Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket

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Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket
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Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket -

The Men's Retro-X Jacket by Patagonia's breathable/windproof P.E.F. (performance-enhancing film or Primary Elephant Fuel as I like to think of it) barrier sits comfortably between layers of thickly piled, ecofriendly PCR Synchilla fleece and a Capilene brushed-mesh lining. This men’s fleece jacket offers a windflap behind full-front zip closure, zippered side and chest pockets. The Retro-X Jacket is ideal for lift-accessed riding, fly fishing, base camp warm up, around town, or outdoor work. This Patagonia fleece jacket has Y-joint sleeves making this a front-runner in the world of men’s fleece jackets. Yes, I would like that.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Classic Retro-X Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Classic Retro-X Jacket.


  • 7.5-oz Synchilla® 100% polyester (86% recycled) 1/4"-pile. Lining: 100% polyester brushed mesh with a breathable/windproof barrier. Trim: 100% Supplex® nylon
  • Vertical zippered Supplex® chest pocket; zippered handwarmer pockets lined with moisture-wicking brushed-polyester mesh
  • Breathable/windproof membrane sandwiched between recycled-polyester fleece outer and moisture-wicking brushed-polyester mesh lining


  • Regular fit

Weather and Wind:

  • Full-zip jacket with wind flap and Y-Joint™ sleeves


  • Hip length


  • Made in Colombia.
The Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket is made for working under the hood of your truck or spending the night in a bivy. Patagonia made this jacket with a plush Synchilla Fozzie-the-Bear outer, a polyester mesh liner, and a windproof breathable membrane sandwiched in the middle. The Classic Retro-X Jacket packs a surprising amount of warmth for its light weight. The sooner you get this jacket, the sooner you'll be able to mat down the ¼-inch Synchilla for its real Classic look.

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Patagonia's Retro-X has the fortitude for burly ranch work and the wind-stopping ability to block the constant gusts coming off the Medicine Bow range. It has a thick 100% polyester (86% recycled) pile face that's soft and supple. A moisture-wicking brushed-mesh lining and a windproof/breathable barrier cut cold and wind faster than a tumbler of scotch. With Y-jointT sleeves for mobility, a vertical zippered chest pocket and zippered handwarmer pockets. At the end of the day, use a bunched-up Retro-X as a pillow.
The windproof Classic Retro-X is Patagonia's enduring, fully featured recycled polyester fleece jacket.
-Breathable/windproof membrane that's bonded between the recycled-polyester fleece exterior and moisture-wicking, brushed-polyester mesh lining.
-Full-zip jacket with wind flap and Y-JointT sleeves.
-Pockets: Vertical zippered Supplex® nylon chest pocket; zippered handwarmers lined with brushed polyester mesh.
-Hip length.
-7.5-oz Synchilla® 100% polyester (86% recycled) 1/4"-pile. Lining: 100% polyester brushed mesh with a breathable/windproof barrier. Trim: 100% Supplex® nylon.
-Regular fit.
-672 g (23.7 oz)
-Made in Costa Rica.
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Classic full-featured and eminently windproof fleece jacket.
Coaxing your dog into your sleeping bag takes way more effort than slipping into a Patagonia Men's Retro-X Jacket. This thick 100% polyester (78% recycled) pelt hides a moisture-wicking, brushed-mesh lining and a windproof/breathable barrier that cuts cold faster than a tumbler of scotch. With Y-joint™ sleeves for mobility, a vertical zippered chest pocket and zippered handwarmer pockets. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.


The Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket for Men has the wind-stopping ability to block the gusts coming off Long Island Sound and the fortitude for burly ranch work. This thick polyester Synchilla fleece (86% recycled) pelt hides a moisture-wicking, brushed-mesh lining and a windproof/breathable barrier that cuts cold faster than a tumbler of scotch. Features Y-joint sleeves for mobility, a vertical zippered chest pocket and zippered handwarmer pockets.

