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Jack of all trades
Not quite water/windproof, but enough to cover you through a gusty or gloomy day in the woods or about town. Not super warm either but keeps the chill off. Wouldn't rely on it for anything heavy, but that said I find myself wearing a ton in southern US winter.
Warm breathable layer
This is great as an outer and mid layer depending on the temp and what you are up to. This is a good all around hoody in general. As a mid layer for ski/snowboarding its wonderful. Often times I wear just this and my shell with no base layer for snowboarding. It does a good job at keeping warm during aerobic activities while breathing at temps down... Read More to low 20s before having to add another layer. I have two sizes of this. I use my XL for a base layer and my 2XL as an outer layer (not at the same time :) If I could add/change something it would be to add a waist cinch. This does shrink up a bit after several washings, but not in a bad way. The nature of the thicker gridded fleece lends to it morphing around your body. This is also nice to wear with the hood over a ball cap with a nice snug fit that keeps you warm while allowing you to take advantage of your cap brim.
Comfy and Versatile
Probably one of the best pieces, of any brand, that I've ever owned. I bought a second so that I would always have a clean one. It's warm by itself and even better under an outer layer. Slip a Houdini over the R2 and it's great on a chilly windy day. A bit colder and I'll pull on my micropuff jacket.
Very comfortable, a little smaller (slim fit) vs better sweater, but just enough. Was afraid it would be too slim, but was just perfect. Be aware that it is a little longer vs other Patagonia (down sweater and nano puff) so it would show 1-2inches if you layer. (Comparing all L size)
True to size, runs very long
I purchased this for cycling as the snug hood once zipped fits under a helmet. and its wind blocking. All my XS Patagonia mens jackets fit like a dream, 5'7 130lbs, and always have plenty of pockets which is a huge selling point for me. I get why this would have a long torso and sleeves, climbing, but gosh it is LONG. It covered my butt super ... Read Moresnug, sleeves were about 5" past my fingertips, and I was unable to add a layer like other reviewers said they could. Pit, chest, hood were perfect. Very jealous for all that this worked for, and am crossing fingers and toes that Patagonia enters the cycling gear world sooner rather than later.
Amazing lightweight jacker
This R2 jacket is the real deal. Its Cold currently in PA and I put this jacket on and I feel like i can face the cold. I have been wearing it and putting down my windows while driving and i don't feel the cold. Great for hiking and Layering. I'm a bigger guy and generally wear an XL... Patagonia clothing runs slim so I got a XXL and it f... Read Moreits perfect.
Warm but breathes
This is my single favorite piece of winter. Clothing. Keeps me warm when I run and temperatures from 25 to 35 F but as I warm up it breathed and I can unzip the hoodie and open the neck to allow air in. When hiking in cold temperatures, I wear it as an underlayer with a nanopuff shell over it.
Wow..so warm and so light.
I have purchased many products from Patagonia, but this products is one of my favorites. This sweater is VERY warm. I have used it as a stand alone jacket in up to zero degree weather this winter. In colder weather, I have put on a wind/waterproof shell, and it turns this jacket into a very warm winter coat. I am 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh 255... Read Morelbs. I usually wear XL in regular fit in Patagonia, but XXL in slim fit. This item fits great and I wished I had purchased a second one.
Great piece of kit
Not too warm, not too light, perfect weight and warmth. Good for temps from 10-50 F depending on output. Really solid piece that works great with a long sleeve or short sleeve t-shirt base layer. Has a bit of extra fabric due to size choice and the fact that it is not a base layer. No comment on durability.
This is a great zippered hoodie. I use it primarily for downhill skiing, winter hiking, and casual wear. I am 5 11, 165 lbs with broad shoulders, and the medium fits great. I like that its a slightly looser cut than the other patagonia performance wear. It has better freedom of movement and allows me to layer under it if I want. The looser cut unde... Read Morer the armpits has better ventilation and less chance of generating body odor. It is still slim enough to fit under a ski shell or rain jacket. I wish more Patagonia wear was cut like this jacket.
Killer piece. Great range of motion, perfect under the uniform
I love this R2 hoody and were it almost every day. I use it layered at work at the Stowe Mountain Resort under the uniform, and I am never cold. Its delightfully light and the range of motion make it just vanish. The hood works beautifully. And the zipper is beefy enough not to fail. The R1 Hoodie jacket is equally awesome. Best piece in the 40 yea... Read Morers I have been a Patagonia.
Deceptively warm and perfect fit.
The best fleece I've owned. Super stretchy and deceptively warm for how thin it is. Slightly porous to allow heat to dump when active. The fit is incredible. Not too slim, but fits close to the body, with no excess material. The scuba hood has balaclava coverage which is appreciated. Highly recommended.
