Rating: 5 / 5
have had a love hate relationship with my r1 for a while now. love the coverage, hate the ninja look (my wife wont let me wear it out in public so it becomes a single use, backcountry only item). also wasn't too keen on the slim athletic fit.
Well, my melanzana micro grid hoody just came in the mail (complete with cash register receipt and hand written thank you) and I am immediately digging the fabric, the kangaroo pocket, the versatile hood, and most of all the fit. not athletic, but not oversized either. and the sleeves are not too long. this piece works great as a quick drying outerlayer when moving and a bomber midlayer under a shell. it's ultra soft and cozy so it's also perfect for sleeping in on cold nights. best of all, I am allowed to wear this around town. a great alternative to the Patagonia R1 as it is lighter (11oz, Large) and cheaper ($65 at time of review). Also love that they are from leadville, co. Only thing i miss is the deep zip vent you get with the r1.