too. The old one got a little frayed so I got another. Again, great fit, comfy, warm, good ventilation. So after a couple more years I got a 3rd. . They're all great. The cut the fabric and that long zipp... Read Moreer!
I'm an in-betweener size-wise. Technically,
I'm an in-betweener size-wise. Technically, I'm a tall-large. If tall sizes are not available, I usually try an extra-large size. The R-1 is a little over-sized to begin with, so after trying it on at the local REI store, I decided to try a size large. I like this R-1 just fine, but it fits a little tight so I decided to order an other on... Read More in a size extra-large for use outdoors over a baselayer or flannel shirt. It's a terrific product - super lightweight and warm. It's perfect for hiking and camping.
This is the 3rd R1
This is the 3rd R1 that I have purchased for myself. The other two R1's (a pullover hoody and a pullover collar-neck) were size L. It's a trim-cut product which makes it perfect for use as a baselayer and a midlayer. However, I am tall with a moderate build and a wanted to try a size larger for use as an outerlayer when I'm biking an... Read Mored hiking. Since the R1, and just about all Patagonia fleeces come only in regular - NOT tall sizes, I have to make the best of being between two sizes. That being said -- Make no mistake, tho, the R1 is a terrific product and an near-absolute essential for hikers, bikers and runners.
Use to be a great product!
I've had a least 8-9 R1's over the years, it's been a favorite and go to for many outdoor activities and everyday use. Somehow Patagonia lost sight of the fit and what was a large is now a XXL or they don't make it. Jan-Feb 2022 purchase. Cannot recommend anymore.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, Kevin. We will make sure to pass your feedback along to our Product Designers so they can start work on getting these issues fixed.
Ordered extra large, yet the
Ordered extra large, yet the fit is still to snug... Secondly, the orange color is a disappointment....
Hi John, thank you for sharing this feedback. We're sorry to hear the slim fit of the XL was not right for you, and that you didn't care for the Sandhill Rust color! We will reach out to you about returning or exchanging it.
If you bought the R1 a few years ago, this is not it. This is a much tighter version than before. You might want to size up with this new style.
Hey Michael, thank you for the feedback. We've had many different renditions of the R1, so it's possible you could be thinking of a different pullover or jacket. This particular pullover does have a slim fit, so that could be part of what you experienced. If you prefer an older version, but aren't quite sure what you had; you can browse our [Worn Wear website](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/shop/search?q=r1) to see if it exists on there. All of our Worn Wear items are pre-loved, but still have a lot of life left! If you're not seeing it, we recommend checking back because we add to inventory everyday. If you still have your old R1, we can help identify it as well. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team for more information.
I use this as a layering piece for my snow kit. I can wear this on super cold days snowboarding here in Colorado. I also use this while hiking in the backcountry. I love that there isnt too much going on. On my hikes up in i can unzip just a bit for some temp control and then simply zip up as I need to get warm. I had this thing drenched in sweat a... Read Morend it didnt lose any warmth. I have many Patagonia pieces but this is the only product that I have two of.
I love it for just about everything. I even wore it to work one day. I ski and fish in it. I like the chest pocket. I can throw my cheater glasses in and know where they are. I'm typical fat old guy. A few pounds overweight so got XXL. It ends up being a bit long in the sleeve and length. Not terrible and find the extra room more comfortable t... Read Morehan XL. I'm 5'10" - 230 for you other fat old guys out there.
R1Rules the Day
I've worn R1s for as long as I can remember. My family kids me that it's my uniform. These mid-layers are simply the best on the market. From high output backcountry skin trips to needed warmth on overnights in the ADK, my R1s have never left me feeling i needed something else. Simply the best.
Suggest buying a size larger than you normally wear. Is tight around the chest and arms.
Hey there Gary! Sorry to hear you are unsatisfied with the fit for our Men's R1 Regulator Fleece Pullover. This item is a mid-layer designed to be a slim fit to better regulate your temperature while not being too bulky. If wanting a more casual style fit, sizing up is best. You are welcome to return or exchange your item for size by clicking [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Older Version is Better
Got this piece in January 2022 to replace my old R1. This version fits tighter, the sleeve doesn't fall as naturally to my wrist. The sewing of the garmet feels like a downgrade from the older version, as its more scratch at places. If I push the sleeve up to my mid forearm during the hike the cuff cut into my skin a little. As other review ha... Read Mores mentioned, the material definitely feels less soft and warm. In general its still a good piece but definitely a downgrade. Please bring back the old version. It is such a good piece of clothing to own.