Such a good fleece
This is my second R2 Tech Face fleece and it remains the best fleece jacket I've worn. Fit on the newer version (~3 years since I bought my first) seems to be the same: slim, but true to size. Jacket is windproof, water resistant, and best of all, surprisingly warm. I wear this as my all-around jacket and layer it with a thick shell for winter... Read More sports (alpine skiing, etc.). If I have any quibbles, it's perhaps that the face isn't quite as durable as it used to be, but I could also just be more clumsy (I've already caught it twice on something sharp and pulled a thread loose from the face weave). Regardless, I highly recommend.
I bought this piece with the intention of using it at work to layer under my canvas work jacket. It turns out that the R2 techface is so warm that I only need to wear a hoody over the top of it. This combination is all I need to stay warm for temperatures that are hovering around freezing. I think Patagonia just got their self a customer for life ... Read Moreas Ill certainly be coming back in the future.
Great product this is third
Great product this is third one i bought, but for my wife hence the womens cut leaves lower back exposed so is just for look and not functionality thus she ordered size smaller i own size large and works Mine are size large and this is the best light jacket you guys made repell light rain and its extremely warm and regulate your temp so you dont s... Read Moreweat in it i wear it every where!
I love this thing! Is hard enough to hike in single digits when you dont fit in the car leaving the restaurant because they are picking someone up but classy enough to wear to a roof top bar on Christmas Eve in Miami. This is the best cliff side jacket and wear around I own. Its snuggy as a buggy. I wont do hard alpine with it (weight issue only R1... Read More) but Ive skinned and skiied with it in low teens with no issue. Enjoy this jacket, you deserve it. You do, you really do.
38 chest, the size small fit well, slim as expected. Still able to layer, like over an extra fine merino sweater. This (r2tech and thin merino sweater) is what I used to city commute on bike in 30 F, light snow, winds 12mph. Body was comfortable, didn't feel cold or too warm, snow brushed off easily. Hood was perfect underneath helmet. Chest ... Read Morepocket is too small for a 6.6"x3" phone. Internal drop pockets are useful, stored my buff and gloves when indoors. I've worn this casually while walking too, no problem wearing the hood over a cap.
Favorite piece of kit
I own two R2 Techface hoodies. I have three boys who, also, each have one. I live in Colorado. I run in this, ski in this and would live in this. So comfortable. Keeps wind and light precip at bay. Can be worn as a primary outer layer and is the ideal mid-layer under a shell for skiing. Simply cant be beat.
Nice warm layer for New England weather
In Boston and need a nice layer either just by itself for the cooler fall/spring and to act as a mid layer in harsh winters. This is a versatile hoody that works great. The hood is super warm and got you covered. You don't need a beanie. The material is great and seems very technical with plush interiors and a polyester finish. Overall this ho... Read Moreodie is worth the price and is very versatile
Fantastic Fall/Winter All Weather Jacket
I searched for a long time for a jacket for wet and cool/cold fall and winters that I could wear daily. Needed something that was weather proof but more than a shell; was warm but not stuffed with insulation; was not too short nor too long; would keep me warm on downhill rides and not too hot on uphill rides. I've had this for two months and ... Read Morecan say that Patagonia nailed it with this one. It's the almost perfect all weather jacket. For cool (above freezing) and wet weather - it's a go to.
Once again an amazing item from patagonia all be the fit
So first off - As with all patagonia tops I always seem to fit inbetween sizes. I'm 6 3'' 185lbs fit, and large tshirts for instance are way too boxy, i wear a medium for all t shirts. But then with hoodies the mediums are just too tight. This hoodie is just a little too baggy for a close fit as a large ( which is the design , to be ... Read Moreclose fit), but a medium the arms would be way too short for me etc. Anyways bar the fit - amazing hoodie, crazy crazy warm when needed, lightweight, and the inside is soft. As with all Patagonia stuff, the quality is top notch, the customer service is just incredible - literally the best customer service out there.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 10, 2022
Hi Rich, thank you so much for this detailed review, and for your kind words! You may already know this, but one of the things our Customer Service Team can do is provide specific measurements for any garment in various sizes. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help with this (or anything else, for that matter).
Comfortable and warm; I sized down and its perfect
I haven't had a chance to put this jacket to its fullest use yet. I bought it to use as both a fall/winter fleece to wear while doing nothing and a mid/outer layer while doing winter hikes. The jacket is crazy comfortable, soft and very warm. (I run hot.) I have worn it with a thin base layer (a cool daily t shirt) underneath and I have been w... Read Morearm in low 40s F while being static. This jacket ran big for me. I'm 6'2", 180#, 42 chest, 35in. sleeves, I have broad shoulders (not muscular) and I enjoy pizza on Fridays. The size guide said large should be my size (My other Patagonia items are also large) but the large was HUGE on me. I went down to medium and it fit *perfect*. Not constrictive in the chest and shoulders (not tight under the arms either) and the length was well below my waist. Stretching out my arms did not cause jacket to pull up short. The jacket stretches with you. I also still have enough room for a thicker base layer if I want. A capilene midweight or merino 250 would easily fit for me.
