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Hips too tight
Disappointing this wont work well for me. WHY are the hips so narrow? XL is my typical Patagonia size, and both the remodeled (2022-2023) down sweater vest and jacket have such a narrow hip that I cant wear my size, even though its loose and large enough (even somewhat too large/baggy) in the upper part of it. Whats baffling is that they put a dra... Read Morewstring cinch on the bottom of both vest and jacket, so you can cinch the hip. WHY do that if youve already made the hip as narrow as the narrowest of female hips? This vest and jacket are made for women with boyish hips, so the cinch is unnecessary. Of course I wish the design would be remade (much more sensibly) FOR wider hips, and then women without hips could cinch and wear the same item too. Alternatively, this tight hip is a problem because the vest and jacket are so long. If it was a shorter vest/jacket then it would sit above the hip and this wouldnt be an issue. I am 5 ft 6 in and the XL almost covers my entire butt, its so long. I dont mind a longer length, but not when I cant get it over my hips. This vest/jacket is not a slim fit. It is bulky in the waist and chest. Super tight on the hip. I dont even have huge hips compared to my torso. My hip to waist ratio is less than on P. size chart. This fit is not a womens fit. If you lay the down vest or sweater flat youll see that the hip is NOT wider than the underarm side of the vest. Its just a square. Vast majority of womens bodies, pelvic bones, are wider at hips. Please remodel this for wider hips, include the cinch, and many many more women will be able to wear the same item.
Response from PatagoniaApril 3, 2023
Thank you so much for this detailed feedback on the fit of this vest, Courtney! We're sharing this with our design team. We hope to expand the fit of many of our products in the future to be more inclusive of not only different sizes but also a wider variety of shapes. In the meantime, if this one isn't going to work for you, you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it. You can also reach out to our Customer Service Team for more detailed measurements on any garment so you can feel more confident of getting the right fit.
I've always worn the down vest in a small but in the last couple years they lengthened it so now I have to buy a medium otherwise the bottom fits to Snug when zippered over another layer. The upper part fits more loosely but still works. If I wasn't layering or had a thin top underneath I could probably still get away with a small but I l... Read Moreike the versatility of the medium. I like the new drop in Pockets inside. Also the outer fabric is softer than it's been in the past.
Sizing is a little off
I have multiple Patagonia jackets, so I bought this vest in the same size as usual (M). Even with a thin baselayer underneath, the vest felt very tight so I unfortunately had to return it. It was very warm in the short time I spent wearing it and I'm sure it's high quality. I just wish sizing was more consistent with the rest of their out... Read Moreerwear. I got the Pinyon Green on sale, so I'm not sure if it's an issue specific to this color. Customer service was amazing as always!
Down Sweater Vest
Well worth the money, this vest is tailored, warm and long enough to be flattering. Multiple large pockets add benefit to the use and design. The collar edges can be turned down or soften with a scarf. I wish they offered this down vest in the Nano Puff gray for work and camping.
Nice vest, but didnt love
Nice vest, but didnt love the color, so Im returning.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 23, 2023
Hey Lynne, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear that it didn't work out with the color purchased. If you see another color you like, you're welcome to begin an exchange on [this page](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Trimmer Version Not XXL Friendly
This was my 3 vest I purchased and the redesign isn't friendly for those who previously wore XXL in the 2019-2020 versions of the vest. There was no option to size up, therefore you sized me out. Have to say I am disappointed.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 21, 2023
Hi S, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Our Design Team does look over our reviews, so please be assured that your constructive criticism will be taken into consideration for future iterations. In the meantime, feel free to begin a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
Great down vest!
So, I needed a new down vest, and went back to Patagonia for another classic. This well-made, mid-weight down vest fits true to size--has enough room for good insulation, but still a trim and attractive style. Color is great--neutral but not boring. Using for winter hiking, snowshoeing and extra warmth on cold evenings.
