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Awesome Mid Layer!
Over the years I have moved away from fleece except for my base layer. Primaloft and the like is warmer per ounce and more compressible. For a typical day of downhill skiing or ice climbing I use Polartec Powerstretch as my base layer. It is considered a heavyweight base layer and when I am moving uphill I can wear it by itself. Two years ago I got... Read More a Polartec Alpha layer and loved it but feel the material isn't very durable and sheds material. I've also been doing more uphill and decided to move to a light weight merino base layer so I can better regulate my temperature. I find for uphill using the light weight base layer allows me to keep my soft shell jacket on, which cuts the wind and holds enough heat to keep me comfortable while keeping up with breathability so I don't sweat out- the bane of winter sports. I needed something to wear over my base layer for warmth but that was more durable and had better face material than Polartec Alpha. That's is where this jacket shines. The techface protects the fleece and slides under layers. It wears like a super breathable soft shell. It adds warmth when I need it and is easy to take off when I don't. People say it has a DWR and handles light precipitation, but I wouldn't trust it in this role beyond shedding some snow falling off branches while you are hiking. It's an awesome layer to wear over a lightweight base layer when you need warmth. You can wear it as a warm and breathable outer later but I would always bring a shell to go over it if any precipitation or wind is possible. I get the feeling this is going to be a new a new staple for me! Strong work Patagonia.
I really wanted to like this piece, but it fell just a tad short. As an "R2", I thought this would be a warm insulation layer, but didn't find it much warmer than my R1 pieces. The sleeves were a nice length and fit snugly, so I thought this would be a nice piece to have at the crag. But afternoons in the 50s I longed for just a litt... Read Morele more warmth. I found the length to be this jacket's biggest shortcoming. It didn't layer well with my Nano Puff Jacket, sticking out about 2" below it. It also didn't work well when wearing a harness as the side pocket zippers got trapped by the waist belt. Also, the lower portion of the jacket has a tendency to roll up an make a little 'paunch' at my belt buckle. Overall I just didn't feel 'at home' in the piece and sent it back.
We're very sorry that the R2 missed the mark for you, and we really value your detailed feedback. We hope you'll find our Spring 2023 product more fitting for your purposes. Thanks so much for taking the time to review the jacket, Evan!
I wish I had 2
Absolutely epic jacket. Wish I had 2 so I can still wear one on laundry days. Hesitated between the M and L since it's a bit longer than other Patagonia L cloth I have, went for L, no regret, I wear it all the time, around the house, for hiking, soon for skiing. As true as "a jacket needs to be multifunctional" as it gets.
Chest pocket too small
I have many Patagonia jackets from goose down to better sweater. I used to order extra small and the chest pocket big enough for my iPhone pro max, but this jacket for size small the pocket is too small but I bought it anyway because is very comfortable. I tried different fleece jackets at the store a few days ago and for size small the chest pocke... Read Moret needs bigger like it used to. For Large size the picket is big enough. Please consider to make chest pocket bigger even for small size enough to put the bigger phone. Thank you.
I'm not your average body
At 74 years of age my body has changed, mostly around the waist. I've warn your products from the beginning of time and was always a medium. The last 10 years my body has changed and I now require an XL to get around my middle. Everything else is to big, please consider everyone is Not 6 foot 4 inches and 150 lbs.
Love the jacket ... just needs a 'tweak' in sizing
OK Patagonia - I have tried BOTH your R1 & R2 Techface jkts. Love them both! EXCEPT :-( .... for me (5-5 / 140#) BOTH had some weird sizing issues. The R1 fit everywhere EXCEPT in the shoulder/ underarm area (cut up into my pits) The R2 - which reviews said was slightly less FITTED then the R1 - I agreed ! Fit much better thru body / shoulders... Read More ... EXCEPT ! it was long enough, it could have doubled as a skirt (all the way to the bottom of my 'bum' :-( I would buy both pcs. for fall & winter here in MICH, but the sizing is just WAY off for me. Hoping your product design team can tweak the 'fit' for the next version of these AWESOME jackets. Raglan sleeve please (like the women's model)
Hi there, thanks for taking the time to give us your opinion. If you find the sizing issues with your gear too bothersome, please feel free to begin [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/search/?q=ridgeline0316%40gmail.com&lang=en_US) at any time.
Nice so far; only been a couple of weeks
R2® TechFace Jacket is pretty nice! It's great to the touch and fits around the chest well. I can (almost...) see me going to this daily, if it were not for the long torso. It's just too long for my preference. I'm ever so slightly disappointed but otherwise it's a keeper!
Ive owned them all..
Im so old I owned the first generation of Patagonia/The Great Pacific Iron Works fleeces. When I worked for an outfitter I bought/owned 2 of the first generation R2 fleeces. They were my go-to workhorses when peak bagging/backpacking & winter mountaineering as part of my layering system. This recent purchase is my 4th R2 fleece. The new iterati... Read Moreon is a great improvement in my view. They have all been worth the price of admission. I cant recommend it enough. I have bought them for family & will continue to make them my favorite go to insulating layer. Should be a part of everyones kit. And Patagonia will always be worth the price. Consider what they do; especially in light of our new & only shareholder. Thank you Yvon & family for always keeping us outdoor people true to the mission!