Thin but extremely warm and comfortable hoodie
I was skeptical of the high price for such a lightweight hoodie but this does not disappoint. Its very warm in fact, it might be warmer than you expect. Compared to a cotton hoodie, its much warmer even though its thin. I haven't field tested this much, but it works well on cold or cool days. It seems like this would be ok in mild snow weather... Read More as well. This gets a little too warm in 70-80 degree weather, so its not as casual a cotton hoodie, but I also run slightly hot, for what its worth.
Comfortable and cozy
I'm 5'10 and slender (weigh 148), and I found the M to fit well until I put the hood up and zipped up, then it felt a little too form-fitting - definitely couldn't put much of a layer under it. I then replaced it with a L and it's a little bulky, which is fine for comfort, but less so for aesthetics. I'm not sure how the si... Read Morezing was decided, but either give the M a little more room or the L a little less. And instead of showing one model with one size, show one model with two sizes so people can get a better idea (and when hooded, show images with the hoods up and zipped). Overall, I like it and am happy with the purchase though.
I had been using and liking the r1 jacket for a while and then it got cold out, figured I'd try the r2. not disappointed. warmer, still breathable somewhat windproof and water/snow shedding, good pocketry, inside drop pockets are key for colder weather jackets. like the r1 hood style a bit better but this one is very functional. with the right... Read More base layers and a shell it's good to mid 20's anyway..I'm 6'1 about 170, fairly fit and the med. is good with room for a couple thin base layers.
This adept piece is almost perfect... It's warm, mildly water-resistant, stretchy and fits very well. The Tech Face layer is quite wind resistant without feeling stiff and boardy. It also layers fabulously under shells and is roomy enough to layer under. It's versatile; equally at home on the slopes and on the streets. It lacks hood and... Read More hem cord-lock adjustments, which is frustrating because the R1 Tech Face Hoody has both. The chest pocket on the R2 is on the outside (preferred) while the R1's chest pocket is on the inside, which requires dumping some heat to access. Consistency between the R1 and R2 Tech Face layers would be a real plus.
Almost Fully *Fit* the Bill
I'm not one to leave reviews, however, I feel my experience may be beneficial to other customers and the Patagonia design team. Let me start by saying the R2 Techface is a phenomenal jacket when it comes to function. I've extensively used my jacket ski mountaineering, alpine & rock climbing, and even winter running. While it is not ... Read Morethe lightest jacket, it is well worth the extra weight. Works great as a standalone piece in cool weather, and just as well as a midlayer underneath a shell in cold weather. It's truly durable, breathable, and the whole nine yards every other jacket claims to be. However, at 6'0" and 185lbs with a 32" waist I have quite an athletic build (think upside-down triangle). I've noticed many of Patagonia's technical pieces are not cut to fit this build. The jackets are overly tight in the shoulders/chest and loose and baggy in the abdominal/waist areas. Patagonia is a true catalyst in the outdoor industry when it comes to technology and sustainability (so I'd love to continue to support them), but man, (in the most respectful way possible) the men's and women's cuts are far behind the times. With my build, a medium is fitted perfectly in the abdominal area but uncomfortably tight in the shoulders, and vice-versa (fitted in the shoulders, baggy/loose in the abdominal area) with the large. I tried and experienced the same thing with the Nano Air Hoody. My partner has similar upper body fit issues with the women's jackets, so she settles for the men's jackets and has to deal with the same loose lower area. I understand this may be relatively rare fit coincidences, however, it would be sweet if Patagonia offered an "athletic" fit to accommodate folks with bigger Chest/Shoulder to Abdominal/Waist ratios. Ultimately, the R2 is fantastic when it comes to function, yet lacks in the fit department.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 6, 2022
Hi Brad! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We love to hear that you've used the jacket so extensively and performance wise it's working for you. That said, we greatly appreciate the comments you shared about the fit, and we're sorry it's not the best for you. Feedback like this is crucial to improving fit for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team.
I run warm and use this as my mid layer in 40-55F degree weather. In sub 40 degree weather Ill add a down vest or something over it for more insulation. It can handle light rain if Im running from my car to cover but would still use an appropriate hardshell for anything more than light rain for more than a minute. I normally wear large but size... Read Mored down to a medium for a more fitted feel to layer under a large hard shell.
