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Men's Retro Pile Fleece Vest ReviewsWrite Your Review
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I bought it. I was too small. Returned it in the Williamsburg store. Got my money back, but not the VAT. I live in Europe so what can I do? Not professional
Response from PatagoniaMay 10, 2023
Hey David, thanks for your review. We're sorry for the confusion! Our EU team should be able to assist with this. Representatives are available by email at email@example.com or via phone https://eu.patagonia.com/gb/en/eu-customer-service.html, Mon-Thurs 9:00am-5:30pm CET and on Fridays from 9:00am-5:00pm CET. We recommend calling in during business hours for immediate assistance, it might take awhile to hear back through emails as it is their busiest channel. They'll be able to check inventory for you and set you up with a vest that fits.
Absolutely love this vest!
I ordered this vest in the El Cap color and I absolutely love it. The material is soft and feels great and every detail, from the zippers to the trim, is stylish and perfect. To me the best part of the vest is the weight. I typically wear it under a winter coat, but when I take the coat off, the vest is still the perfect weight to keep me warm, wit... Read Morehout ever getting too hot. The title of my review says it all. Highly recommend.
Lightweight & Thin
A thin low density fleece that isnt going to hold up to the wear I bought it for. This is made for the Park Ave posers, not for guys in the shop who need a bit of insulation in an unheated building. I will be pleasantly surprised if it lasts a couple of years. Definitely not worth full price and barely worth the sale price in terms of quality.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 10, 2023
We're sorry to hear that the 8.7-oz Polartec® 100% recycled polyester double-sided shearling fleece was disappointing. We offer Micro D, which is our thinnest fleece material, up to Retro-X which is the heavier weight fleece option. You might prefer an insulated vest like our [Hemp Canvas Vest](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-vests) from our Workwear line. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your local Patagonia-owned store or our Customer Service team to return it.
I rated the retro pile fleece jacket as 37 stars. I only gave this one 35 stars, because even though it's a vest, the lack of sleeves makes it less than the full jacket, so I took off two stars. That said, I love this vest. It is so amazingly soft and comfortable, and is great for working out outdoors on cold days, as well as wearing around th... Read Moree house. Or just looking fabulous. I love these retro pile products. Love 'em!
The vest was fantastic and
The vest was fantastic and true to size. I like the older vests like this one. They seem better made and definitely have a style that is lacking in the more modern outdoor clothes. This vest reminds me of the very early Patagonia products. When I served in Iraq as an Army civilian I wore this vest every night in the desert. It outperformed all the ... Read Moreclothing we were issued! Thanks for this program!
Really nice vest
I just bought this so I cannot review its longevity, but my co worker has one that after a year or two does look like the fleece pile has started to pile and bunch a little - his still looks good and he wears it often. I really like the vest. I bought dark natural which has a unique green trim which I enjoy. Very warm. The material is this polyeste... Read Morer woven kinda fleece pile which has a more elastic stretch feel than I was anticipated. I generally wear a large and wear this over an undershirt and/or a button down/flannel so its really the perfect size for layering - just a little bigger than I would expect for a large but its fine for me.
I'm writing this for my other half. He really likes the vest. About 20 years ago, he had a Patagonia vest and unfortunately, it disappeared. We were happy that this retro vest returned. While not the same, very close! Love that there are zip pockets. Hugs the body but stretches and breathes well.
Best All-around Vest
This vest is great! Classic fleece to keep you warm, good zippers that do not get stuck, and a chest pocket! Could not be happier with this. The size is perfect as well, for reference, I am 6'1" and 170lbs and am cusping a performance fit (which is what I want) but still feels casual for urban wear.
I was disappointed in the
I was disappointed in the thin cloth used for this garment. It looks nice but better in California than in a place that actually gets a winter.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 10, 2022
Thank you for sharing this review, Daniel. We're sorry the fabric is not what you were looking for! You might be happier with the Classic Retro-X Vest. In the meantime, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
Retro as advertised
This vest is exactly as described, old school, a little boxy in fit, hence great for casual wear. It also illustrated just how far light, techy clothing has come, as I can pathetically feel the weight of this vest relative to my nano-puffs...but I am a weight weenie for sure.
Great quality and good fit
High quality construction and good warmth. Chest pocket a good size - my 6.7-inch screen phone fits comfortably. Nice colour details. Large size fits my 42-44inch chest and 35-inch waist ‘semi-tailored’, not too baggy, fits nicely under a suit jacket for commuting or office wear, or as casual extra layer.
