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Husband's new favorite jacket
I gave this jacket to my husband as a Christmas gift and he wears it almost every day. It is cold outside so he's layering it under his new Patagonia Down Sweater (also a Christmas gift he loves and wears constantly). Come spring it will be perfect to wear by itself. Note - we ended up exchanging the large for a medium and it fits perfectly. T... Read Morehis has a great slim fit.
This is the first Patagonia item Ive bought and I have to say Im really disappointed with it. I expected it to be of superior quality for the money I paid and it falls real short. The zipper is poor quality and is wavy, not straight. I was hoping for a much nicer jacket.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry to hear about the issues you've encountered with this product. Based off of this review, it seems your sweater may be defective as this jacket should not have a wavy zipper. We have gone ahead and sent you an email to help get this resolved for you.
I never give feedback, but thought I'd let your company know that your designers are terrible. Not everyone who wears a large is 6'5. Sleeves and overall length are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too long. Do you understand?
Thank you for this feedback on the proportions of our larger sizes, Nick. You're correct that as our sizes go up, the sleeves also tend to be longer. We appreciate your input, and we are sharing this with our designers. In the meantime, thank you for returning a jacket that wasn't going to work for you. We'll be happy to help you pick out an alternative, and our Customer Service Team can definitely provide more detailed fit information, including sleeve length, collar rise, sweep, etc.
Makes me teary eyed.
This is one of the best sweaters I have ever owned. And to find out that it was available in my size made me feel so included. I rarely am able to find clothing of this quality in my size and I am so happy I have found a company that does. The sweater itself is super warm and looks amazing on me. Will definitely buy again. Patagonia definitely earn... Read Moreed a loyal customer.
Now running too large
I have owned a few of these in different styles and have liked them. However, they are now running much larger than they used too, about an inch and a half longer on the sleeve, longer and fuller in the body. I am 5 foot 10 and have always worn size medium in Patagonia until now. I am a solid medium in literally every other brand. Check the 6 foot ... Read More1 model wearing the better sweater on the Patagonia site, it looks large on him. Really disappointing, ive enjoyed Patagonia for years and now they do not have a size that fits me.
Hi Terry! Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback. We're really sorry to hear that size medium wasn't the right fit for you as it usually is. We rely on feedback like this to improve products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Nice warm jacket but pills too easily
Overall a good everyday jacket. However pilling is a big issue. I have two of these jackets and both have pilling after a few months. Normal machine wash and separated from other garments.
Hi Fangao, like all fleeces, the Better Sweater has a tendency to pill. Due to the knit appearance of the face fabric of this particular item, this pilling can be more noticeable. To prevent pilling, we recommend washing that item either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get abraded. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your fleece, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a [warranty returns evaluation](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) under our Ironclad Guarantee.
This sweater is a solid work or causal piece. It works as a uniform for EMT work and is super warm for not being too heavy. Out of most sweaters I own this one is the thickest and warmest. Great for low output warmth, I dont know if I would recommend for any sort of hiking or running, but when you decided to stop, throw this on and youll be nice an... Read Mored toasty.
Sizing is off
I am a tried and true M with Patagonia going on 3 decades. Sleeves on this were extremely long---like 4" too long. Overall length is also several inches too long. Just a bizarre cut. Would exchange it but am overseas and it's just way too inconvenient to do so.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry to hear this did not work out. Please know you are more than welcome to hold onto this product and once you return from overseas, our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*1w1ig81*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3MzYyNzQ3NC4zMTguMS4xNjczNjI3NDgxLjAuMC4w) would be more than happy to help with getting you into the correct fitting jacket.
Home Run Gift
I gave this sweater to my son as a Christmas gift, after getting a thumbs from his wife who also gave me his size and the best color. My son is a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and rides a bike to work. He and his wife also hike. My son immediately put his sweater on after tearing off the wrapping, and wore the rest of the day and home on the plane.... Read More This sweater was a huge home run as a gift! And we all like the Patagonia mission.
Pills too easily
This is the second time I've purchased this product. It looks great and fits well, but a serious liability is that within a month or so it starts to pill, eventually making it looking pretty ratty. I otherwise LOVE Patagonia products, but won't be purchasing this again.
Thank you for sharing this review, Richard. We're sorry you've been disappointed about the pilling that has happened with your jackets. While some pilling with this fleece is bound to happen many customers find sweater shavers work well to remove the excess. Please let us know if we can be of any help!
No so warm
The sweater/jacket is well made and the fit is excellent. It is warm under stagnate conditions, however if there is the slightest breeze the sweater offers little protection. The winter temperatures my area range 50 to 70. The sweater/jacket looks nice but I am disappointed it does not offer more protection from the cold.
