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Perfect for running in the cold
I got this as a gift to run outside during the cold months in NJ. Its been a perfect addition to my wardrobe. I am able to be warm but not overheated while running long distances. Its extremely lightweight and comfortable. I love that it folds into itself for convenient storage while hiking or traveling.
Love it but not designed for hourglass figures
Love the colour, design and finish and the inside pocket is super handy. The only thing I would note is they aren’t really designed for hourglass figures. I had to buy a medium to fit over my chest. While it’s fits fine and I’m happy it’s a little big on the deltoid areas (upper back) , baggyish around the waist and super tight on my bum. Therefore... Read More it doesn’t hang beautifully like it does in the picture / on women with straight up-down figures, which is a shame. I’m still happy with it overall but would love the new designs to shape better to a woman's body.
So cozy & comfortable
This is my second down sweater vest from Patagonia. They fit like a dream. My first one was magenta. I love the warmth this lightweight vest gives while leaving my arms free for whatever activity Im doing. On a cold day I can rake the leaves outside or work on projects inside and not have to turn the heat up. Its perfect! Its well made and stylish ... Read Moretoo!
Great vest, runs small
I debated between a M and L for awhile based on reviews before I finally decided to purchase a L and so glad I sized up. It fits well with room for a heavy sweater underneath and I do not find the L tight in the hips as other reviews said. Im 57, 155lbs with both a chest and hips. Light weight and warm!
Thank you for the thorough feedback on the fit of your vest.
great looking, light, but warm vest
I ordered these for myself, my daughter, and my son's girlfriend in several sizes. They are terrific looking and warm without being too heavy. I sent back two that didn't fit. They run a bit small in the hips. Patagonia is super about returns and they let me know when the returns arrived. Love this store!
Super light and warm
My new favorite! This vest is very comfy because its light. Keeps the torso toasty. Nice extra layer or perfect with a sweater, hoodie, flannel. I'm 5'2 and 107 lbs. The XS fits comfortably and its fitted so it hugs my body. I forget I have it on. I recommend strongly for people like me that feel constricted in heavy coats. Its definitely... Read More, a must have!
Runs very small.
I have the older version of this vest by Patagonia and wanted to replace it. Overall silouhette has changed. Runs small throughout entire body and hips. Also fits longer down low around hips but it runs super small. Elastic around armholes is good and neck is higher, also good. Even going a size up would not be good as it would not allow for winter... Read More base layering and movement. I returned it and kept my old one. Much preferred the older sihouette.
Hi Mary, we're so sorry this vest didn't work out. Your feedback has been passed along to the appropriate team. Our designs and fits are constantly being revised and customer's feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. We hope that we won't disappoint you in the future.
I own many of these vest in all colors, from the newer panel style to the old diamond quilt style. Why the older style fits me better the new style works too. Fits me in the chest, yet the jacket doesn't. Four stars only because I think the length could be 1 inch shorter for me. For as warm as it is, its not too puffy which I like. I love the ... Read Morecamp green, black and navy. I wish they would do a star pink.
Such a good buy
Im really happy I got this after eyeing it for a while. Unsurprisingly really good quality. I hesitated on buying online initially because Im pretty slim so have a hard time knowing what will really look okay and not too boxy. Im 59 and about 112lbs and the XXS is great on me. I saw some people found the armholes small but for me no issues.
Flattening the curve
This was my beloved vest for years. I recently turned it in for repairs (2 zippers down, multiple holes). Patagonia said it was too far gone and gave me a store credit. I was wowed and intended to replace the vest but...the style has changed so the women's vest has the same horizontal lines as the men's. The curvier model in the pictures ... Read Moremakes the vest look a little better than the first model does, but the front of the vest is unflattering on both of them, as it would be on me. In terms of everything but style, it's an amazing vest. The interior pocket is its best feature.
Such a beautiful green and details amazing
Over the years, I feel like there's been a very slight change in fit. I love the down sweater vest for the warmth, amazing color choices, technical details, fitted yet comfortable design. I wear an XS/S in most Patagonia items. I was in a store that had this green color in December. Only in size S, and it fit too big (bigger than the currently... Read More owned size S vest that I have is much older). The green color was appealing so I went ahead and ordered XS in the camp green and it is such a beautiful color if you like green. not too dark and not bright. I got the green Dirt Roamer jacket to go on top and they feel amazing! I must say, this was the best purchase in awhile (well, my first Patagonia purchase from almost 20 years ago in college was my Capilene's that I still wear snowboarding). Thank you Patagonia for putting such effort in all the design for active moving people. It is much appreciated.
Run, don't walk... to buy this
The best vest I've own hands down. If you have doubts, here is your sign to buy it. After a ton of research of different brands and warmths, I happily settled with this. The best decision ever. It is almost warmer than my parka. I love throwing this over my RI or nano hoody. It is very versatile. It is great for hiking, bike riding and literal... Read Morely anything. In the cold cold winter of chicago I will put it under my parka and can be out for hours.
After trying the nano and micro, this down vest is the best. The nano's zipper is a two hand job. With the down vest it is smooth and catch-free. The down vest is noticeably warmer which is great because I'm cold blooded. I also love the interior zipper pocket. It is a must have for me. I don't use purses so interior zipper pockets a... Read Morere where I stash my card case. The micro didn't have one! This vest is also nice and light. I've worn it skiing many times and it will definitely come to Patagonia with me in a few weeks.