Best fleece out there
I bought this jacket to replace my previous R2 TechFace, which I'd worn every cool day for the past three years. There is just no other fleece like it--slim fitting, surprisingly warm, windproof, water resistant in the early years (this wears out, as expected), durable, and lightweight. I noticed no major fit differences and look forward to ma... Read Moreny more years of wear before it needs replaced again.
Not a serious cold weather piece.
Comfortable piece for casual wear, but I wanted a mid layer for skiing. This is not possible with the zipper being unshielded directly next to neck and chin when zipped. Pretty lame design with the zipper over the neck/chin without a storm flap. I'm returning and still looking for what I need.
awesome multiuse layer
I picked up the r1 version and loved the fit so much i decided to give the r2 a try. First thing i noticed is that the r2 is cut much more slim / athletic than the r1. Substantially warmer with more pile which is toasty under a jacket for stagnant use in cold weather, but still has enough room to use it as an outer layer when moving fast. I love th... Read Moree big drop in mesh pockets on the inside for gloves. i think the only thing i would change would be adding some adjustability to the hood like the r1.
I use this on my sailboat, in the Pacific NW. It has a great range of use in cool and cold conditions, depending on level of activity, it is breathable yet wind resistant, and the sleeves are fairly snug so they dont catch when I am working on sails, cooking, etc
Best thing I Own
I've been wearing Patagonia gear for over 10 years and this piece is hands down the best. It's warm on cold, windy days and great in the rain. I got caught in a downpour wearing the R2 techface hoody and was pleasantly surprised at just how warm and dry I felt in it after an hour. Great layering piece in winter but also solid on its own... Read More as your outer shell. Would give this thing 10 stars if I could.
Replace my other midlayers
This is the best midlayer I have ever worn. I used to be a climbing, skiing, and backpacking instructor and have worn just about every midlayer out there. This is the best by far. Blocks wind with techface, very warm for weight, I find myself wearing it as an outerlayer on very windy days (30 to 40mph) in the mid to high 30s. If you are doing hig... Read Moreh output activities and run warm, this may be too warm for you, unless it is extremely cold, like below zero. That said, I am shocked at the breathability for the warmth, it is very good.
Best fleece on the market
R2 Techface are the best fleeces on the market. Love them. Warm! Semi-stretchy, and with a little bit of weather and water resistance. The fit is great. M fits me perfectly (6'0, 174, and fit). Snug, but with room for a flannel shirt, etc, underneath if needed. And a little bit of extra length, so it doesn't ride up, etc. The high colla... Read Morers are great for winter sports. My favorite fleece. Its not as packable and light as Nano-Air, but R2 Techface is the next best thing in terms of highly functional, breathable mid-layer/active outer layer.
I got this for walking the dog in Michigan. I'm always warm so my micropuff can get a bit too warm in the speing and fall. This thing is awesome. It keeps you sheltered from the wind and comfortably warm, but it doesn't let me overheat. I'm a suburban-ite so it's also very nice wearing it to the store and not overheating dare I ... Read Morekeep my coat on when I go inside lol.
4/5 stars only because the hood is too small
I love everything about this hoody, except for the fact that the hood is very small. The hood fits very tight on my head. I own the R1 Techface Hoody and that hood is much bigger. I rarely wear the hood so it doesn't really matter but it's worth mentioning. This hoody is noticeably thicker than the R1 hoody. Overally, it fits and looks am... Read Moreazing and I highly recommend it!
Initially ran into trouble with the package delivery but the team was very quick to respond and resolve the issue. Kudos to that! I usually fit well on regular xs and considering this is a slim fit it is expected to run a bit small. Though i would have wanted to try and fit a size small but unfortunately it ran out due to sales. No complaints about... Read More the product. The quality and designs are really what makes patagonia stand out.
One of Patagonias best products
Patagonias current R2 TechFace line is fantastic. I live in Wisconsin, and I wear these as everyday jackets in the dead of winter, when running errands, etc, as well as for my main outer layer for cross country skiing. They are also great for hiking in the late fall and early spring. This is my insulation mid-layer with a Gortex shell when i down... Read Morehill ski in cold temps. Too warm as a winter running layer, but they are great for less intensive activities such as hiking or skiing. Also, for me these are the best fitting jackets Patagonia offers. I am 6 ft, 174 lbs, but I am between M and L in most Patagonias tops.. L are always huge, but M are usually too tight in the lats/underarms, shoulders, and back. (e.g. Nano Air, R1, and most shells.) This R2 TechFace has more shoulder room, and stretches, so the M fits me perfectly, especially for active pursuits. A very warm and breathable, comfortable, and practical piece. I highly recommend! Especially if you have any muscle tone and similar layers like Nano air dont fit.
