Patagonia Men's R4 Jacket

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The Patagonia Men's R4 is an impressively warm and windproof fleece jacket. You might be thinking "the R4 is the highest number R jacket in the series... it must be the warmest".... well, that's awfully presumptuous of you, but you're right. This time. The R4 is comprised of 3 layers: the outer is super warm high-loft R4® fabric, the middle is Polartec® Windbloc® polyester with a windproof laminate, and the inner layer is an R2® grid. You might be thinking "sounds like you're wearing a sandwich".... well, this time you're not so right. Wearing a sandwich would be strange and not feasible and wouldn't give you this level of warmth, comfort and mobility with minimal bulk. So quit trying to wear a sandwich, silly, and check out the Patagonia R4 mid-layer.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's R4 Jacket.

Lining and Layers:

  • R2 grid fleece interior lining insulates against the cold and it has a soft, smooth finish that easily slides over your base layer

Collar:

  • Brushed tricot on inner collar; soft, kissing-welt zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort

Fit:

  • Regular fit
  • Jacket has a refined fit, underarm gussets and offset shoulder seams for comfort under a pack

Fabric:

  • cAll seams have Sonic/Stitch seam construction to reduce bulk and improve suppleness
  • R4® fabric is windproof, superwarm and stretchy
  • Polartec Windbloc highloft exterior material provides further protection from the wind and adds to the overall warmth
  • Single-pull adjustable hem
  • 13-oz Polartec Windbloc 100% polyester high-loft exterior with a stretchy windproof laminate and an R2 grid interior
  • Both the internal and external fleece materials are breathable for comfort and highly compressible so this jacket is easy to pack

Weather and Wind:

  • Windproof laminate stops wind and stretches so you get weather protection without feeling held back

Zippers:

  • One left chest pocket and two hand pockets have Slim Zip installs and clean finished zipper garages; two internal drop-in mesh pockets
  • Chest zip-pocket gives you limited storage for a few small essentials

Manufactured:

  • Made in Colombia.
Backcountry.com

With technical fleece fabrics and a stretchy, windproof outer laminate, the Men's R4 Fleece Jacket holds the distinction as Patagonia's warmest fleece outer layer. Patagonia's Regulator fleece material has seen various incarnations over the past decade, and this season the warm, breathable, and highly compressible material utilizes a hybrid construction to further improve comfort. Soft R2 grid fleece lines the interior and provides soothing warmth while the outside is treated to Polartec Windbloc (separate from the windproof laminate) to take the bite out of the bitter cold winds of fall and winter. Wear the R4 alone when you're tearing your way up a new climbing route or use it as your insulating layer when you're sitting on a knife ridge waiting for a break in the weather so you can make the final push to the summit.


Rocky Mountain Trail

Our warmest fleece outer layer, the windproof R4® Jacket provides superior warmth and moisture management.
Things that can't be overdone: deep powder, clear skies and furnace-like warmth for the Vallée Blanche in January. Our R4® fabric is the warmest fleece available, with improved Polartec® Windbloc® polyester that has a windproof laminate sandwiched between a high-loft exterior and an R2® grid interior. This toasty, full-stretch package features Sonic/Stitch construction on all seams, to reduce bulk and enhance suppleness. The improved fit is closer and more technical, while brushed tricot lines the collar and a soft, kissing-welt zipper garage at the chin gives next-to-skin comfort. The updated cuffs and drawcord hem have more elastic for a better seal, and slim, clean-finished zippers close the single chest and two handwarmer pockets. With two internal mesh drop-in pockets, offset shoulder yokes for pack-wearing comfort.


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Patagonia's warmest fleece outer layer, the windproof R4 Jacket has a high-loft polyester face fabric with full stretch and an R2® grid interior to provide superior warmth and moisture-management.


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Patagonia's warmest fleece outer layer, the windproof R4® Jacket provides superior warmth and moisture management.