Wind can take your plans and scatter them across three counties. The versatile Retro-X has the wind-stopping ability to block the gusts coming off the Medicine Bow range and the fortitude for burly ranch work. It has a thick 100% polyester (86% recycled) Synchilla fleece face that’s soft and supple. A moisture-wicking brushed-mesh lining and a windproof/breathable barrier cut cold and wind faster than a tumbler of scotch. With Y-Joint™ sleeves for mobility, a vertical zippered chest pocket made of Supplex nylon and zippered handwarmer pockets lined with brushed poly mesh. At the end of the day, use a bunched-up Retro-X as a pillow. Hip length.
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Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:Body: 7.5-oz Synchilla® 100% polyester (86% recycled) 1/4" pile
Fit:Hip length
Fleece Weight:Midweight
Pockets:Vertical zippered chest pocket made of Supplex nylon; zippered handwarmers lined with brushed polyester-mesh Hip length
Technology:Patagonia recycles used soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments into polyester fibers to produce many of their clothes
Trim:100% Supplex nylon
Weight:23.7 oz / 672 g
Zippered pockets:vertical chest pocket made of Supplex® nylon; two handwarmers lined with brushed polyester mesh
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Patagonia Classic Retro-X Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Perfect, But Very Baggy Fit

The only thing that held me back from buying one of these before was the price. Sorry, I'm cheap - I realize the jacket doesn't cost more than barely functioning fashion statements from other retailers, but still, I have a near heart attack if more than $100 flies out of my pocket for any single item. So I was very happy when this went on sale. However, I foolishly waited until I returned from vacation before trying to order my favored color (brown) online. Ouch! It was sold out (as frequently happens with Patagonia sales). Then low and behold, despite the miserable economy, I got a bonus. A NICE bonus. So after settling up my credit card bills, I hurried down to my nearest Patagonia store to check out my long-desired Retro jacket. Egads, it's even nicer than when I first fell in love with it! Originally, the Retro jacket had that "wild sheep with thistles in its fur" look that I kind of loved and kind of thought was too weird even for me. But NOW it has a well-groomed sheepishness to it, the furry look without the matting and thistles. No, you won't mistake it for a Synchilla with immaculately manicured plush fleece, all the same precise millimeters from the base, but no, you won't mistake the Retro jacket for a retro shagcarpet anymore either. It's wooly, but in a nice understated way, which is probably why YOU are looking at it now, and wondering if it's worth the dough. Yes, it is. Yes, it costs much more than "regular" fleece, but here's why: It's a highly technical wind-proof fleece that is actually quite rainproof (after you Nikwax it) with a great breathing, but windbreaking, thin, flexible (not stiff or crinkly) inner membrane. It's "no name, mystery" membrane outperforms some supposedly higher tech and definitely more expensive "name brand" membranes. Years ago the first "windproof" fleeces, including the Retro-X suffered from liners that emulated the hard shell rain jackets of that era in their ability to make you suffer and sweat. Then Paty got it fixed to the point where they breathed and were mostly still waterproof (waterproof by street standards not by test standards), but the liners were still a little stiff and thick. Now, you can buy this Retro in a casual fleece with Paty's "house" membrane that performs really, really well. In fact, I think it breathes better than their "technical" R4 windproof fleece, while only giving up a little in water impermeability. It keeps the wind out, which makes all the difference in the world, for fleece. At the same time, it doesn't feel like a steam bath and keeps water out. The best comparison is to the old Gore-Tex Activent. I use this for cold, rainy, miserable days in Northern California and for the snow at Tahoe. As soon as I got home, I washed mine in Nikwax Tech Wash to remove any possible manufacturing residues, then treated it with Nikwax Polar Proof which is environmentally and personally healthy, durable, and reasonably priced. This makes the water from rain mostly just bead up on the outside, and not get soaked up which is the case with untreated fleece. While the water wouldn't get through the inner membrane lining, I'd rather not have my fleece soaking up water like a sponge. By proofing it, a very simple and inexpensive step, it now works fine IN HEAVY DOWNPOURS without a rain shell over it. Yes it gets "wet," but it doesn't "wet out," I just shake the surface water out of it when entering a cafe, and enjoy the stairs of people who think I must have been suffering in the rain moments before, when actually I was as happy as Yogi Bear (who also has his fur on the outside with naturally water repellent oils to bead up the water). I think Buffalo gear or some such British company may have pioneered the concept of water repellent pile (shaggy fleece) for outdoor inclement weather use. But Paty is the only company that actually makes and sells it over here - albeit without the same marketing push. Paty ups the ante by adding an excellent built-in windproof, mostly water resistant membrane that allows us to wear nothing more than a tee shirt under and feel comfortable down to some pretty low rain temperatures. Having the windproof membrane greatly extends the temperature range of this piece, even if you aren't an advocate of using it for rain wear, as I am. For real winter - snow - use, this is GENEROUSLY cut to allow underlayers. Be warned, though, that this same GENEROUS cut is the one sore point of the jacket. You may well feel a little like Santa Claus when you put one on. You suddenly have a paunch that wasn't there before, as the jacket bunches at your waist. This is clearly a love it or leave Paty piece. There are enough people who love it, to have kept it in the Paty line for years and years and years, with incremental improvements. But it is definitely something you yourself have to look and try on. It is NOT a generic fleece piece. Finding it, finally, in black, was the icing on the cake for me personally.
NorCalHiker at Patagonia on 03/20/2009