Impressively warm with comfortable, move-with-you fit
I bought this and the Air Crewneck as warmer "mid-layers" (I usually wear mid-layers as my baselayers because I run cold. Both of them are awesomely warm, but the R1 pullover has a better fit, and bit more stretch. This means it moves better and is less restricting. Also, I trust the fabric to snag less when being active.
Good, not even close to the original
My original was stolen by someone at the airport, on the Security check in line. It was 5 years old and tough as nails and looked amazing. I quickly replaced it with a new one. It is half the thickness and half the warmth. It is also not of the same finished look. I am not really glad I replaced it,
Hey John, we're so sorry to hear that your R1 was stolen and that you aren't happy with this one. We made a few revisions between the 2018 and 2019 versions of the R1, including finishing the cuffs and hem with a binding material rather than a folded over fabric hem so the edges probably don't feel as thick as before. If you're looking for a similar fleece but with a more sleek, finished appearance, you may want to check out the R1 Daily Zip-Neck. If you're looking for something warmer, you may consider trying out the [R2 TechFace Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-r2-techface-jacket/83625.html?dwvar_83625_color=SPRB). Of course, we want you to be satisfied with your gear so please feel free to return this one and either call 800-638-6464 or chat with us live on patagonia.com if you need any additional assistance picking out the right jacket for you!
Disappointing Quality and attention to detail
The R1 fabric is special in terms of how it provides warmth and breathability offering an amazing sweet spot for high output activity in cool weather. Alas, the quality of this garment has gone down as compared to previous versions and it is no longer worth the premium price. Previous versions of this garment had soft touch fabric on the inside ... Read Moreof the zipper adding next-to-skin comfort. It was a thoughtful touch, and one that went gleefully unnoticed until it was gone. Exactly the attention to detail that earns Patagonia its premium and reputation as a thoughtful, performance oriented brand. The new version omits this fabric such that the zipper and an extra bit of scratchy, skin irritating nylon at the bottom, are directly against the skin. It might not be a bother depending on how the garment fits you or if you wear something underneath, though I would argue that this garment performs best worn on its own. Why was this feature omitted on current versions? It strikes me as either an oversight, quality control issue, or cost cutting effort, all of which are unacceptable for a premium brand that should have this level of attention to detail for its customers.
We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed feedback! Note that your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee) and you're welcome to return it. Our Customer Service team would be happy to help you with the return as well as suggesting a product that may work better for you!
disappointing update to the R1
Have been wearing R1 in large for well over 10 years. But this new version is a bit of a disappointment. Main issue is the new cuff. Its much, much tighter than before (seems to have a small actual elastic in it, like the Houdini, while the old R1 was just folded back and sewed material). Its tight enough to be a bit uncomfortable but the bigger ... Read Moreissue for me is the cut tends to ride up rather than fall nicely as a result. Overall the whole thing also seems to be blockier than before, so that it hangs much more loosely than its predecessors. Hoping time and wash cycles will correct this. Main message - this is a pretty different R1. If youre buying thinking youve always worn them, suggest you go try one on first.
Hi Ted, thanks for taking the time to write a product review and for all of your feedback on the R1 Fleece Pullover. We're sorry this one didn't meet your expectations and we really appreciate your feedback. Our designs and fits are constantly being revised and customer feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. We hope that we won't disappoint you in the future.
Pipes Like The Rock
Looking to replace my 10-12 year old chartreuse R1 I purchased the latest R1 pullover. Originally I bought a large because my previous large R1. The new one was way too small. Purchased a XL R1 and while it fits in the torso, its super tight in the arms. While the XL allows me to believe I have pipes like The Rock, unfortunately my reality is more ... Read Moreaverage Joe.
High end sweatshirt upgrade
This is a solid, first level fleece I use over t-shirts. Stays pretty close to the body, but not form-fitting. I'm 6'1" about 180 pounds and take a large in most everything Patagonia makes. This garment's fit is characteristic of what I expect from a large. However, its slightly more snug around the arms, and falling slightly sh... Read Moreorter at the hip than I would prefer -- but not too much that I would drop a star from the rating. Also, it's a bit thinner than I would expect -- and perhaps not as beefy as older versions. I'd guess its somewhat warmer than my quarter-zip microfleece, but perhaps on par with my old Crosstrek quarter zips (I loved those -- why did Patagonia stop making them?) Overall, if you want a high-performance, active-wear, good-looking sweatshirt upgrade - this is it! (that is, until Patagonia starts up Crosstrek again ;) )
Seems like a nice piece. Doesn't fit me.
