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Men's Down Sweater Vest Reviews

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Ms Down Sweater Vest

Kinda Large
November 29, 2023

Sizing changed from last version of vest

I LOVED my pre-2022 version of the down sweater vest, for 2023 they made it much tighter around the torso going for a slimmer tight fit and it just doesnt work for me, unfortunately now the medium is too tight around waist and the large is too loose everywhere else. Bummer Ive owned three of these vests over the years and wore them non stop, now I ... Read Morehave to find someone else.

Response from Patagonia
December 4, 2023

Hi Matthew! We're really sorry to hear that the sizing change didn't work out for you. We understand how frustrating it can be when a beloved item no longer fits as expected. That being said, please feel free to [return]( your item at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia items.

November 28, 2023

Great under a shell or on its own,

Like sleeveless down for freedom of movement

November 26, 2023

Does its job and looks fab

Super happy with the vest. It's warm, super high quality and feels true to size, perhaps slightly larger in size compared to the jacket. The high collar is a great feature. Looking forward to wearing it more!

November 24, 2023

Great fit!

This down sweater vest is extremely comfortable and warm! I am usually a medium but needed a large which fits great! Highly recommend!

November 22, 2023

Fits well and warm.

Fits well and is warm. Surprised that a medium fits better than a large. Like the two inside pockets and the storage pocket on the inside. Enough room to wear a thin fleece jacket underneath.

November 19, 2023

So warm and soft

Excellent vest super light yet warm. Great fit. Love it.

November 16, 2023

Lovely warm vest

Normally a large but can jump Between medium and large. Run a tad big in the large but I think the medium might be too small. Altogether a solid garment!

November 14, 2023

Very good colour, fit is perfect

I am 183 on the lean side, M fits perfectly.

November 13, 2023

Durable quality and comfort

The zipper failed on my 13-year-old version of this vest. It had been perfect as an intermediate, handsome layer. I'm beyond pleased to have received the current version -at no replacement charge.

November 7, 2023

down vest

Great vest; well made and very warm.

November 7, 2023


materials, packability, warmth

November 2, 2023

First Patagonia Purchase

Hi, This was my first Patagonia purchase and I would say after a year of solid use it's held up. I love the down, neck collar, and versatility. I am happy to say I have stop by a store and checked out more Patagonia.

October 31, 2023

Warm downvest

Overall a very nice vest to keep you warm. There are some thing I would like to change buts thats al about the detail I prefer. I would put the handpockets a little higher en make them a bit deeper. The draft Bavel on the inside of the main zipper is not nessesarry in my opinion. But again without these personal preferences it still a great vest.

October 29, 2023

Fits well and is quite warm

Works well over a jumper or hoodie. Comes with a nice patch kit that I promptly lost. :)

October 27, 2023

Chunky fit with tall collar

Long torso to the vest and a little bulky at the high collar.

October 24, 2023

Great product, good size

Great product, good size

October 17, 2023

Great Service

Great service - very quick delivery and as always quality products

October 8, 2023

Fantastic quality

Light,cozy, great colour, fantastic quality, excellent environmental credentials, what more can you ask for?!

October 4, 2023

not as good as before

I have three of these, and was disappointed to see that in the most recent update the neck was downgraded from 3 panels to 2. The 3 panel design set the Patagonia vests apart from other similar vests, and made them more comfortable. With only two panels, it is less flexible than before, and therefore less comfortable. Equally important, the new v... Read Moreests are less filled than the previous generations. I spoke to someone in the store and he agreed that they look more wrinkled because they aren't as full as before. I don't want a puffy vest, just one that looked like it wasn't all-the-way filled, like these do. I hope Patagonia reverts these changes in the future, since these were key to my decision to purchase. It's not good when the quality goes down but the price goes up, as it has here!

Response from Patagonia
October 6, 2023

We're sorry to hear the Fall 2022 revisions have been disappointing. The new vest fabric is now PFC-free and contains 14% more down. You might find the previous design from our [Worn Wear]( partners, if you'd like to get more of those. We appreciate your feedback, Nick!

September 30, 2023

MS Vest

Really soft and warm. Amazing

September 21, 2023

Best for shoulder seasons

Warm. Well made. Wears comfortably. I wear it until get gets real cold. I live in the Rocky my d. This is. Durable vest that I wear all the time. My first one lasted for many years. Im due this one will as well

July 28, 2023

Great vest!

