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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: December 13, 2012
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Pros:  Stuffs into pocket, light and warm
Cons:  Fabric is not very durable
Best Uses:  Alpine climbing, belaying, backpacking, around town
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Recommendations:  50% of reviewers (1/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ November 24, 2012  
Overview
The Patagonia Down Sweater narrowly misses getting the Editors' Choice award because its main fabric is not as durable as the material on The North Face Catalyst or the MontBell Frost Smoke. It is made with recycled materials, 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 theMontBell Alpine Light Down Parka – Women's and The North Face Catalyst. 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.

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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.

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

Comfort & Coziness
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. It was packed it 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.

Compactness & Weight
The Patagonia Down Sweater weighs in at 11.3 oz, which is the next lightest jacket after the Mountain HardWear Nitrous. For only 1.3 ounces more weight, the Down Sweater has the added features of zippered hand pockets and an interior mesh pocket that the jacket can also stuff into rather than a separate stuff sack.

Warmth
800 fill goose down provides an excellent warmth to weight ratio.

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 the Pertex Quantum material on The North Face Catalyst or the Ballistic Nylon on the MontBell Alpine Light.

Style & Construction
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.

Water Resistance
The material is not very water resistant and is susceptible to moisture soaking through.

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 $200 for the non-hooded version and $250 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, I have a friend who sent her Down Sweater back because the zipper started failing, and she got a brand new jacket sent to her. With a quality promise like this, it makes buying an expensive Patagonia product virtually risk-free.

Other Versions
Patagonia Down Sweater – Men's
Patagonia Down Sweater Special Edition– Women's
Patagonia Down Sweater Special Edition– Men's
Patagonia Down Sweater Full Zip Hoody – Women's
Patagonia Down Sweater Full Zip Hoody – Men's
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Most recent review: December 13, 2012
Summary of All Ratings

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50% of 2 reviewers recommend it
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3 Total Ratings
5 star: 33%  (1)
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2 star: 33%  (1)
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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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