My favorite jacket in town and on trails
This is my new favorite jacket. It does exactly what it says it will do. * Its a little stretchy with articulation at all the right spots. My favorite thing! * Its warm enough but breathable * Enough light weather resistance to hold up on its own but also pair well enough as a mid layer * I can wear this around town or on cold trails. The fit: ... Read More* It says slim fit but its not that slim. Other Patagonia clothes are much more slim. I love the way this fits. * Sleeves run normal length for me and still just barely cover me when reaching up. Great. * Length runs a little long as to properly fit with packs and hip belts. Awesome.
Moved into this R2 after looking for a middle of the road solution between a cotton hoodie and my puff jacket. I've since fallen in love with this hoodie. Excellent warmth, highly comfortable, yet still has a durable enough outer layer to resist the climate here in the PNW. Perfect outer layer for a misty morning on the trail
Perfect lightweight functional jacket
I love this lightweight hoodie! This is my second R2. My first is the grey with orange accent. I use both as mid-layers when I ride my bike to work in the morning, and use it as a wind-breaker when riding back home in the evening. I also love to wear it when walking in the weekend mornings and when going out and about town when temperatures are les... Read Mores than 65 degrees. Very functional and versatile. The best part is when zipping all the way up and using the hoodie. It keeps my neck and lower face covered from the elements. Very smart. Thanks Patagonia!
Cozy, durable, mobile
I love this thing. The coziness of the inner fleecy furry stuff is extreme and wraps around me and my bald head like so much love. The outer face is wind-resistant and durable, and the cut is perfect and more casual and allows my arms to move in every direction. Love it.
Versatility! Warm, cozy and technical. I want one in every color
By far one of my favorite pieces in my closet, especially given the awesome dark borealis green. Initially got this to wear as a general zip-up hoodie with a little more wind resistance than mlst, but given how comfy this is and how well it does in wind/light snow/light rain I find myself wearing this all the time! If temps are 40-50+ it will likel... Read Morey be too warm if you are being active (even with just a thin baselayer), but perfect for a hoodie/outer layer if not being as active. Hiked at 12,000+ feet in Colorado in 30degF with 15-20mph winds, and started to get a little to warm and had to unzip (with only a capilene trail long sleeve baselayer). Also a good midlayer with a shell for heavier snow. The soft fleece inside is Amazing, and why I find myself wanting to wear this all the time even if just lounging around the house. I'm 6', 160lbs and the large fits with a thin baselayer or with baselayer and a thin mid-layer. I could fit into the medium but I found it a little tight in the chest for me so I sized up and its jussst small enough to wear with only a baselayer. Overall, one of the best versatile outer/mid layers you could own (from any outdoor brand) in ease make more colors!
As someone who runs cold, I would say that this is warm, for sure, but not as warm as I expected. Keep in mind that this was my first mid-layer purchase and first high-quality fleece purchase. The hoodie is super warm though when on with the fleece zipped up! The zipper on my mouth is annoying though. Maybe a small flap of fabric would've bee... Read Moren good here. It's a nice fit that's stylish except for the hoodie when it's down because of those sides coming out. I'm still not satisfied with the look yet. I do value function but also value looking good.
Perfect and surprisingly warm
I've only worn this for a week. Patagonia nailed it. By now, I've learned to order M when for other clothing I am more of an L. The fit, quality, look, and warmth on this piece are perfect. Length is just past my wrists and a few inches below my belt. It layers well over a LS tee shirt and button down or under a hard shell. The hood is ve... Read Morery cozy, towards the tight end but that's the way Pat mean it- to be be worn under a helmet. The "quilting" makes it warm and cozy. It zips way up keeping me warm even without a buff. In 45 degree weather I was fine with just a thermal LS tee and this on top-and I tend to run cold. Seems to block the wind well too. Very well executed overall.
Comfortable, warm, and effective for many activities
I purchased this on a whim and am glad I did. It's a perfect jacket for when I'm doing an activity (e.g. climbing, hiking, etc.) and want to keep warm without getting too hot. It fits like a glove, I love the chest pocket, and it's also provides a good amount of warmth. I highly recommend!
In upgrading my r1 hoodie I ordered a tech face r1 and returned it. I ordered and received the R2. Perfect fabric and hood for a midlayer. I suggest adding an additional patch pocket to the right side. Raise the two side pockets, taper the waist and add a draw string. Now we would have the perfect midlayer that could be tucked in and would also fun... Read Morection as a cool weather jacket.
Cozy and dog friendly!
First off this fleece is super cozy! The hard face provides some light wind/moisture/abrasion protection and (bonus) is less of a magnet for dog hair! However, even after a few weeks of warning and some washings the fabric feels and acts a little stiff, like a thick soft-shell material, neoprene, or something. Layers better under roomier shells, li... Read Moreke a ski parka, rather than a sleeker rain jacket or houdini. Hood is form fitting and a little bulky under a helmet. Its definitely not fitting over a helmet, so for me this kinda limits its use as a layer when ice climbing. The two internal pockets are nice and big, a great place to stash things like gloves and buffs (a feature Id like to see on a regular R1 full zip jacket).
