Patagonia R1 Air Review – Super Comfortable and Ultra-Breathable

The brand new Patagonia R1 Air is super comfortable, like ridiculously comfortable. Plus, it is very breathable. This makes it great for high output activities.

Patagonia R1 Air Material

The zig-zag pattern of the R1 Air reminds me of the Capilene Air that I loved so much (review here) Patagonia claims that the pattern allows the garment to breathe without adding weight.  I think they are onto something here.  I swear by the Capilene Air, and the Merino Air before that.

The actual material is very comfortable against the skin.  Even more so than the Caplinene! The entire jacket is made of 100% recycled materials and is Fair Trade Certifed Sewn.  So you can feel good about feeling good!

They even added HeilQ Fresh to the material to combat odor.  This helps when you are using it back to back missions.  I tend to sleep in the hoody, after a full day of adventures.  So I can appreciate any help I can get on keeping funk at bay.

Patagonia R1 Air Hoody Review

There are several models in the R1 Air line up.  In this review, I will be focusing on the R1 Air Hoody.  This is a full zip jacket that can be used for a variety of situations.  As a hoody for cool weather active pursuits, as a casual piece, or as a mid-layer.

I used it this fall in the mountains of Colorado in temps ranging from 25 – 50 degrees.  The R1 Air was a pleasure on the trails in the cooler temps.  Not too hot, not too cold.  It dumps heat as fast as any active insulation I have tested.  At night, I slipped a puffy on over it with ease.

The fit and function are great too.  For reference, I am 6’1″ 205lb 45″ chest and 33″ waist.  The XL was a great fit.  This jacket is a more trim or athletic fit, so keep that in mind. The sleeves are excellent as well, they did not ride up when I reached overhead.  For reference, I am a 36/37″ on arms.

Patagonia R1 Air sleeves

Patagonia R1 Air sleeves

The hand pockets are lower, which I am not sure why.  I would have assumed they would have them higher up to place nice with hip belts.  Regardless, they are sizable and can easily store plenty of stuff – beanie, gloves, headlamp, etc.

Patagonia R1 Air drop pockets!

Patagonia R1 Air drop pockets!

Drop pockets! I love drop pockets and I am stoked the R1 Air has them.  These are very sizeable too.  You can easily store several sandwiches or other items in here.  I feel like I am painting a funny picture here – like a chipmunk storing up food for winter LOL. I do not stuff my pockets with a half dozen ham sandwiches.  Usually.  🙂

Patagonia R1 Air chest pocket

Patagonia R1 Air chest pocket

The Napoleon chest pocket is very small and good for chapstick or an ID, that is about it. Forget about sticking your phone there.  Though, if you are using this for an active adventure, I doubt you would want to keep your phone there anyway.

Patagonia R1 Air hood

Patagonia R1 Air hood

The hood is a classic scuba style.  Nothing to mess with and adjust.  Just put it on when you need it and enjoy the cozy warmth on your head.  The hood did not get in the way of my vision either.  I appreciated the higher neck covering as well.

Though the R1 Air breathes like a champ, it is not wind resistant.  So keep that in mind if you are looking for something to block the wind.  Check out the Patagonia Airshed Pro (review here) for another high output top that meets that criteria.

Bottom line

If you are looking for a very comfortable hoody style jacket for high output active adventures in cool temps, then the Patagonia R1 Air is a top contender.

Patagonia R1 Air

Patagonia R1 Air

 

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