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Small but important design defect
I bought this shirt based in part on the pocket - I like to keep my cellphone in a breast pocket. Unfortunately, the pocket is too small to fit the phone. I have a Pixel 4 (regular size, not the large one). This is a really basic fundamental detail that would have been easily remedied if they had checked on it. All of my other Patagonia garments ha... Read Moreve a pocket that is large enough for the same phone. The pocket really has no other use, so how they messed it up is a mystery. If that feature is important to you, give this one a miss. I'm keeping the shirt because it is otherwise very nice. Fit and finish are good, the collar is comfortable, I like the color (Industrial Green) and the fabric is as warm as usual with the R1 series. They just need to fix the pocket size.
Very badly wanted to like it
My comments are related to fit. Slim fit is often a challenge, as Patagonia effectively sizes down the product vs just reducing excess material. This usually means a restrictive fit that's uncomfortable in the shoulders, upper back and arm holes and the R1 Air is sadly no exception. But there is inconsistency across products; for example, the ... Read MoreR1 Techface, also slim fit, is much more comfortable. I'd rather have R1 Air. The other problem is that this is too short in the torso (much shorter than mentioned R1 Techface) and in fact it's not even long enough to cover Patagonia's own Capilene Cool Daily tee. In addition to looking stupid, this means chilly air hits your back when you bend forward. Patagonia is known for its short torso design - perhaps for fashion reasons but I personally have a strong bias for function, fit, comfort and versatility. I wish I could wear Patagonia's slim fit - it would open much more of their product family to me. Ironically, at 6'2" and 160lbs, I am slim! I've tried sizing up, but large is too big even in the slim cut. This is a great piece if it fits and then lucky you!
Nice but fit is off
Have had the R1 Air for over two months now, replacing my 20 year old R1. The fabric is excellent - very breathable and warm for its weight. I also like the half cuffs. However, the fit is too large. I am 62, 180 with a 43 L suit size, which is in the middle of the size for a large, and the garment definitely has a relaxed fit, not the slim fit tha... Read Moret was noted in the description. In addition, there are a couple of itchy spots in the forearms along the seams. I give the R1 Air a qualified recommendation- if you want a more technical fit, then size down.
Great but could be improved (please read design team)
I had a R1 I use all the time, wanted something lighter. 1. I use my current R1 while traveling as it has a hidden pocket behind the quarter zip. This is really handy when I'm traveling through areas with high pickpockets or if I was mugged it is a safe stash. I've used it in over 30+ countries and this small hidden area is really valua... Read Moreble to me and is peace of mind. This prominent outside pocket defeats that purpose. 2. I wish there was also a full zip version available.
Hey Jonathan, thanks for taking the time to write this review. This is great feedback and we've passed it along to our Design Team.
My Favorite Fleece
This thing is handsome and so wonderfully comfortable. It does a good job cutting the wind but it breathes so well that I can leave it on with temps up to 70 degrees. Pair it with a light down and your good into the 40's. It's very versatile. It is not my most packable mid-layer, but when you can use it across such a range of temps its ki... Read Morend of ok (even in the backcountry or on a long motorcycle journey where space is at a premium)
Great fleece with a couple of issues
In general I love this fleece which is contradictory to my rating. I love the fit, the warmth, and the weight. Its fantastic! However, the misses leave me frustrated. 1) black fades pretty bad after one wash 2) bought in Late December and it is already piling pretty badly 3) pocket barely holds iPhone 7, so good luck with a new phone 4) breathable ... Read Morein that wind goes through it but doesnt regulate heat like my stretch nano storm (my favorite jacket ever). Today I was super hot in 50 degree weather standing around. I put on my stretch nano storm and I was fine (just bought nano air based on stretch nano storm experience) Its little details that make the difference in this being ok and great. I hope they fix these minor items. Also fit is significantly different than the r1s. Note the three r1s fits are all different and only the quarter zip fit true to size imho.
Hi Brian, we're so sorry to hear about the disappointment with your Men's R1 Air Zip-Neck Fleece. We want you to be happy with your gear and if you're not, you're more than welcome to make a return or exchange. You can begin either process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
the best Patagonia yet
I would live in this fleece if it were socially acceptable. I work remotely so I try to switch up my tops, but this one is my favorite to wear by far. Besides being cozy and fitting really well (6', 180lbs, size M), it breathes so well that whether my office is sweltering or freezing, I stay comfortable. I've used this as a layer while re... Read Moresort skiing and backcountry skiing and it dumps heat and moisture like nothing else, and yet still keeps me warm on blustery days. Can't say enough good things about this new R1 Air!