Lightweight but warm
I was rather shocked to see how thin and lightweight the jacket appeared upon opening; however, I have been pleasantly surprised at how it has performed while wearing it everyday in Alabama November weather ranging from the low thirties to the mid seventies. The best features about this jacket is it's wind and rain resistances, the power grid... Read More and stretchy design, the warm hood, and the elastic like band that seals in the warmth from your chest when zipped up to it. The thing I don't like about this jacket is how when the hood is worn, it can be rather tight in the area behind the neck. This can be avoided by pulling the hood back a little bit, but this exposes a large portion of your forehead to the elements. All in all, I love this jacket as it is the perfect combination of a fleece and soft shell jacket that I have been searching for.
Best mid-layer jacket
I bought this jacket with the intention of using it for work and outdoor activities and so far is has outperformed my expectations. Ive had it snag on stuff at work and on the trails more than a couple of times and expected it to have rips or at the very least some frayed fabric, but there wasnt any damage to speak of. This jacket is VERY durable. ... Read MoreIf you need a mid-layer that you can put through the ringer and dont mind paying the premium price, you will get your moneys worth from this jacket.
I've live in New England and I run all year round and what I love about the R2 is that on cold days I zip it all the way up and the fitted hood wraps around my neck and keeps me warm. But as I warm up running it breathes like nothing else I've ever had. It fits and feels like pajamas but both keeps me warm and allows me to shed heat. I we... Read Morear it for temperatures between 25 and 35 ° f. I have an R1 for 35 to 45.
Probably the most versatile fleece ever. It's certainly warmer than an R1, if super active then it's too warm for me above ~40º, but the fuzzy coziness make me want to wear this thing all the time. It breathes just enough that I can wear it into the mid 60s. The techface kills cool breezes, breathes just well enough, and easily sheds ligh... Read Moret precipitation- I've worn this on a 30 minutes walk in light rain and it held up surprisingly well, only a little damp on the outside towards the very end. I'm 6'8" and the fit is just perfect on me, nice long sleeves and torso (an average-sized person may find this too long), fairly slim fitting but not at all restrictive, and the hood might be the best of any sort of jacket I've tried. My only gripe is the color: either simple black or something with contrasting pocket/zippers. Wish it came in a simple colorway besides black that didn't look so technical, because this thing is comfortable enough to wear anytime the weather lets me.
Unique color, warmth, meet expectation, soft shell like
I bought the Dark Borealis which is this years unique color. The color is definitely unique and worth it. Most of my Patagonia stuff are black in color so it is a fresh breath of air to have different colors to enjoy. The warmth is what you can expect from an R2. It is not bulky and is slim fit so it does not look boxy. The shell helps to block win... Read Mored. I enjoy most of my winter clothing with softer shells, except during snow sports. So this is a nice keeper.
Daily driver for work and play
I love the R2 Techface Hoody. I lost my last one, and only went about a week before I had to buy myself a new one. It's my everyday layer for fall, winter and spring. I throw it on in the morning like a sweatshirt and I'm a happy camper. I also love it as a rock climbing layer for cold weather. Great warmth, but much more durable feeling ... Read Morethan a puffy, and much more streamlined than a fleece.
Perfect for variable conditions
Used the R2 for 21 days on a Denali West Buttress expedition this year. The R2 served as a perfect base layer and was used the entire expedition. The hood fit over my climbing helmet and zipped high enough to serve as a face buff against high winds. The chest pocket was perfect for my phone and the zipper side pockets worked very well to store snac... Read Moreks. I found the longer length of this jacket worked very well for my climbing needs. I plan to use this jacket for many years to come in various mountain conditions.
This coat is comfortable, warm, and does a good job of cutting wind. I've worn it out on several early spring days in very strong cold winds and while it wouldn't keep me warm if I was standing still it holds in the heat when I'm moving. I like the fit, feel, and pockets on this coat. No complaints.
Best. Sweatshirt. Ever
Hands-down best sweatshirt I've ever owned. It's super warm and soft. I use it as a mid layer for skiing and it's warm enough that I can usually just wear a t shirt underneath and my shell on top and I'm good to go, even in single digit temperatures. It's also super comfortable and I wear it around town all the time. Hood i... Read Mores also warmer than a normal sweatshirt hood because it blocks out the wind far better, pretty much functions as a built-in winter hat. It is also kind of moisture-wicking and holds moisture on the outer layer of the jacket, so if you get caught in the rain you won't feel wet like other sweatshirts. I would give this 10 stars if I could, I love it that much.
