/ R1 Hoody
- wont pull up out my harness and salopettes. My current cheap microfleece always rides up and its hard to get back in on route without exposing myself to the elements in the process and losing heat.
- good neck warmth
- thumb loops (even an improvisation) - my wrists are always another achillies heel for me, and if my sleeves ride up my arms while climbing and snow gets in.. brrr.
I recently picked up an outdoor research radiant hoody which sounds like it would fit the bill. Plenty long enough to tuck in and I picked it up online for 23 quid in the sale.
Lots of reviews online comparing it to the r1.
My criticism is that it's not uber warm compared to polartec 100 microfleece.
If its really cold I use my me shroud which is way warmer than the radiant but a lot dearer!
Yes, it's the dogs danglies. It's my go to layer during the winter.
At the bottom there's an extra few inches of a lighter weight material that tucks in to your pants and prevents it from riding up.
The balaclava hood fits well, I kinda wish it went slightly higher to cover the nose as well as the mouth but that's my only (albeit minor) gripe.
The thumb loops work well and totally eliminate and cold spots between gloves/jacket by keeping the ends of the fleece inside your glove, again using a slightly lighter weight material to reduce bulk.
The Mountain Equipment Eclipse looks like a good alternative, I've heard good things but I've yet to try one myself.
By far the best mid layer, even piece of kit I have ever bought. Very versatile, comfy and super warm for the size. I'm actually wearing it right now after just coming down from Helvellyn. Warm on the climb but breathes really well for the walk out.
Patagonia is expensive but I think it's well worth it and their customer service can only be compared to Arc'teryx - superb.
Hope this helps. Si
I'm starting to have second thoughts on thumb loops. They are excellent when you don't have gloves but not always fantastic when you do. I was wearing the Marmot variant jacket ice climbing yesterday and remembered that the thumb loops stop me being able to put certain gloves on. The R1 non-hoody doesn't have them so don't know how Patagonia's are, but the R1 Pullovers long slim sleeves mean I rarely miss not having thumb loops.
I LOVE my R1 hoody. I do, however, find the thumb loops make my thumbs ache if I use them when winter climbing.
bluebealach - that's where I got mine from, and 50% off too, they were just a bit cheaper back then. Anyway, hope you find yours as good and as great value as mine has been. Mine still looks neat and tidy too despite lots of wear; I still wear as a casual sweater from time to time.
Toby, I got the 'cardigan' version about a year ago as they didn't have the jumpers in-stock. I agree, are an awesome piece of kit but the cardigan never quite felt at home on the hill and was better suited to the pub!!
I've had a R1 Hoody since 2008 and have worn it on nearly every winter/alpine route I've done since. It is still going strong and is one of my favorite bits of kit. The long body, long arms with thumb loops and balaclava hood eliminate gaps and cold spots.
If you want the ultimate in warmth for winter climbing, combine it with a pair of powerstretch bibs (like these: http://rab.uk.com/products/mens-clothing/fleece/ps-bib.html) and say goodbye to any cold spots.
The hood is excellent and since having it I have never experienced that horrible feeling of spindrift pouring between the gap between your fleece and balaclava.
It's interesting to read the comments about the thumb loops. I wonder if these posters have longer arms than me? I always use the thumb loops as they keep my wrists warm and consequently reduce the number of times I expirence hot aches.
I've recently acquired a ME Eclipse Hoody, which is 1/3 cheaper than the R1 at full retail, £90 compared to £120. I'm yet to use it winter climbing but have been using it a lot for cycle commuting recently.
It is very similar to the R1 Hoody, with a deep front zip, balaclava hood (the one on the Eclipse is even better), long arms with thumb loops and a long body.
However the fabric is quite a bit thinner than the R1, so I would probably want to add a second fleece layer when I started the route.
Also the sizing is a little different. I'd take Medium in an R1, but would be a Large in an Eclipse.
you can try on my large if you wish. Ps have a shower first. The amount of posts on fb re whisky and buckfast would imply a porous alcoholic aroma ;)
175cm 86kg :-( large for me.
191cm and 62kg and a large fits me - the back and arms are long enough. I have mixed feelings re my R1 hoody. On the one hand, I feel slightly ashamed of myself for spending £90 on a fleecy top, ostensibly similar to something a fraction of the price. On the other hand, the fit is fantastic and it's the base-layer I want to wear every time I go out in cold weather (only it really needing a wash ever stops me). I guess there's little point in owning umpteen lesser garments that aren't fit for purpose?
Ma mrs says I smell like shite actually lol. Nah a bed of roses.
75kg, 5'10". Small, I did buy a medium but it was far too big strangely as I'm usually a medium in everything. But mine's a few years old and the sizing/fit might have changed.
173cm, 75kg and medium. Great top.
I have an old shroud that is a size S - would a S R1 be similar fit?
Yes. I have a shroud and an R1 hoody, both small. They're similar. The R1 might be just a shade snugger.
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