Patagonia R1 Fleece 1/2-Zip Pullover – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Patagonia R1 Fleece 1/2-Zip Pullover – Men’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 91 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 66

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • This fleece is exceedingly comfortable and soft.
  • The breathability, sweat-wicking capabilities, and warmth make it very versatile.
  • The pocket is a great holder for compact objects.
  • Very packable and easy to take on any trip.
  • The fleece resists odors very well, even without washing.

Expert Reviews

  • The extreme breathability make it perfect for when you are working up a sweat in colder temperatures.
  • This fleece is made of recycled bottles, and Patagonia’s commitment to environmental causes means it has a much lower impact on the environment than other fleeces.
  • Incredibly compressible!
  • The shoulder seams sit low, making it more comfortable to wear with a backpack

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • The fit of the piece has changed since the last version, with a looser-fitting body and a tighter cut in the arms.
  • This piece runs large, but the athletic cut makes it hard to wear layers underneath.
  • The fabric starts to pill after washing.

Expert Reviews

  • The high breathability of the fleece sacrifices wind resistance.
  • The fabric is not incredibly durable and snags easily on rocks and branches.
  • This fleece sacrifices fashion for technical use, which may be a problem for those looking for an “around-town” sweater.


The Patagonia R1 Fleece 1/2-Zip Pullover for men defines versatility with its warmth, breathability, packability, and sweat-wicking. Although not as beloved as some older versions (or the R1 Hoody), it is still the go-to for high-exertion activities in cold temperatures and can be reliably used year-round. While there are complaints about the fit in the arms, people continue to love how well it breathes and compresses.

Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.