R1 of the best!
I enjoy this zip up hoodie fully. I prefer this one over the lesser model because of its water repellency for rain an snow showers. I like the interior pockets. Also that this R1 is a little boxer fit than the other R1. For me it acts more as a second or third layer jacket and on a warmer day allowing room for a second undergarment.
Great Quality...Odd Sizing/Fit
I ordered size Large Great piece of gear. Quality The fit is odd. 6ft 1" 170lbs with 44" chest and broad shoulders. This fleece fit comfortably around chest/shoulders/arm pits but the torso is super long...like wearing a dress long. Also very baggy around midsection. I returned the jacket.
Man's Best Friend
Great mid-weight hoodie. Heftier than its buddy R1, the R2 still layers very well while providing that extra warmth when required. On its own, I found the R2 more water repellent than expected and affords an awesome hood that zips high and seals snug. Great investment.
Feels great and zippers are awesome!
I had my eye on this for a while and bought it as a birthday present to myself. Ive already taken it to the ski mountain many times and it helps to keep me toasty warm even with a -10 windchill. My infant son loves to play with the zippers. The zippers are super high-quality without being bulky or heavy.
Too warm for running and not breathable.
So the coat is stylish, comfortable, and great for walking around in cooler weather. However I bought this specifically for cold weather running (below 20F). I was surprised that even when running in 10F weather and only having a technical type of race tee shirt on underneath that I was covered in sweat after 1hr of running. I have several cheaper ... Read Morecold weather running coats and I do not sweat in any of them. This coat cost two to four times as much and performs the worst. Im hoping I can at least hike in fall and spring temperatures without the same effect. I do however like the fit and it serves me better as coat to wear around casually. I also like Patagonias use of good fabrics and attention to quality. I bought this because it got good reviews from a running website.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 16, 2021
Hi Travis! Thanks so much for taking the time to review the R2 TechFace Hoody. We're really sorry to hear this one didn't work out for you, it definitely is a bit warmer. You could consider trying out the [Thermal Airshed Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-thermal-airshed-jacket/24220.html?dwvar_24220_color=SMDB), which is designed for hybridized warmth and maximum breathability while moving in cold weather. Thanks!
Good middle layer
I really like this jacket as a middle layer. It is really warm, has a good slim fit, and looks really good. however, I will say that i feel the S size i got would be better suited to someone with my build (5'-6", 135lbs) but a few inches taller. It still fits well, but the slimmest portion hits at my hips instead of my waist. So, for some... Read Moreone my height, it would be best to slim down sooner, and maybe taper out a smidge at the bottom. The hood is a tight fit which is great for fitting under helmets or fitting into other fitted layers, but if you are wearing it around as casual wear, the hood would look a little weird if you were wearing it. I was also disappointed that there is no internal zipper cover, so when zipped up, your mouth is up against a cold zipper. Also, when getting a slim fit hoody, i would expect tighter cuffs so that the sleeves do not fall down around near your palms. I do really like the hoody as a whole, but it could be better with a few tweaks.
I use this Hoody for every thing in Wisconsin. I work in construction outdoors and I need a high quality hoody to hold up. I use it ice fishing, fly fishing, and bow hunting. It warm enough on its own yet not to thick as a mid layer. The hood is awesome I can wear a stocking hat over it, protects my face from the frigid wind. Can't be happier,... Read More hope it lasts me years.
I have had the R2TF jacket for 4 weeks (got on Feb 1) and am still testing its temperature range as an outer layer in NW metro ATL. I am 69 yo, 5'-10, 150# with broad shoulders and skinny trunk. The M fits like it was custom made. The regular R1 M was too tight in the shoulders and the L was too blousy in the trunk. I average 6 miles/day walki... Read Moreng to condition for summer Sierra backpacking. I wore the R2TF at 19 degrees over SS tee and LS 250 merino (no shell) and did not start or get cold. Similar at 32 degrees with SS & LS poly tee under. In mid-to-upper 30s I need to dump heat later in my walk. Got the R1TF 2 weeks ago (also fits perfectly) and I switch to it at mid-30s. Upper range of R1TF not yet tested but probably 55 w/ SS tee. For casual wear, can go higher in temps. Love them both!
Perfect Winter Piece
Patagonia should have used this design for the R1 techface hoody. This is my go to piece for winter hiking, backpacking, climbing, and snowboarding. The softshell outer layer blocks wind in all but the windiest conditions and the thicker pile is much appreciated when the temps drop. I use the R1 Hoodie in summers and switch to the R2 techface Hoodi... Read Moree as it gets colder. I will use this piece with a light base layer down to about -10 degrees Fahrenheit before I throw on another layer when producing a lot of heat like backpacking and hiking. I highly recommend this hoodie if you live where winter sets in hard like up here in Alaska.
