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Comfortable, warm and stylish
This vest fits true to size and has comfortable, soft material that provides nice warmth. Can be used in layering for outdoor activities or in a business casual setting at work. I liked the vest that I received as a gift so much that I bought a second one in another color!
Nice item but......
I purchased this item for my son-in-law for Christmas. We haven't celebrated yet, and I am sure he will love it, but my problem involved tracking the item as it was being delivered. It was delayed a bit, and I totally understand because of the weather issues and it being the Christmas season. The location of the delivery was incorrect, which m... Read Moreade it difficult to track. It kept saying "out for delivery", when it was not, and kept referencing a "mobile home park" as the place it was to be delivered to, and that was also incorrect. Just a little frustrating. Thanks.
This sweater vest is worn in every Wall Street office. Now I know why. It is a great layer for under a jacket, for a cool office, or for a spring walk. And this is a VERY well-made garment. Seldom does one find such a substantial article in the world of fast fashion. Quality wins in the end.
I love your products, the
I love your products, the quality and your reputation as well as commitments to sustainability and environmental issues. Probably the only thing I would like to see different, is for this vest and the long sleeve version too, is to be just a little bit shorter. Admittedly, for me its to be a little more fashionable as lengths of jackets, coats, swe... Read Moreaters, etc., are all just a little shorter. But all in all, especially when layering with your down jackets, I really like everything else. Would also like to see the capilene base layer qtr. zip in additional colors! Thank you for all that you do!
Zipper not even and flush when zip up
I have a lot of Patagonia product, but this vest was disappointing. The zipper is not even when zipped all the way. You can see humps and bumps on the side making look unattractive.
Thank you for submitting this review, John. Both sides of this zipper should be even and flush. We're sorry to hear the one you have may be defective! We will reach out to you about returning it.
This vest is gorgeous! Super
This vest is gorgeous! Super stylish. Perfect length and color (gray). It looks great over a long sleeved button down. My husband wears this for casual situations and work as well. It's perfect for just enough warmth when the weather is chilly enough to need something extra, but not cold enough for a coat.
Comfortable Fleece vest for Home or Layer
I like the comfort of Patagonia's fleece, especially at home during the winter. The vest works well as a layer for out door use. I note for my height the sizing recommended M. But it was snug, but a perfect length. I exchanged for an L and it's more comfortable especially for layering but it is a tad longer. All in all, highly recommended... Read More.
The better sweater vest is a perfect layer to stay comfortable. Living in the deep south we can have a wide range of conditions in one day, morning could be in 30's and by after afternoon it can be in the 70,s. The vest allows me to be just right through the day without having to remove bulky layers. If I need extra warmth I add a shell and al... Read Morel is good.
Xmas gift f hubby
He picked out online, as gift We have always loved. Arrived today. Don't know about his fit,but the OAR TAN, is not TAN, its a LIGHT heather grey, with small dark navy blu lines(heathering?) running through, and dark navy/blk accents. He's getting it anyway.Can reurn if want.s NO WAY THIS IS TAN.
I'm 6'1" 180 lbs (33" waste) and bought the large. Very strange fit. Extremely baggy and 'flimsy around the waste line. It's also a good 1-2 inches long in the torso as well. shoulders and chest fit fine. But I'm going to exchange for a medium and see if that does the trick. I would not wear the large (ever) as i... Read Moret fits now.
Hi Jake, thank you for this feedback on the fit of this vest. We're glad to see you're exchanging it for a size that should fit you better! If you would ever like specific measurements on any item, you can reach out to our Customer Service Team at (800) 638-6464 or via live chat on our website. And of course, if you run into any issues with this new vest you are welcome to contact us for help in returning or exchanging it.
Labels too much
I love Patagonia clothes, but I don't like all the prominent labels. I bought the vest, I didn't pay for it to advertise for the company. I don't need the status symbol if that is what it is. My old Patagonia clothes have labels as zipper pulls or inside the collar. Im not comfortable always being a walking billboard. Im sure the mar... Read Moreketing people will not be happy to read this.
