Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody - Women's Review
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Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody - Women's
|Price||$194.99 at Evo|
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$385.00 at Amazon
$409.00 at Feathered Friends
$280.00 at REI
$99.95 at REI
|Pros||Good midlayer, excellent hood coverage, simple yet versatile design, comes with repair patches||Very warm, poofy and light, comfortable fit, mobility features, excellent adjustability||Very warm, super lightweight, highly compressible, versatile, great coverage, cozy and fluffy, high quality down, good wind resistance||Durable, weather resistant, athletic cut, good movement, versatile||Uncomplicated and effective design, thickly filled and puffy, layers well over thick fleece|
|Cons||Not great coverage during movement, loose cuffs, mediocre performance||May be too warm for mild climates, hood volume adjustment is velcro rather than toggle||Harder to layer under a shell, lacks specific-use features, can see down through light colors||Narrower baffles compress down, slightly lower quality (recycled) 700 fill down||No hood option, hip length lacks coverage, lower quality down, loses feathers readily, when packed has no carabiner loop|
|Bottom Line||A decent all-around midlayer for colder climates or standalone jacket for milder weather||An impressively warm jacket that offers a highly mobile fit, great adjustability, and cloud-like comfort||A very soft, poofy jacket that's filled with high-quality ultra-warm down and offers great everyday warmth in even the coldest climates||A durable, versatile, and very comfortable jacket that can handle many activities, from mountain to town||A pretty decent puffy jacket on a budget, though not without its flaws|
|Rating Categories||Patagonia Sweater H...||Rab Neutrino Pro -...||Feathered Friends Eos||Rab Microlight Alpine||REI Co-op 650 2.0|
|Weather Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Patagonia Sweater H...||Rab Neutrino Pro -...||Feathered Friends Eos||Rab Microlight Alpine||REI Co-op 650 2.0|
|Down Fill||800 fill; 100% Responsible Down Standard certified||800FP European Goose Down, hydrophobic Nikwax||900+ fill down||Recycled 700 fill power down||650 fill goose down; Responsible Down Standard certified|
|Outer Fabric||100% postconsumer recycled ripstop nylon, DWR finish||20D recycled Pertex Quantum Pro, ripstop||Pertex Quantum brushed ripstop nylon with DWR||Recycled 30D nylon Pertex Quantum ripstop, DWR finish||Recycled nylon taffeta, DWR finish|
|Weight, size small (ounces)||12.3 oz||18.5 oz||10.3 oz||13.5 oz||9.9 oz|
|Hem Type||Drop hem (small)||Drop hem (large)||Drop hem (small)||Drop hem (large)||Drop hem (small); hip length|
|Fit||Trim / fitted||Regular||"Women's"||Active||Standard|
|Pockets||5; 2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered chest, 2 internal slip||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered chest||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 external zippered chest||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 external zippered chest||4; 2 zippered hand, 2 internal slip|
|Cuff Construction||Nylon-bound elastic||Elastic and velcro||Lycra (elastic)||Elastic (overhanging baffle)||Elastic|
|Adjustment Points||Single hem bungee; single back-of-hood-to-brim bungee||Dual hem bungees, dual hood bungees, velcro back-of-hood, velcro cuffs||Dual hem bungees, dual hood bungees||Dual hem bungees, dual hood bungees||Dual hem bungees|
|Stow Option||Packs into internal chest pocket + carabiner loop||Stuff sack included (drawstring) + carabiner loop||Stuff sack included (drawstring) + carabiner loop||Stuff sack included (drawstring) + carabiner loop||Packs into hand pocket|
|Other Notable Features||Balaclava-style hood, comes with 2 repair patches||Helmet-compatible hood, 2-way zipper, wire-stiffened projected hood brim, twisted sleeve baffles for greater mobility, felt chin guard, large velcro loop at nape of neck||N/A||Felt chin guard, wire-stiffened projected hood brim||N/A|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody is a midweight down jacket with 100% RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certified 800 fill down and a 100% post-consumer recycled ripstop nylon exterior with a DWR finish. It has a trim cut with a slight drop hem, weighs 12.3 ounces, and packs into its own pocket.
The Down Sweater is insulated with good quality 800 fill down. The baffles aren't packed full, leaving this jacket on the thinner side of midweight. On the front section, the baffles are wider for better core warmth, yet narrower on the sides to facilitate mobility and comfort. The hood is quite protective, with one of the tallest chins of any model we tested, reaching a true balaclava style. A single bungee on the back lets it tighten against your bare head. The cuffs are a bit of a weak point, particularly in the wind, as their elastic bands are very loose and not adjustable. The hem bungee holds well in the wind, but this isn't a long jacket, and it can ride up your bum while you walk with it tightened down against the cold.
We enjoy the feeling of wearing the Down Sweater. It has that classic swishy puffy jacket feeling, slightly on the plasticky end of the spectrum, but not uncomfortably so. It's a trim cut — and the updated version is slimmer than previous versions, so if you prefer a looser fit or have wider hips, you might want to size up — and of average length. It doesn't have any features to stop the sleeves from sliding up your wrists as you raise your arms, but they're a fine length for casual wear. The Down Sweater has five pockets, including two zippered hand pockets and an internal zippered chest pocket, as well as two large internal slip pockets. It also comes with some stick-on repair patches just in case you find yourself tearing or burning an accidental hole in your jacket. And while we noticed this coat sheds a few feathers here and there, it's not so many that we're worried about it.
Weighing 12.3 ounces, the Down Sweater is about average weight for our testing lineup. It feels like a reasonable weight while we were wearing it — lightweight but not ultralight; just in that ballpark of the right weight that we didn't even notice it. It packs into its own chest pocket and has a fabric clip-in loop on one end. The chest pocket zipper is a bit narrow, making it harder to fit the whole jacket through this smaller-than-average opening, but not impossible. It's not the easiest jacket to pack away, but we appreciate its ability to do so.
The narrower baffles that aren't totally filled prove to be a bit of a weak point when it comes to repelling winds. The cuffs are also very loose and not ideal for blustery winter days. The hood, however, is a strong point, as it offers more coverage than others and has an easily adaptable volume. The recycled ripstop nylon exterior is also treated with a DWR finish that helps to repel light precipitation while it lasts.
As a midweight jacket that's slightly underfilled, the Down Sweater has reasonably good breathability. It's not one we're excited to go sweat in, but it's not awful for those short bursts of heading uphill during a snowshoeing adventure or for some light snow shoveling. It doesn't have any additional features to encourage breathability beyond its overall moderation in insulation.
Should You Buy the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody?
The Down Sweater Hoody is a solid down jacket for various everyday uses. It doesn't stand out in any particular area and isn't the cheapest jacket we tested, but it's also not the most expensive and doesn't score poorly in any particular testing metric. If you're in need a solid midweight down jacket in your life and you love how it feels or looks, this one is a decent choice.
What Other Down Jackets Should You Consider?
While the Patagonia Down Sweater is a pretty good all-around casual jacket, there are a few we prefer more. The Feathered Friends Eos is a great casual jacket that's much warmer, while the Arc'teryx Cerium is a versatile midweight jacket that works both around town and on modest winter adventures. If you're looking to save a few bucks while still getting a great everyday puffy, the Rab Microlight Alpine is an excellent midweight jacket.
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