Stout, Warm, Burly, but Bulky

I purchased this jacket in May at my local Patagonia store. My purchase was, in part, due to the fact that I bought one for my wife a few years back and she loved it. The description is pretty much spot on. My adjectives include stout, warm, burly, and rugged. It is a no-nonsense fleece that with a laminate liner that makes it windproof. It has a classic look with "chunky fleece". May in Utah is pretty warm, so my first use was an evening on the porch. The test came last week when we flew to Chicago for the holiday and I needed ONE coat that was warm, windproof, and looked good. Chicago is windy and cold, so that took out the usual fleece suspects. This coat fit the bill. While it was about 30 F with a stiff wind, I was ALWAYS toasty and the wind did not cut through the jacket at all. It looked good on the way to Thanksgiving Dinner and out and around in blue jeans. When I got too warm I merely unzipped it. The pockets were big and easy to open and use. As you can see from the pictures below, it was good out and for my daughter to use as a warm layer in her cot at Great-grandparent's house. Now the downsides. First, the burliness comes with a price and that is the fact that it is bulky and does not compress too well. On the flight out I had to resign myself to stuffing it under the seat in front of me because I could not really get it into my bag. I could not see this as being my "go to" for skiing, hiking, or any active recreation because it is bulky and heavy. But that's not why I bought it. So if you go in with that expectation, you will be fine. Second, the fit is a bit small, so try it on. Third, the elastic waist sometimes can let drafts in and I'd love to see this with a hem cord to cinch it shut. With these considerations, I give it a 4.5 because I intended to use it for casual use, sitting around the campfire, and apres ski instead of skiing itself. I have no doubt that it will last for MANY years because of its durability and classic look.
thetrailboss at Patagonia on 12/04/2013

Things to Consider

If you read the reviews on this fleece they are all true, except for the nit-pickers. Firstly, you will look cool in this hands down, and with Patagonia's varying color choices you can't go wrong with the brilliance of individuality. Secondly, it is warm. It does its job as a fleece. Since it has a windblocker layer inside you will be able to tolerate higher winds. I would say you could get away with wearing this fleece in the 30-40 degree range with comfort. People vary on that case, but after all its just a fleece. Thirdly, fit. This is something that I have read about myself, and I even pondered sending my fleece back to try a medium. You might strike gold, or you may have to send it back. I am 6'0 and weigh 185 pounds, medium to thin build. What the reviewers say about the waistband is true. Either I wish it was a little more snug, or at least I wish it provided me the option to make it that way. I think that alone would have compensated for the bulky feel of the fleece in the size I got (large). I still however believe that a medium would have been too small for me in the neck, and short in the sleeves. I definitely believe the sinched-waistline would have helped, and made the Retro-X perfect. However it is what it is and I like it anyhow despite this. And to be honest I paid the sale price (89.99), so I can live with it. Lastly, care, fit. I do recommend washing this thing before wearing it. Additionally, I highly recommend getting a water repellant spray similar to the ones you use for shoes. In time, this will fit you better, feel better and look better. This is an unusual garmet, but it gets better over time. Once these are on sale again, I will get another color. I have grey/red. I think I want something obnoxious like purple. Thats just me. Thanks.
Braddelp at Patagonia on 11/17/2010