I'm a woman who needs to wear a mens size M. It works well for my wide shoulders and narrow hips as well as my tall figure. It looks wonderful! Don't hesitate to try a different size!

July 22, 2023

Down sweater vest

Love it. Trip to North Scotland planned to a proper test in the winter

June 26, 2023

Red Down puffer

A nice muted red, lots of pockets which my husband loves. He really likes that the collar is high as he feels he won’t need a scarf. He tried it on and says he felt warm immediately. I had expected it to be slightly thicker but that’s a personal choice

June 8, 2023

A little small

I never know what size to order? Usually an XL but Patagonia goes to XXL sometimes and then too small?

Response from Patagonia
June 12, 2023

Hi Timothy! Thank you for writing us a review. We're sorry to hear your Down Sweater was a bit too small in your typical size. We greatly appreciate this feedback and we'll share this with our design team. Please note, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

June 7, 2023

Excellent sweater but my problem

Excellent sweater but my problem is that the sizes and fitting is obviously for the younger generation I am 75 with a slight middle age spread So tight round the stomach and the larger size is loose round the shoulders I buy a lot of Patagonia products and always have difficulty deciding on large or medium

May 29, 2023

Great quality

Great quality

May 29, 2023


Apart from the fact that the vest was labled M, but was in fact S it was perfect!

May 23, 2023

Very nice

Nice product

May 8, 2023

Perfect mid layer

Purchased for an upcoming trip to Tanzania, looking forward to putting it through its paces

April 20, 2023

Too big or too small

Patagonia fleece in medium are fit S (small) and large fit really fit for XL. Their fabric version is the same but has quality control problems - some mediums are bigger than other mediums

Response from Patagonia
April 20, 2023

Thank you so much for writing this review, Philip! We also want to extend our sincere apologies for the sizing and fit issues you encountered with our vest. Please know that you can [return]( your item at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia items. In the meantime, please rest assured that we will be passing along your feedback to our Product Design Team and our QC Team.

April 17, 2023

Fits perfectly, is very light, and warm

This is my second vest. Ive lost almost 40 lbs and needed a smaller size. Love its comfort and warmth.

March 28, 2023

Was looking forward to this vest.but

Like everything about the vest but the collar is way to high which ruins it. Bought online from Patagonia in med and was very excited about it. I have a lot of Patagonia product and was happy until this vest. Took it back to the store in Boulder and wanted to exchange it for something else. But that would have cost me $60 ish to downgrade to a ... Read Morebetter fitting nano puff. So end of the day I am disappointed, I find odd Patagonia utilized this collar as its over your ears when you sit, and just plain looks odd when you are standing. Patagonia - help me lol.

Response from Patagonia
April 4, 2023

Hi Matt, we're very sorry to hear that the Down Sweater Vest didn't work out for you. Feedback like this is critical in addressing concerns that ultimately make our product better for future iterations. Please be assured that our Design team will take your thoughts in to consideration.

March 28, 2023

Was looking forward to this vest.but

Like everything about the vest but the collar is way to high which ruins it. Bought online from Patagonia in med and was very excited about it. I have a lot of Patagonia product and was happy until this vest. Took it back to the store in Boulder and wanted to exchange it for something else. But that would have cost me $60 ish to downgrade to a ... Read Morebetter fitting nano puff. So end of the day I am disappointed, I find odd Patagonia utilized this collar as its over your ears when you sit, and just plain looks odd when you are standing. Patagonia - help me lol.

Response from Patagonia
April 4, 2023

Hi Matt, we're very sorry to hear that the Down Sweater Vest didn't work out for you. Feedback like this is critical in addressing concerns that ultimately make our product better for future iterations. Please be assured that our Design team will take your thoughts in to consideration.

March 18, 2023

Its windproof so I enjoy

Its windproof so I enjoy it outdoors. Very comfortable, zippered pockets so my keys are safe. All round great best.

March 14, 2023

great fit around the neck

I was having trouble finding a vest that fit my chest and my neck. Your vest is the perfect fit for me and it is greatly appreciated!

February 24, 2023

Nice quality

I normally wear a size Large. I'm 6'0", 190lb but ordered an X-Large because it was on sale and the Large was out of stock. It is definitely roomy as a result but not overly big. That is on me and not Patagonia. The product is well made and warm. I am happy with the purchase.