Flawless fit. Extremely comfortable.
I'm 5'11" and 160 lbs, athletic build, and a size medium is comfortably snug over a tight base layer. It's not too bulky where I can't fit insulating and shell layers. There is no flop or abnormal excess material. I appreciate the additional sewing line around the upper waist to provide a secure fit, and keep out drafts. Th... Read Moree cut of the arms is perfect and allows for full range of motion with ease. The fleece is incredibly soft and thick. It does a phenomenal job keeping your core warm. The zipper is has to be aligned just right to start, which is a bit odd. The left chest pocket extends all the way to the armpit, which is not conducive to holding a phone securely and upright, so a phone tends to flop over and crawl toward your armpit. If I could change one thing, I would make the left chest pocket the size of a vertical iPhone to hold it in place securely while bouncing around on a mountain bike. I wear predominately Patagonia due to its high quality, fit, and attention to detail, and this is no exception.
BEST fleece vest
I have been eyeing this fleece for months and I finally pulled the trigger. No regrets whatsoever. I love the look, fit, function, and versatility of this vest. I wear it to work, and I wear it casually. Quality of the material is too notch too. I wont hesitate to buy it again when I wear this one out. :)
I bought it for a gift and everything has been awesome, not only the product which is really really nice and good, but also the very good attention from the customer services and super fast delivery. An excellent experience and really recommend the product and the purchase
Replacing a 20 yr old Patagonia vest
Purchased this new vest to replace my 20 year old Patagonia vest, same color. I still wear my old vest, the zippers no longer work, wanted a new one that I could zip the pockets closed. 20 years l got my monies worth. I like my new vest just the same.
I have the brown one and it makes me feel like a teddy bear which is a huge plus. The pockets fit everything I need and it offers a great level of warmth. I wear it under my coat since my pack's ventilation has a bit of a "cheese grater" effect on the longer fleece which has made the lower half of the back pill and shed.
snug around the waist/hips
I keep noticing the snug bottom when the zipper is engaged. So, to ease this snugness, I often unzip the vest when I sit down, or pull the vest up to my waist. If there were an up-zipper, I would use it to relax this snugness.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 21, 2021
Thanks for your feedback on the fit and two-way zipper, Christopher!
First let me say I own a lot of different Patagonia pieces and I am very happy with them but I Have to give this one 1 star due to quality issues. This vest looks and feels awesome but left little fuzz balls all over my hoodie, I mean a lot of them, the dye from the vest also bled onto my hoodie and stained it. I wish I could attach pics.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 15, 2021
Hi Anthony, we're so sorry to hear that this has happened with your Retro Pile Fleece Vest. Please feel free to begin a warranty return under our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html)
Very Warm, Super Lightweight
I take this with when when I'm not sure what the weather's gonna do. It's light but warm, and easy to stuff in my day pack. I also wear it at home so I can keep the thermostat down a bit. And oh heck, I might as well admit it... I bought it 'cause its the most LUSCIOUS purple...
Just awful for the price and brand
They don't make them like they used to. If not for my old favorite having been stolen I would not have purchased this newer version. Firstly the armholes were irregular--one side was ridiculously large and made the vest uncomfortable to wear and ridiculous looking. But beyond that the vest was way overly large and the fleece was thin and insub... Read Morestantial. Retro pile? Half as thin as Pat retro pile I already own. Thinner than standard synchilla from back in the day. I suppose everyone here with good reviews never wore Patagonia clothes when they were still good. My third Patagonia purchase in a while and my third return. I won't bother with Patagonia any more given that what they make these days is simply overpriced and mediocre. Except for the label you'll get the same fit and quality from a $15 walmart fleece.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 15, 2021
Hi Nicholas, thank you for your feedback. We're so sorry the M's Retro Pile Vest was not what you expected. Your satisfaction is very important to us. We'd be happy to assist with your [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) if you haven't done so already.
Good Layering Vest
Vest fits well and is light enough to layer under a rain shell in foul weather without overheating me. More breathable than the Retro-X. Useful for those cool but not cold Fall days. Not sure about the quality of construction given the shedding of the ivory colored fleece all over my shirt and pants. I hope this stops after the first wear or two. I... Read Moref not, the vest will go back to Patagonia.