Fit needs to be adjusted for women’s curves.
I love the colors and feel of the vest. It’s very well built. The reason for three stars is the fit. The small fit around my bust but was uncomfortably tight around my hips. The medium was loose around my bust and snug around my hips. I’m 5’4”, 135lbs, 34b bra, so pretty average build. I got the medium but will probably sell it because when I wear ... Read Moreit the wind gets through the arm holes due to the loose fit. It does not keep me warm. For a woman’s style vest, this one falls short of the mark. I like the new navy color but won’t get another until they correct the sizing issue.
Collar looks wrinkled
I have a few of these vests. They go with everything and fit well. The most recent one I purchased is not as well made. The collar is wrinkled even when I zip it up. The down fill seems less dense than the ones I previously purchased. Will probably return for a different item.
Hi there, please feel free to begin your return here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return.
I am a long time Patagonia customer, purchasing my first outfit 34 years ago. Yes, it is still in perfect shape and I can still wear it! I purchased my first ever vest a few days ago, which is the Down sweater vest. For reference, I am 5'2" 100 pounds and the build of an Olympic ice skater. I purchased the XXS, which fits me perfectly. A ... Read Moretrim fit which still allows for a sweater or a fleece underneath. I got the light balsamic color which is an elegant color. Patagonia: I love this item so much that I intend to purchase it in the green color. Please don't sell out of this! Now I can obsess over your vests as well as everything else!! Please make more items in the XXS size. Love you!! Piglet!
The quality of the gilet is great as expected with Patagonia and I think it runs true to size however the shape (in medium) is a little bulky on the chest and too large under the armpit which won't help with insulation. The small woudl be fine if I didn't expect to wear a jumper underneath but when I do I look like a wolf in sheep's ... Read Moreclothing.
Warm, comfortable and stylish!
Love the Down sweater vest to add to most outfits for that added layer needed in northern NH right now! Will also include in ski bag for days that the wind chill gets through your normal layers. May have to consider a few more of these to replace other ones I own that don’t really keep you warm.
I love everything about this vest which is great given that it’s not inexpensive. Worth every penny. Very light weight yet surprisingly warm. Fit true to size for me, and the fitted style looks great on. Very comfortable - not at all bulky so I can layer it under and over, easily.
Wisconsin Winter Jacket
Wisconsin winters aren’t the worst yet cold enough (and early this year in my mind) that I get very uncomfortable. I bought this coat and it’s perfect!! It’s warm enough that I can wear short sleeves, long enough so the cold and wind don’t get up my back or down my pants and when I get in the car it’s not under my butt so I can’t move. It’s the per... Read Morefect WI winter jacket for me. I’m 5’9” 165 lbs. I bought a large and it’s the perfect fit. I also got the nano puff mittens and my hands and perfectly comfortable!! Thank you Patagonia and employees for all you’re doing! I give you 2 thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻
women vest is to boxie
women vest is to boxie and uncomfortable around waist line
Hi Kelly, we're sorry you were unhappy with the fit of the Women's Down Sweater Vest. This vest is a regular fit and will be slightly boxier through the torso. If you're looking for something in a slim fit we'd recommend taking a look at the Patagonia Women's Nano-Air® Vest, https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-nano-air-vest/84277.html?dwvar_84277_color=BLK&cgid=womens-jackets-vests&isSearch=true#tile-5=&q=vest&start=1&sz=24.
I hesitated to buy this due to the price, but decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did. This is the best vest I own (I have 6 others in various brands and colors including Barbour). I’m 150lbs, 5’8” and bought a M, fit is great and I can wear a sweater comfortably underneath. The best part is the length, I’m long bodied and this hits below the hi... Read Morep nicely. I’ll be buying the jacket.
Loved the vest but it
Loved the vest but it was a little short in length and to tight across the chest the arm cutouts were low so the next size (L) would not have been an option. I love the product just wish the fit was better. There have been many similar reviews posted online, thought the design may changed because os do many posts!
I’m 5’8” Medium top and Large bottom- the M vest DOESN'T close at the hips so I ordered the L and it’s way to big. I read previous reviews and ignored them but really this best isn’t hip friendly! So sad.
Hi Elluany! Thanks for taking the time and provide this feedback, it's crucial to improving products for future seasons.We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment you've experienced with the fit. Your satisfaction is guaranteed so you're always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). Also, we've reached out to you directly with some further assistance!
I love my vest! This is the first one I've bought so I don't have anything to compare it to, but the fit seems good. The collar might be a little high when fully zipped but doesn't seem to be a problem. I chose the Classic Navy color which matches just about everything and I end up wearing it almost everyday when the weather is cool.... Read More I also have a micropuff hoody and a nanopuff for colder days but the vest is the thing I grab in the spring/fall or if I want to use it as a layer to keep my core warm under a heavier shell. I'm 5'4", 125 and a Medium fits me well.
I love my Down Sweater Jacket, so I was expecting to love the vest - and I do. It's so soft. It's a great weight for a vest. Runs a bit large in my opinion. I'm pretty true to a size Large, and could have probably sized down to a Medium. Would happily recommend this product.