February 23, 2023

Great vest

Caught this on sale and happy with the vest. Collar is a little tall but certainly not a deal breaker. Great price on sale!

February 22, 2023

Great layer product

Wear it whenever I can. Love the look and feel when it's on.

February 22, 2023

love it but tight in

love it but tight in the lower waist

February 16, 2023

Warm and Soft

I love this vest! I wear the Nano on cool days but needed something for this frigid winter snap. This vest is really warm and comfy and I love the texture of the material. Color is great too!

February 14, 2023

Great vest

Fits great and nice and cozy

February 14, 2023

You need one or more.

This is one of the best and most appreciated winter warmth layers I own. It is my third one. This is the one I wear to photograph clients in. It's warm and clean and new. The oldest one is seven years old and I wear it to do odd jobs in now. The delicacy of the fabric is the weakest point. It melts when exposed to fire and rips in sticker bush... Read Morees.... hahaha.

February 11, 2023

Love this vest!

Not only is the Down Sweater Vest of high quality and is very warm, the material is sustainable. Patagonia stands head and shoulders above their competition (if that exists).

February 9, 2023

Alittle tight in the middle

The vest is very nicely constructed and looks good. It is a little tight in the middle to lower part of the vest - more so than L sized tops. I am a male, 225 lbs, 6 foot, so not too small in the middle, however. Does fit though. It is very warm and probably more appropriate for cooler outside wear than wearing inside.

February 9, 2023

design not as sexy as others

My wife doesn't like how long it is nor it's retro back to the 70s look.

February 8, 2023

It's a great product! I

It's a great product! I had to get use to it being so light weight because in my mind I thought it wouldn't be as warm as my old and heavier vest. I was pleasantly surprised though that it's very warm like my Patognia coat! That said unfortunately I will be taking all of my P apparel to The Salvation Army I won't be wearing the ... Read MorePatogonia brand anymore because of their meddling in politics. I don't care which side you're on all money is green and politics and business need to be kept apart. It makes me sad because I really love the products and was a god spokesperson for it!

February 4, 2023

Flawed Fit/Shape

So disappointed. When zipped up, the vest is too tight at the bottom and at the top, so it protrudes in the belly and upper back. I'm 5'7 and 145 pounds. I have a small waist and no gut and when I showed my wife the vest she said I looked like a hunchback with a belly. I have four other Patagonia vests that fit fine. Not sure how they got... Read More this one wrong.

February 4, 2023

Fits Well not too much air gap

Recently tried the nano puff in a medium and it was way too small for even a plain long sleeve tee. This vest in a large is perfect in a flannel/long sleeve. I am 5.11 and 160 lbs. Great as always Patagonia!

February 3, 2023

Good to layer with while

Good to layer with while golfing in cold morning weather. Easily stuffs into golf bag.

January 27, 2023

Huge collar

I liked everything about this vest except the collar. The collar is stiff and stands straight up to my chin at all times. I don't need that feature on a vest. When I want something tight around my neck and up to my chin I add a neck gaiter.

January 24, 2023

Perfect vest

I needed a vest layer, not too puffy yet warm. Slim fit so as not to look like a bear. This is perfect!

January 20, 2023

I ordered my partners usual

I ordered my partners usual medium from Patagonia & it was unusually tight. Returned it for a large and that was huge. Just seemed like a big difference between both sizes & inconsistent with a large wardrobe of medium sized Patagonia items

Response from Patagonia
January 27, 2023

We're sorry for the inconsistency in sizing. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like assistance with measurements, a return or exchange. Our Customer Service team will be happy to [help](!

January 17, 2023

Very Versatile

The Down Sweater Vest is a necessary go-to for all occasions. It can be worn for warm weather with less layers or layered up for the cold. It is great for a casual walk or more extreme elements. It is classy and can be worn at work and be dressed up or down. It is so soft and comfortable.

January 13, 2023

So comfortable and warm

Amazing fit , so warm and comfortable, had a problem with the zip fastener came off was sent back and new zip fitted and returned within a week , service was amazing 5 stars so much better than other gilets Ive owned

January 1, 2023

Great fit,collar and warmth.

Great fit,collar and warmth.

