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What's your ideal layering? Do you wear Patagonia R1 fleece??


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sclair · · SLC, Ut · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 30

What's your ideal layering for touring?

I've been riding the resort in a mountain hardware jacket that makes me feel constricted- I want to feel playful on my snowboard.  Currently my bf has been using a hardshell outerlayer with a ventrix layer. For touring he's got a north face shell and a hooded ventrix jacket. for resort he's got the BD mission shell and a long sleeve baselayer that i think is lightly insulated in some spots. Very nifty.

I'm looking at the Patagonia R1 fleece- any experiences with it? Is it heavy, lightweight? A good layering layer?

Owen Darrow · · Missoula, MT · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 1,790

Base layer to shell. I have my synthetic underlayer (short sleeve) then my mellenzana fleece, then my down vest, then my down sweatshirt, and then my Arcteryx Alpha. I also have a nupste down if its going to be super cold. I have some basic synthetic layer for my legs (one thick and one not) to choose for whatever I think I'll encounter on that day. My pants are Flylow chemicals...had them for 9 years now and they still bead water. This is basically my system for all sports except that my pants change when climbing.

aikibujin · · Castle Rock, CO · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 294
sclair wrote: I've been riding the resort in a mountain hardware jacket that makes me feel constricted- I want to feel playful on my snowboard.
I always thought a catsuit looks very unconstricted and playful. Seems well insulated too.

D14411 F · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 885

R1 is a great piece, pretty straightforward and general purpose.  I’ve worn a ton of different combos and have specifics for special conditions, wet/dry, bitter cold/cool, windy or not, etc.

However, if I’m packing restricted and can only bring one piece the R1 is a really strong contender.  R1 plus a soft shell of varying weight/protection is a go-to that, in conjunction with a little mental toughness, kicks ass in a lot of conditions 

Nigel Stein · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2018 · Points: 0

Have had both R1 and Tech Face, like the R1 Tech Face a whole lot more. Full zip and shockingly good wind resistance for a fleece.

Jim Burns · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0

When I need insulation, I prefer touring in a nano-air light hybrid. The weight is similar to an R1 but I find it breaths better which is important to me, it also has a bit better wind protection. Truthfully, I heat up quickly and am usually just in a base layer unless it is below 15F. I have toured in an R1, and have friends who do, but find it to be to airy and clamy. As mentioned above, R1 tech face would solve the wind issue.

If you want a good price or if you are looking for wind resistance, R1 tech face would be good. If you want something to be active in, look at the nano-air light hybrid or similar. Of the nano-airs, this is the lightest. Don't overheat when active but not the warmest and will want a shell quickly if you stop. If you are cost conscious and want the most versatile piece, a standard R1 will probably be best.

Edit: R1 is lightweight for a fleece but insulates almost as well as a midweight. It is an exceptional layering piece, usually as a mid-layer but some wear it as a base. I like it so much I have a hooded and non-hooded version. It is part of my resort riding kit on any day below 30F. It is a go to piece for mountaineering.

Jon Hillis · · Valley of Sun · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 0
Owen Darrow wrote: Base layer to shell. I have my synthetic underlayer (short sleeve) then my mellenzana fleece, then my down vest, then my down sweatshirt, and then my Arcteryx Alpha. I also have a nupste down if its going to be super cold. I have some basic synthetic layer for my legs (one thick and one not) to choose for whatever I think I'll encounter on that day. My pants are Flylow chemicals...had them for 9 years now and they still bead water. This is basically my system for all sports except that my pants change when climbing.

Way to wear my yearly salary in one outfit.

Owen Darrow · · Missoula, MT · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 1,790
Jon Hillis wrote:

Way to wear my yearly salary in one outfit.

The benefits of working at a shop!!

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