This is a beautiful vest - very high quality. I loved the shade of navy and when I put it on it felt really soft and comfortable, but I couldn't even get the corners to meet at the bottom to zip it up. I wear size 8 or 10 so the medium should have been perfect. Others seem to have a problem with the tight fit around the hips and note that a la... Read Morerger size is too big, so I won't bother ordering a large but will be returning and not exchanging. With so many comments about the snug fit around the hips, I would think Patagonia would make some adjustments to this vest.
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Love the color! I think
Love the color! I think it runs small and did not like the material.
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A must have in the outdoor/active wardrobe
First off, the vest is one of the most versatile and critical items for any outdoor activity or camping adventure. And as far as vests go, this is perfect. Compact, soft, the perfect "poof" factor, and pockets. It fits like a dream - not too roomy, not too snug. It will go over anything from a T-shirt to a basic sweater and under any othe... Read Morer down jacket as a base layer.
A classic item in my closet!
This is the 3rd down best I’ve purchased from Patagonia. I love the light weight, warmth & ability to roll up or squish into a suitcase. These are my go to in all kinds of weather. I bought to mossy green color & it’s a bit lighter in person than In the pictures.
Nice vest - Sizing off
I was hoping to get a new Patagonia down vest. I have a 2011 black Patagonia size Large down vest that I love. It fits me well and has served me often and well through the years. It is the style with the lovely stitched organic curves that flow and are flattering to the female body. I thought this Fall I would get a new vest in Mako Blue, even tho... Read Moreugh the curvy stitching is gone in favor of boring horizontal stitching (echoing many other brands). I read the Patagonia customer reviews online back as far as available to 2014. From 2014 and onward there is a consistency of comments about the hips being too small. Skimpy hip measurement does not work for me; I am shaped curvy, not straight up and down. I went to the store and tried on their size Large down vest and found (unlike my 2011 vest) that the hips are too small to even zip the vest. I tried on the XLarge and found it barely big enough in the hips to zip. Further, the XL is so long on my 5’1” frame and so swimmingly wide in the shoulders, that it looks ridiculous on me. In the store, I compared my 2011 vest to the 2019 and found that the 2019 size Large is 1.5” smaller in the hips than the 2011. Really – 1.5” smaller. So, I concur with the multitude of commenters that the sizing has changed so that the vest no longer accommodates curvy women. Since these customer comments to Patagonia go back at least 5 years and Patagonia has not increased the hip circumference, it makes me wonder if Patagonia is even listening. Disheartening. Let it be known that curvy women are just as physically active as straight up and down women. And I would bet our shape accounts for half the women. For years Patagonia has been my favorite brand --- well made products and pro-environmental policies. Sadly, I find I am having to look to other brands for a fit that is comfortable and works. And clearly, I am not alone. This does not have to be so. Please listen, Patagonia.
We can't thank you enough for your thoughtful comments toward this and are sorry to hear that over the years, our sizing changes have resulted in some troubles and concerns. Feedback like this is what will allow us to understand what our customers are hoping to see in the future so this is greatly appreciated. As far as this vest, if you haven't [returned](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) it already, please reach out and we are happy to [assist](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) you.
I purchased this because my other white down vest of 20 years was worn, zipper failed and loosing down. The new vest is longer than my previous one but fits basically the same. It is my go to whenever I’m home or outdoors. It’s lightweight, breathable and keeps me comfortable. Also, the vest allows the freedom to roll up my sleeves while doing chor... Read Morees. Nice inside pocket, sized generously, to hold my big cell phone while I listen to my favorite podcast.
What you expect!
I've wanted one of these vests for years and love it! Warm but lightweight. Goes with everything. Good length - I have a slightly longer torso and appreciate that it's not too short or too long. I'm 5'6, 120, got a small - it fits nicely over a lightweight sweater layer.
Sweater vest size change
I lost my treasured black down vest from 10 years ago so bought a new one. The fit has been changed and it’s bizarre. First of all the medium that used to fit me perfectly is now HUGE. The worst part about the fit is how long it is. Unflattering compared to my old one PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD FIT AND SIZING. 😤😤😤
We are very sorry to hear about your disappointment with the fit. We appreciate your feedback on this. Please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) this back to us.
I have a Patagonia vest from a few years back that I wear daily. My husband surprised me with a new color for Christmas. He ordered the size S based on my current vest, however it was too big. After exchanging the XS fits everywhere but the hip area. It is also being returned. I'm really bummed as I LOVE my original Patagonia. My hope a redesi... Read Moregn is in the works as it seems I'm not alone with the sizing issues.
I wanted to love this. My husband bought it for me as a gift. It’s being returned. I’m usually a large in tops. I looked like s stuffed sausage with This zipped up. It’s shorter than I’d like and the price is so high, it needs to be perfection for me to have kept it. Sorry. I don’t recommend this.
This super light weight but incredibly warm vest is a must have for any occasion. LOVE the color and it matches the rest of my Patagonia outer wear. Breathable down makes it comfortable to wear inside the house or out on the trail. Brilliant as a layer, outstanding by itself. I'm 5'9" at 128 lbs with a slim build and wear the S size.... Read More Perfect. Love the inside zipped pockets.
LOVE these vests!
I have 3 of these vests in white,black and gray,but I would LOVE the Tyrian Purple color you had a few seasons ago. Would you PLEASE consider bringing it back again???...with the red/orange pink zippers too??! Thanks for your consideration! (The tubular blue with gold zippers was pretty awesome too! Would love a chance to purchase both at some poin... Read Moret!)