Purchased this to replace an old wool pull over. Super warm, seems breathable, seems well made, I recommend it if it fits you. Unfortunately the product is too tight in the shoulders for me whil also being way to loose in the body (5'11, 200lbs, ~20% BF). I think that the XL is meant for someone built much leaner than me who happens to be 3-6 ... Read Moreinches taller. I plan on returning and hoping for better luck with the fit of the R1 air pull over.
One of the best items Patagonia makes
If you're looking for something to wear for hiking/running in cooler temps, this is it. The R1 is one of my favorite Patagonia items (and I own a lot of Patagonia stuff). Can't go wrong with this type of R1 or any version (hooded, half-zip, 3/4 zip). I wear mine as an outer layer for temps in the 50's/60's and as a mid-layer for... Read More temps cooler than that. Awesome product...highly recommend!
Very comfortable, superb layer
I live in these mid-layer type shirts through the winter. So comfortable and warm without being too hot. I vary between medium and large sizes with Patagonia products depending on each products particular cut, and I have this in medium as well. The fit for both is fine because of the way they can be used, and Id say these are close to true in the... Read Moreir sizing. Id love it if there were a thumb hole or loop on the cuff to keep it snug on the wrists when gloves are needed, but thats my only (small) complaint about this. .
This is the 3rd R1 I bought. I own Patagonia garments that are 25 years old and still worn. I will be returning the R1 I bought a week ago. Poor fit , thinner quality. This is not what I expected from Patagonia. Maybe you've become too trendy or maybe too much recycled content. This recent R1 is a disappointment
Bought used putting to use
I picked this 2012 version up in 2019 from the Worn Wear site. I love this thing. Ive not tried the newer versions theyve released. The techface iteration doesnt interest me, but the air edition could be interesting. I use this as my go to when a light merino quarter-zip isnt enough insulation for my cold weather hiking/ camping. I also live in t... Read Morehe thing around the house. Innovation is great but this is one design that stands the test of time.
Perfect for wide range of temps and situations
I work in a very cool basement but interact with others in a warmer environment during the day. I also walk 5-8 miles per day. This garment helps me be comfortable every situation... as well as my occasional fishing trip. Launders well and looks great. Wears like iron.
Previous Generation Higher Quality & Better Fit
Product runs narrow, tight and long through the body. Plus material is thin - fits and feels like a compression top. Previous generation R1 was much better quality material and fit was more proportional. I will return.
Hello Mark, we're sorry to hear this latest design wasn't what you expected. Your feedback has been passed along to the appropriate team. Don't hesitate to [let us know](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) if you have any questions regarding your return.
New design is terrible
I have two older R1 pieces bought a few years ago. They are fantastic. The new design is a major step down. The fit around the chest is similar, but it's probably 4-5 inches shorter. The hem never covers my waist. In addition, the material is thinner in the new model, so it's not as warm as the older version. I hope they go back to the pr... Read Moreevious design. I would buy several if they did.
Thanks for your review, we've passed the feedback along to our Quality Analysis team. In the meantime, if you're interested in purchasing past season R1's, you can check out what we have available on our [Worn Wear website](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/), we're always adding to inventory.
My go-to sweatshirt.
Disclaimer: review based upon first generation garment. I purchased the first generation of this garment some 30 years ago, and it is my go-to sweatshirt. I have worn it skiing, backpacking, hiking, fishing, around the house, pretty much everywhere. It has outlasted several dogs that have joined me on these adventures. Among the many attributes: th... Read Moree long zipper helps for temperature control, the pocket is perfect for keeping energy bars soft on cold winter days, and of course the warranty (as with all Patagonia products) can't be beat!!!
Snug & Warm
Everyone who spends time outside in the winter should have at least one of these. I wore this particular one nearly every day for four months during a trip to the mountains in Afghanistan. Highly recommend for everything from day-to-day comfort to activities that have you sweating in the snow. It's snug, breathable, durable, and packs easily. ... Read MoreThe front zipper is deep, which I thought was odd at first but actually made it easier to tuck in scarfs or balaclavas. I'm on the leaner side - 5'11" and < 175lb - and went with a medium because I didn't want a lot of bulky fabric. The sleeves and torso length were perfect, but it is a snug fit through the chest and shoulders. Again, I know a large would have been too loose for me, and I preferred a tighter fit over extra fabric I'd have to deal with under other layers.
