Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody – A Bomber Fleece Crosslayer

The Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody is a bomber fleece cross-layer for cold-weather conditions and gear-destroyer approved. 

On my first tour of the 2019-2020 season, I put on a lightweight baselayer and the Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody and left it at that. We started out with near-zero visibility in a snowstorm above 11k feet with temps in the mid to high 20’s. 

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Mike Sanchez (wearing the Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket) and Aaron (wearing the Patagonia R2 TechFace Hoody) all smiles as they top out on their line in early season conditions. Picture by Todd Duncan


Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody - A Bomber Fleece Crosslayer 2Patagonia R2 TechFace Jacket - Men's | REI Co-op $83.83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I noticed that despite generating heat from the quick pace uphill, the DWR finish and texture of the Techface pattern kept the snow from sticking and I didn’t feel the need to switch to the hard shell, even on the descent. Talk about performance out of the gate. 

Aaron stays warm and dry with the Patagonia R2 TechFace Hoody in storm conditions.

Aaron stays warm and dry with the Patagonia R2 TechFace Hoody in storm conditions. Picture by Mike Sanchez

When it comes to these really cold starts – I usually put on a micropuffy under my shell, but sometimes I trap too much heat.  On my coldest tour this season (-5 degree F to start the morning), the R2 Techface Hoody combined with the Ascensionist shell worked really well to keep me effectively warm without dumping sweat on the skin track. I was more concerned about my toes than anything else! 

Patagonia R2 TechFace Hoody

Aaron staying warm with the Patagonia R2 TechFace Hoody and Ascensionist Shell: Picture by Michael Clemente

The stretchability and features of this Fair Trade Certified (TM) sewn fleece crosslayer go a long way for this klutz. The R2 Techface Hoody features durable high-loft double-weave fabric treated with DWR finish. The under-the-helmet hood fits well, especially with hats and stretches as needed to give you that flexibility.

The Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody also includes a left-chest pocket and two high handwarmer pockets (harness and pack-compatible!) with two interior drop-in pockets to stuff gloves or skins in. The snag-resistant cuffs with stretch knit feel real nice. For a versatile jacket that works in a variety of conditions, check out the Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody which retails for $189 and is available in both hoody and jacket versions ($169).

R2 TechFace Hoody

Aaron getting the shots while wearing the Patagonia R2 TechFace Hoody: Picture by Kate Agathon

Purchase the Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody here.

Men’s R2 Techface Hoody


Patagonia R2 Techface Hoody - A Bomber Fleece Crosslayer 3R2 TechFace Hooded Fleece Jacket - Men's $189.00

 

 

 

 

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About The Author

Aaron’s affinity for gear originally came from living the coastal lifestyle in southeastern North Carolina where he’d spend time surfing, free diving, and whatever else he could keep himself busy with on the water. After relocating to Colorado, Aaron traded his surfboard for a snowboard and spent three seasons as a ski technician for two of the largest retailers in Colorado.  Known as the “gear destroyer,” Aaron has a knack for finding flaws in gear, yet he also can come up with solutions to fix them. When not splitboarding, Aaron is trying to cross off as many peaks as possible on the list of 832 summits above 13,000 feet in Colorado. With an undergraduate degree in Marine Sciences and Meteorology and a masters in deaf education, Aaron is a man of many hats as a project developer, media producer, and educational consultant through his company Cue Cognatio. Aaron also goes on assignment as a photographer through Aaron V. Rose Photography. Aaron has completed the AIARE Rec Level 2.

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