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.
Below is our review of the 2014 Down Sweater which has since been updated. We have a much more recent review of the newest Down Sweater Hoody here.. The Hoody uses the same materials and construction as the down sweater, it just has a hood and is more expensive. See how the Hoody compares the other top down jackets.
The Down Sweater is very similar to other jackets we loved, such as the MontBell Frost Smoke Down Parka - Women's. It comes in a hooded or non-hooded version and stuffs into an interior pocket for easy packing.