Warm and last forever
I got my first R1 zip when the repair truck came to Raleigh, N C from the free bin. I loved it due to its weight and not just the fabric but it was mine. My daughter runs marathons and she has ever color and type of Patagonia wear. I am a divorcee and would buy shorts for her birthday and now I cannot afford every piece she wants. This year a small... Read More purple mens classic RX jacket. I started Patagonia when I would go to the Annapolis boat show and would talk to the ambassadors. Wow this product is amazing.
Really comfortable for all day use, very warm for how light it is.
I love this piece and went to get another but they had to mail order it from a nearby city. When it arrived it fit snug to the arms and not like the first. Turns out it was ever so slightly different (piping, depth of fleece). I am going back for a 2nd of this, I advise everyone to try on first.
Great fleece, tight fit
I purchased the R1 XL and loved the feel of the fleece, however I was shocked at how tight it was across the chest and under the arm pits. Any base layer underneath is tricky as the elbows really bunch up. It felt like a baselayer in terms of fit. I normally wear an XL or a L for all the other Patagonia jackets Ive purchased. I was really hoping to... Read More use this as a midlayer for my stretch nano storm, which is the most amazing jacket Ive ever purchased. Unfortunately I will likely just return it. In summary you will likely want to size up on this jacket from what you normally purchase.
The R1 Fleece Pullover is amazingly warm and is a great product to wear as part of a layering system. The little squares of "fleece" on the inside retain heat very well and the spaces between the squares allow moisture to wick away. Highly recommend for any cold weather activity and I continue to be impressed with the technology Patagonia... Read More offers in its products!
Sizing keeps changing
For whatever reason, Patagonia continues to change the sizing of their R1. I would say this is a staple item from them. Its been around a long time. Ive purchased one every 3-4 years and the sizing has changed each time. First, a large fit perfectly, then a medium became the same fit as the old large. Now it seems theyve changed it again and a larg... Read Moree is the equivalent of a medium a few years ago and a large from 6 years ago. I wish Patagonia would simply be consistent with these types of items. The quality is still decent, but it has also worsened over time. The R1 with the embroidered Patagonia was the best quality of all. The most recent version is the worst in terms of how the material feels. Havent found anything better yet, but this will give me reason to start looking at other brands.
R1 still great except for the lack of thumb holes
I've been wearing R1 since it came out. It's been interesting to see how it has evolved. In general I love the changes but I was sad that my last R1 didn't have thumb holes. Bring back the thumb holes? I was initially a skeptic but I really use them alot especially in wet/cold environments to help regulate warmth for my hands.
Fits nice but a little tight under the arm
Picked this up at an REI and I really like it. With the exception of one issue, it's very comfortable and breathable - it's lightweight and breathable but also enough to keep you warm on a cool day. It is definitely slim-fitting, which I'm okay with because I'm pretty tall and slender (6'2, 32" waist) but it feels tigh... Read Moret in the armpit area. Fabric seems to bunch up and by the end of the day very uncomfortable regardless of how tight/form-fitting the undershirt is. While this is disappointing (especially given the price) I still like this item. Hopefully this can be fixed in future designs.
I'm missing the old R1
A little while back I purchased another R1. I already had two of them and I consider them to be one of the best items Patagonia ever offered. Everything about them was perfect, everything! I have to agree with so many of the current reviews regarding the fit and material. I am 5'-11" and slender and the M is really tight and the body quit... Read Moree long. Regarding pilling of the material, I understand that some fabrics just are prone to this. But, this was never a problem with my early R1s. They are several years old and have never pilled. Something is definitely wrong with the material choice. It's hard to understand why something that is so good needed to be tinkered with. I'm really missing my old ones. The one I recently received was returned. As always, there was no problem with doing this, as Patagonia's customer service is the gold standard.
Fits great, horrible quality
When I purchased this it first great and looked amazing. I wore it only a handful of times and always followed the washing instructions. Unfortunately after the third wash I noticed its not only pilling but splitting at the seams. This is not the quality I would expect for a jacket at this price.
Hey there, we're sorry about the pilling on this R1 and thanks for letting us know you are experiencing this. Sadly, this can be common with fleece products overtime however, you can usually remove them at home. With that being said, your satisfaction is guaranteed so please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this back to us.
Great piece, if a little odd fitting
Heard great things about the R1 pullover, so gave this one a chance. Generally a great piece. Love the fabric feel and weight. Used mainly as heavier base layer or mid layer. Agree with other reviews that arm pit area feels a bit snug, but nothing too bad. Im 58 and 175, and the medium fits well, if a little tight. Again, though, Im ok with it, as ... Read Morethat fits my intended use.
