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Patagonia R1 Hoody

The Patagonia R1 hoody is probably one of the most recognized and photographed pieces of kit in their range, but how many people know just what it does?

The R stands for regulator, they also do an R2 and an R3 too, gradually getting warmer. The fleece regulates your temperature using Polartec Power Grid which is 93% recycled polyester/7% elastane with Polygiene and also boasts permanent odor control. It has a balaclava style hood, thumb loops, off shoulder seams so that backpacks can sit comfortably on your shoulders and the length is a little longer than usual to stay tucked into your harness.


Tommy Caldwell puts his R1 through its paces on the Dawn Wall.

Since owning mine (first bought around two years ago) I’ve used it for a whole host of different things. During the summer it’s in my bag as a warm layer, it often replaces my insulated jacket in the summer as it offers a good amount of warmth and protection. During the winter it’s my go-to second layer over a base layer. Once you put it on you really do feel prepared to face the worst of the weather. 

Testing the R1 out in the Cairngorms, Scotland. 

Patagonia recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the R1 with their ‘Done in an R1’ campaign. As well as some great stories it highlights the diversity of the hoody. From the dawn wall and first ascents around the world to fishing, running, skiing and cycling, it’s been used in some pretty and amazing places doing some really incredible things.

Done in an R1

also, check out the Done in an R1 song too! 

If you’re looking for a second layer which will offer you breathability, warmth and stand the test of time… The R1 is the one for you.

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25 April 2019 by George Fisher

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