Hey Gary, thanks for the review. Some people would like to show that they're wearing Patagonia, and others do not. Either way, we make something for everyone! We recommend checking out the [Men's Synchilla Fleece Vest](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-synchilla-fleece-vest/23011.html?dwvar_23011_color=NENA). It does have the label as the zipper pull on the pocket, but it's easy to remove without damaging the vest.
Warm, but cool arms
I like the vest, it is well constructed and keeps my torso warm, but my arms free and cool. I like to perform windmills with my arms, it started casually, but has grown to more of an amateur sport. This vest is perfect for my deep desire to one day be an Olympic windmiller. Thank you Patagonia for helping me along my journey.
The Compleat Vest
I gave this vest to my son as a holiday gift a year ago and have wished to have one for myself now that cooling weather of the autumn is here. So I ordered it for myself! It feels so good to wear that I do not want to take it off. The knit material of recycled polyester material with the nice interior lining is just good to the touch and functional... Read Morely warm. I think Patagonia has hit the right style as I wear it downtown to my office and out in the countryside. Great product.
Comparing the photo supplied for
Comparing the photo supplied for this review (fyi: a gift), my vest doesn't quite match; e.g., at the shoulders. Across the top of my shoulders the vest sticks both out & up; i.e., it reminds me of some sort of sci-fi outfit seen in old TV series - the vest's material (right above its armpits) will not "relax." Perhaps there... Read More's too much material across the back of vest. Compared to other medium sized Patagonia vests that I wear, this one - while warm - is not a good fit for a 5' 9' slim built male.
Cozy without restriction
I love my Better Sweater Vest. Ive bought them for presents for a couple of friends and family, and they love them. I owned the Better Sweater and decided to try the vest. I love it, and its so comfortable I forget Im wearing it. No restrictions with arm movement, and just the right level of extra warmth for cooler days. Can also be comfortably wor... Read Moren indoors at room temperature for casual wear.
I this is the second vest I have bought for my husband ( a senior)and he loves it!!! Good on the golf course and the office. Ive bought two better sweaters for my son .. 34 and an avid surfer. Perfect for after a surf and to the office. Your customer service and speedy delivery are also much appreciated. Your Patagonia magazine is stellar. Thank y... Read Moreou.
Warm and Fit Well
The vest fits just right. Not too loose, not too tight. And it provides enough warmth without the bulk of a regular jacket. It can almost be used on any occasion. And the look can get away with being in a professional setting. I got many compliments about how well I look with the vest on. Ha!
Keeps me warm as well as delightfully comfortable > however it does pill! Not to the point that I would part with it, but I am a bit disappointed.
Hi Diane! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear that your vest has started to pill. 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. That said, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so if you're unhappy with the vest you can always [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
3 sizes too small compared to Better Sweater
As a vest it should be designed to fit over clothing. In reality this vest would only fit over bare skin compared to the sweater version. I had to send it back because it was so small it wouldn't even fit over a t-shirt. Much smaller than the better sweater. Disappointing.
I have two Patagonia fleece vests that are mediums. They are the same size. Ive worn them for a long time and they fit perfectly and I like them. I ordered this in a medium and it is borderline too small and too tight.
Hi Thomas, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry to hear this vest may not be the right fit for you. The Better Sweater Vest does run a bit more snug than other vests. If you wish, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
I have wanted a better sweater vest for quite some time, and I love the warmth and fit. However, the fabric pills after only owning it for a couple of months. It looks cheap. I will probably return it.
Thank you for this review, Jennifer. We're sorry to hear that vest is pilling so much! To do the most to prevent pilling in a knit garment we recommend washing it 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 placing it in the dryer. To remove pilling that has already occurred we recommend using a product like a fabric shaver, which is gentler on fabric than a sweater stone. That being said, we want you to be happy with everything you get from us, so you can absolutely [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if it's not going to work for you.
Great Fit, Unstable Fabric
The fit and comfort of this vest are the best of any of the dozens of vests I've purchased over the years. Because this isn't a traditional fleece, it's far less electrostatic, which makes it ideal for heated interior environments. The primary problem with the vest is the durability of the fabric itself. After six weeks of intermitte... Read Morent wear, and two cold-water washes, the fabric is already pilling, small ball-like tufts marring the surface. I bought this same vest two years ago, and both vests suffered the same problem. I hope they figure out how to fix this issue because with a durable fabric this would be the best vest ever.