Very practical fleece vest
I bought the men’s version of this fleece vest as I liked the colour. It has a practical design and I like the pockets and high collar. I went for a small (I am a size 10, small in women’s). The pockets are great and very warm. The borealis dark green is gorgeous :)
I've generally been a full-sleeve person, and recently picked up a few vests as we shift into spring. This vest is my go-to favorite. Keeps me warm without overheating, super comfortable. Presentable with a work shirt for business casual. Leave it on for some woodsplitting outside. Excellent purchase!
Warm and Fuzzy
My vest was shipped in a timely manner and arrived in excellent condition. The construction is of high quality and attention to detail. I live in the South so the temperature hasnt been especially low but I did get to wear the vest a couple of times. It was everything I expected and I am very pleased. I also have a down-filled vest and this one fee... Read Morels like it is just as warm. I highly recommend this brand.
Functional Addition to Closet
Fits well, not to cumbersome, layers very well. Zippers work and are easy to find inside jacket and in the dark. Collar is high enough to work well with wind and rain. The addition of an inside pocket for gloves or toboggan would be perfect, otherwise don't change it!
Vest the Best
My wife says it's the best tailored of my upper wear. I don't notice those things. But I own several Patagonia vests and jackets and I've no regret about this latest purchase. It's a beauty and a bit more snug than the others, good for vest-only insulation. Most important, this is a chance to praise Patagonia's zippers. I a... Read Morem zipper-challenged but have found that Patagonia's are easier to fasten than those of any other company. They grab first-try and don't hang on the way up. I'll buy Pat for the zippers alone.
Soft and comfy
I purchased this mainly to wear indoors over a long sleeved shirt on those cool winter days. Its great for that purpose! Ive also found myself wearing it outdoors for walks and hikes much more than I thought I would. Its super soft and comfortable. Im 6 2, 175 lbs and always have trouble deciding on Patagonia Medium or Large. I went large on this o... Read Morene, and Im glad I did. Its a tad big, but from past experience, I think the medium would have been too constricting. Quite happy with this purchase.
Comfy but fits like a box
Really comfy and so soft. You can dress this up or down depending on the occasion. Many compliments on this vest. However I personally feel its saggy in the bottom part of the vest, especially after a couple washes. I wish I wouldve got a medium.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 2, 2021
We're so glad to hear you like this vest but sorry the fit's a little off. Please feel free to send that back to us if you'd like to process an [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a smaller size.
Good looking and cozy
I ordered this vest in an extra small which fit ok over a light weight turtle neck. I decided to exchange it for a small to give me a little more room to put a fleece or medium weight sweat shirt underneath. I still havent received the small. It has been a couple weeks and I thought it would be here by now.
Soft and comfy
Picked this up to wear over long sleeve shirts, mainly indoors, for cool winter days when I leave the furnace turned down. Its nice and soft and fits me fairly well (6 2, 175 lbs). Maybe a tad large but not bad. The medium would definitely have been too small. Since receiving it, Ive found myself wearing it almost every dayover long sleeved shirts ... Read Moreduring the day, over pajamas in the evening or early morning. Ive also used it outdoors a fair amount, and been happy with the amount of warmth it provides. Big win for me is that the arm holes arent too tight as Ive noticed with some other vests, so its quite comfortable.
Fun Color, Dependable Comfort
This year I started hiking, because that's one passtime 2020 allows. I got this color because of the sale, but it's truly neutral yet fun. It keeps me warm as needed and helps me stay dry when there has been inclement weather. I wear an XL, but the XL on Patagonia is fitted (on me) so 2XL is what I buy. I recommend it to anyone.
A great layer
Received this as a gift, have worn it a lot in the mid-Atlantic winter and on a recent overseas trip where I spent most days outside all day. Fit is true to size trending large on this. Fabric is very soft - rolled it up and used it as a pillow on flights. Worn by itself, it is warm if the wind isn't blowing; air moves through it pretty easily... Read More, so if you carry a shell to put on over it, you're warming up in a hurry. The reasonably loose weave of the fabric does a nice job getting moisture away from a shirt/baselayer. I'm guessing this will be a favorite for a long time.
Ms Retro Pile Vest
This vest fits me well! The colors and design are great as well (very stylish). In fact, I have received many compliments on it--like from my friends and god-mom. The reason I am giving it a 3-star rating is because I was surprised at how light it was. It does not provide very much warmth in the cold (I live in El Paso, TX--probably not the coldest... Read More places you sell to).
Response from PatagoniaDecember 30, 2019
We're glad you are loving the look of the vest but sorry to hear that it isn't providing you with enough warmth. If you decide you are unsatisfied with the warmth, you are welcome to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) it back to us.
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