Disappointed in the re-design (2019)
As others have noted, material seems lighter than previous versions of the R1. My main issue is the change in the cuff. They are tighter and seem a little shorter in length. I also found the texture of the material at the cuff opening to be very rough and uncomfortable. I found an previous version of the R1 in worn wear that is basically brand new.... Read More Until we get a better design of the R1, I guess worn wear is the best option. I understand and commend patagonia for striving to reduce their footprint but this should not mean providing the consumer a lower quality product.
Hi BG, we're so sorry to hear about your disappointment with the Men's R1 Regulalator Fleece Pullover. We want you to be completely satisfied with your gear and we'd be happy to help out with a return or an exchange. Please feel free to begin your return/exchange here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Please bring the old R1 back!
I have a bunch of the old R1s & love them. The new material does not feel near as good on the skin. It feels thin & lacking the quality I had become a custom to.
Hi Matt, thanks for your review and for your feedback regarding the material. Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) the pullover back to us if you're unsatisfied with its performance.
Armpits are too high
Issue: The fit is nice and slim, which is perfect for me, but the armpits are just too high. Any shirt, no matter how form fitting, bunches up in the armpit when I put on the R1 pullover. High/tight armpits seems to be an issue in a lot of Patagonia's garments in 2019/2020. I'm hoping Patagonia will fix this in the future with the same sl... Read Moreim fit but with looser/lower armpits. Me: I'm a fairly tall and thin individual with a long torso (6' tall, 165 lbs, 31" waist), so the Medium fit me perfectly. Unfortunately the armpits were just too high, as previously mentioned. I really wanted to keep it because I love the material and is a perfect mid layer when I am outdoors, but the armpits proved to be too big an issue.
Hello William, we're really sorry that the armpits were too high for you. We went ahead and passed your feedback over to our Design Team. Please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) team if you have any questions regarding your return. Thanks for your review!
Regulates temperature perfectly
Never too hot or too cold when this is in my layering system! Use it for a variety of activities, including under my dry suit for whitewater kayaking the other day. The plush fleece grabs onto heat, and the gridded channels dump excess. The smell protection is an added bonus! Great product, will always have a few in my closet.
Regulates temperature perfectly
Never too hot or too cold when this is in my layering system! Use it for a variety of activities, including under my dry suit for whitewater kayaking the other day. The plush fleece grabs onto heat, and the gridded channels dump excess. The smell protection is an added bonus! Great product, will always have a few in my closet.
Disappointing Fit and Minor Decrease in Quality
The other reviews regarding the fit of the new pullover are absolutely correct. This is my third R1 and the other two are some of my favorite pieces of clothing. This one is getting returned. I am 5'10" and 175 with a moderately athletic build. My shoulders are not very wide, which makes it super surprising that the armpits on this thing... Read More are so incredibly tight. No matter what I do the material from whatever shirt I am wearing beneath this garment gets crumpled up in the armpit and leads to a sweaty underarm mess. Again, I say this as someone who normally never has this problem. It really is extremely tight in the chest, armpit, and arms. Additionally, there seem to be some minor downgrades in the quality of this batch/year or R1s. First, the wrist cuffs are not as stretchy as previous ones. This makes it difficult to push the sleeves up and have them stay up. This was not an issue with previous versions. Additionally, the bottom of the interior chest pocket is no longer stitched along the bottom to attach it to the rest of the garment. This means that when you put it on, your hand can catch in this opening. I personally find this to be an indicator of lack of attention to detail. Why would they change this when it previously was so perfect? All in all, this was an incredibly disappointing purchase. My other two R1s are my favorite pieces of clothing and I would certainly rate them 5 out of 5 starts, so to see these modifications and drop my rating to a 1 is sort of a bummer. Hopefully Patagonia reverts to the quality and design that so many have come to love. P.S. The recent version of the R1 hoody does not seem to have any of these issues. It's great! I wish that this was the same thing, just without the hood.
We are very sorry to hear your disappointment with the revisions we've made to this pullover. Feedback like this is incredibly helpful and we really appreciate you taking the time to detail your thoughts to us. Please note, we guarantee everything we make and if you'd like to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) that back to us, please feel free to do so.
Not like the old
I have owned a couple R1s over the years and always loved them. Wanted another one in a different color. I echo the other reviewers that this years version is not the same. The sleeves and cuffs are much tighter, to the point where I have to stretch the cuffs to go over my watch. There are also multiple seams over the shoulder now so they dig into... Read More my shoulder when wearing a pack. The older versions had the seams offset. Not sure why things changed, the previous versions were great. Pleas bring back the older versions.
