One of the standard fabrics in an ultralighter’s arsenal just got better. My R2 vest has been on three out of my last four trips.
Patagonia introduces a lighter and more compact R2 and R3 fleece. R2 and R3 fleece use “variegated” fibers, a fancy way of saying they use both short and long fibers. The long fibers provide more loft with less bulk while the shorter dense fibers improve insulation and wind resistance. The fabric already had a cool look and now has an even sexier finish.
Weight of the R2 jacket in men's medium is 12.5 oz (354g).
The new Patagonia R2 Jacket.
Note: The R1 and R0.5 fabrics remain relatively the same.
"Patagonia Improves R2 fleece First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/patagonia_improves_fleece_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-31 03:00:00-07.