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Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody Review

A stylish and highly functional option that provides adequate warmth for a variety of situations
Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody
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Price:  $279 List | Check Price at Backcountry
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Pros:  Stylish, comfortable, long torso provides good coverage
Cons:  Heavy, minimal pockets, down is not hydrophobic
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Buck Yedor ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 29, 2021
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#7 of 11
  • Warmth - 30% 8
  • Weight - 20% 7
  • Water Resistance - 15% 7
  • Fit - 15% 9
  • Compressibility - 10% 7
  • Features - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody is a simple and versatile jacket that makes for a great do-it-all piece. You can throw this in your bag and be reasonably sure that no matter what the day has in store for you, you'll be warm and comfortable. It's not super specialized for any one activity, which is one of its primary selling points. With well-thought-out features and an athletic fit, this jacket continues to be one of our top picks, season after season. From cold desert nights to stormy days in the mountains, this down will keep you thriving.

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Pros Stylish, comfortable, long torso provides good coverageIncredibly light, compact, warm for its size and weight, effective hydrophobic downWarm, hydrophobic down, comfortable, large pockets accommodate use while wearing a harnessInexpensive, fully featured adjustabilityInexpensive, lightweight
Cons Heavy, minimal pockets, down is not hydrophobicNo hood cinch, no chest pocketExpensive, non-adjustable waist hem, poor compressibilityModerate warmth, noisy material, no internal zip pocketsMinimal features, boxy fit
Bottom Line A stylish and highly functional option that provides adequate warmth for a variety of situationsA surprisingly warm jacket that is super-light, thin, and provides excellent versatility for technical adventuresThis is a top-tier jacket with practical features and incredibly refined detailsThis down offers the warmth and quality of more premium choices at an approachable price pointThis is an inexpensive jacket that is ideal for casual hiking and wearing around town
Rating Categories Patagonia Down Swea... Ghost Whisperer/2 The North Face Summ... MontBell Superior Down REI Co-op 650 Down...
Warmth (30%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Weight (20%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Water Resistance (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Fit (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Compressibility (10%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Features (10%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
Specs Patagonia Down Swea... Ghost Whisperer/2 The North Face Summ... MontBell Superior Down REI Co-op 650 Down...
Down Fill 800 fill advanced global traceable down 800 fill RDS certified, down insulation 800 fill goose down 800 fill goose down 650 fill power down
Total Weight 14.9 oz 8.5 oz 14.43 oz 8.7 oz 10.44 oz
Baffle Construction Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles Sewn-through baffles
Main Fabric Recycled polyester ripstop, DWR finish Recycled polyester ripstop, DWR finish Nylon pertex 10 denier ballistic airlight nylon Recycled nylon taffeta
Compression Method Zips into internal chest pocket with clip-in loop Zips into pocket Stuffs into pocket Stuff sack Stuffs into pocket
Pockets 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest 2 zippered hand 2 hand, 2 internal, 1 chest 2 zippered hand 2 hand
Hoodless Option? Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody is an enduring piece of outerwear. Offering no gimmicks or flashy tech specs, it provides a commitment to a simple but functional design and high-quality craftsmanship, backed by a lifetime warranty. Whether you're looking for a new belay coat, insulating layer for ski touring, or simply want a well-made puffy that will keep you warm on cold walks around town, this comfy and stylish down has got you covered.

Performance Comparison


This versatile puffy is equally at home in the mountains as it will...
This versatile puffy is equally at home in the mountains as it will be walking around town.
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Warmth


Stuffed with 800-fill traceable goose down and sporting a shell fabric made from DWR treated recycled ripstop nylon, this down makes a great first line of defense against the cold and wind.


It's also ideal when things truly turn nasty and makes an excellent midlayer. A crucial element of a jacket's warmth is not only having adequate insulation but the ability to not let heat escape. This down has elastic wrist cuffs and a cinchable hood and waist. Being able to cinch down these crucial openings keeps wind out and helps trap your precious body heat inside.

The fit is athletic but still roomy enough to easily layer a fleece...
The fit is athletic but still roomy enough to easily layer a fleece underneath.
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While by no means horrible, the warmth to weight ratio of this jacket isn't exceptional and wouldn't be our first choice when planning for ultralight missions, where every ounce matters. While not the absolute warmest option in our lineup, this is a substantial down that falls on the warmer side of the spectrum.