Hi Renjan. Thank you so much for your feedback on the R1® Regulator Fleece Pullover. I am sorry to hear it isn't what you were hoping for. We will pass along your feedback to our product design team. If you would like to initiate a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) please feel free to do so.
Seriously... the fit is ridiculous. Its like baselayer tight. Why would they change the fit so much? Patagonia does 1 thing better than anyone else and its fleece. But not anymore.
H Matthew, we're so sorry to hear that you're unhappy with the fit of your R1. You're more than welcome to initiate a return under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Oddly Clingy, Not For Me
I wanted to like this, but I just couldn't make it work. I was looking for a slim fitting mid layer that would layer well and play nice with others. It doesn't. I tried putting it on over even the thinnest, smoothest, compression-fit base layer I own and it still it was so clingy with so much spandex that it twisted and tugged both layers... Read More into an uncomfortable armpit clinging mess. It took me several minutes of fiddling to realign the 2 layers back into an almost comfortable position. A bigger size might have been a little less clingy, at least on my shoulders, but then the arms would be be too long and the torso too baggy. Bottom line: The fabric's combination of clingy spandex paired with a grabby gridded fleece lining makes this new R1 almost impossible to layer comfortably. Life is too short to spend it fighting your clothes. I returned it.
Newer is not better
I have owned many R1s over the years. Unfortunately, the poor reviews of the newest version are accurate. I typically wear a medium and it is smaller/tighter than years past. If you wear a shirt underneath, the sleeves bunch up and are difficult to get straight. The cuffs around the wrist are tight. It also feels tighter through the torso. Sizing u... Read Morep to a large makes the R1 too big. The material seems to not be as nice of quality and not as warm. Please bring back the older version!!
Versatile Layer For All Seasons
The Patagonia R1 pullover is still one of the best all-season layers out there. The interior "waffle" pattern creates a fleece grid that has a way of venting when you need breathability during activity, but at the same time it bulks up the insulating properties when used alone as an outer layer or as a mid layer under a jacket or shell. T... Read Morehe trim fit and slightly slippery outer fabric make it perfect for layering. The 1/2 zip neck opens wide for easy on/off (much better than 1/4 zip designs). Start your cold-weather activity with this piece layered under a jacket, then shed the jacket as you warm up and the R1 will provide a functional balance of warmth and breathability for the much of the day. Head out with the R1 alone for cool weather activity and you're good. Also great for crisp summer mornings/evenings in high altitude climates. I love mine, you'll love yours -- highly recommended!
Thinner than older R1
Have to agree with so many others. I own an older R1 which is my favorite pull over. Its a perfect blend of size, material and wearability. I bought two of the new model and they are tight and THIN! I can hold them up to the light and see right through them. My older one is solid. Still nice, but if Patagonia could bring back the older design/ma... Read Moreterial - it would be great.
Patagonia broke a great pullover
I have several of previous year RI pullovers and they are great. Love them. I just replaced one with the new version and it is no where near as good. Same material but feels cheaper. They also messed with the sizing. The arms and chest feel very tight compared to previous versions. Patagonia has a great product and jacked it up. Whoever changed the... Read More sizing must hate anyone with upper body strength.
Hi Kevin! Thank you for your review, and we're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the revisions we made on the R1 Pullover. We are happy to pass your feedback along to our product designers for consideration. In the meantime, if you'd like to return this item, you are welcome to do so [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
I love the comfort, feel, and breathability of the product I question its longevity. I’ve had this one for a year and use it as a daily pullover at the office and around town. I’m pretty gentle on it and maybe only washed it a handful of times since there hasn’t been a need to. My issue is the pilling that is occurring. I spend the money on Patagon... Read Moreia products because they last, however not sure this one will. I am little disappointed considering what they cost.
Hi Lou, Like all fleeces, the Better Sweater has a tendency to pill. Due to the knit appearance of the face fabric of this particular item, this pilling can be more noticeable in places where the sweater rubs. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your Better Sweater, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a warranty returns evaluation under our Ironclad Guarantee. You can start that process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return.
R1 Fleece Pullover - TERRIFIC!
10 years ago the US Navy issued me the R1 Fleece Pullover as part of a uniform package I received . Throughout my time in the Navy (still serving) it has proven to be the best between seasons clothing item I own. So much so that I bought one for myself and will be buying others to gift them to family members. Awesome product.
