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Patagonia Down Sweater - Women's Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.8 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: November 12, 2014
Street Price:   Varies from $153 - $229 | Compare prices at 8 resellers
Pros:  Stuffs into pocket, light and warm, now made with traceable and ethically harvested down
Cons:  Fabric is not very durable
Best Uses:  Alpine climbing, camping, backpacking, around town
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Recommendations:  50% of reviewers (1/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Senior Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ November 12, 2014  
Overview
The Patagonia Down Sweater is made with recycled materials and 100% traceable down, so if you are an Earth-conscious consumer, this is a plus. Patagonia has a well known and dependable warranty program, which could convince someone to go with the Down Sweater instead of another option because it is a good investment. However, this jacket is expensive, and other jackets give you more for the price.

The Down Sweater is very similar to other jackets we loved, such as the MontBell Frost Smoke Down Parka - Women's. If you are looking for a lightweight down layer to bring with you into the mountains, one of these jackets will do the job. It comes in a hooded or non-hooded version and stuffs into an interior pocket for easy packing.

Check out our complete Women's Down Jacket Review to see how this model compared to others.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

A classic lightweight down jacket, the Down Sweater is versatile, stylish, and comfortable, but comes up short in durability. Now made from ethically harvested down and recycled polyester, this is an environmentally friendly option for winter warmth.

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Trish McGuire sporting the Down Sweater Hoody on Christmas Day summit of Cathedral Peak.
Credit: McKenzie Long

Warmth
Patagonia has redesigned all of their down products to use 100% traceable, ethically harvested down. It is now third party verified that it comes from geese that were never force fed and never live plucked. Still made with high quality 800 fill, it provides an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. This jacket is so light, comfortable, and warm that we used is as our go-to jacket every time we headed out in the cold. We packed in along on a chilly month-long float trip down the Grand Canyon in November, and it became an indispensable piece for camping outside for that length of time.

Weight
The Patagonia Down Sweater weighs in at 11.3 oz, which is one of the lightest jackets. It has zippered hand pockets, which add a little weight. This jacket also comes in a hooded version, which will be little heavier but add warmth and protection.

Water Resistance
The Down sweater is not made with hydrophobic down and does not have any notable water resistant properties. Keep it dry to keep yourself warm.

Compressibility
This jacket stuffs into an interior chest pocket rather than a separate stuff sack. It gets fairly small and is easy to pack and carry.

Style & Fit
The Down Sweater uses sewn-through construction to keep it lightweight. It has a flattering fit and attractive baffles. We like the look of this popular piece.

Durability
After a lot of use, we easily tore a hole in this jacket and was disappointed in its durability, but like everything, it has its tradeoffs. The fabric is light and stuffs easily, which are major plusses of this jacket, but the lightness makes it more fragile. The Down Sweater is made with a recycled polyester material that seems to be slightly less durable than materials of other jackets we tested.

Features
To keep this jacket lightweight, the features included are minimal. However, it has exactly the features we find useful in a light down jacket: 2 hand pockets and an interior chest pocket that doubles as a stow pouch.

Best Application
This jacket is so light and packable it can be used for any kind of outdoor adventure from long backpacking trips to clipping on your harness for a multi-pitch climb. It can be used as a mid-layer or an outer layer. It is also stylish enough and comes in many fun colors so it could be your every day winter jacket.

Value
At $229 for the non-hooded version and $279 for the hooded version, the Down Sweater is average in price for a lightweight 800 fill down jacket. Patagonia guarantees their products with a fantastic warranty, which adds to the value. With a quality promise like this, it makes buying an expensive Patagonia product virtually risk-free.

Other Versions
The Patagonia Down Sweater, is the men's version of this jacket and also retails for $229. The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody - Women's, $280, is a similar version of this jacket, but is hooded. The Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody - Women's, $350, is for people that love the baffle style and light weight.

The Footprint Chronicles: Patagonia Down Sweater

McKenzie Long

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Most recent review: November 12, 2014
Summary of All Ratings

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50% of 2 reviewers recommend it
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   Dec 13, 2012 - 12:33pm
For four years I have been wondering why this Patagonia product gets such stellar reviews from women. I have an average slim fit with broad shoulders and regular length torso for someone 5'7". Like a lot of Patagonia women's clothing, the cut tends to be boxy but this jacket takes the boxy look to a whole new level. The air space around the armholes is colossal thus losing lots of thermal efficiency. Just take a look at people wearing this piece on Zappos. In addition the cut of the older jacket is very short (don't know if they have changed the length on recent versions but to me it still looks short). My lower back always feels cold. For the price and weight I had hoped to get lots of use out this piece but unfortunately it is seldom used. Love Patagonia's philosophy, quality and environmental activism.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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   Nov 27, 2012 - 03:39pm
Trish · Climber · Bishop, CA
Overall this has been the best jacket I've ever worn. It's so versatile from long days in the mountains, to chilly belays or just around town. I personally prefer jackets with hoods, but love all the versions including the vest, which all stuff into the inner pocket which is super convenient to clip onto your harness while climbing.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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