Hi Robert! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that your vest has started to pill after such little time. 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. All of that said, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
My husband has 3 Better Sweater Fleece Vests. Loves them. Super comfortable, layers them up, fit is perfect. I was surprised to see the overall pilling. I wash them inside out and zip them up.
Hi Cathy, thank you for sharing this review! A certain amount of pilling with knit garments is likely due to the nature of those fibers, especially in friction spots. To do the most to prevent pilling we recommend washing it either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's ideal to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer. To remove pilling that has already occurred we recommend using a product like a battery-powered fabric shaver, which is gentler on fabric than a sweater stone.
Warm, Well Fitting
I got both the Better Sweater and the Synchilla vest with the intention of returning the item I liked less. The Better Sweater fit much better on my frame and was not baggy. In the two weeks I've owned it, it instantly became a staple of my wardrobe. It's incredibly comfortable and still looks professional when worn over scrubs. It seems ... Read Morelike the materials are of very high quality, named the zippers (which is great because this is where many of my old coats and jackets break)
Im 5'7'' and 170lbs also lift regularly. I have trouble finding clothes that fit well as my shoulders require a size larger than my arm length. Im a 45 year old dad and have a little pouch. it fits great. great for layering. it works great for a deep south winter where a long sleeve or sweater with a vest will get you into work from ... Read Morethe parking lot comfortably. Its not super warm but will keep your body heat where it needs to be without overheating. looks great for business casual or even under a blazer for a colder function.
Lack of colors
I dislike cold so I wear a vest in the winter. I would like on to go with each of my outfits. That would require a black, a grey, a tan, a brown and a blue. Currently you only have a few of these colors. I have had to order other styles which are less satisfactory. I like the better sweater fleece vest.
This vest is super warm
Very nice, well made. My husband loves the fit! Other vests look sloppy. This one looks neat. My husband has taken to wearing vests during the cooler months. I could not find one that looked great on him. Then I started noticing men on my flights wearing vests. I would notice the ones that looked nice on them. I asked them what brand. It was Patago... Read Morenia! I had forgotten about this brand!! I was looking at North Face and Columbia. None of theirs look good on my husband. Perhaps we dont have a Patagonia store near me. He had never heard of Patagonia but I have. I ski and snowboard. My husband is not into winter sports. Now he loves his vest and knows about Patagonia. Keep up the good work!
Better Sweater Vest is the Best
As usual Patagonia sets the standard for others to follow/imitate. I am 5ft 10in 155 lbs and the medium fits neatly over a shirt; not too loose nor too snug. The pockets and their placement is just right; all with zippers. The chest pocket is large enough to hold an iPhone 12 in a somewhat bulky case fairly easily but its probably intended for eyew... Read Moreear; regardless its very useful and easily accessed. If you didn't know better you would never think that this is made of fleece as it looks like the knit that you find in sweaters. It offers a good amount of warmth and my hands love the feel of the micro fleece lined pockets. I wanted a versatile color so I purchased the black which really gives the impression of very dark charcoal. I also own a Better Sweater Jacket from a few years ago in a great color called sunbleached stone. Its a really versatile color as its a heather gray/beige and looks great with EVERYTHING from blue jeans to gray or olive or tan pants; basically everything that I own. If you're listening Patagonia, please issue the Better Sweater Vest in sunbleached stone! It also works better on warmer sunny days as the lighter color doesnt heat up from the sun like dark colors do. And in the warmer months it doesnt look like youre wearing a winter garment. I hope that my review is helpful. Thanks again for making such a great product!
This vest looked so weird when worn. It was high and gappy in the shoulders and then very tight down the sides. It was for my son who wears tailored clothes but this was too narrow for comfortable wear. I sent it back and wont order Patagonia again as this is the second time I tried and it just doesnt fit my 511 190lb son well.
We appreciate your detailed feedback, and we're sorry to hear the fit, sizing and design hasn't worked well thus far. Our Customer Service team would be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) with sizing and garment measurements to recommend a better fit. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
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