New style not so great
I bought this in a L as I have one from 4 years ago that was a L as well. The style has changed. The collar is high and a little bothersome. I do not like the horizontal ribbing on the side. The vest is now much longer than the older styles too. The large was too big on me,maybe not necessarily in the waist area,but it was definitely too long and t... Read Morehe collar bothered me. Not for short torsos
Fit does. It work for curvy women
I ordered the large because I am normally a medium to large in most sizes.... the large was so tight and very unflattering. Ordered an xl because I really liked the feel and fabric. I was drowning in the xl.... so strange how this sizing is. Returned Both. Very disappointed.
Perfect vest for just about any activity.
I love this vest! I have purchased two of them and they have both been perfect for what I need. I tend to be cold all the time,and I've been really happy with how easy they are to pack away in a day pack within their own zippers for when I need them. The feathers don't spill out like the previous vests I've owned and I'm super i... Read Morempressed with the quality. Super warm!
Love the color!
Have not had a chance to wear it yet,weather has been too warm. However,looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it once the cooler weather is upon us. I have lots of Patagonia gear. It's costly but so well made and if you can score it when it's on sale,you've gotten yourself a deal.
My favorite Patagonia
Bought this in rivermouth black and the color exactly matched the picture,which seemed more grey-green than black. I really wish that the lupine looked like it does in the pic online but instead it's much more lilac than greyish-purple. Everything about this vest is great. It's gorgeous and can be worn for any occasion! My only deal with... Read More it is that the waist could be a bit slimmer. I'm 5'6" 121lbs and go in between wearing and xs for regular fits and s for slim fits. I bought this in an xs thinking it would fit perfectly but there's more room than I would care for. It still looks flattering but on a breezy summer night in the mountains I was wishing that it had a synched waist. That way everyone would be happy.
I read some of the reviews that this vest isn't great for accommodating hips. I'm pretty slim,(5'6",118pounds,32C) so I figured I would give it a shot,even though I do "hour-glass" a little,and wasn't sure how straight-up-and-down this vest would be. I really like the fit. I feel like it fits perfectly over my hip... Read Mores,and fits well under a shell or over a fleece. I have to size down with Patagonia,and even though it always makes me nervous,I generally go with an XS for sizing,and so far that's worked consistently. I feel like the vest could be even more fitted and still work well,but I like that it hits that sweet spot of tailored without being super clingy or a bit loose. The vest is warm and comfortable,but still fits well under layers,which is exactly what I look for in a down vest.
All Purpose Vest
I purchased this vest about a year ago in navy and when I saw the green,it was worth investing in another one. The sweater vest is one of my wardrobe staples. Extremely versatile as I wear it climbing,hiking or throw on a scarf and wear it to work or its always in my suitcase when travelling.
I really wanted this vest to work!
I love this vest and am always envious of friends who have it! But unfortunately it didn't work for me! The medium (my usual Patagonia size) was much too tight even with just a long sleeve t underneath! I tried sizing up to a large but it was too boxy on me! Hopefully sizing will change so I can get one of these vests in the future!
I bought this vest a month ago and am so happy I did! I was a little wary of spending so much on a vest but it's worth it,I have a few others but this is the only one I want to wear now! The fit is great and it's very warm - perfect sub for a jacket in the mild Oregon winters. I'm 5'3" 115 pounds and the XS fits perfectly. ... Read MoreIt's now my go to vest and I've gotten tons of compliments. Highly recommend!
Warm and cozy - not bulky!
We purchased these for our staff,who spend a lot of time outside with guests. Our mornings in Napa can be quite cold,so these vests were a perfect solution. Although sporty,they give a complete look to their uniform. We purchased the drumfire red and the black. Guests even offered to purchase them from our staff!
So cozy. The perfect temperature.
This is my first Patagonia vest,and I love it. I love having my arms free but my core warm! I love it so much I bought three different colors in the same vest,and planning to buy a 4th! it does run a bit small in the hips area,so it's a little snug on me when zipped but the medium was too big.
Just the right amount of warmth
I am a big fan of vests,for my mild winter climate in the San Francisco Bay Area. I had an older generation of this down vest,and had been looking for a new color to add to my wardrobe. When the navy blue went on sale,I grabbed the offer and purchased the same size - small - as my previous vest. I had seen that the sizing had changed (narrower at t... Read Morehe hips,and slightly longer); so,although I love the versatility of the color,I am not as happy with the fit on me as my older vest.
I totally love this vest! I wear it all the time - I'm wearing it right now!! It's lightweight,comfortable yet warm and functional. In Oregon we can have three seasons in a day and this vest sees me through all of them. I am so happy about the inside zip pocket for my important items,and all of the zippers work easily without snagging. My... Read More only comment is that it runs a little small. I usually wear an extra small butI had to return the first one and size up - but even that experience was completely easy and positive. Thanks Patagonia!
Bought this a few months back and I love it!! Great for cool days (50F) over a base layer for trekking about. Was almost too hot when I wore it snowboarding in 28F weather as my midlayer over my base and under another jacket that had mild insulation. Also perfect to use under a rain shell for city walking in 45F weather (provided the shell is of qu... Read Moreality and does not soak through). Overall great piece. I'm 5'4",115lbs and got an XS.