One of my favorite jackets now.
I have 10+ year old R1 zip jacket that I take everywhere and it is my favorite jacket. I tried out the new Air R1 and love the feel of the jacket, a mix of sweatshirt and sweater. It is very light weight but it has incredible warmth for its weight. It compacts down smaller than my older R1. I went with a large as the medium was a little shorter in ... Read Morethe arms and more of a slim fit - I think for technical base layer I'd stick with a medium but for an around town, keep in the truck the large is a better fit (to go over button up shirts).
Super light, warm, and cozy BUT the black color is not black at all
There is some sorcery in this fleece I have no idea how it's this comfortable and temp regulating for how thin it is. It keeps me at a perfect cozy temp at all times. 6'2" 175lbs and tried medium and large, went with large. Perfect fit that can be layered over a tshirt no problem, unlike the current R1 (non-air) revision which is way... Read More too tight, and for some reason thinner/less warm than the Air. Zip pocket is a little small, but my tiny phone and wallet fit in it. Any smartphone users, it won't fit in there. IMO the Air would look a lot better if the chest pocket was internal (like the R1) instead of this external patch pocket. BUT I'm leaning towards returning it. I got the black color hoping it would be as black as the pictures, but it's definitely dark brown, no matter what light it's in. It's a very faded, worn-out attempt at black. Not a flattering color to me. Did I get a bad batch? Was hoping to try out the Green after this brown disappointment but they're all sold out. Still very on the fence. Sad that basically only the color is negatively affecting my decision.
Great fabric...sizing is too tight
Great material. Too tight for me. Bought size Large 6ft 1" 170lbs 44" chest. Tight in chest area. If worn as next-to-skin baselayer this may work. If you intend to wear over a merino shirt (short or long sleeve) then this is too tight. I may buy the XL and see if that works. But often the XL is too long in the sleeve and torso for me.
Awesome top, Except
I've been looking forward to acquiring the piece for a long time. Finally got one and it's super warm, soft, comfy and fits well for me. Unfortunately, however; it starts to stink and hold odor as soon as I start to sweat. A huge bummer! I have several other R1 and R2 pieces, and they never smell- What happened, Patagonia?
We're sorry your fleece is holding smells. We recommend washing it with 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water and that should resolve the issue.
Great quality but runs small
Loved the feel of the material and finish but unfortunately it was too small which was strange as I've bought several other Patagonia products all in size medium. The length in the torso was the issue for me. Ended up giving this to my son for the rest of the ski season so at least someone won in the end!!
Thank you for the review on our R1 Air Zip-Neck Fleece. We're sorry that the size didn't work out for you, but glad that your son is getting some use out of it. For future, you're welcome to make an [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a bigger size.
1st time purchasing an R1 and I couldn't be happier I did! The weight to warmth ratio is the "amazing" part to me. It is super comfortable, extremely light weight and warm. I wore it with a tee shirt underneath to work and I was legitimately overheating at times. It unzips more like 1/2 way vs 1/4 which is great to let the heat out. ... Read MoreI'm 5'11", 185lbs and the large fits me perfectly. It is definitely more of a fitted garment than loose. Will absolutley be getting another one next time I score a discount code. Highly recommended!
Super light weight, warm
The r1 zip neck fleece is very warn & soft. I bought it to wear with my new favorite Fits Roy Hoody. Both in the hot ember color. That combo is super warn, light weight & just like having a down sleeping bag on outside in windy, cold snowy weather. Like so much I bought one in black. Really like the way it fits at neck when zipped up.
Warm, comfortable and stylish
For now this is for casual wear but will soon be relegated to sweatier pursuits. Cut is slightly slim which is perfect. Arm and hem is likewise the perfect length for my (almost) 5'10" marathon-running frame. "Curvy" weave is eye-catching. Super happy with the purchase and expect to wear it for a long time as with everything Pat... Read Moreagonia.
I absolutely love how comfortable this clothing item/layering piece is. I wish the pocket was a little larger to better support a larger to phone but other than that, its awesome. Love the contrasting zipper color. I wish that was always an option with each piece Patagonia mix. This is yet another, homerun for Patagonia in the layering department. ... Read MoreIf I could do one other thing to make it perfect, it would have a elastic hem line at the bottom so I could use it under my fishing waders and have it not ride up.
