Last year I bought a Piton Hybrid Hoody, mainly because it claimed to be lighter than the R1 (it's not, listed weight is way off) and I didn't like the R1 colours. However, it's breathable enough and I find the usable temp range while walking to be limited, so it usually just filled in as insulation during periods of inactivity... but obviously my nano puff was better there...
This (S. hemisphere) winter I want to have another go and am considering the R1 and Cap 4. Basically I want a quarter zip hoody which is less warm so I wear it more while walking in cool weather and I’ll leave the insulation to the UL down hoody I’ll buy in parallel.
Since I wanted less warm (and lighter if possible) the Cap4 seemed to make sense.. however I inquired with the Patagonia service team and they said these two statements:
2. The warmth would go Piton Hybrid as the warmest, then the Capilene 4, then just below that the R1.
Out of these options I would actually go with that R1 Hoody for what it sounds like you are looking for. I feel like it has the best combination of warmth and breathability and will dry faster than the Capilene 4 in my experience.
I’m confirming they didn’t mean the old Cap fabric (based on drying speed comment), but if they are correct about the warmth why is anyone on BPL still buying the R1?? Warmer, lighter and cheaper?
Curious to hear if other people’s experience backs up these claims