A slim fit. Very warm, cozy!
The R1 tops are a lot warmer than the Patagonia expedition weight Capeline tops. I bought a few small R1 tops years ago and the cut was boxy. The newer R1 tops have a slimmer cut, so I ordered a small and a medium to see which would be a better fit. I usually order a small for most tops but the R1 small was quite tight, so I kept the medium. Also, ... Read Morethe length of the sleeves on the small was surprisingly short, a little above my wrist. The inside lining of the R1 is very soft. I would recommend hanging the top to dry after washing to keep the softness of the inside. Putting the top in the dryer tends to diminish the soft lining over time.
I was looking forward to using this as a mid layer. The fit is terrible. I realize it’s a “slim fit” pullover, but this is just tight every where - sleeves, chest, abdomen. And the sleeve length is sized for a monkey - way too long.
Hi Scott, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with sizing. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
I have had the R1 pants for awhile which I wear as a layer under my waders when steelhead fishing. Having been very satisfied with the pants, the logical conclusion was to purchase the top as well. Have worn it twice so far while fishing, and not disappointed. In the garment, I mean. Landing a steelhead left something to be desired. 🙄
This is a great product and it keeps you super warm as long as you have at least a wind resistant outer shell. It’s very breathable which is great if you sweat easily when snowboarding or hiking, however it’s not great if you are just wearing it as a sweater because the wind eats through it very easily.
Bring back the old R1
My husband LOVES his old R1's and wears them all the time. They are lightweight , warm, and COMFORTABLE. He is athletic and normal weight. The new R1 is tight in the arms and chest. Moving up to the large is not an option. The arms and chest are still tight and the body looks like a sack. The totally new fit is not a change for the better. Bri... Read Moreng back the old R1!
Thanks for your review, Kathy! It is definitely disappointing not finding the new fits/designs as favorable as the previous ones. Your feedback has been passed along to the appropriate team. Don't hesitate to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) that if you were looking to do so and haven't already.
2019 Mens Patagonia R1
I purchased the 2018 R1 and have never been more satisfied with a purchase. I liked it so much I purchased the 2019. Very disatified with this product. The fit is different, the zipper is different(cheap), logo is different and the overall materials just seem cheaper than the 2018 model. However, the product price point remains the same. A company ... Read Morewith Patagonia's reputation simply cannot allow a product to degrade this quickly year over year. I have a feeling this review comes as no surprise so please make the internal adjustments so you don't have this problem again. I will continue to purchase your product because I've been buying it for years now, but you really missed the mark on this item.
I love the fit of the R1 again! It's back to being the slim fitting technical piece that it was originally designed to be. It fits like the R1s that I have from 5-10 years ago. The past few years the R1 has been a relaxed fit fleece. Patagonia already has a ton of casual relaxed fleeces for those who like a relaxed fit. I'm 6'1"... Read More 180+ pounds and the medium fits great. It's a nice slimmer fit that goes nicely over a daily capilene shirt. I've bought more R1s than other garment that Patagonia makes. It's great for layering for hiking, fly fishing, or just wearing around town. My only complaint is that they don't have very many new colors available. There's always a black, gray, navy and usually two other colors. The balkan blue color has been around for a few seasons now as well. This would be great in a nettle or plains green or even resin yellow.
Perfect all around base/mid layer
I've had the older version for probably 6 or 7 years now. It pulled double duty mainly for skiing and hunting. This is about as perfect as it gets. I slip a light weight tight wicking layer underneath, and then this r1. Perfect for mild to cold temps as a layer. Can get a little warm if temps start climbing into the upper 50s-60s and you'... Read Morere active. Liked my first one so much I bought 3 more. Only complaint with the newer version is there isn't a thumb hole cut out anymore. I really appreciated that feature. Otherwise, they are as good as the older version I have. Also, the fit is an "active fit". I am not a small guy at 6'7"/325# and Patagonia stuff is generally made for more of a slender build. So this fits kinda tight for a normal XXL. But I'm used to the fit and that is why I use this for essentially a base layer. Highly recommend this shirt.
Thinner, cheaper feeling than previous versions
Second review for this. first post was to exchange the medium for a large to see if I could make it work. I'm 6.2" - 155 and wear small or medium stuff. Since the medium was extra tight (nothing like my 2015 version medium) I got a large- yup, it's swims on me. I may have been ok with a "roomier" 1/2 zip if the material was... Read More the same as my older version. BUT, it's not. It's thinner and feels cheap. My guess is it's marketed as a lighter weight and more packable R1 than the previous version. All I know is that it feel cheaply made, is thinner and definitely not as warm. I know this is just one man's opinion but Patagonia went and ruined a great 1/2 zip. I'm off to find another brand.