Another good investment

I received my Retro-X Jacket 3 days after ordering from Patagonia's website. Apearance: The expected "I'm wearing a sheep" appearance / texture. Color is spot on with the website. Construction is excellent. The interior is a bit different than the website, I can see a shiny material below the nylon jersey, it is just a bit crinkly - must be the wind membrane (the sound went away after a few wearings). It's also a bit stiff out of the box, washing cured that too. Fit: I'm 5'10" and hover from 165lbs to 180lbs, athletic (usually) build.
Based on my 12 year old Patagonia fleece jacket I bought a Medium. The Retro jacket is just a bit looser than my old one, much warmer, and completely windproof. I don't seem to mind the lack of a drawstring waist, but I didn't buy this with anything technical in mind. I waited to review until I'd worn the jacket in it's intended environments.
Dawn patrol surf - Not cold at all an hour before sunrise. And pre-dawn offshore is non-existent inside the Retro-X zipped to 3/4 with a SS T-shirt.
Shooting desert races during Fall / Winter / Spring - First cold, windy morning was spent standing on a small rise in the middle of the desert with a camera on a tripod. Shortly after getting out of the car, I had the jacket at 3/4 zip again - toasty warm!! 73% Recycled bottle and a recyclable jacket is pretty cool too! My only worry is that the extra shaggy sheep fleece doesn't get too matted over the years.
Lockedin at Patagonia on 11/22/2009

Best Fleece Jacket

Let me start off my review by saying that I have 5 Patagonia jackets and this jacket, including my Retro-X vest, are my favorite. Including the 2 Retro-X jackets, I have the Scythe jacket, the Synchilla Windzone jacket, and a polyfill parka.
Fleece is useless if it doesn't block the wind. This ultra warm jacket offers both a warmth layer and a wind blocking layer. That wind blocking layer is key to keeping cold winds from blowing in.
The pile on this jacket looks incredible. Reminds me of real shearling. I love the chest pocket also. It allows easy access for storing a wallet.
Even though I give this jacket 5 stars, I want to note a few things for those that are nitpicky.
The material on the inside collar of this jacket should be the smooth fleece instead of the shearling fleece. My vest has the smooth fleece, but I think the latest model vest has gone back to shearling fleece. The reason is because the smooth fleece holds up better, doesn't pill, and has a smoother feel on the neck.
Even though this jacket is supposed to breathe, don't expect it to breathe and wick moisture like Gore-Tex. If you're wearing a t-shirt under this jacket during the winter and perform any physical activity, expect to get sweaty and a bit stuffy.
Don't buy this jacket too large though. It's not meant to have multiple layers worn underneath it. Also, buying it too large will allow wind to blow under the elastic waist.
GoodLuckChuck at Patagonia on 09/03/2008

Works Hard

I've owned Patagonia jackets for over ten years. From R2's under my snowboard gear to Retro Jackets under windbreakers on the foraging for adventure on the NW coast, they have done their job. This Retro-X is the first windproof Retro for me and it works great. Unless it is really coming down I no longer need a shell to block the wind. I love to drive with the window down and now I can even rest my arm on the window sill like summer. I get some funny looks at 60 MPH and 35 degrees. I just wave like what they really meant to say was, "Hi!" The warranty is the best in the business. I had an R2 arm seam give way and it was invisibly mended for free. My R4 has received so many compliments (Chili Red) I finally got it that folks were not putting me on, they genuinely liked the look. Both my wife and I wear R2's and sometimes R4's around the house as we keep the thermostat on low. We wash all our Patagonia gear together and hang it up to dry. I have some pieces that have been laundered 75 times. If I were to add anything to the design of the Retro-X it would be a draw cord around the bottom or waist. I know it is a lifestyle design and not a technical piece, but to me every piece ends up a technical piece. Good work again, Patagonia
Context at Patagonia on 03/13/2009