Great hoody for casual and athletic wear. I've worn it disc golfing in light rain which it repelled, and casually walking the dogs in temps near freezing. It's stretchy and a tad long in the body (hangs past hip pockets) which isn't a bad thing if it's drizzling. The sleeves are snug and move with you. The stretch cuffs are a gr... Read Moreeat design. It blocks wind but still breathes well. I didn't feel sweaty hiking in it. The hood is also snug and I've worn it under a bike helmet which kept my ears warm, no issues with the fit of the helmet. Keep in mind that it's not a "packable" jacket so I wouldn't take it if bag space is at a premium. Overall, I will be wearing this more than I planned. I really like the soft waffle weave inner fabric.
Great mid/top layer
Great fit with the medium. For reference, Im 6 feet, 157ish pounds. At first when I tried it on I thought it might be a bit short at the waist, but after lots of cold trail runs here in Maine and back country snowshoeing treks, I am very pleased with the fit. Ive done multiple 4K footers in New Hampshire this winter essentially just using a base la... Read Moreyer, R2 and occasional shell over top and never had to get out anything warmer from my pack. The wind proofing is great and I love how the hood doubles as a balaklava. The only thing I wish I could add to it would be some pit zips. Overall, I love it and highly recommend!
bury me in an R2 techface hoody
This is possibly my favorite piece of clothing. Its warm, breathable, soft inside (so so comfy) , abrasion resistant, and just water resistant enough to take some unexpected rain. It looks good by itself with jeans in town, or kitted out on a hike or bouldering mission. Its long enough to not pull up and expose your low back when youre leaning over... Read More, the sleeves allow full motion, and the wrist cuffs stay up if you want them to. The deep zippered pockets are high enough you can use them with a harness on. The material can handle scrapes on rock and doesnt snag on branches etc. unlike the r1 - the inside of the cuffs seams are smooth against your wrists. Great by itself for moderate temps and SUPER warm under anything with some wind resistance + extra insulation. I wear it all the time, even around the house! You need one!
I could live in the R2
Ive got a few R1s and I love them. They are tough as nails and I never need to think about it when Im jamming a crack. The R2 is the tougher, warmer and cozier version of the R1. Imagine everything you love in the R1, then double it. I also love how small I can pack it down in case I get hot or if I want to bring an extra layer. A perfect piece of ... Read Moregear.
Great "in-between" piece
This hoody is a great performer over a light baselayer in near-freezing weather. I tested combining it with an non-Tech face R1 hoody and the fit is great without any bunching, but the interior texture of this hoody creates some annoying friction getting it on at first. I'm sure that once I get into colder circumstances and add a layer over th... Read Moreis one, the oven will really turn on. As far as fit, I'm on the short side of average but stocky. And I say that genuinely in the sense that I have a 42" chest but euphemistically in the sense that I have a 36" waist. The medium fits my torso circumference perfectly and the sleeve circumference is also great. The torso length runs a bit long for me, but not terrible. Sleeve length is crazy long for me, but if you roll the sleeves in they stay put and don't bunch up too tightly at all.
Super comfortable, perfect warmth, nice wind resistance
Im 61, 165 lbs and the fit is perfect. The jacket is so comfortable, I never want to take it off, even when lounging in the house (and especially when next to drafty windows). It has worked great for winter runs in the 20s and 30s and also has very good wind resistance and a nice snug fit for chilly bike rides.
GREAT jacket ... except sleeves
This is one of my favorite Patagonia pieces of all time, and gets heavy, near-daily rotation for just about everything. It's warm, more wind resistant than standard fleece, well featured and super comfortable. My only complaint (and this goes for the R1 TechFace Hoody too) is the stretch knit cuffs lose their stretch very quickly (less than a ... Read Moreyear) and then you're left with loose, baggy sleeves that you can't adjust, that droop down past the palm of your hand, which I find really irritating and annoying.
Winter hiking in the whites
I just wore this as my mid layer on a hike to Mt Eisenhower with 55 mph sustained winds and below freezing. I wore this with a puffy and a shell jacket and felt super warm. It shed the heat and moisture out to the puffy as expected which was critical for winter hiking. I also have the R1 and both have proved to be essential layers for hiking in New... Read More Hampshire for warmth and water resistance. Highly recommend for hiking.
Warm and functional
Winter bike commuter in WI , this replaces a more conventional and less technical fleece hoodie. The hood tight to the face and the comparatively windproof outer layer makes a very warm mid layer. Dual interior pockets good for cell + wallet, and deep enough neither falls out. Exterior pockets are useful and make good options too . With bike rain j... Read Moreacket and pants, good down to 0F , -20C.
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