December 29, 2022

Not Like Old Down

I purshased this vest without seeing it or trying it on, as I went by other reviews and reputation. I previously had a quilted down vest that was more tradional in that the goose down filled the vest and made it puffier. That vest was definetly warmer than this vest. When your vest listed 800 fill down I expected it to have some depth or thickness.... Read More I,m somewhat disappointed.

Response from Patagonia
January 10, 2023

Hi Frank, we're very sorry to hear that the Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest didn't meet your expectations. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange]( at your earliest convenience.

December 28, 2022

2000 to 2022

I owned the 2000 model of this vest, which I loved, and recently replaced for free with the Patagonia Ironclad Guarantee with its 2022 model due to zipper failure. Noticeable changes include its fit due to how it is sewn - I prefer the older model, which is more form fitting, the newer one has a higher neck, which is good because it provides more c... Read Moreoverage, but when fully zipped its neck no longer sits flush and sticks out, so it looks odd. I really like and appreciate the addition internal pockets on the newer model, which has three in total compared to only one from the older model. This vest has maintained true down that is not synthetic, so it will keep you warmer. Overall this vest is a perfect piece of gear to layer with for added warmth that wont compromise mobility since its sleeveless. Highly recommended.

December 25, 2022

Great product

I work outside and this vest keeps me warm

December 19, 2022

I really enjoy wearing this

I really enjoy wearing this vest. It is very light weight but it keeps me really warm in temperatures from 48 up. This is the first vest I have ever had and I am really glad I purchased it.

December 13, 2022

Great vest alone or layered

This vest is warm ,durable , true to size, and packs into its pocket well. It also washes well and looks new again when I have the occasion to clean. Cannot go wrong if you need a vest for the long haul!

December 13, 2022


The ordering/returns service is superb. First two rejected for colour and the third accepted. Fit and function is without question.

December 11, 2022

Down Sweater Vest

This vest is very well-made; the quality and craftsmanship are superb.

December 10, 2022

Little Loft.

Had to return. Too Small - AND - very, VERY disappointed in the loft - dead air space - especially for the price. Wanted to warm on 30 degree day hiking but got warming on 50 degree day going to Starbucks. Replacing a 40 year old North Face.

Response from Patagonia
December 20, 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear that this purchase led to a return. We will make sure to pass along your feedback to our Product Design Team so they can take a deeper look into this.

December 2, 2022

New Daily Wearer

Since getting this vest I have worn it virtually every day. Although being in the UK our winter hasn't really got started yet and doesn't get too cold this is great when I pair it with my R1 Air hoody or the R1 Daily Jacket. I haven't even found myself getting too hot with it on indoors in less the heating is really high and regulate... Read Mores your temperature really well, so I don't have to worry about constantly taking it on and off. I did originally purchase the nano puff but it felt and looked too thin for my needs. It does however bunch around the torso but that's only when sat down and don't know another jacket that hasn't done the same, and if you have tightened a bit around the waist a little pull down keeps it in place. I look Forward to testing it further when skiing this winter.

November 28, 2022

Good product

Good product

November 19, 2022

perfect vest

I've been using a version of this vest for years, but accidentally left it on a recent flight. I hope who ever picked it up enjoys it. I tried another vest for a while but was never satisfied. I pack this for all outdoor activities even in summer months. I love the realistic stuff sack size of the vest pocket, which also allows me to use the p... Read Moreacked vest as a lumbar pillow in cars and airplanes. I appreciated the small repair patches although I hope to never use them.

November 15, 2022

The other reviews disappointed me...

I purchased this vest from a local outdoor shop here in town, and I can't take it off. Like literally, this vest has changed the game for me. Before finding this vest, I struggled to find a happy medium of temperature in the wintertime. I was either too cold (Not enough layers) or too warm (Too big of coats). Even my Patagonia Nano Puff jacke... Read Moret can be too warm for me. I had always wanted a vest, so I finally pulled the trigger and purchased one. Following my purchase and the high satisfaction I've received since my purchase, I went online to see other colors. Upon searching for this vest, I was so disappointed with the reviews. Everyone is subject to their own opinions, so I'd like to share mine. The collar isn't too tall. Yes, it appears to be taller than previous seasonal drops, but it's perfect. When zipped up, it helps keep your neck nice and warm. You can even tuck your chin down in which is so nice. I haven't seen the red in person, so I don't have a strong opinion on it, but I think the slightly darker tone of red Patagonia decided to use for this year's vest is brilliant. It's not overbearing, and without a doubt, it's in style. This vest, matched with a cozy quarter-zip, will turn heads at the ski lodge, a lovely evening dinner with your special someone, or even your business meetings. If I were to summarize my review, I would say this. This vest is warm, in style, and timeless. You can wear this for years, and people will wonder where to pick one up, just like yours. Thank you, Patagonia. You've yet to make something that disappoints. -Ethan

November 12, 2022


No substitute for real down for warmth and comfort. Patagonia does it right. Thanks for another SAR uniform staple.