Buy it NOW
I wish the front pocket was a little bit larger to better fit an iPhone 12 but every are R Patagonia makes is a must have!! I love love love the three-quarter zip front and the contrasting zipper color. I wish more of their products always had a contrasting zipper option. Buy it NOW! Im a woman who buys the mens as Im super busty and the Large is a... Read More little big but great over several layers Before I add a puff jacket . I specifically purchased the Mens because of the contrasting zipper and I also bought a womens extra large in the beautiful purple. Both I highly recommend!!
I love the R1 layers. They hit the sweet spot with the right combination of warmth and breath ability. Great for wearing around the house, on cool workouts outside or as an added base layer. Only bummer is that the chest pocket is too small for many modern smart phones where as the pocket on my traditional R1 is just right. Make the pocket a bit bi... Read Moregger and its 5 stars.
Works exactly right
for cross country skiing in high teens/ low 20's, a lightweight wool t shirt, the fleece and a windblocker shirt and its perfect. Moisture is wicked away and w/ the neck all the way unzipped I stay comfortably cool. Great design. ONLY nitpick, the neck zipper pull tab was to small to feel easily so I replaces it w/ a piece of paracord and a bi... Read Moregger knot. Great piece of kit.
Snug for a reason - I guess
I like the R1 line and have 5 items in my closet. R1Air is a whole new beast. First off, it looks like a handknit sweater passed down from your grand dad. Second, it fits like a 2nd skin. I cannot imagine the reviewer below claiming he got a base layer and t-shirt underneath! But that's the cool part: Against the skin lets this new R1 reach it... Read More's magical potential. It's definitely the warmest of the R1 products; but seems able to let your skin breathe and perspire oiut through the fabric. I dinged it one star because I am certain the elbows are going to blow out long before the reast of the garment shows much wear. I agree with the poster who suggests elbow patches of the same fabirc as the chest pocket. As long as you're OK with that risk point, I'd say give this breakthrough new R1 a try!
The R1 is back!
The R1 has been my favorite goto piece from Patagonia. I wear one most days, year around in the mountains of Colorado. That said, in the last few years I haven't been replacing my almost 10 year old R1s. I would try the 'new' ones on and they were cut very large and seemed not as thick and not as warm. The latest R1 air fits like a ... Read Morebase layer should and like the R1s of many years ago (in my opinion). It's very warm! I have an R3 from about 8 years ago and the R1 air feels almost as warm. It breathes very well. I'm 5'11" @ 160 pounds. Patagonia mediums typically fit me perfectly.
Great Sweater! Longtime R1 Fan
Have 6 R1s, size medium. They fit snugly, particularly around the chest/torso (42 chest, 16 collar, 33 sleeve, size medium in most brands). Got this R1 Air in large based on Patagonia fit chart. Fits well in shoulders, a little more boxy around the torso/not as snug as medium R1. The R1s will be for work/running/outdoors. This one will be for wea... Read Morering around the house, as exterior is much more cozy/warmer appearing, and less "technical"/shiny, IMHO. Other reviews are spot-on. Better wear-around sweater than R1 since exterior is soft fleece zig-zag, not the slick polyester sheen. Downsides: No thumb loops, will it pill when this fleece encounters velcro on overjackets? Chest pocket barely holds an iPhone zipped - wished it was bigger/deeper like R1, so it can hold iPhone max.
I was looking for something not too heavy so I could wear indoors and not over heat. This pullover is pretty much ideal for that. It's very soft and comfortable. I'm 6 ft. 200 lbs. and the XL gives me a little extra room to wear shirts as a base layer. My regular size iPhone barely fits in the chest pocket if that's important to you.... Read More
The New and Improved
Though Ive never owned any of the earlier iterations of the R1, this fleece is definitely worth all of the hype. Its probably one of the comfiest pieces of clothing I own and can be worn as a thick base layer or mid layer. The medium pairs incredibly well with a size small capilene thermal base layer (Im 59 155lbs). That combo is built for serious ... Read Morecold if youre on the move. I wear it all the time underneath a medium nano puff hoody. I think its biggest selling point is that its a couple ounces lighter than the original, and yet somehow claims to be warmer and just as durable. The only complaints I have is the lack of thumb loops, the small chest pocket, and most importantly, the lack of a small piece of fleece to cover the zipper on your neck. The metal has a tendency to dig into your neck if you tuck your chin this could be easily avoided!
My new favorite fleece
I love this thing, and have been wearing it constantly for past several weeks. It's warm but lightweight and breathes incredibly well. I haven't worn it doing anything strenuous yet, and have some questions about how it would hold up in the backcountry relative to an R1 (which is less comfortable but has held up incredibly well).