You should by this, it is way better in person. I got this after loving the R2 hoodie but wanting the more of the TechFace finish to avoid pilling and pet hair the regular R2 suffers from. I love this jacket and really value the springy cuffs on the sleeves. Also the collar stands up great to the wind. This jacket is the perfect layer. It is not to... Read Moreo warm, it is almost like a mid layer. The only down side for me is the torso seems a little long for my frame. I am currently 5ft 9in, 150lbs.
Wasn't a hit for me
LOVE Patagonia gear, and I have many pieces, but this didn't do it for me. It fit a little big, was too stiff, and just not for me. Well made, though!
Hi John, thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're very sorry that the R2 TechFace Jacket wasn't for you. Please feel free to [begin a return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Super Warm and wind resistant.
I have been a Ski Patroller for 29 years. The Patagonia patrol vests, Patrol Pants, and R2 layers keep me warm and are durable. I sent my 18 year old Patagonia in for repair and instead of repairing it, I was provided a credit to get the newest R2. The newer style seems warm, lighter, and still wind proof. Ill know more when I am working in snow co... Read Morenditions at 12000 plus above sea level. I absolutely love the warranty and repair service when needed. I use only Patagonia. JR Gallegos New Mexico Ski Patroller
I have had this jacket for about 2 years, and it is the jacket I reach for most often from October through April here in PNW. The combination of smooth outer surface and inner fleece is perfect. Its one of the most durable jackets I have ever had. If you are annoyed by better sweater pilling or loose threads on the nano puff, get this jacket. I hav... Read Moreen't noticed any significant wear, while using it daily and machine washing it many times. It is very warm depending how you layer. I've worn it to about 30 degrees with a long sleeve t-shit under and it has kept me warm while walking/hiking. Its probably too warm above 50 degrees. The jacket sheds light rain well, blocks wind and is very breathable. It can't withstand a downpour but dries quickly. Some notes about fit (I'm about 6'1, 165 lbs) - I'd say this jacket runs larger than most mediums from patagonia (ex better sweater). It is longer, which is great for my height. I think arm length is perfect as is height of the collar. I use it as an everyday jacket in fall, winter and early spring, as well as for hiking. Overall, excellent job with this jacket, I wouldn't change anything. My only suggestion is a vest version!
I really wanted to like this jacket - stretchy for movement And warm fleece but the jacket is just too long by about 3-4 inches. I found that in most of the fleece jackets I tried this year from Patagonia - Nano puff - down sweater - r1 air no problem. I really appreciate the inclusive sizing with the technical jackets FINALLY- us larger athletes a... Read Moreppreciate this - maybe next year a few more choices in the tech realm with a hoody!! Thank you.
I am 6 feet tall and about 165-170 lbs. I ordered a large...it was way too big. The medium is PUURfect. This thing is outstanding. Super soft and cozy lining with a nice exterior. I would wear this around town or the house on a cool day or I would use it as a warm layer after a day hiking or skiing. You could use it as a layer for skiing/hiking if ... Read Moreit was super cold out but I would go with a down/synthetic down layer in that situation. Onward my friends!
This could be the most versatile fleece ever. It blocks wind really effectively and is super warm for its weight. It also breaths well. Super comfortable. Durable. Great collar great fit. Great cuffs that you can easily pull up your forearms when needed. I have one in three colors. I absolutely love this thing.
The R2 TechFace Jacket is a foundational fleece item in my closet. The Medium size fits me perfectly but I grabbed a Large to layer over the Medium, as I like to keep the house cold (<62 deg F) in Winter and prefer fleece to other shelled insulation. Perfect insulating layer with a bit of wind-protection. I have several R2 TF JKT and love them.
Rock climb jacket
Bought this jacket right for rock climbing and I must say it exceeded my expectations. Tested in January and February with temperatures around +10°C. Rock climbing is stop and go and not a high exertion activity and the jacket is perfect for this purpose. It resists abrasions and cuts wind breezes. Now I alternate the R2 Techface with the R1 Techfa... Read Morece for warmer climates. If the wind is strong you can feel it passing through. In this case, I pair the R2 (or R1) with the Black Diamond Alpine Start obtaining an excellent protection, waiting for Patagonia to return to produce similar softshells !!!!!
Great jacket but hard to find right size
Love the tech in this jacket, its warm but dumps heat quickly, great for ice climbing and the tech face is great for wind and occasional precip/blowing snow. Im 64, 195lbs., the medium was too tight for me to comfortably wear a base layer underneath , but I feel like Im swimming a bit in the large. I use Patagonia base, mid, and outer layers for ev... Read Moreerything and never have an issue finding the right size, but for some reason this jacket seems to have a very large difference between the medium and the large.