November 11, 2022

Is the new fabric better ?

The new Down Sweater Vest nylon fabric is supposed to be better, warmer, long lasting. I transitioned from the old to the new model and instantly felt it was softer and lighter. Having used it, it seems less robust and quality does not seem to be as good (down coming out and not strong stitching). I still want to give it as go as I was very happy ... Read Morewith the previous model but am worried this is not as reliable.

Response from Patagonia
November 21, 2022

Hi Antoine, we're so sorry to hear that you're not confident in future performance of your Down Sweater Vest. If you feel that the vest is not holding up over time, please begin a [warranty return]( under our Ironclad Guarantee.

November 5, 2022

Best fitting vest from Patagonia so far!

I am not sure why some people have an issue with this vest, I think its awesome! I used to have a down sweater vest a couple years ago and this new model fits much better. The previous one was a little too loose fitting and this one hugs my body better. It keeps my core very warm and its super light. Excellent!

October 24, 2022

your online representation of the

your online representation of the color red for the vest is not close to the true color.

Response from Patagonia
October 26, 2022

Hi William, we're very sorry to hear that the color didn't come through correctly on our website. Please feel free to begin a [return or free exchange]( at your earliest convenience.

October 21, 2022

Love it. Great product. Nice

Love it. Great product. Nice high snug collar.

October 17, 2022


Unfortunately something is just way off with this vest. The fit is true to size but it rides up on the body pushing the collar up past my ears and is constantly bunching up around the torso. Very curious that there are no reviews showing for this vest but there are hundreds of reviews for the others. I'll stick with the nano puff vest which is... Read More a great product.

Response from Patagonia
October 19, 2022

Hi Riley! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

October 16, 2022

Best Gillet from Patagonia

Not my first purchase but I think the best to date , quality construction and material & style lovely , extra storage pocketsv

October 12, 2022

Puffer vest

This vest is thinner than my prior. I'll have to wait for colder weather (I live in Maine) to see how much warmth it provides. The quality is fine. One item which is needed but lacking is the coat hook that most coats and vests have near the label to allow it to be easily hung. Not having it is a BIG nuisance. Even my $30 vests I use for rough... Read More work have those hooks.

September 29, 2022

I'm in between sizes...

Happens to me a lot with Patagonia. M is too small and L is too large. Anybody else?

September 26, 2022

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

First, I am the ultimate; and a loyal Patagonia customer for over 40 years. So my criticism of recent update to the classic down sweater vest sis honest and strictly constructive. Note, I currently have 15 down sweater vests in my wardrobe. Functionally, this new design its super uncomfortable when fully zipped with the ridiculously super high coll... Read Morear. Aesthetically, the slanted seams of the new collar design is unsightly and does not allow the vest when open to look cool. When unzipped, each collar falls flat along said seam and the resulting look is just awful. Lastly, Wax Red is not red, its burgundy. Sorry.

Response from Patagonia
October 4, 2022

Hi Tom, we're very sorry to hear that the Down Sweater Vest didn't meet your expectations. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange]( at your earliest convenience.

September 25, 2022

Missing the Down Sweaters of Old

Recently had to replace my old down sweater jacket and vest as the down had totally lost all loft after 8+ years of hard wear and multiple beatings in the dryer with tennis balls. This vest is definitely puffier than the old style - wider baffles makes it feel more like youre wrapped in a sleeping bag. This is great for cozy warmth but it does make... Read More it tougher to layer under a blazer or work coat - less of a problem under a shell. The collar is taller than the old style, a feature I liked for warmth and eliminating the need for a scarf. The main zipper seems more great and doesn't catch when zipping up fast but the side zippers on the pockets do tend to annoyingly catch the fabric. All in all, a great piece in the fall wardrobe but not quite as awesome as the old models that were thinner and more stowable.

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