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Tight fit around the arm pits
As much as I love Patagonia, I find most of the hoodies including this one run tight, especially around the arm pits. The length is fine but the tightness around the body make them quite uncomfortable and sizing up don't always work either. I wear M on the down sweater and its slightly loose, but M on this is just too tight. It's too bad ... Read Morebecause I do like the style.
Great bit of kit
I have the full length zip performance better sweater and the quarter zip rib knit standard fit better sweater. They're both great. Lovely quality and really comfortable ... and they don't look like you're about to head off to base camp. The performance better sweater is a slim fit and really only ok for wearing over a T shirt or bas... Read Moree layer whereas the standard fit better sweater is good for wearing over a long sleeve shirt and or light jumper for example. For sizing, I'm 5'10 and 73 kg and the medium is a good fit for me in both
More than Slim fit
A very nice weather, good warmth and style BUT it is incredibly small. You can't wear anything but a tee shirt under it. I tried a sport shirt and couldn't get my hands past the elbow area. Don't even think an XL would work and I always find L to be more than adequate.
Hi Ken, we're sorry to hear that you're disappointed with the sizing of your Performance Better Sweater. You're more than welcome to return or exchange it for the correct fit. You can start your return/exchange here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return.
Comfortable warmth with easy motion
Great fit that allows easy motion. The fit is perfect, slim enough to allow layering on top. Great for wearing by itself on a fall day, or for wearing inside jackets on those really cold days. My only gripe with this sweater is that it is somewhat of a pain to slip on top of a full hand shirt as it c'lings' to the cloth of the shirt.
Starting falling apart after 1 week
The cuffs on the jacket started fraying after 1 week of wear :(
Hi Maryna! We're sorry your jacket isn't holding up. We've emailed you a free shipping label in case you'd like to send that back to us under warranty. Thank you for your review.
Breathable, but warm
This sweater is warm but also breathable, which made it the perfect choice for walking/jogging on chilly mornings. Snug fitting yet stretchable with the addition of the "racing stripes" . A great choice for those who want a sweater without overheating when taking a stroll in colder weather.
Great active jacket
Warm and comfortable as expected with the better sweater. Looks great. I have longer arms and the sleeves fit great and allow full movement but are slightly narrow so anything bulky underneath is a bit uncomfortable. great for layering up due to the slim fit. This is definitely an active jacket and I would recommend the standard style for more ever... Read Moreyday casual wear.
Wool light jacket
Very tight in the armpits and around the girth. Sleeves are perfect length. XL the sleeves would be too long, but not as tight in the girth and armpits. Rins VERY small!
Hi Jon! Thanks for your review! We're sorry to hear this item didn't work out for you. Please note, this style is a Slim Fit so it is intended to fit closer to the body. If you are looking for something a bit more relaxed, I would recommend checking out our [Better Sweater](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-better-sweater-fleece-jacket/25528.html?dwvar_25528_color=STH&cgid=root&isSearch=true#q=better%2Bsweater&lang=en_US&start=1). You are welcome to initiate a return or exchange [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
I bought the garment for
I bought the garment for my grandson...we are both Patagonia fans :) :) the fabric did not look like the real thing...sort of thin and the collar was all rumpled so sad...he wanted to keep it though so he's off to college with his Patagonia I would like to come back again though ??
Thanks so much for your feedback, Nancy. A good thing to note is that since this is the Performance Better Sweater, it was designed to offer more breathability to the wearer, which is why that fabric is a bit thinner when compared to the regular Better Sweater. We're glad to hear your grandson decided to keep it, but if he changes his mind, he is welcome to [return it](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Epic as Always
Disclaimer - I do work for REI but do not representing the company in anyway, I am reviewing completely independently. I love Patagonia's (Sweaters) Fleeces jackets. I've had another one for many years and they are indestructible, and no matter how many jackets I buy, and I do have a few, this jacket always becomes my 3-1/2 to 4 season ... Read Morejacket. Insistingly this version is thinner then the same older version I own, and I do feel the wind through this a bit more then my older one. I would definitely require an addition wind breaker/second layer in colder situations. I am in the Pacific NW and this is perfect for most damp and cool days we see here.
