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.
Trish McGuire sporting the Down Sweater Hoody on Christmas Day summit of Cathedral Peak.
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.