We're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the current design of the R1. We understand that the recycled fabric may affect its thickness and feel, though the R1 was also designed with a minimalist intent. If you were looking to return this but haven't already, just [reach out](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) to us so we can facilitate that process for you.
A reverse dobby texture
A really great shirt. Slight stretch to the fabric. The inside of the shirt has a raised square fleece pattern which imprints to the outside to give a unique look. Somewhat thin material is breathable yet warm. A really adaptable shirt for either sport or casual wear. Sizing is as expected.
Still good, but 2 changes not for the better
Same great quality as the one I had before, but I miss two of my favorite features from the previous version. The "deep venting zipper" used to go several inches lower, so allowed for better venting, and the thumb holes on the sleeves were eliminated. It would seem that those who didn't like those features wouldn't have to use t... Read Morehem, i.e., don't zip it down that far if you don't want to, and ignore the thumb holes in the sleeves. Those of us who liked those features no longer have the option.
New fit makes a perfect piece almost perfect
I’ve had a R1 3/4 zip hoodie for years that fits perfectly. A campfire ember got the better part the sleeve and while it was getting repaired, I thought I’d pick up a regular pullover for the times when a hood isn’t required. It may be a bit greedy to own 2 of these but it speaks to how much I love my R1 hoodie. I nearly live in it in the chilly mo... Read Morenths, which is most months in Maine. At 5’10” and 165lbs, I thought the old school men’s medium hoodie fit perfectly. The new slim/trim fit in the medium R1 I picked up is too tight in the shoulders & arm pits. I have to work each time I pull it on over a base layer to shove the sleeves of a t-shirt down in the sleeves of the R1. It feels fine if I only have the R1 on, but it makes any kind of base layer bunch up and feel constrained. I actually ordered a men’s large to see if it fit better. The sleeves/shoulders/arm pits are a perfect fit for me in the large but the torso of the piece is way too big for my body size and flaps around aimlessly. I returned the large and kept the medium, resigned to acclimate to arm pits that rub, base layers that bunch up and shoulders and arms that feel too tight. One solution would be to have “regular” and “slim/trim” fits as options on this piece. I don’t need it to fit like a wetsuit. Maybe some people want to show off their physique with skin tight Patagonia clothing. I’d like my R1 to function like a proper mid layer and have a bit of space to accommodate a base layer and an active range of motion. I wouldn’t hesitate to give the old R1 five stars - it’s one of the best pieces I’ve ever owned. The change Patagonia made in the R1 fit took a perfect piece and made it almost perfect
Smaller and thinner
I'm returning my Medium for a Large. My current Medium (bought 2015) is both thicker and better fitting. I'm hoping the large both fits like my old medium and it doesn't show the color of the t-shirt I'm wearing when I put it on. The one I'm returning was so thin it showed my red t-shirt underneath when I put it on. Patagon... Read Moreia please tell me you didn't change a perfect fleece.
Unfortunately everyone is right about this years R1
I decided to ignore the negative reviews about this years R1 and picked one up at REI, my wife has had an R1 for a number of years now and cannot say enough good things about it. I finally decided to get one for my self but I guess this year patagonia kinda messed them up. The arms are far too tight. Upon donning the garment the arms cause whatever... Read More shirt you’re wearing as a base layer to bunch up in your armpits so you have to awkwardly rearrange your base shirt and pull your sleeves back down and after doing that it just isn’t comfortable. The pullover squeezes your biceps and I’m no body builder very average build. I really wanted an R1 and still do but I don’t think this is the year. I will be returning my R1 and hoping they fix whatever they did with the arms in next years version.
Honestly, who comes up with this sizing? I am a 39” chest, 175 lbs, and this M fits me like a sausage casing. I fit fine into every other Patagonia Medium , generally with room to spare. This is unusable. Why? Why make my buying experience so frustrating? A “M” should not fit like a 34”” when you say it can fit 40”. I have to think the loss of equi... Read Morety will catch ulp.
We're sorry to hear the fit was too tight. You're more than welcome to start a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
Good but not Great
I’ve been wearing R1s for 15 or so years. They have always been my go to shirt from 60 degrees and lower. The current version feels thinner and not as tough. Maybe a year from now I’ll appreciate this version too but had I not wore two of my older R1s to thread bare I’d be sending it back. I still trust Patagonia makes products that work.
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