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Comfortable in all conditions
Obviously if it's cold enough this won't be enough, but I'm amazed at just how comfortable this is in a wide range of temperatures. I live in Minnesota and there are times in the middle of winter when I don't need a jacket over this sweater. Yet it's cool enough to wear in 70 degree weather when it's unzipped. It wicks... Read More water and dries in no time. Essential for hiking trips and just as good for a day working from home.
The perfect warmth for my needs
I bought this when my favorite R2 layer went in for repairs. I bought size medium although its a little snug in the belly because the fit is perfect everywhere else. I love the weight of the fabric and insulation. I wear it indoors with a t-shirt when the thermostat is set to 68 degrees F. Its great outdoors down to about 55 degrees F. The craftsma... Read Morenship is excellent, and I like that the outside fabric is not furry like that of my R2 thats in for repair. I now like this better than my old one, which Ive worn hundreds of days since I bought in 2009.
Fit, Finish, & Functionality
This is the 2nd R2 that I've purchased. The first is the original R2 with the fluffier finish and I use it as more of a warmer base layer. This R2 with the tech face is used as a supplementary base layer for cold days over an R1 hoody and wool base layer. It allows for enough mobility without being restricted. This layer is excellent for brisk... Read More days on the hill when you want to breathe and not get too clammy.
Exactly What I Was Looking For
This is a Goldilocks fleece for me. Great face fabric makes it a good stand alone jacket, and the cut makes it perfect for layering. I am 5 foot 8 and an athletic 160 lbs. The small started a little tight across my shoulders, but it loosened a bit quickly. Well worth the price, and I appreciate that Patagonia keeps track of how the workers are ... Read Moretreated in their factories overseas.
Light Fleece Under-Layer or Early Fall Jacket
I purchased this jacket, which feels like fleece and a softshell had a baby, as a fleece to get me through the fall days when my daughter wants to hang out on the playground after school here in Boston. I was universally disappointed by the jacket I received as it really doesn't match the product description in any way. Lets go through the di... Read Morefferent claims and the reality: "provides extended versatility in shifting mountain conditions" - this jacket is a viable layering item but it will provide only the most minimal amount of wind protection and no real protection from rain; "high-loft, double-weave fabric is soft and warm but also highly breathable" - given that this is the R2 TechFace Jacket and there is a R1 jacket I expected the R2 to have some more weight to it, I would describe this jacket's weight as lighter than an average fleece, as to the breathability, you can't have a jacket that has a coating on it meant to provide weather resistance and end up with a garment that has above average breathability, in this case I would say that the coating is so thin and minimally effective that the jacket ends up providing ventilation that is slightly worse than a typical fleece of a similar weight; "Abrasion-resistant fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating that provides a defense against moisture" - I don't believe the finish on the outside of this jacket is abrasion resistant or provided any measurable protection from rain/snow. Despite this jacket falling completely flat on the manufacturer's claims about it, I will be keeping it because a need a layering piece for skiing, and the coating on the jacket's exterior should keep it from pilling, hopefully keeping it looking good for years to come.
Hello Patrick! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're very sorry to hear about the disappointment with the jacket. We appreciate these comments as its crucial to improving things for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Very happy with the jacket
I didn't go to the local Patagonia store for this item, I came across it while trying on other pieces. I am glad this was mentioned to me by one of the employees. This is my second Patagonia purchase. This is very good jacket. By coincidence the first night I wore it the temps were in the high 40's to low 50's with quite a bit of w... Read Moreind and some decent light rain. It held up really well while I was walking to and from a theater. I have taken this on bike rides in similar temps, including mid to low 40's and windy conditions. It's adequate in these temperatures but you would probably need something warmer, especially while riding. I love all of the pockets. The chest pocket is solid and can hold my iPhone 11. The pockets zip easily and I'm a fan of the two inner pockets to hold gloves or other items. The jacket is comfortable and I like the feel of the grid lining. I'd say it's about medium weight. It isn't too light but it certainly isn't heavy. When zipped all the way up, the collar provides fairly good protection and warmth. I bought a size Large because I like to layer but I will say that I do wonder if I could have worn a Medium. I only tried on the Large. For reference, I am 5'7 about 150 lbs, 33 waist, and pretty trim. The jacket is on the longish side and does have some room to spare. I don't think it is too big but I definitely know some people like a trimmer fit. The sleeve length is fine. If I stretch my fingers all the way out the sleeves come down almost to the tips but the sleeves aren't baggy at all. My arms are skinny and to me the sleeves are fine. If you have similar measurements to me and can try them on in the store, a Medium might be a better fit for you. But as I said, I didn't try one on. This is just how the Large itself fits. The R2 is an excellent autumn jacket. I can wear it on long walks, bike rides, to work, and around town. This was a good investment because I know I will have this for several years.