Excellent,light,but warm vest. Perfect layer.
This is my second favorite Patagonia product in my closet (next to the Women's Down Sweater Hoody). I've owned a few down vests from a competing brand,but eventually gave those away because,while warm,they were super bulky. What I love about the Patagonia Down Sweater Vest is that it's light weight,hassle free,no unnecessary frills,w... Read Moreith all the warmth that some of the puffier vests that you might find elsewhere. Not only is it easy to pack,but it's easy to layer without feeling like a marshmallow. On rainy days,I've layered this under an old Patagonia rain shell for just the right amount of warmth. On cool/sunny days (50 degrees/breezy),I often layer it over a thermal and am good to go. I'm 5'4",roughly 135,and have a medium. A small would work as well,but it would have been fitted in the hips,and I prefer a slightly roomier fit in general. The only suggestion I have for Patagonia is that they add the microfiber/fleece like material on the inside tips of the collar by the zipper like in the Down Sweater Hoody.
I bought this vest about a month ago and I love it! The color/pattern is cool and you can wear it with pants or I've worn it all day to work with a skirt. I have 3 colors and would love more! Small is perfect for me; I'm 5'7 128 pounds and like the fitted feel/look.
Light weight and great fit
Bought this for myself as a layering piece to wear when it gets chilly in Canada. I am 5'6 and 135lbs and a small fits wonderfully! I was a little skeptical about the size when I first received it as it seemed a little snug,but I was able to layer big chunky knit sweaters underneath it with no problem! I brought this with me on a short Europe ... Read Moretrip,and its light weight and compressibility was a blessing when trying to pack.
My Favorite Vest!
I have several vests,both Patagonia and North Face and this is far and away my favorite. I love the color and the logo really stands out. It is incredibly warm and (living in Iowa) I can wear it with a scarf and long sleeves and be fine on an 'average' winter day. If the prices were a little lower I would order more. Worth the $ I spent!
Warm and cuddly!
I bought this vest and I wear it all the time! It's so warm and is very stylish. I used to only wear North Face vests,but now I can't get enough of Patagonia! My only complaint is the sizing. I usually wear a medium in most things,but I went up to an XL so I could wear sweaters under it without it being too tight.
Great construction,fits well,looks great
The jacket has the same quality construction I expect from Patagonia and fits very well. The colors are as they appear on the website. Very warm for the overall thickness. Very pleased. The only reason I can't give this 5 stars is the zipper is not compatible with my other Patagonia soft/hardshell jackets. Not a huge issue for me but it would ... Read Morebe nice to have them zip together so I don't have to keep track of both jackets when I take them off. If this was disclosed on the webpage I missed it but would have still purchased the vest.
Perfect for a petitie frame!
I've been looking for a puff jacket/vest that wouldn't make me look so big (bc I have such a petite frame)! I'm 26,5'1,and weigh 100lbs. I've tried so many XS jackets and vest but they're always too big. I have even tried the ones at Uniqlo. I have also tried youth sizes but the sleeves are always a tad bit too short s... Read Moreo I was esatic when I found out Patagonia offered XXS. It hits me perfectly at the waist. I can layer comfortably. Not only that but I easily get hot while hiking and biking so it gives me enough warmth without overhearing. It's perfect!
I went back and forth between this vest and the most affordable option for a good two months. But when it came time to actually buy one,I decided to take a chance and go with the nicer,hardier one. I'm glad I did. I LOVE this piece. I'm working on a capsule wardrobe and this will definitely be a staple for winter and a portion of spring a... Read Morend fall. It's incredibly comfortable and flattering. I love that there is an inside zipper pocket. It works well to layer with tunics and plaid shirts,although it looks frumpy if you try to layer anything much thicker with it. Also,I typically wear a small in most brands (Columbia and North Face included) but needed to bump up to a medium in this if I wanted to be able to wear a tank top and a button-down under it. Not a big deal,but I'm glad I tried it on in a store before ordering online or else I would've ordered a small and had to exchange it.
Would be perfect,but proportions off
This vest is so close to excellence! The weight-to-warmth ratio is really fabulous. (I've been wearing this on winter bike commutes and it's the perfect layer,however I pair it.) However,I've experienced some fit issues that other customers have mentioned. It's tight across the belly/hips area and HUGE in the bust. I feel as tho... Read Moreugh two of me could fit in the upper torso. I wish the fit was right!
Is a two way zipper too much to ask????
I bought this vest before Christmas and I've worn it twice. Both times I spent most of the day rearranging it and having it bug me for a couple of hours in the car. I like the longer length to cover the butt but why is it so hard to put a two way zipper in vests and jackets???
Forestland Lupine: Pretty color and design
BUT... New customer,just received internet order,smooth transaction and prompt delivery. It is quite cold in the Bay Area today and I must say that this vest has a VERY light down weight and does not keep me warm enough. Since I wear my vests most of the time (and am not concerned with "packing") I would have preferred a warmer vest. Als... Read Moreo a consideration is cost/benefit. Otherwise a sporty/feminine design.
Exactly what I was looking for
I had been eyeing this vest for a while and finally made the investment,and I'm so happy that I did. I opted to go for this more expensive version because it's lighter and more package. I wear this around town over a wool sweater when it's warmer,and under a larger puffy when the weather is below zero. I've also worn it skiing a... Read Morend running to keep my core warm when it's really cold,but avoid the bulk and heat of a full puffy. I think the fit is perfect (I have a slimmer,more athletic build),and the pockets are the perfect size and position.