Hey Barry, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear that it's not working out with the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. This particular fleece is not windproof, but we do have some windproof options if you're interested in alternatives. We recommend checking out the [Men's Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-classic-retro-x-fleece-jacket/23056.html?dwvar_23056_color=NEWA&cgid=mens-fleece).
Nice, comfortable sweater.
I really enjoy this sweater. It's comfortable, and casual while looking nice enough to wear to slightly more formal occasions. I weight around 180lbs, so originally I purchased a medium, however it was too long in the arms and baggy on the trunk. I returned it for a small, with a very quick return time by Patagonia. The small certainly looks b... Read Moreetter, it does not leave much room for thicker clothing underneath. Highly recommend though.
After I bought the jacket
After I bought the jacket I was thinking maybe It was too long, but now that Im wearing it almost everyday Ive come to realize that being long is not a bad thing it keeps me warm. Many pockets means a lot of storage another plus if you need it and with hiking you will find that there is enough storage space that you wont need a backpack as much as ... Read Morewith out the jacket
Warm and Cozy - return if the size is wrong
Truly love the Better Sweater - have to dock 1 star due to inconsistent sizing. The arms were a little large, and the waist was like a huge hoop. I thought the design had changed and was very disappointed. However, I had ordered two sweaters and the other color was the size expected (both were L) I sent back and the replacement was the right s... Read Moreize. At the moment one out of three of my Patagonia orders are sized differently. Its a hassle, if it doesn't fit replace!
We're sorry to hear you found inconsistent sizing with the same style and recommend that you reach out to our [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) team, as we'll be happy to help you with a return or exchange or offer any specific measurements or an alternative style you may not have noticed on our site. Thanks for taking a moment to review, Colin!
Excellent Warmth to Weight ratio
The Patagonia Better Sweater provides an incredible warmth to weight ratio meaning it is very light yet super warm. For addition warmth, add a shell over the top of it and you are good to go for additional colder weather. Makes for a great travel piece. Wears like iron. Highly recommended.
Sleeves too long and cuff does not help
The sleeves are simply too long that forced me to go a size down. Medium would be much more comfortable for me but choosing that means the cuff would end pass the tip of my fingers. The cuff should be redesigned to accommodate people with shorter arms but rounder body. Not recommended for shorter guys with a bit of a round belly.
We're sorry to hear the fit isn't quite right on this one. Our Better Sweater fleece material doesn't have much stretch at all, so we recommend taking a look at one of our other [Men's Fleece Jackets](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-fleece) like our Reclaimed Fleece Jacket, Shearling Jacket, Micro D Jacket, Synchilla Jacket or Synchilla Cardigan. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service or your local store for a return. Thanks for the review!
Great Sweater for Tall Person
It's really a great sweater. It looks great and it's got great pockets. The fit is good for me as a tall person, meaning the sleeves are long enough and the torso length aligns slightly below my belt. It's very warm, and yet simultaneously breathable, making it great for cold weather hiking, as it traps just enough heat to stay warm ... Read Morebut not so much I'm roasting after warming up. Maybe one word of warning is that it does shrink after washing, so account for that as you try it on. I felt like before washing the Large was a little big around my chest, but since washing it, it's shrunk slightly to be a very comfortable and nice-looking fit.
This sweater is amazingly soft and warm - get one
This was my first Patagonia product. It is so comfortable that I do not want to take it off. The pigeon blue color looks awesome, too, and I'm glad that I chose it. After purchasing this sweater, one other sweater, and a jacket, I can say that the quality of Patagonia's products is amazing.
Not like the previous products
I own 3-4 of the fleece sweaters and they're very warm. This new version unfortunately isn't. They must have changed the type of fabric used, it doesn't insulate you from the cold air, it's not as dense as the previous versions.
We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry to hear this fleece jacket has been a disappointment. You can return it to one of our [Patagonia-owned retail stores in your area](https://www.patagonia.com/store-locator/) or reach out to our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to help with the return and to recommend a different fleece jacket!
Always the best
I continue to order from Patagonia because the quality, wearability and comfort are consistent. The form of this jacket after being worn and laundered is just the same as when it came out of the package knew. Other quality garments begin the same but do not stand up to the test of time.
Fabric got very "pilly" after light wear.
I got this jacket last spring and wore it on and off for a few months before putting away for the summer. It has "pilled" something awful, especially on the undersides of the sleeves and near the pocket areas. I would not have expected this from such an expensive jacket. I like the style and fit, but would never purchase again or recommen... Read Mored due to the poor quality of the fabric. I would expect this from a cheap jacket but not a Patagonia jacket.
I have had this for
I have had this for just a few weeks and it is pilling on the back of all places? I wasn't expecting the fabric to show any wear?