Catalog Dreams

For many years, prior to 2000, I had recieved Patagonia catalogs and dreamed of being in some of the pics featured. The fleece jacket that always caught my eye was the old Retro fleece. I longed to be in the wintery scenes the pictures captured with some dude wearing the jacket while woking on some 'outdoor' doo-dad. In 2000, I purchased the newer version of the Retro, the Retro-X and put it to the test. It is now 2010 and I still wear my Pacific Blue Retro-X everywhere. It is my all in one jacket. It has the classic look of the Retro and is still windproof after all these years. The jacket has been worn while snowboarding and skiing, commuting on my bike on cold days, out to the garage to work on the car or fix a flat tire on a bmx bike, and camping in the snow in the Sierra Nevada. The jacket also has been worn for the classy side of things. It has been ideal to wear to the theatre in San Francisco on those foggy and dreary evenings, to semi-casual work funtions, and once in a while to church. My kids call my Retro-X,"a cool sleeping bag you can wear". The list goes on. I am one proud and satisfied customer of Patagonia. Everytime I put the jacket on, I still think of myself being a cool pic in a Patagonia catalog. -Greg
mushcycles at Patagonia on 01/12/2010
I own 2 retro-x jackets. I bought the 1st won about 10yrs ago. It is the perfect winter jacket for walking the dog, going to class, out to the bar, cold weather camping, commuting to work etc. Unfortunately a couple of years ago my dog tore the left sleeve into about 3 pieces. Luckily because of the character of the fleece I was able to sew it back together and most people would probably never know the difference. I got a new one anyway and has the same quality, style and features I loved in the 1st one. Only complaint would be the inside of the neck does tend to get a bit nappy and matted, use of a different material in this area would be better. I am about 6', 160lbs and wear a large Retro-X, while all my other Patagonia gear is size medium. The extra bulk of a size up is nice for layering underneath, I prefer a slim fit for aerobic activites (skiing, mtn biking, hiking etc.) but rarely use this jacket in those applications as it is entirely too hot. I tend to be sensitive to weird seams etc, but the horizontal seam across the back that so many people find annoying I have never noticed, this is probably due to going with a looser fit which is what I would recommend with the Retro-X.
McK595 at Patagonia on 01/18/2010

Changes in the Classic Retro-X

Essentially, this Classic Retro-X is the same good jacket that it has been for many, many years. This year there have been at least two changes which I have noticed.
First, the pocket openings were, for some reason I don't understand, made smaller. It is now a bit difficult to put your hands in and would be very difficult to stuff any large item, like a thick winter glove, into the opening. The interior of the pocket appears to be the same old ample size; it is only the opening itself which was shrunk down.
Second, the zippers are all now VERY small. They are exactly the same size as on the lightweight Synchilla vest. There are no pulls on them. I do not see how anyone wearing gloves could use the zippers. This is true for both the main zipper and the pockets. You must take off your gloves first. Strange design change from a company with such strong mountaineering chops.
The material and workmanship remain first class. The body is a boxy cut which allows for easy layering of almost any sweater or fleece piece (such as an R1).
The only other change I would love to see would be a draw cord at the hem which is a bit loose unless you have an under layer.
skyhermit at Patagonia on 11/06/2011


After seeing this jacket in various stores, catalogs, and websites for quite some time, I finally found the deal I was looking for with this sites Web Special. At 50% the retail price, it could not be beat. Over the past few years I have bought many jackets and fleeces from various manufactures but have yet to find anything as versatile as this. It can be hard to find something that has the right combination of fit, features, and performance and so I'm left looking for more jackets just a few months later. With this jacket though I feel like I will be happy for quite some time. What I needed was a cool weather jacket for when its too warm for my puffy but still chilly and windy. This jacket is perfect for that, and if precip is a concern, I can fit my hardshell over it and be completely comfortable. It is perfect casually around town, but can also do just as well out in the backcountry when hanging around camp. Sure, there are better technical jackets like the R4 and lighter more packable insulators like the Nano Puff, but for around camp this is perfect.
Kinsman at Patagonia on 03/06/2010

Negative Reviews:

Unacceptable flaw

This jacket is almost terrific but it has an unacceptable flaw. The good: The jacket weight and wind resistance offer great utility and flexibility for Minnesota winters. The chest and handwarmer pockets are conveniently placed and generously sized. The materials are comfortable to the touch, both inside the jacket and on the outside.
The bad: The seam running horizontally across the back of the jacket at shoulderblade height is bulky and rubs my back. I received one of these jackets and returned it, thinking that the seam was just a sample variation. This proved incorrect. A second sample was exactly the same.
I am returning the second jacket with regret because could be a great jacket. I have countless other Patagonia pieces and this is the only one I recall with such an obvious and unacceptable problem.
wildflower at Patagonia on 11/01/2008

Classic fleece, hardly windproof

This jacket is an hommage to Patagonia's early days, I'll give you that, but a 2 mile bike ride to work in mine today in 25 degree Farenheit temps proved it is far from windproof. I am using my R4, which is in the shop for repairs at the moment, as my yardstick and it IS windproof. The Classic Retro-X is shaped like a chimney so it sucks cold air in from the bottom and leaks air all over worse than my 1911 Capitol Hill fixer-upper's windows and doors. I'm going to be layering up until I get my R4 back from being stitched up and then I will only wear my Retro-X for standing around looking like a sheep herder or a sheep -- mine's white:(
10thandKNE at Patagonia on 12/08/2008

A Classic, but...

