Often referred to as the "classic" of the genre, the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody is a perfect example of a down jacket that has everything you need and nothing that you don't. While some of the other jackets are lighter, warmer, or pack down slightly smaller, this one offers complete functionality without the complication of loads of extraneous features. From its hood drawcord to the snuggly fleece-lined chin guard, the Down Sweater Hoody has a set of features that are at once simple and perfectly functional. We also think that this is the most stylish jacket in the review, making it a great choice for wearing around town without looking like you are trying too hard to be a famous alpinist. We have used this jacket everywhere from desert camping trips to frigid ski missions high in the San Juan Mountains and were happy every time. We think you will be too.
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.