My Favorite jacket
I had purchased this jacket a few years ago and it was starting to look its age. I pretty much wear it daily through 3 seasons as both outerwear and a liner. The water resistant nature of this jacket along with its breathability and warmth retention, make it an absolute go-to item. I now have my second jacket and I love it even more than the first.... Read More
Warm and snug
Great layer! Soft and warm, pockets are ideal. A really flexible layer for a variety of uses. Moving or not, it keeps me just right. The material is so soft too. It's a technical jacket, but in black it looks fine around town too. So far I've only used it for cool morning walks, but later in the year I plan to use it for hiking either o... Read Moren its own or under a shell. Add a puffy if needed for extra warmth.
Warm and tough
I own a good amount of Patagonia gear and this is one of my most worn pieces. I dont take it on backcountry adventures but it is perfect for cold weather chore work. The face fabric is tough yet the inside is plush and soft. It blocks a cold breeze but is also breathable. It would be a bit warm for me to do any aerobic activities, even in winter. F... Read Moreor that get something from the R1 line.
Roomier than expected but still a good fit
I'm 5'9" and 158 lbs, and prefer a slim fit. I bought this in combination with a shell (Rainshadow Jacket 85115) so I was concerned that several reviews say it runs large. I did indeed find it larger than expected, as most Patagonia mediums fit me perfectly. However, it layers comfortably under the jacket and looks good on its own. T... Read Morehe sleeves fall about on my knuckles (I wear 32/33 LS shirts), and the hem runs about 7" below my waistline, a little below my hipbones. Overall, good fit and finish and I am happy with the purchase.
Probably the best midlayer I've ever used
I've had this jacket for about a year and a half now. I've put it through the wringer: Taken it to the mountains in Peru and New Zealand, salt deserts in South America, dry climates in Utah and wet and unpredictable New England. I also live in Chicago, so it gets a lot of cold and foul-weather use. Performance-wise, it's become my g... Read Moreo-to for just about anything where the weather isn't TOTALLY awful. - Best midlayer I've ever had. Pair it with the proper base and outer and you're set for almost anything. - Warm enough as an around-town jacket down to about the mid 30's. - Great as an outer with the proper wool baselayer for hiking in milder temps. - Excellent wind protection. - Fleece feels great on bare skin. - Highly durable. I've worn it in every condition imaginable and stuffed it in the smallest nooks and it comes out looking new. - Good moisture-resistance, though not totally waterproof. - Breathability isn't the BEST, but it's better than I expected and haven't had any real issues there. - Looks great with proper sizing, a bit technical looking but I find it a slim-fit and stylish enough for casual wear. Only thing(s) I don't like were fit-related and therefore highly subjective. The sleeves were long for me, I had them altered to correct this. Also the waist area is on the tight side, but it's flexible enough that this isn't much of an issue. I'm hard on my gear in my work and play, and this one earned it's first-choice piece status from me. Couldn't go wrong!
material feels so bad. I bought it for my son, it was too small for him. I returned it. It looked very nice on your website, and very bad in reality. Bad quality, artificial, glassy feeling material, did not like anything about this jacket
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Cozy versatile fleece jacket
Im 511/175 and fit is excellent. Although longer than I prefer, the hem keeps that in check nicely. Length is there if I need it. Nice sleeve length and great cuffs. Good array of well-placed and size pockets. Hugs my body to keep in warmth but has excellent stretch and does not feel binding at all. I am a fan of the cozy fleece interior and the sm... Read Moreoother technical exterior. I have a Patagonia R Jacket from the 90s (USA made) that is still in good condition and has proven durability as did all the Patagonia I purchased in that era. This jacket is warmer and better fitting and hopefully retains some of that durability from earlier pieces. Ive worn quite a bit this past year and so far so good. Was glad to have as a mid layer on a few cold nights in the Alpine Lakes wilderness of the Cascades earlier this year
Great addition to my old R2 pullover
I used, and still use, my 14 year old R2 pullover primarily for cold weather running. Also as a mid-layer for downhill skiing. My old R2 is showing its age so thought it was time to add a new one to the fleet. I'm 5'7 and weigh 150 and have always worn size M Patagonia clothing. After reading reviews indicating how large this jacket runs ... Read MoreI decided to go with a size S and I'm glad I did. It is just about a perfect fit. It's a little snug in the armpits area but otherwise fine. Sleeves on the long side but not too long. The length of the jacket itself is fairly long, more so than my pullover but this is not a problem. Should be a benefit if real windy I imagine. It does seem to block wind a little better than my old one. Very pleased with the warmth for sure. I haven't yet worn it in the rain to check the water repellency. I am enjoying the full length zipper and all the pockets. Bottom line - this is a great addition to the line-up and will receive a lot of use. No question that a size M would have been way too big.