When I first got this jacket nearly a decade ago I was excited by it. Now? Not so much. After years of regular use (and proper cleaning/care) the once ultra fuzzy fur is matted and pilled (esp. around the cuffs and elbows) in high wear areas (which started happening about 6-8 months after I bought it). And for a guy who usually runs warm, I found myself getting cold in this jacket during late fall and winter (it's actually warmer inside-out, though the inner lining isn't meant for outwear). Compared to other Patagonia classics (like the Snat-T -which I adore, and own more than a handful of) I don't see myself buying another one.
CareyG at Patagonia on 10/30/2009

A Letdown..

This jacket has such great potential. It is super soft and warm. It looks really nice and all. It was made to be windproof, but they forgot the main impotant part, sealing out the wind with a drawstring. I bought this jacket and that very same day, it was extremely windy in Chicago. The wind blows right up this jacket. There is no drawstring at the base. I returned it the next day and bought the R4 instead. It does have the drawstring and windproof rating.. I really liked this jackets style and material... If Patagonia continues with this jacket, I highly reccomend they add the drawstring so it is really windproof.
chitown67 at Patagonia on 01/06/2009

very disappointed

The sewing and stitchwork is well done, but the materials are just simply uncomfortable, unsightly, and impractical, with a feel and look cheap and for a jacket which is very expensive. I was a very happy owner of a pullover patagonia jacket twenty or so years ago, whose materials were far more comfortable. I'll not wear it, the awfully impractical interior doesn't slide on and off normal clothes, has the texture of paper towels, and this will turn into an expensive donation just in hopes of causing some happiness for another.
formernortherner at Patagonia on 12/24/2009

Regret, thy name is M’s Classic Retro-X Jacket

Don’t get me wrong I love Patagonia but this jacket broke my heart. It seemed to invite if not encourage the wind to enter through every part of the jacket my body exited. I thought the drape of the fabric would improve, but again cruel plasticky disappointment gripped my frigid core. The drafty garments mockingly placed seam between your shoulder blades pokes you with seeming recrimination; the jackets fabric became more threadbare than my hopes of a good fit. I also regret the color choice.
Anonymous at Patagonia on 01/10/2011

Not impressed

The first couple weeks after my purchase of the Retro Jacket were the best...the soft, fluffy material had a great look and the jacket was very warm in the cold mountain nights. But after a couple washes and a season of use, my jacket is rough to the touch and pitted and not comfortable to wear. In addition it has seemed to shrink and seems to fit short to my waist. Such a shame for such a great start with this jacket!
WeBeCinYa at Patagonia on 10/17/2011


If not for the overly generous cut, this might be one of the best fleeces out there. For anyone that is less than husky, this jacket will probably hang off you like a high-tech muumuu. Given the warmth this fleece offers, there isn't much need to allow for layering underneath. Please Patagonia, give us slender folks a chance to cash in on this great product and remove some of the excess material!
goericgo at Patagonia on 11/29/2008

Retro X

Jacket and capliene base layer is used when walking in cold MN weather(zero to 20 below). It is warm and windproof but has two drawbacks. One, it lacks a drawcord at the base which allows cold air to enter and two, it has a seam that runs horizontally across the back that is,at the least, annoying.
At the price, it shouldn't lack a drawcord nor include a design flaw.
theplain at Patagonia on 01/04/2010

I got this for my husband a few years ago, he LOVED receiving it. He wore it a handful of times. Oddly enough the fabric on the arm of the jacket split/ripped. We have no idea how it happened, so it's been hanging in the closet since.