Wonderful vest but fit is off...
I love my old down sweater vests from about 5-6 years ago,but the newer versions are longer and very slim around the hips. If I size up,the top of the vest balloons up when I sit down and is very uncomfortable. The vest in one size up will barely zip at the bottom because it is too tight at the hips. Patagonia,I don't mind this vest being long... Read Moreer,but please create a garment that fits ALL women,not just those of us who are slim. An alternative would be to offer two sizes...one regular for us curvy girls,and one true "slim fit". Unfortunately,I'll have to make my old vests last a little longer. Too bad since this season's colors are so bright and pretty!
Light and warm
I love this vest,it is incredibly light,yet very warm. It is flattering and cut just right,big enough to fit over a warm shirt,small enough to fit under other gear. Combined with my midweight parka,single digits are comfortable. Small fits perfectly. I'm 35-27-35 and 126 lbs and 5'6". I tried a medium on and it was longer,which was g... Read Moreood,but sort of baggie,would be good if you plan on layering more underneath. My only complaint is that the armholes are a tad small. It's a vest,so clearly another shirt will be underneath and I feel I could use more room,and I'm not big shouldered.
Perfect for just about everything!
The fit on this is great! A bit longer cut and hourglass in shape,size is pretty spot on for me,a small at 5'3" & 115lbs. The collar is nice and comfy zipped or open. Oversized zippers on the front and 2 side handwarmer pockets. Smaller interior chest pocket with dual zipper for vest self stuffing. Very warm and breathable. Fits over ... Read Morebaselayers and under outer layers with equal ease. Quality piece from Patagonia that wont let you down.
This was given to me as a gift. The medium fits perfectly (I'm 5'8",small breasted but broad shoulders). It's light weight and wonderful color (silver with teal lining). I'll be taking it on a backpack trip to Chimney Pond in Baxter (Maine) the middle of Oct. This should give the vest a good test for warmth .. the lightweig... Read Moreht is already a plus in the pack!
New fit didn't work for me
I have a prior version of this vest from ~10 years ago that I love,but it's getting pretty old and ratty and I felt like an upgrade was in order. A fun color was on sale and so I pulled the trigger. I couldn't remember what size my old vest was at home,so I ordered both a S and M. When the new vests came I was pretty disappointed. It seem... Read Mores that Patagonia has redesigned their clothing for stick people and not women with curves. I'm on the high side of 5'6",140 lbs,athletic build - small waist,decent breasts,hips,and shoulders. What I really don't like about the new vest cut is the length. As other reviewers have noted,the S had a nice length (~1-2" below my hip bone),but was really tight across the breast region. The M fit like a trash bag,super loose throughout most of the torso,and then it came down to 3-4" below my hip bone,hanging so low that it constricted my leg movement. I held up the new M to my old M and it is indeed several inches longer and apparently wider as well. I also found the fabric and loft of the older vest to be more to my liking than this new model,even after years of slowly losing feathers. The redesign must be part of Patagonia's green initiative master plan. My old vest still fits like a (well-worn ratty) glove and will continue to go on adventures with me. These new ones are going back.
my favorite piece
I bought this vest over a year ago,and I'm just as obsessed as I was when I purchased. I've read some reviews talking about the fit,and I have never had an issue. I'm 5'5 with a slender build and I think the Small is a very appropriate size. It fits well over a base/slightly loose layer (I usually wear unzipped). And it is excel... Read Morelent as a fitted,toasty layer under a jacket or coat. I've worn casually with a coat and with a thicker shell skiing. As for the tightness around the waist,I think it makes for a more secure layer under my jackets and shells. Technical enough to be a reliable,quality layer,and casual enough to wear to work.
Living in this vest....
Versatile enough to hike with on Mt. Whitney on Saturday and wear to the office on Monday. A wardrobe favorite. To many activities to recommend wearing it for but I do plan on travelling with it this summer,skiing with it next winter and wearing it for a lot of other sports/activities in between.
Poor fit,had to return.
I really really wanted to try make this work but the jacket was so ill-fitting I had to return it. I am 5"6' average build and despite the warnings of the other customers of how ill-fitting the jacket is,I decided to buy the jacket and was confident I could "make it work". Alas,"make it work" I couldn't. The jacke... Read Moret was very loose at the top and very snug at the hips. Every time I stood up,the jacket would creep up at the waist and swell up in the front. I tried to make it work by using it on top of bulky hoodies etc,but the fit was still awful. However,despite all the fit issues,one can see the jacket is of top notch quality and is made to last.Please make it a better shape/fit and I would give it a shot again!