Perfect alpine mid layer
I got this jacket primarily to use as a mid layer for alpine climbing and as a mid layer/shell for XC skiing. Im based in Detroit, and weve gotten a little bit of snow up state the past couple weeks to be able to start skiing and really get to test this thing out. Its pretty close to perfect so far. For cross country skiing in ~25 degree weather w... Read Moreith moderate wind, I wore this as my shell over a lighter weight fleece (a competitors light weight 1/2 zip grid fleece) and a lightweight base layer. It performed exceptionally well, repelling light snow and sleet as well as protecting from the wind while remaining breathable enough to keep from sweating. Ive used the jacket to walk my dogs several times down to 20-30F with just a capilene air hoody underneath and I have been extremely impressed. I really cannot say enough good things about it: it works amazingly as a shell for wind and light precip, even keeping me dry during a fairly steady snow for ~an hour of walking the pups, works PERFECTLY as a mid layer under a gore-Tex shell, and the lofted interior fleece is amazing for insulation and comfort. This in combination with my gore-tex shell will almost certainly be my go to for alpine starts during spring/summer climbing, as it regulates perfectly without being too much and stretches/flexes quite well. Im really excited about the possibilities!
Works as advertised
Very pleased with the R2 Tech. I use it mainly for mountain biking and hiking. Does a decent job of blocking the wind while still being very breathable. On very cold days on the bike I layer and combine it with the dirt roamer MTB jacket. Perfect combination. Totally worth the price.
Great standalone fleece that's super warm!
I got the R2 Tech Face to fill the role of a standalone technical fleece for higher exertion activities and it performs very well. I usually opt for having a hood but it's very form fitting and not helmet compatible. The collar is a tad bit on the longer side but it's nice for when the wind picks up. My only gripe with this jacket is that... Read More the collar is a little wonky in the sense that it doesn't lay flat when I'm wearing it around town or at work. Other than that minor complaint, this is a bomber piece that has become my go to piece for early morning climbs and a great mid layer when layering for colder climates!
Really long, really really long
I own a lot of Patagonia gear so I have my size locked in. When I read the reviews that this garment was running long I didnt worry about it as its a jacket and I plannned to wear it underneath my Patagonia Parka which is also a large. Nope. It hung below the hem line of my ski parka. Otherwise it fit great but this would be better labeled as a tal... Read Morel product. I am good with Patagonia updating styles etc but I am bought into buying their great products that last forever and if the styles are not compatible over the years it seems to be counter productive to all of their efforts to be more environmentally friendly.
Comfortable, multi-purpose fleece
My into to Patagonia fleece was their R1 quarter zip which is for the most part comfortable except for additional awkward shifting of the sleeves to align the sleeves to a preferred comfort level. The R2 Tech face does not have this issue. The R2 Techface is my go-to preferred cool/chilly weather fleece that fits in just as well in the office as it... Read More does on the hiking trails of Ojai. I can confidently recommend this jacket as well worth the price. There's 2 improvements I"d recommend. First, at least 1 interior pocket with a zipper and thicker material. Second, a zippered collar with a thin material hoodie inside. These are quality of life features that would improve an already excellent product.
Damn near perfect fleece
Ive owned various R fleeces of all numbers and types, and this is notably better than the regular R2 and the last 2 versions of the R3. The fact that its the same list price as the normal R2 is a bonus which makes it a no-brainer of choosing strictly for function. The fabrics beautiful exterior and luxurious interior make it my preferred midlayer o... Read Moren most cold days. Very warm on its own, and it breathes like a normal fleece yet blocks wind but not too much to restrict vapor flow. Very stretchy, sleeves are longish which is a love/hate thing (they dont have thumb holes but the cuffs stretch to cover cold gloveless hands in a pinch. Pockets arent fleece lined, but Im digging the smoother faced material that also is used for the two drop ins. So far Ive noticed its good for me down to 40-45° F pretty idle w a cap air base layer , and with a micro puff hoody I can easily go about freezing. I havent dared try it under my Macro Puff since from experience it will keep me comfy at 30°F w just a regular ol 150g merino T. I can imagine the R2 tech l+macro to go into the teens if ever needed. It layers over my R1 hoody like a glove, joining forces to makes a R3 hoody combo thats hard to beat. If Im moving in the real cold it I dont need a shell for rain Ill throw the airshed (the Mac Gyver of kit) on over or under. The cut is long like the R1 hoody, perfect for the additional coverage real cold and windy weather often requires. Im 56 130 lbs ordered size XS and its spot-on. Damn-near perfect fleece, wouldnt change a thing
Super warm- really to warm!
I really like the r2- its packable and looks great - I like a slimmer cut and it defiantly has a nice formed shape- Im 5-11 and 170 lbs ( I got a medium) - but be warned - the R2 is warm!!! Its almost to warm for fall or spring - I wear it on 60 degree days with just a t shirt under it and I am roasting! I really should switch to the R1 but the one... Read More I tied on didnt fit as nice.
Excellent jacket, size down- sleeves are really long.