Hi Chris! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the jacket has started pilling after a few weeks. We typically recommend machine washing on warm and laying flat to dry to reduce pilling. In addition, a great tool to remove pilling that has already occurred is a sweater stone. That said, we've reached out to you directly with some warranty return assistance.
Not sure why this product
Not sure why this product is so skimpy! Both my wife and I each own a quarter zip and a cardigan. We are both slender and dont understand why they are so thin. Active wear should be made for ease of movement.
Hey Roger, thanks for the review. This particular fleece jacket has a regular fit, but some of our other products in the Better Sweater line have a slim fit. It was simply a design choice, and of our fleeces this line is considered more casual/everyday rather than technical. We recommend using the filter options on our website to see other fleeces in a relaxed fit that you might prefer. Here are [all relaxed options](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-fleece?prefn1=fit&prefv1=relaxed) for our men's fleeces.
I like the product overall
I like the product overall quite a bit but I dont understand the super tall interior pocket. Its fairly unusable as anything put in it drops to the bottom and takes gymnastics or taking off the sweater to get it out. Not clear of this is a mistake or intended.
Hi Fritz! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the interior pocket. 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](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Super soft but just one thing
This is a super soft sweater and is great for cool weather. My only con which isnt really a con its more of me nitpicking is the sleeves have a line that runs down and makes the arms itchy. Besides that great product!
Hey Evan, thank you for the review. We appreciate the attention to detail, and we'll notify our product team of your observations. If the itching gets to be too much, feel free to begin a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Stop Looking for a Mid Weight Fleece Jacket - now
I have no idea what took me so long. Being a CO person I see the BSFJ everywhere. What's that about ? Well... Patagonia fit is literally spot on for me. It looks amazing, even has that CO cache of sustainability. Yeah, people comment on the jacket AND the fact I am environmentally aware (I am). By itself on 40 degree to 50 degree days over ... Read Moreshorts and a tee, layered under a shell for mid weight winter use, and on and on. I gave 3 fleece pullovers/jackets away as a result of the style versatility and functionality of the BSFJ. Buy it now, support mother earth, cull your wardrobe, I mean really, why wait ?
Three season weight for Tennessee
Bought to replace my raggedy lightweight jacket for a trip to the mountains of Guatemala. The Better Sweater is just the right warmth for Tennessee winters and tropical mountains (60 during the day, 40s at night). Also just right to layer with long sleeve tee and heavy coat for more extreme conditions. The pockets are handy and located out of the w... Read Moreay of backpack straps.
A great casual jacket for cooler temps. The fit is fairly slim, so I think you can fit only a t-shirt under it, at least in the sleeves. I actually think that's great since I'm pretty slim and some of Patagonia's casual jackets fit me like an umbrella. Black color is more of a really nice dark gray. Highly recommended as an all-aro... Read Moreund casual jacket for cooler weather or even colder temps depending on how warm you run or what else you layer over it.
Great Casual Jacket
Great jacket for those cooler days at the beach or hiking through the woods. Stops cold breezes pretty well. I like the chest pocket to put receipts and other small items so they are not cluttering your hand-warming pockets. The jacket has held up well except for minor pilling at rub points. Overall great jacket to have.
MAJOR DESIGN FLAW
Both my Fiance and I ended up getting rid of our Better Sweaters due to the awkward fact that they seem to be VERY poorly designed in the armpit/shoulder area. I literally cannot wear this jacket (XL) with any XL shirt because it feels like im wearing a medium jacket over an extra-large shirt.... it just doesnt make sense. My windproof jackets from... Read More Patagonia (ex. Nano Puff) do not have this issue. I will have to stick to windproof material jackets from Patagonia in the future because their fleece jacket designs make me so uncomfortable that i want to just jump right out of my skin!!! I have this same issue with my Better Sweater Marsupial Pullover. Really hoping Patagonia can mitigate this issue in the future... :(
We're sorry to hear these Better Sweater Jackets have been so uncomfortable for you both! You noted that you no longer have them, and please remember you're always welcome to return anything that isn't working for you. Thank you for this feedback, Kyle. Please let us know if we can help in any way!
Ugh! The pilling!
This jacket looks fantastic. Really, just makes you look better. One of my neighbors saw me in it and immediately bought one for her partner. Alas, it started pilling like crazy. Not sure how/why. (It was hung next to an older/never-pilling fleece). If it didn't pill. Ugh! You broke ... me back down to my old fleece. Ended up donating it. ...
Comfortable and Looks Great
I own five Men's Better Sweater Fleece Jackets now. Very comfortable, provides good warmth on cooler breezy days with the addition of a long sleeved t-shirt. The Jacket in Industrial Green is my new favorite. Over the years there seems to have been some inconsistency in the sizing of the the body and sleeve length (longer). My new jacket seems... Read More to be a true size XL.
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