How is the Women's Down Sweater Full-Zip Hoody different than the Down Sweater? It
Has a hood
Is $50 more expensive
Is 2.13 ounces heavier
The hood has a drawstring, which adds slightly to the sweater's weight but comes in handy when the wind kicks up or the temperature drops.
We feel the hooded version is better for cold weather outdoor activities and the non-hooded version is better as an everyday around town jacket. There is a single drawstring on the hood which helps keep out the wind. This jacket packs into itself which makes it easy to travel with and put in a purse or backpack.
This jacket uses 800-fill down which is some of the higher quality down available. Maybe only 5-10% of down jackets sold use down of higher quality. Patagonia has switched to using ethically harvested, traceable down in all of their products, which did result in a lot of products featuring lower quality down (600 fill rather than 800). However the Down Sweater keeps 800 fill down. The down used comes from ducks that were not force-fed or live-plucked.
To get a better sense of how the Women's Down Sweater Hoody compares with other options, take a look at the more complete review of its sibling, the Patagonia Down Sweater - Women's, as well as our Down Jacket Womens Review. Overall, the down sweater is not one of the highest scoring jackets for performance. That said, many people who buy this jacket are looking for a jacket that is warm and stylish. At those two categories, the down sweater excels.
The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody is the men's version, while the Patagonia Down Sweater - Women's $220, is the hoodless version of this jacket.
The Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody - Women's, $299, weighs 9.6 ounces in medium, and is one of the lightest down jackets we have tested.
Finally, the Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody - Women's, $349, with 100% traceable down, has a water resistant finish and 800-fill-power.