Got this jacket in time for chilly weather. It is very light, warm and repels enough moisture in light rain with my experience. It should make a great mid layer for even colder weather since it is not bulky. So far I have just used it as an outer layer over a T-shirt with temps in the high 40's / low 50's and light wind and rain and it is... Read More plenty warm. The grid pattern fleece is super soft against the skin and the jacket stretches and allows for easy movement. The sizing is a bit odd. I initially ordered a size Small since that is my usual size in Patagonia and other comparable brands. However, I ended up exchanging for an XS because though the body fit okay with the Small, the sleeves were VERY long and baggy in the upper arms. Even though it says "slim fit" I recommend going a size down for this jacket. Luckily Patagonia makes the exchange process easy. Overall really happy with the product and hope to be using it for years.
Love the jacket but fit is weird
The material on this jacket is exactly what I have been looking for but it doesn't fit well at all. I wear a medium in all the Patagonia gear I own (10+ items) and the fit is usually very good. This jacket has freakishly long arms (my arms are anything but short) and was really loose all over for the size. Was unable to try on in store so went... Read More with usual sizing. Sadly I had to return but will try again with one size smaller and see if that works out.
Great Layer for Sitting, paragliding, climbing....
I have been wearing Patagonia for years (both my daughters having worked for the company and having been a rock climber since the '70s). The R2 is one of the best pieces of clothing I have purchased. It is warm--more than the light R1 but WAY less bulky than the R4. It blocked light wind and as a wonderful technical fit...long in the back, goo... Read Mored for rock climbing or paragliding harness and warm at height. Breast pocket handy for phone and side pockets large. Internal pockets for hat/gloves. This is an outstanding layer, to wear alone or under the R4 (WARM!) or nano puff. Absolutely love it.
Everything You could ask for
This is the perfect layer for cool coastal winter days. I was searching high and low for a lightweight layer that could keep the damp chill of coastal Southern California winters off me and this jacket has surpassed my expectations. As a stand-alone outer, I would say that the jacket’s ideal temperature range is from the high 40s up into the low 60... Read Mores. It keeps you warm and dry in moderate wind and misting rain, as well.
Awesome technical piece, weird sleeves
This jacket is a go-to for hiking under 40 degrees, casual wear, travel, and ice climbing. This and the R1 jacket were fantastic pieces for a September trip to Iceland with weather that varied with the hour. However, the fit of the sleeves is weirdly puffy around the biceps, and a bit bunched around the armpits. It’s especially odd given the fitted... Read More contour of the lower arms. Not a dealbreaker for me, but doesn’t have as sleek an appearance as I’d like out of a fitted jacket.
Wonky collar, awesome jacket
I’ve been using this jacket for hiking and climbing around 30-45 degrees and while skiing under a shell 30 and lower. It’s got just the right mix of breathability, wind blocking, and warmth to keep me comfortable when steaming uphill but not freezing on the downhill leg. Really appreciate the stretch and semi-soft shell hard face, both of which mak... Read Moree this a more usable jacket than a standard R2. However, it’s got a very tall collar that doesn’t lie down very readily, and it’s quite long - hip length, not waist length. The hoody version has a very close-fitting, scuba-style hood that covers your chin, so it also is wonky in the collar department. I tried both and settled on the jacket. All that said, it’s such a good winter hiking piece I can forgive some idiosyncrasies.
So far so amazing
I am pretty tough on my fleece and demand a lot from my layering systems. As a river guide I work in a lot of conditions and need my layers to be light, warm, breathable and comfy. The R2 totally delivers. From Maine in January to Panamanian rain forest this layer has kept me warm, well regulated and fits in on just about any adventure.
Great material but fit is a bit too long
I am 6’2” 170 lb and got the medium. It is beautifully constructed with great material. I’m sure it was intended to be long for cold winds etc, but I almost always have the sleeves rolled up a few inches and the bottom of the jacket prob covers 1/3 of my butt. I’m sure this was the intention by Patagonia to make a longer jacket, but I just got it ... Read Morefor Florida winters so I don’t really need the length :).
Ms R2® TechFace Jacket
Very comfortable and perfect midlayer for winter. Also works as a standalone jacket in the fall with just a t-shirt underneath. Super comfortable and would definitely buy again (but hope that this one lasts long enough that I don't have to). My only complaint is that the sleeves are just a bit long, but that's a very minor issue.
Great jacket for active could be warmer
I’ve worn this jacket almost daily for two months trekking and traveling. It is great as a layer and when active it holds up in colder weather but doesn’t keep the amount of warmth I would like when I stop moving even with additional layers. The fit and comfort are nice for everyday use.
Love my OG R2, by itself or with a shell, probably the most versatile jacket I have. When the new TechFace came out I was super interested, and after trying on M and L, because if you know the brand you know the size can vary year to year. I’m 5’11 190 lbs 42 chest 33 waist and the medium fit great, the large was way to big, the jacket is stretchy,... Read More no draw string at waist or wrist. The stretch gives you the seal you need to keep warmth in.