Moo2682525 at on 12/13/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Enticing look, yet not THAT great

I bought this jacket over a year ago. It fits great. It looks great. It is very durable. It is SOMEWHAT windproof (although, a mid layer would be great to use with this). It's roomy for a mid layer. Everything that it is advertised. However, I bought this jacket thinking it would be a one-and-done jacket. Warm by itself, windproof, and great for the everyday. I found that it is not nearly as Cosy and warm as it looks or is advertised. The interior of the jacket simply isn't that cosy - although the exterior is so very inviting. Not that warm for how large it is. It definitely needs a mid layer for cool camping or in windy climates. However, really good jacket overall. Just not THAT cosy. Not nearly as cosy as it looks.
Trek at Patagonia on 12/26/2013

My Retro X

Love the design. The loose fit makes layering possible, good length allows for waist being covered when sitting, zip pockets are terrific and the jacket is incredibly warm and windproof. Mine has kept me toasty while outdoors in Finland in winter and most recently in Northern China. I have only two issues with the jacket. After only 2 years the elbows and cuffs are very matted - to the point where wearing to work is questionable. Second is I do not like the unlined pockets. They are not warm. I will most likely buy another for work and keep the 2 year old for knocking around. I would recommend buying with the caveat that my experience is that the jacket wears unususlly quickly compared to other Patagonia products.
Tutman at Patagonia on 02/01/2010

Would be perfect if..

I've always wanted the retro-x, and just received mine recently. I finally got to use it on a very windy 20 degree morning. the fit is fantastic, collar is snug enough, wrist cuffs seal in the warmth nice. The added chest pocket is a must have . Thick , warm , good features, great fit, why the 3 stars? NO DRAWCORD! I know the regular retro doesn't have a draw cord either. But this is a windproof piece, a drawcord is a must. I had my synch. snap-t underneath. And still wind crept under .. I had to keep folding holding it shut . Patagonia please , please add a drawcord. This would make prefect...
Snufalufagus at Patagonia on 12/12/2008

Warm, windproof, but pills!

This jacket is very warm. Also, as advertised, it is very windproof. However, it also pills very easily. When new, the fleece is very soft and very smooth. However, after wearing it for a short while, both as a jacket by itself and also as an insulating layer under an outer shell, the fleece tends to pill up very easily. I've kept good care of it, washed it per instructions, but nothing seems to help restore it to the way it looked and felt when new. I'm not sure it affects the performance, but it looks awful after just one year.
Gus1 at Patagonia on 11/18/2008


A lttle pricy for what it is but definitely quite warm & windproof & practical. Not as soft (on the inside) as some patagonias I've owned but nice looking & (for me) fits well over other lightweight outerwear such as a wool sweater. I bought it for myself & got what I expected.
Fits well - I'm 6ft2in,175lb, skinny neck & long arms. Its a little bulky on me but sleeves, neck & overall length are good.
Joe at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 10/10/2011

needs drawstring

i would say that it keeps me warm, but cold air comes in the bottom, and chills me to the bone!!!! I tried the size below, and it was too tight... Where is the drawsting to keep the cold air out??? i like it otherwise and I have adapted by tucking in my sweater under my jacket. I am also thinking about sewing in my own drawsting to make the jacekt work for me.
eaknuts at Patagonia on 12/31/2011

I'd like to know what Patagonia's thought process is behind not putting a hem drawstring on their fleeces. Its such a simple but crucial thing that would really put them over the top. Without it they're technical fleece becomes just casual wear or mere fashion. And even that will be drafty casual wear....Its a pity, especially for the price.

Thomas Knight at on 08/20/2011

Love the jacket, but...

...there is one inherent flaw built into this garment, the back seam. The seam that goes across the back is very iritating, and essentially makes the jacket not wareable. It could just be the way this piece fit me specifically, but
unfortunately I had to return mine.
COD33 at Patagonia on 10/23/2009

First Impressions

I just got this at half price. 5/7 210 lbs and XL fit great. but arms too long. But can fold over or under. Seam in back no problem Bulky, but was able to get a wind stoppper and shell over it. Cool jacket.
Ragnar at Patagonia on 10/16/2010

Retro x

Had one from 20yrs ago which was great. Current one is a bit bulkier. I had a large before and should probably have gone with a medium. The R4 fleece or down sweater have a better fit and provide similar warmth.
Mantissb at Patagonia on 01/12/2013