Took it on an 11 mile hike in 5° weather with a 150 weight base layer and Capilene Tee underneath. It kept me plenty warm and wicked sweat with ease (had a shell that took on and off based in output and wind). I also wore this in the house everyday (and even slept in it) for the past 8-days to test it out. It barely stunk! However, I noticed that t... Read Morehe elbows developed some wear marks, flattening the pile of the fabric, giving it a noticeably different texture and look than the rest of the garment. It would be great if they made elbow patches using the same fabric as the chest pocket. I also noticed the fabric will hang on to all forms of lint (have the black so makes sense) and will pill slightly in the neck and in the forearms. Cosmetics and appearances aside, this piece is durable and feels built to last. The fit is also good. Medium fit comfortably for me at 57 160 lbs, size 38 in a suit jacket and small in dress shirt. I could layer underneath fairly easily without looking stuffed. However, if didnt layer it didnt look like a baggy mess. Its a great piece on the whole for those intending to be active, looking for functionality, and dont care about appearances.
Quality R1 Patagonia
The sweater was well made, top rated Patagonia Quality. But the Cut is too small. Need to be designed with a little regular Fit
Thanks for the review! The Men's R1 Air Zip-Neck Fleece is considered a slim fit, which might be why it feels the way it does for you. If you're interested in a regular fit fleece instead, check out the [Men's Long-Sleeved R1 Fitz Roy 1/4-Zip](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-long-sleeved-r1-fitz-roy-quarter-zip-fleece/52722.html?dwvar_52722_color=BSNG&cgid=mens-fleece).
An Instant Classic
I don't often write product reviews, but I am really happy with the R1. It's slim fitting and runs a little small, but that's personally how I like my clothes to fit. This has been a work-from-home essential for me since I got it and I would feel comfortable wearing it in an actual office setting as well. I'm a casual runner and... Read More hiker and although I haven't worn it for either yet, I'm confident in its abilities as a mid layer. It is super warm and does a nice job dumping heat.
Crazy combo of warmth, breathability, and comfort
Don't know what to say about this piece other than that my wife is stealing it all the time. When she's not, I'm hoping it'll be chilly enough for me to wear. Size-wise, L is a slightly loose fit for me (5'10, 175lbs). I think I'm a tweener for Medium or Large and both would probably work.
An exceptionally light, exceptionally warm top
I am a huge fan mod the original r1. I still love it but I have a new favorite now. The air is so much lighter than the original! It feels like you arent wearing anything when you out it on. Yet its super warm. Its also very thin making mobility perfect in the r1 Air. I am so impressed, and cant wait for more colors to come out!
All Day Comfort
The R1 Air performs, feels, and fits like a dream. I like the half hem cuff, half hem on the torso, and small chest pocket. The fit sits between slim and Regular. The torso is more of a normal length than the R1 which I really like. The brushed finish is super soft an both sides and lends to its breathability. Its also very light when it feels like... Read More it should weigh more. There is not a true zipper garage but rather 2 small fabric bumpers on each side. I have a beard and was happy to see that my beard didnt catch when fully zipped. I am 6/190 and L Fits perfectly. I bought one in green and then added a black as well. Im patiently waiting for the hoody to release. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
From Couch to Trail and Back
Having owned an R1 from 2013, which is still going by the way, I opted for this newer version of the R1 because of its thicker pile both inside and out. It's as plush as the R1 from years past, but it lacks the abrasion resistant finish as on the R1. That said, its an ideal base layer for added warmth, running, trail-trekking, and chilling on ... Read Morethe couch with the heat turned low. The quality is outstanding as is often the case with Patagonian in general, but most noticeable on the first iteration of new products. The fit is slim so went up a size to accommodate the new dad bod. I would buy another one in a minute, but may opt for the hooded version when it become available. Very pleased with this purchase overall.
Never Want To Take Off!
Have you ever had that one sweater/jacket that you put on and you think "oh, oh, man.. this is the ONE". Soulmate jacket status? This is that kind of sweater/jacket for me. It's phenomenally warm and cozy, but at the same time extremely breathable and lightweight. I can wear this all day through any kind of activity. Wearing this ser... Read Moreiously feels like being wrapped up in some sort of super powered armor, versatile and ready for anything! I'm now contemplating purchasing the R1 Air Crew just so I can keep this thing on my body at all times (excluding the summer months). 10/10 thank you Patagonia for engineering this godly piece of apparel.
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