Significantly warmer than R1
I didn’t need it. Family told me not to get it. Already own two R1 Tech face hoodies. And yet, I covet this piece like no other. Luxurious interior instantly warms with only a cotton or light merino layer in chilly temps. Love the exterior texture and pattern. Sans hood, I can layer it comfortably under my R1 for extra cold protection. Well designe... Read Mored for Colorado climate, it breathes very well and cuts wind and sheds snow making it the most ideal layer for ski tours. Many times it is my only shell for autumn bikepack adventures. Mid winter I will pack a hard shell to fit over this all day piece. Pockets are warm, but I miss a bit o fleece there. The only question is, “ When will there be trousers?”
The fit is off
I tried both the medium and large. I'm 6'1 and weigh 175. The medium was very tight in the body and the sleeves were a bit short. When I tried on the large, I was first worried that I received a XL. It was baggy everywhere and was too big. The R1 techface large fits perfectly. So, I'm not sure what's going on with the R2 sizi... Read Moreng.
Too early to tell....
I just got the jacket a couple of days ago and did were it on a cool morning. Fabric felt nice, has some stretch to it. Will definitely wear it a lot. Seems to run slightly long but no biggie. Bought this to replace a really worn R1 jacket and it was on sale.....and this stuff is pricey even on sale. As a long time Patagonia customer I have noticed... Read More the quality is not what it used to be, but the guarantee is awesome and keeps me coming back. I think I will like this jacket a lot.
This jacket is so soft and pliable, you'll never want to take it off. The tapered sleeves are snug so the fabric never gets in the way. You wouldn't want to wear several layers under this jacket. Maybe a thin shirt or long underwear base layer, then this jacket. I wouldn't call it waterproof, but it can fend off a light rain easily. ... Read MoreThe location of the pockets are perfect. I'm 5'11" and 160 lbs, and the medium fits great. My estimated temperature comfort zone for this coat is 25-65 degrees, perfect for a majority of the year up north. I've owned several Patagonia jackets and this one is my favorite for extreme comfort, style, and practicality.
Great jacket, poor seams
I am 6'2" 185, broad and long limbed. I bought the Medium and the fit is a tad snug in the chest but otherwise good. The arms are long as they should be. A Large might fit better up top, but Patagonia designers unfortunately think taller and broader people are fat, so most of their Larges have balloons of fabric around the middle. This is... Read More an annoying, inexcusable and persistent problem. It is easy to fix and they should do so. The material is great and makes this a perfect mid-temp outer layer and cold/bad weather mid-layer. The one annoying flaw is the stitch choice. They used a folded-in stitch like on a good hardshell, and left the beads of folded-in material loose inside the jacket. They should have used the standard fleece flat stitch. Any loss of water resistance would be trivial given the material. It might not look as sharp on the outside, but the inside seams would snag less and feel better. It is also unclear why they do not use the same pattern as the standard R2. It seems to work well. I am keeping the jacket and will use the life-time guarantee to exchange it for a new one when they fix the stitch.
R2 Tech Face Jacket
I got this jacket at the start of the summer, so it hasn't been through the ringer yet, but I have worn it enough to know that it will be a staple for years to come. First off the fleece lining has exceptional next to skin comfort, and I have spent a couple of cozy nights sleeps in the jacket after underestimating my sleeping bag needs on a co... Read Moreuple camping trips. The mobility of the face fabric is wonderful, and I know I will be wearing it on colder day climbing excursions. It provides some wind and abrasion resistance. As a point of reference, this jacket is similar in weight and thickness to the Nano-Air line, however this R2 jacket breaths better, seems like the face fabric is more durable, and is not quite as warm. I am 6' and 155 lbs, and the fit is ideal. Fits well and is non restrictive if worn with a t-shirt and another R1 type layer. It also fits well beneath a belay parka or shell layer. Highly recommend.
Purchased this jackets in early April. In the first month, I wore it as a mid layer for snowboarding, under my waders for the opening day of fly fishing in Michigan, to mass on Easter Sunday, and to work a few days too! I’d call that a pretty versatile piece. For reference I am 5’11” 175lbs and the medium is perfect. Still enough room to wear a nan... Read Moreopuff vest under and not be restricting. Not windproof but definitely more wind protection than the standard regulator fleece. The outer face fabric is very durable; and the pockets well placed for my needs. A solid investment I am looking forward to wearing for many activities.
M’s R2 TechFace Jacket
20-some years ago I had a grey, quilted-looking Patagonia snap-closure pullover. Wore it everywhere, everyday. It still lives in multiple old Polaroids. I literally scraped pennies together to save up for that thing. Got this R2 hoping to replace my long, lost love. I am wealthier now. I got the blue one. Love is anew. So much so that I will also g... Read Moreet a black one. And a red one. And, whatever other color they choose to make-one. I will NEVER be without one again. I’m not a big guy. 5’-8”, 170. 44” chest, 32” waist, athletic build. I usually wear large in most stuff. The R2 is perfect in medium. I got the better sweater vest in a large.
so I used to have an r3 when they made the older styles 09-11 and that had a furry inside and fleece outside and they used to have it tagged as a laminate less windbreaker because how it was sewn. Well this is as close to that jacket they have ever made and its awesome. Now it even has water repellency. The inside is very similar and the fit is gre... Read Moreat to layer yet nice for alone use. it also does a great job at stopping the wind. Probably the best fleece on the market as we speak. good and warm, warmer than its predecessor!
