In the market for a fleece to serve active duties in winter and also for night time warmth in summer. I've got a R2 that is too hot for anything mildly energetic, but I absolutely love it, so I'm sticking with Patagonia - I think they've got fleece downpat.
I had been thinking the hooded R1 made a lot of sense and its got plenty of fans, but the other two hoodys listed are a bit newer and might be worthy alternatives. The pros and cons I'm coming up with are:
-Probably the warmest?
-Thumbholes (big one in winter, less in autumn and spring)
-Long in the body (I'm pretty tall)
-Most 'normal' looking, might actually get worn in the city (although the R2 is more handsome)
-More technical garment, better in wind
-I don't climb, but I view extra durability without extra weight as a good thing always, I figure the body piece of windstopper fabric will not suffer much wear from backpack straps long term.
-Full zip (this could be a con for warmth, but I think added versatility is worth it)
-Awesome garish colours (this could be a con for many, but for a garment that will mostly be worn on the trail I like bright gear... might clash pretty badly with the yellow rain jacket though :D)
-Slightly more expensive (not really a concern)
-No thumb holes
-Probably better for layering with the R2 (would be very toasty with the other two, and heavy)
-Might not be warm enough for the snow
-Very form fitting, definitely not going to see use as an outer in the city
-No thumb holes
Any care to weight with their thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of these options? I'm leaning towards the Piton, just cos it seems the most advanced... thumbholes might have made it a no brainer, but as it is I'm struggling :)
Also, I would need to order the Piton online because it doesn't seem to be coming to Australia (I'd also order the others online to get any choice of colours), so I can't try it on - am I right to assume it fits similarly to the R1?