Found my Huckleberry
After two unsuccessful tries to own a Better Sweater Jacket, the Performance Better Sweater Jacket is just the right fit. Love it! It looks good and the tapering is just right for me. I’m a skinny dude. If you find the regular jacket a little bulky in the mid-section, this is your huckleberry!
One annoying feature.
I really like this jacket - warm, functional, versatile. There are so many positives to describe about this jacket but other reviews have mentioned those so I will mention one design flaw that might irritate others as well. Unlike every other Patagonia jacket I own or have seen, this model lacks the zipper flaps that prevent the ends of the zipper ... Read Morefrom rubbing on your chin/neck. When unzipped the tips of the zippers, which are sharp, scratch me underneath my chin. I hope the design team sees this and corrects this. Then this would be a 5-star jacket.
Love our jackets
I like buying from Patagonia. It makes me feel good to buy from a company that has the environment as its priority. And I like their products. Our jackets are great and we have both already worn them. And yesterday I had a woman comment on my 3 or 4 year old crop pants and ask what brand they were. I keep all my old Patagonia gear. They each have m... Read Moreemories woven in the threads.
The Performance Better Sweater Jacket is awesome. Super warm, fits great and looks great too. As the other reviewers have mentioned, it does fit tight though around the arms/shoulders. I usually wear a size Large in Patagonia clothing, but I bought this sweater a size XL and it fit great.
Men’s med/slim fit, I’m 5’10”, 154lbs.
I own an awesome four year old R2 jacket(sweater), the fit is right on. The body/sleeves length of my new sweater is one inch longer, otherwise, it’s great. There’s a small area of pilling on the back of the neck, I snipped it with sharp scissors. Why five star, because my wife said, I look good with it and it’s s lightweight and keeps me warm.
We are glad to hear you are so stoked with your Performance Better Sweater Jacket! We will message you privately with some care instructions for the pilling and other warranty options just in case you need it.
Fits snug, but wraps you in just the right amount of warmth.
Over a t-shirt, whether it is just hanging around the house or after a workout at the pool, this jacket is just the right amount of warmth. Be warned that this piece fits snugly, but I much prefer this look than having clothing hanging off me!
Should be called the "Best Sweater"
Few tops fit slim and smaller guys better than this jacket. I wear it constantly over a t-shirt or baselayer in winter. Trim fit helps trap air for more warmth, less bulk than the regular Better Sweater. (I have both.) XS sizing for 5'6" guys is most appreciated. Bummer there aren't many/any colours to choose from or I'd get an... Read Moreother.
I just received it and it is a great jacket. I can see where ppl find it constrictive though. It hugs you and is warm where I want just a touch more of a loose fit for airflow. I like to wear these types over plaid shirts at the office but it might be a bit warm for that. I am a regular fit though and for a slim fit,it fits perfectly.
A "Must Have for Any Adventurer
A classic sweater/jacket that travels well in the late fall,winter,and early spring. Looks good regardless of whether you are drinking from a nalgene,titanium cup,a pint glass,or a wine flute. It is always ready to get on the trail,the train or the plane. Your boarding pass and passport or map and compass will claim the zippered chest pocket as hom... Read Moree and might get company from your mobile phone if that is not in one of the hand zip pockets. A large fits a 5ft 11 190 pound runner/hiker/wanderer like a soft warm hug from the girl he can't get enough of. Can't make your mind up on color? I say go with black and never look back.
Fit was strange
I bought this with high hopes of a great new fleece. Unfortunately,the fit of this is very strange. The entire fleece had a small body section but the sleeves were rather baggy and long and not really slim fit in the arms as it states on the website of being a slim fitted piece. Since I was looking for something more slim fitted all around,I will b... Read Moree returning this piece and will look elsewhere. That being said,when I tried it on,it was extremely warm and soft.
Best of the Better Sweaters Yet
Bought 2 different colors right away. The lighter sweater material is the perfect weight. The slim fit means I can finally wear one of these - always wanted one,but the regular one is too huge to wear. The stretch material makes it more comfortable,and to top it off,it actually means there's no pilling problem because the sweater material does... Read Moren't rub against itself on the arms and sides. Call the other one the Better Sweater and this one the Best Sweater. Don't change anything. For the loyal Patagonia people like me,buy as many as you can before they change it.
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