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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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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