Excellent for Hiking & Layering
By Aaron Pfau July 25, 2011
Been taking this with me on hikes for almost a year now and it has done its job. The snug, but not suffocating, fit makes it perfect for layering with a shell in cooler, wet weather. For the Southern California climate, its ideally suited for chilly mornings and taking the edge off when hanging out at windy, cooler summits at midday. Its not too thick so it packs pretty well in my daypack where I can easily still fit my paclite shell. The hood is exactly the right size, not too large like some jackets. (Note, I don't wear helmets with this.) Also like the thumb holes in the sleeves which help keep your hands warm without having to resort to gloves. When not using these, they easily fold back. Overall, its a solid and very well made fleece jacket.
This is my 2nd Patagonia fleece (I also have a heavier R3) and I'm quite satisfied with both. This particular jacket though is just the right weight/warmth for long hikes and therefore gets the most use by far.
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