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Also available for: Women
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:13-oz Polartec® Windbloc® 100% polyester high-loft exterior with a stretchy windproof laminate and an R2® grid interior
Fleece Weight:Heavy Weight
Material:13-oz Polartec Windbloc 100% Polyester High-Loft Exterior with a Stretchy Windproof Laminate and an R2 Grid Interior
Pockets:Two Handwarmers, One Chest Pocket Secured with Zippers
Weight:1 lb 1 oz / 482 g
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Patagonia R4 Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Most improved award - New R4

I don't normally write reviews but since no one has reviewed this new R4 design yet maybe I can help some of you considering purchasing...or those of you hesitant to buy because you didn't like the previous design.
First: last year's/season's R4 left a lot to be desired, fit was large and the opposite of technical, no draw cord waist so wind blew right up the jacket, and for the price that didn't cut it.
That being said, I was excited to see that Patagonia was listening and had made some design changes. I purchased this jacket, received it, and so far am very impressed.
1. Added a cinch cord at the waist.
2. Tighter cuffs with elastic trim.
3. They call this "regular fit" but the last model was regular fit also and if compared to it I would say this is slim or at least slimmer fitting. I am 5'8, 150lbs, athletic frame, and the medium last year swallowed me. This model the medium fits good through the chest and length. Arms are a tad long but that's not uncommon for me with any medium size garment from any brand. Someone my size could probably get away with a small if they wanted a true athletic fit and planned to wear thin base layers underneath.
4. This model has two huge interior pockets. Not something I really cared about, but I've never said "gee, I wish I didn't have so many pockets." More pockets is never a bad thing in my opinion.
5. Not many changes beyond that...same great high loft exterior fleece, R2 grid interior fleece is great, and the thing is absolutely windproof. The only con or complaint at all that I could come up with (and this is just personal/nostalgia) is I would have left the old, recognizable Patagonia tag on the chest. Overall, two enthusiastic thumbs up. Thanks for listening Patagonia.
umbrellaproject at Patagonia on 10/09/2013

This jacket replaces a Patagonia fleece jacket from 30+ years ago for me! At first I was shocked at the lightness of it and the greatly reduced bulk compared with the fleece of those days. But even though I have not yet had it in really cold weather or in the snow, I can tell that it is a warmer jacket, and the windbreak is a welcome feature. The fit is nice, tending to slim. The sleeves are a tad long for me but that's fine in a cold weather jacket. I like how the collar stands up without getting in your way. I like the pockets: 2 handwarmers, 1 breast pocket, and 2 large interior pockets. The waist cinch cord is definitely a good feature. If there is anything more I could want from this jacket, it would be some sort of internal cuffs in the sleeves, but that's a minor issue. This is a beautiful, good fitting, classy looking jacket and I love it!

grep482072 at Backcountry.com on 12/24/2013

R4 Home Run!

I've owned two R4 jackets, my most recent was a 2-3 yr old version. At 5'11" 165 lbs, athletic build, i swam in the jacket in a size medium, but stayed warm. I received my brand new R4 size medium today and it fits PERFECTLY. It is a much more european and technical fit. As an avid runner, weight lifter, and all around outdoor enthusiast, I would recommend this to all Patagonia fans assuming you are the right shape. I would completely agree with previous posters that if you are a larger frame you will not like this jacket. However, with my frame I am thrilled with this jacket!! Would have liked a gray color as I have no doubt black is going to show everything but it looks sharp.
Jlwsbw at Patagonia on 12/23/2013

I originally ordered a medium in the jacket but I ended up having to return it and get a large as this jacket fits a little like a "slim-fit" although Patagonia says it is "regular-fit." I debated between the retro-x jacket and this one but in the end it was the better fit of the R4 that won me over as the retro-x was just too baggy on my tall skinny frame (6'2", 180 lbs). It fits well with a flannel on underneath it but much more than that and it would start to be a little tight so you may want to size up if you plan to use it with more layering.

kevin at Backcountry.com on 10/05/2013

Just AAbout Great Again

I bought this R4 to replace a 2007? model. I tried the previous version of the R4, and like most everyone I found the lack of a waist cinch, the lack of elastic cuffs, and the overall too-large fit to be a major turn off. My hopes were this jacket would rival the R4 from a few years ago. And it does. I still wish the sleeve cuffs had more elastic, but the fit is perfect (medium for 5'9" 170#) and the cinch cord at the waist is great. Super soft, very warm, windproof, exactly as advertised. I do still miss the fluffy trim of my old one, though.
trouter624 at Patagonia on 10/26/2013

Warm, though bulky

I understand the jacket is a high-pile, high-loft shag-carpet of a jacket, but the fit of the body feels a bit bulky. I'm 5' 9" and a fairly lean 150lbs. I've got stupid long arms, and everything about the jacket fits like a dream, except there is a lot of room in the body.