Fit in waist much tighter than old style
I was so excited to find this vest on sale in an awesome green color, but ended up really disappointed. I have 2 other down sweater vests from the past 2-5 years or so, and the fit is totally different on this new one. I actually liked the softer feel of the material (and that it's made from recycled fishing nets, here for that!), but I got it... Read More in the same size as one I bought 2 years ago and I can barely zip it. The old one still fits great. Sizing up would make it way too boxy in the shoulders. I honestly don't understand why the waist on the Patagonia women's items has gotten SO small in the past few years. I seriously don't get the measurements - I have a pretty normal waist size, and many older style Patagonia items that fit great in the same sizes, but I'm ending up returning everything for a tight waist issue. Really disappointed to have this happen to my favorite brand - I struggle to find much that fits right anymore. Please stop making everything with such a tight waist!
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 8, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear about the fit and sizing issues you encountered with this product. Please rest assured that we will be passing along your feedback to our Product Designers so they can look into making the necessary adjustments in future products. In the meantime, feel free to start your [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time, as we do want you to be completely satisfied with your Patagonia products.
L too tight, XL too big
Sadly, this was returned. The size Large is too tight and the XL is way too big. Would love something in between. I have two other older XL's that are also large, but the new ones have enormous arm hole openings that make the fit just too oversized. It's like an XXL. I have a large chest and newer Patagonia clothes never fit. Such a bumme... Read Morer because we love the company.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 2, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry that this purchase led to a return. Please rest assured that we will be passing along your feedback to our Design Team so they may take a look into the fit of this product.
I absolutely love this vest.
I absolutely love this vest. It has a slender fit which gives you nice shape contour, and it is the perfect length. The vest is super warm and when the weather is 40 degrees or below, I simply wear a thermal top with the vest over it. I can easily give this vest a five star rating.
It was true to size for me
Based on many reviews saying this vest now runs small, I went to try it on at the Patagonia store before purchasing one. I usually wear small in Patagonia products. Despite many reviews, the size small fit me the best. Medium was too baggy and unflattering. Also, I wear this vest right above my base layer and under the shell jacket, so I appreciate... Read More the fitted cut. Its very warm, soft and high quality.
Super Warm and functional
I have a down vest from last year, this vest is smaller in the chest and sides than last year, it still works it just not as comfortable as my vest from last year. There are improvements like the big inside pockets, and it is warm. This vest keeps me warm through all types of weather. I can just wear my vest and mid-weight long sleeve shirt and be ... Read Morefine in cooler weather. I would buy it again, but if given a choice between last year model and this years, I would get last years, just a bit bigger and more comfortable. The one I got last year was white, and its been hard to keep clean. Patagonia makes excellent winter gear.
Love my vest!
This vest is a little bit longer than the prior Patagonia vests, and is a little tighter in the chest area. I am 5'5", 117lbs and 36D, if you are similar definitely go with the medium and not the small. It is very cozy, fits great, and I wear it often. Definitely recommend A++++
Hardworking and Pretty
This vest is such a pretty color in the stingray mauve. And it is super warm while allowing my arms freedom of movement. I just started a new job where I can't control the thermostat and this vest is perfect for taking the chill off. I can also slip it on to immediately "professionalize" my appearance. The fit is a little big, but as... Read More winter comes on I will welcome that. My mom raves about the color every time she sees me wearing it.
The small was a better
The small was a better length, but too tight. The medium was a better fit, but too long. Why no petit sizes? Not all women are shaped like the stick figures in your catalogue, both men and women. Ive outgrown Patagonia-literally.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 15, 2022
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feedback about including petite sizing in our line. We have gone ahead and passed along your feedback to the appropriate members of the Patagonia crew. We're always trying to improve our product designs, so we always welcome customer comments. With that said, please feel free to start a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time as we want you to be 100% satisfied with all of your Patagonia items.
Light but warm
Light weight and warm. I dont care for the redesign. Seems not as good quality as my previous vests.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 15, 2022
Hello Jeanne, thank you for this feedback. We're sorry to hear that you're not liking the redesign, we'll make sure to share this with our product team. You're welcome to send this vest back and check out what past season versions we have available on our [Worn Wear website](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/shop/search?q=down%20sweater%20vest).
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