So it is a bit pricey, but it is a great one. With a hoodie underneath, this jacket can easily keep you warm at high 30s to low 40s temperature. Water repellent works excellent. Walked 5 blocks in pouring rain in Portland and about 15 minutes in the car the jacket was all dry. Also looks very stylish and sleek.
Love this jacket
I got this in a medium to replace an older medium R2 that I thought was a bit too snug in the neck and body. I am 5"10" and 170Lbs. This is a better fit all around and warmer. My one complaint is that the sleeves are longer than I like but that was easy to fix by tucking them inside and then sewing new seams. They don't even look lik... Read Moree they were altered. I wore this as a mid-layer over a compression top and under an unlined Patagonia ski shell in zero degree weather skiing in New Hampshire and was very comfortable as long as I was moving.
One of the best
I think this may have become one of my favorite Patagonia fleeces! I used to wear the normal R2 fleece all the time, but this just is a bit more "jacket" I guess because it blocks that extra bit of air and a bit of precipitation and is nice and warm. I miss the soft fluff on the outside, but sacrifices must be made for function sometimes ... Read MoreLOL. It can fairly easily go down to 40s or so temp wise depending on what you are doing in it. I normally wear a Patagonia Medium and this fits as expected. I'm not a fan of the dimpled look on the outside, but I don't notice it as much now that I've warn it for while. (I have the black and it doesn't show as much on there either) Maybe they could take this (minus the techface and put it inside a softshell jacket (like replacing the insulation in the Adze with this grid fleece) It's softer and warmer than that insulation.
Love everything about this jacket. The exterior surface is awesome. Easy to layer over but tough enough to not worry about it snagging. Plenty warm. A little extra length in sleeves, waist, and collar are nice as you stay covered in motion. True to size but it is a little slim fitting. However, it stretches really well.
I wanted to provide a quick review to hopefully help those who are considering this jacket. I purchased this jacket about 2 months ago and it has become my daily jacket / layer. Listed below are the key things I like about the jacket. For reference I am 6’5” and weigh 190lbs. and sleeve length is 16.5”. Likes: 1.) Sizing - I normally wear a Large ... Read Morein tops / jackets. I tried this jacket in a large but found it was way to big around the mid section with a lot of excess fabric. I decided to go with the medium which provides more of a trim fit. Even though I went with the medium the sleeve length is perfect and when active or extending my arm I don’t have a problem with the jacket exposing or riding up my arm. Also the torso length in the medium is also long enough where I don’t get waist creep (back exposure) when I bend over. Part of this maybe the fact that the jacket moves with your body and the fabric has the perfect amount of stretch and is not restricting. 2.) Fabric - Techface smooth outer surface has not pilled or does not attract lint / dog hair like other fleece jackets I have tried. The interior surface is super soft is very comfortable when wearing next to skin. I usually just throw a merino baselayer underneath and I am good for hiking, running around town or going out. I also really like the look of the fabric and that is the first thing that attracted me to the jacket when I saw it. 3.) Warmth - I have to agree with other reviews this jacket is very warm. I have been wearing it in weather that varies from the 30’s to 50’s and in windy conditions. It has been extremely warm with very good wind resistance. I like this jacket so much I find myself putting it on first thing in the morning and I leave it on all day. It’s lightweight, warm and doesn’t feel like I am wearing a jacket. If I am going to be outside in cold windy weather, I put my Patagonia Houdini over the top and its perfect. 4.) Other features I like: - HIgh neck - The neck is the perfect height. When I have it fully zipped up it covers my neck for extra warmth and I don’t even need to wear a buff / scarf. - Stretch panels at the Wrist - With tapered sleeves the stretch panel makes it easy to get the jacket on and off. It helps so my baselayer shirt doesn’t ride up and when you want to look at your watch it makes is easy to peel back the cuff to see my watch. - Pocket’s - chest pocket is big enough which can hold my IPhone 7+, the handwarmer pocket placement is perfect so when I have my daypack on and use the waist strap the pockets ride above the strap so I can have easy access. I also like the 2 very deep interior pockets which gives me extra storage. - Zipper - when I have the jacket partially zipped the zipper doesn’t move down. I think they have used a zipper with built in locks so it stays in place. Overall this is one of the best jackets I have come across in a long time and I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a very warm jacket with some great features.
On the whole this is a nice jacket. It is very warm, almost too warm. The sleeves fit nicely -- I've recently had problems with Patagonia sleeve length being too long, but not on the R2 techface. The divets of the jacket provide an interesting texture, but I was told it looks like a grandma's quilted jacket, so that was not ideal. If it i... Read Mores in the 30-40 degree temp range I think this is a helpful piece. Above that and you will be sweating...like a grandmother.
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