This is my #1 choice for windproof, super cozy fleece jackets above all others. It's fuzzy and soft like bear, and warm like a real insulated shell.
FirstNameSmith at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 03/03/2011

Excellent temperature regulation

I purchased the blue R4 Jacket for my husband to replace his mid insulation layer while skiing in Aspen. Perfect temperature regulation. He normally overheats while coming down the mountain. Never once did he have to open the vent to cool down, and was never cold while on the lift of standing around waiting for me. Stylish enough for apres ski, which is quite important because no one in Aspen is a frumpy skier!
HBB at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 02/02/2010

A great gift idea

I bought the R4 jacket for my son. He didn't want the typical "winter coat" despite the fact that he attends college where the winds and "lake-effect snows" can be brutal. He loves the R4 and wears it daily, layering it with a hoody or down vest as the weather necessitates. I am happy knowing my son is warm and comfortable, yet dressed for the weather.
ajc at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 01/01/2009

R4 still the best - any chance of a vest as well?

I've got 2 of these - the previous version and the new model. Both are awesome. This is such a light jacket I have to remind myself it has a windproof barrier somewhere inside. The retro-x vest I own is heavy and stiff by comparison. Which brings me to a question for Patagonia - please can we have an R4 vest?
mountainwanderer at Patagonia on 01/11/2014

Warm!

I've had the R4 about a month, through this nasty January here in the midwest, and it's fantastic. Incredibly warm for being so lightweight, completely windproof, and versatile. The fit is athletic, but this makes it work well either as a layer or when worn alone.
tailofthedogma at Patagonia on 01/25/2014

Negative Reviews:

Redesigned R4 Still Dissappoints

Exchanged my 2012 R4 for the new 2013 redesign, and while I commend the addition of the drawstring at the waist, I can't understand some of the other changes. The biggest issue I have with the new R4 is the fit is completely different. It's much tighter and form fitting, especially in the arms and chest. Not my style for an everyday fleece. Secondly, it just feels cheaper. Last but not least, they replaced the classic Patagonia logo patch with a black embroidered Patagonia lettering which you can barely see. The classic logo was great, whoever decided to use the new lettering made a bad decision.
juice at Patagonia on 12/11/2013

still disappointed

the 2012 R4 was a basic poor fit/disappointment from the early 2000s models... (2012-Shoulders too tight and waist too loose... with no way of cinching.). The 2013 is worse... XL is an improvement over the loose waist..but is skin tight in arms and shoulders.. to the point of hindering movement.. The "fit and sizing guidelines" are way off on this piece of clothing.. If you are an athletic person, (esp in the XL sizes)with an athletic build. and have any musculature at all, not fat, not skinny.. this is not your outerwear.
andyni at Patagonia on 12/22/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Great fleece jacket, but no extra room

The R4 does its job. It blocks the wind, traps the warmth, and still allows your body to breathe. I bought an R4 this year to replace my decade old TNF Apex softshell which finally gave up. The R4 is as good or better at blocking the wind and keeping me toasty. Like the outgoing softshell I can use it as a top layer on moderate days (24°F+ with light to moderate wind) and I only need a long sleeve Cap 2 under it to keep me comfortable while skiing. The R4 loses a couple stars for me based on the fit. While the athletic cut is great for keeping the bulk down and allowing you to layer comfortably, it feels awkwardly tight in the arms / sleeves. The torso fits me well, but I can't comfortably fit anything thicker than a Cap 2 into the sleeves. I have some thicker expedition weight fleece shirts for really cold days and they feel bulky and uncomfortable. This might be understandable if I had gigantic arms. I don't. I don't know if an XL would have more room in the arms, but I wouldn't want any extra material around the waist nor do I want or need the sleeves to be any longer. I'm disappointed that the R4 is so wonderful and comes just short of replacing my old softshell. All it needed was a little roomier sleeve.
Scooby921 at Patagonia on 01/15/2014

R4

I had bought an R4 about 14 years ago and this new R4 dissapoints. The new jacket is thinner, and the zipper handle is way too small for a man's hand. It is about 30% smaller than my orginal zipper handle and I am having trouble zipping the jacket. Dissapointed.
WalkintheWater24 at Patagonia on 10/19/2013