Weight


Our size medium weighed in at 14.89 ounces, making it one of the heaviest jackets we tested. The weight does come with additional warmth and features as compared to some of the truly lightweight options. The weight class of this jacket makes it less of a specialized ultralight piece and more of a generalist's jacket. Our testers found it offered a nice blend of weight, warmth, and features, making this a good choice for when you're unsure what the conditions will warrant.


If you're looking for an ultralight option for extended backcountry travel or light and fast mountain missions, this down might be a little on the heavy side. For everyone else, the weight of this jacket shouldn't be a hindrance.

The cinchable hood keeps wind from getting in and warm air from...
The cinchable hood keeps wind from getting in and warm air from escaping.
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Water Resistance


The Down Sweater Hoody does not utilize any kind of hydrophobic down. Instead, it relies on the DWR (durable water repellent) coated ripstop nylon shell to keep moisture out. Our testers found that the nylon shell does a decent job of repelling light precipitation, but when the raindrops really start coming down, you'll need a shell to keep your coat from getting soggy.


Patagonia as a company is trending away from chemically treating their outerwear, and as such, doesn't use hydrophobic down. While this is a tremendous commitment to more sustainable outwear, if you spend a lot of time in wet environments, you might want to consider an insulation layer that can better stand up to prolonged precipitation.

The DWR coating gives you a little bit of protection from moisture...
The DWR coating gives you a little bit of protection from moisture but you'll need to throw on a shell if the rain really starts coming down.
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Fit


This jacket sports the typical athletic Patagonia fit; it has room in the shoulders but tapers to a narrow and long torso. The long torso keeps the coat from riding up above your climbing harness and generally offers more protection as it extends down to cover your bum. The arms are tailored with enough extra length to give you plenty of mobility, which means you're not swimming in extra material.


The hood is large enough to fit a helmet underneath but not so big...
The hood is large enough to fit a helmet underneath but not so big it feels awkward without one.
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If you have a particularly short torso or shorter arms compared to your height, you might want to consider sizing down if you often are between sizes. Our testers with an athletic build found the fit was more or less ideal.

No Need For A Hood?
Sometimes we get overzealous with our hoods and end up in a layered, tangled mess. To avoid this, you may want to check out the Down Sweater Jacket. This hoodless version is perfect for those looking to layer with other hooded jackets, like insulating layers or hardshells.

Compressibility


While this jacket has a built-in stuff sack and features a clip-in point to attach to your harness, the compressed overall size is larger than something we'd want dangling from our waist.


It does not offer the compressibility that we would like to see when out on a multi-pitch climbing excursion. However, if you aren't heading out on any rock climbing missions anytime soon, the built-in stuff sack is great for maximizing space when packing or when you need a pillow on the trail, and it's more than ideal for backpacking or day hikes.

While we wouldn't want to necessarily want to clip this to our...
While we wouldn't want to necessarily want to clip this to our harness, it packs down small enough to easily fit in a day pack.
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Features


The Down Sweater does not have any out-of-the-ordinary features; however, the features it does have are well done and make this simple jacket an exceptional piece of outerwear. It is equipped with two zippable external hand pockets and one internal zippered breast pocket. The wrist cuffs are elasticized, while the hood and waist hem are cinchable, all to help keep cold air out and warm air in.


While not laden with tons of features, the ones it does have are practical and do not add a ton of weight or breakable parts to the jacket. We find the features make it an exceptional do-it-all jacket. If you are looking for something specialized, there might be better options; for general use, this jacket has everything you'll need.

The upper portion of the zipper is lined with fleece, which...
The upper portion of the zipper is lined with fleece, which eliminates the zipper from rubbing uncomfortably against your chin.
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The mico fleece surrounding the chin zipper makes this one of the comfier jackets to wear when fully zipped up. Given the weight of this jacket and it being ruled out of the ultralight class, a couple of internal drop pockets would have been a welcome addition.

Value


This jacket falls squarely in the middle in terms of pricing. We think that given the versatility and high-quality construction of this jacket, it is indeed a good value. The perceived value is even greater when you consider Patagonia's exceptional "Ironclad" warranty program.

The internal zippered chest pocket is perfect for stashing your...
The internal zippered chest pocket is perfect for stashing your phone and a few small snacks.
Photo: Buck Yedor

Conclusion


The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody is a classic for a reason. Its simple design is functional and extremely comfortable. While not specialized for any one purpose, it's a jack of all trades and is ready for a far-reaching number of scenarios. Whether you'll be taking it into the backcountry, the ski resort, or out on the town, this jacket will provide you the warmth and coverage you'll need to stay happy while playing or working out in the cold.

Buck Yedor