Love this vest,but fits a bit small at the hips
First,the positive feedback about the down sweater vest. It is well made,attractive,and very warm without being too puffy. I wear it for dog walking,snow shoeing,and after yoga to stay cozy - a great,versatile layer. My top priority is function,so I'm okay with the larger,more casual zippers. I also applaud Patagonia for using traceable down -... Read More that had a definite impact on my decision to buy this item. As others have mentioned,however,the sizing with this vest is tricky. I am about 5'3" tall,115 pounds (my hips are 35.5"),and the vast majority of my Patagonia garments,including two down sweaters and numerous synchilla vests,have been XS. I have an average torso length; this vest falls lower on my hips than my other pieces,and I have about and inch and a half of give at the bottom. This is fine when I'm wearing my yoga pants,but it feels a bit snug when paired with thicker bottom layers such as jeans or a base layer with soft shell pants. Although I'd like to have more give at the bottom no matter what I'm wearing,I'm keeping the XS vest because it fits me well everywhere else (I have a 33" bust). If you are of average height or shorter,with a larger bust measurement,you may want to order a size S. I realize that it's impossible to design a vest that will fit everyone,but I agree with other reviewers that there are options to address this issue,e.g.,a two-way zipper or two lengths from which to choose. With either of these adjustments,women of different shapes and sizes could enjoy the functionality,comfort and warmth of this attractive down vest.
Awesome vest,Patagonia finally got the fit right!
tl;dr first: Love the new long-and-lean fit,high quality goose down,and cute styling! Wish it had a nylon shell,and a two-way zipper. Make sure to check the size chart to get the right size for waist AND hips! **************** Now the extended review: This the the best down vest out there,IMO. Wanted one for years,but never bought because the fit ... Read Morewas so weird -- too short and boxy,only fit short torsos and curvy/mature bodies. The new version of this vest is fantastic! Thank you Patagonia for finally updating and improving the fit! Fit is now long and lean,good for longer torsos and athletic bodies. Covers waistband on my mid-rise bottoms. Drapes along the body,but magically expands to fit sweaters underneath. Looks cute and stylish,streamlined and modern. Wish it didn't have logo on chest,seems tacky. Down fill is excellent quality,love that Patagonia still uses 800 Euro goose down,not cheap duck like other manufacturers. Don't love the polyester shell fabric,wish it were a nice durable nylon. The poly fabric is stiff and rides up when I sit,which brings my next complaint. This vest needs a two-way zipper,to unzip the bottom when sitting (eg driving). A two-way zip would also improve fit for people smaller on top than bottom (seems like an issue with this vest). Warmth factor is perfect for me in northern NH -- just right for cool temps (40-50 F) and over sweaters in colder (20-30 F). Not warm enough for real cold (0-10 F),unless I'm hiking or shoveling snow,but fits nicely under winter coats. Drop-tail helps prevent bootie-freeze. Not weather-proof,but more wind-resistant than other down jackets. ********* Important note about sizing: ********* Make sure to look at the size chart! You must choose the size based on your largest measurement: hip,waist,or chest. Unlike the previous version,this vest needs to skim the hips in order to drape correctly. Lots of people (like me) are bigger on the bottom than the top. If you buy too small,the vest will hang up on your hips,and it will be too tight at the hip and too roomy around the torso. So measure yourself accurately and buy according to the size chart. Like me,you may find that you need a size bigger than usual! For reference I am 5'4',110 pounds,26.5' waist,36' hips,and needed S in this vest. XS was too small even though I always used to wear XS in Patagonia.
Amazing everyday vest
I cannot say enough good things about this vest. I got it last year for Christmas and am amazed how warm it's kept me. It's great for days when a fleece or thin sweater is all you need on your arms but a big coat is too much. My boyfriend loves it so much,he started stealing mine - I had to get him his own this past Christmas! I'm a ... Read More38D and normally wear size 12 clothes - I sized up to an XL,and I'm glad I did.
Perfect for everyday
This is one of my all-time favorite Patagonia products. I love it so much that I own three! The fit is slim and flattering and the down is the perfect weight. I have tried several other brands of vests over the years (black is always my preferred color) and after everyday wear, every other black vest has faded significantly due to sun exposure. Aft... Read Moreer owning my black Patagonia vest for nearly a year now, it still looks brand new and the color hasn't faded at all.
Love this vest and will keep it even though....
... the fit could be a bit roomier in the hips. I love this vest! It's light weight and warm and looks great. But I have to agree with previous reviews that it is a bit small in the hips. I am 5' 4" and weigh about 125 pounds. My hips measure 37 1/2 "and I'm a pretty average build - neither long nor short waisted. I ordered... Read More size small and the fit is good everywhere except my hips where it fits ok but no room to spare. Even if it zipped up from the bottom it would have been an improvement. Having said that, I do love it. I've only had it a week and already I'd be lost without it!
So warm without the puffiness
I just bought this vest locally today and oh my gosh I'm in love! I bought the sumac red color which is absolutely fantastic! Most perfect red I've ever seen. It's fun without being overly bright. Love the burgundy zippers as a contrast. This vest is so warm. I put it on in the store and was instantly hot. It's going to be great... Read More for doing dog walks and anything else outside this fall and winter. I don't think it would be good for high energy activities because I think you will sweat your brains out---I would never go trail running in it but would probably be great for hiking. It is super cute and nice enough looking to be worn out on the town and also in the woods. Love the versatility of Patagonia products. Now I'm in trouble however because I got online and now I see that you have a purple one which is my favorite color. Shall I buy a second? I think YES! I love that this fits like a nano vest in terms of being slim fitting and not puffy. And of course the traceable down is the only down product I will buy. Great job Patagonia! You not only make fabulous products, but you care about the animals and environment. This is why I support you and have a closet that is half full with your clothes! Oh, and I'm 5'5" and 120 lbs and the extra small fits me perfectly.
I purchased this vest and when it showed up it was the perfect color and loved the look and then I tried it on'. I was very disappointed because like the R1 fleece jacket that I had to return, they have changed the design to be more narrow at the hips. I was and have been a small and now they don't fit! Please bring back the old style. I... Read Moref you look at all the reviews you will see everyone even if they like the length, say it is snug around the waist and hips! So disappointed that I will have to find another place to shop if they keep making all the jackets narrow! We women have hips!
This year new design has a casual looking zipper
After I bought this new design vest by mail. I compared this with my old one. I like the former design better. I didn't like the new zipper because it does look too casual. I can tolerated the new design even though it is fitted tigher at the waist. I wear extra small, the next size will be too big. I love Patagonia products. Please bring back... Read More the former nicer zipper.
Good for everything
This versatile down sweater vest is good for anything... An insulating mid-layer on brisk ski days, to keep your core warm on cold days running, or just casually around town. I got this as a gift for my wife and she loves it and wears it constantly. She likes the fit, color, and styling.
Much better but still not perfect
This vest is a huge improvement from years past. Loving the longer length as no woman I know wants a vest to end at her lower abdomen. Still think it could be at least an inch longer!! I got the small (5'9 120 lbs) and it just barely fits in the hips. The medium might be better but then I'd worry about it being too big across the chest.
Best Vest Ever
This vest is everything I had hoped it would be. After a string of E bauer vests, my boyfriend bought me this for Christmas and I couldn't be happier with it. There is such a quality difference between this vest and others made by competing companies. The material is softer yet doesn't allow down out of the seams. It's thinner yet wa... Read Morermer. Yet I can wear it indoors as well, as it's incredibly breathable. It's absolute quality. Hands down. I just didn't know there could be a vest as comfortable and warm as this. I'm a size 4, 130lbs, 5'8" and I wear a small. It's a lil loose in the chest. But perfect on the hips. I had purchased an extra small and had to return it. Super tight in the bust. This fits like a looser slim fit. Only problem with the vest is that my boyfriend can't wear it. Lol
very fond of this one
I found the fit just right, but know with the incredible diversity in women's bodies, no piece will fit each of us. Appreciate the zippered pockets outside the inner roomy zip pocket; no problem with them catching, but I keep them zipped all the time. I wear this for anything I'm doing (it looks great, so even out for coffee, etc.), when ... Read MoreI need a little more warmth. Plan to use it for many years, like nearly everything else Patagonia in my closet!
Good Layerable Vest
I wear this vest around the house, walking, hiking, shopping, and even cross country skiing. Purchased the white color in a medium because I'm a size 6-8. Love the vest, hate the zippers on the pockets. Gave the vest 3 stars instead of 5 because the plastic teeth on the oversized pocket zippers snag everything I wear from terrycloth loops to t... Read Moreop stitching on my under layers. My other jackets and vests have concealed zippers on the pockets and they don't snag. Patagonia please listen and change the design. Also, I would gladly pay more to have the collar lined with a light fleece.
Sizing is off
This is my first Patagonia purchase for myself. Per the sizing chart a M is size 8-10. I am 5'10 weighing 150 and am a M in the top, size 8 on the bottom, size 6 in dresses. Was so bummed that this was too tight around the hips and barely zipped/no comfort . I would order a larger size if you would like it to fit comfy to layer, I feel the siz... Read Moree chart is not true to a real woman. Great material, can't wait to see how the Large fits....customer service was wonderful with accommodating the switch. I think the M fits more like a size 6-8.
Love this vest!
I bought this vest as a layer for winter hiking in the White Mts. of NH. It's absolutely wonderful! I wear it under a waterproof, windproof shell. It keeps me warm but not overheated. I have also been wearing it with a sweater/jeans to relax in after a hike, on the weekends around town, and in the office if it's cold. I'm 5'7&qu... Read Moreot; and have a long torso. I appreciate the longer length which keeps my hips warm and doesn't ride up. It has a really nice fit. Thanks, Patagonia!
Better fit, Cheap zippers
This is the 8th down sweater vest I have purchased over the years--this time I bought the navy blue. Like the new cut with the longer length for more coverage, but hate the plastic zippers. I much prefer the old nylon zips. Hope Patagonia considers keeping the the new cut, but returning to nylon zippers.
Too long, doesn't fit right
I have this vest from a prior season and wear it so often that I wanted to buy another one, but it doesn't work very well for shorter people, it is too long. I am 5'2" and 120 lbs. I have the same problem with the nano puff vests. A great vest if it fits.
New Favorite Vest!
Like a previous reviewer, I found this to be a perfect fit for my longer than average torso! I'm 5'6", about 125 lbs and bought a small, which is what I wear in most Patagonia items. I got the cobalt blue, which is somehow proving to be a pretty great neutral. I've already gotten a ton of use out of this vest, even more than I o... Read Moreriginally expected. It's been a great piece for the transition into fall (in New England). I also love that Patagonia creates such high quality pieces and stands fully behind their products. I know that I will have (and enjoy) this vest for many years to come!
I'm 5'8, 125lb and got the XS. It fits perfectly. Great length, flattering cut and construction. This new version of the down vest is a much better fit for someone with a regular to long torso. The past season down vest is far too short for me and didn't fit properly. Very satisfied with the update to this vest.
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