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Love this jacket
Found my new favorite transitional weather jacket. It breathes wonderfully, is lightweight, and keeps me warm without overheating when I move from a cold environment to a warm one. The arm pocket is weird tho. Convenient, but it felt weird at first. I guess Im not used to an arm pocket. The more I wear it tho, the less it bothers me. The size of ... Read Morethe arm holes are perfect. I sometimes struggle to find jackets/tops that accommodate my muscular shoulders. Never an issue with Patagonia gear.
It has become my uniform
I love these sweaters. As usual, the first iteration had the best materials, sewing, and thickness. This teal color is my fourth (grey, navy, dark red before this). In NYC I wear them from @late September til June. They keep looking good and are always comfortable. I wear all kinds of scarves with them. I wear M for a trim look (I have a L if I wan... Read Moret a looser look) and can fit a merino wool shirt under it for even more warmth in winter. My Indispensables!
I purchased the FJSA version of this sweater which was more fitted than other versions and therefore tighter than I expected--even though I am slim and often wear a small. It did not feel roomy enough to wear a base layer with it. While the quality was great as always, this was not what I was looking for so I did return it.
Better sweater fleece jacket
Fits well, looks good, nice and warm. Problem is the fabric is pilling after only a couple of weeks of wearing. Especially on the underside of the arms. I got two of these and was hoping I could wear them for years, but I am now afraid they won't last without looking shabby. Lesson learned.
Hi Grant, due to the knit appearance of the face fabric of this particular item, this pilling can be more noticeable on a Better Sweater® Fleece Jacket. 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 gear, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a [warranty returns evaluation](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) under our Ironclad Guarantee.
This ran incredibly small, especially in the arms. I have several of these , all XS with room to spare . I loved the green. So disappointed!
Hi Christine, we're very sorry the sizing appears to be inconsistent. Sizing shouldn't change between colors so feel free to [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this at your earliest convenience.
Awesome for anywhere
This might be my favorite Patagonia product. I have borealis green and am in LOVE. I am a nurse and wear it at work, out running errands, or out for a quick bite to eat. I usually purchase mens in other brands due to my athletic build but I just size up for womens products and they always fit perfectly!
Zipper doesnt lay right, bumpy makes me look bigger than I am
I have 2 of this jacket. One white & one black. I have washed the black one and the zipper poofs out by my lower stomach like a wave. Very unflattering. My white one does not do this. I can only wear it unzipped which is rather pointless. Ive noticed with the black one theres an excessive amount of pilling too. I constantly have to take a razor... Read More to it cause I bought to wear it to work but it looks rather run down when I barely wear it cause of the zipper. Disappointed in the black. Love the white. Go for the white.
Warm, versatile, but not durable
The fabric and cut are both fantastic, that is why I bought two- to wear for everything from a hike to casual office wear. The downside is that as of today, the zipper has now broken on both of my jackets! I thought the first zipper break was a fluke, but now that the second one has gone I think there must be a design or quality control problem. I&... Read More#x27;m bummed because these pieces should have lasted years.
Hi Rachael, we appreciate your feedback! All our garments are backed by our Ironclad Guarantee. Please [contact us](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) and we'd be happy to assist with a warranty return.
Great sweater but the fabric is pilling a lot
I like the fit and warmth of this sweater but I am disappointed by the amount of pilling of the fabric. I just purchased it in October and have had to use the fabric shaver a few times already.
Hello Lindsey! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that your jacket has started pilling so badly. Some pilling can occur with our Better Sweater material so we always encourage washing on a gentle cycle and laying it flat to dry. However, it sounds like the pilling is pretty excessive so this would fall under warranty. We'll reach out to you directly with further assistance!
Don't like the zipper
I like the jacket a lot because it keeps me very warm and I like slim fit. However, the zipper becomes wavy and bulging after just 1 wash. I washed it with my other Patagonia vest but the zipper didn't have the problem. I cannot wear it unzipped because it doesn't look right. Am I the only person with the wavy zipper problem? Any advice?
Hi Heidy, thanks for the feedback! We're so sorry to hear about your zipper. Washing your jacket fully zipped should help minimize any wear and year during the wash cycle. If you'd like, we'd be happy to assist with a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) under our Ironclad Guarantee.
Good Quality, but runs small
I recommend sizing up one size if you want to wear anything underneath this item. I am 54 and 125 lbs and usually a medium fits perfect. Unfortunately I had to return this because it was just a little small for my liking. I will be reordering the same jacket in a large because I love the look and quality fabric!
Perfect Autumn jacket.
It has a really nice elongating lines. Its the perfect running around town piece. I wish it were just a little warmer.
Thanks for your feedback, Liz! You might appreciate the warmer [fleece tops](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-casual-fleece) like our Retro Pile or Los Gatos series.
Excellent fit! Soft and warm!
Im just under 57 and 150lbs. The fit is really nice. I have a enough extra space that I can wear a thin long sleeve under this but its also a close enough fit to even wear a heavy jacket over it. I got the creamy color with grey/brown hues and it is so versatile with so many outfits and color schemes.
Will not buy again. I prefer the older style
This was my third better sweater. This newer style seems to run smaller in the arms and thinner width in sweater materials than previous ones. Cheaper in quality.
Hey Kelly, thanks for the review on the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. We're going to share your feedback on the quality and fit with the rest of the team. In terms of materials, the main thing that has changed is they are now made with 100% recycled polyester in an effort to lower our impact. If you know what season you prefer, you're welcome to check out our Worn Wear website for lightly [used versions from past seasons](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/shop/search?q=better%20sweater).
Warm, Comfortable, Cozy, Goodlooking
Really love my Better Sweater in every way and would buy again. The only reason I have not given it five stars is the shoulders are a bit snug and dont leave much from for even a thin long sleeve t-shirt underneath; and I am a pretty thin, petite gal. My only ask is to make the shoulders, particularly armpit area, a little more roomy so that it doe... Read Moresn't feel like my t-shirt is bunching up.
Gorgeous colour, just a little tight
Love this jacket. The green colour (borrealis) is beautiful and I have received many compliments on it. It's warm and comfortable. Length is perfect, but the sleeves are just a little too tight. With a T-shirt or long-sleeved top (e.g. like the Caprilene) it's fine, but anything thicker (i.e. flannel, jumper) it gets a bit too tight. I wi... Read Moresh the arms had a roomier cut, with cuffs for the wrists so movement doesn't feel quite so restricted when layering up.
I love the little arm pocket
This is officially my go to sweater. Someone told me that it was warm but that is an absolute understatement. Super warm, snug fit, soft, and the little arm pocket is just what I need. I keep little things in it like dollar bills when I go to lunch. My metro card because it is easy to reach. I love it! I haven't washed it yet so the jury is st... Read Moreill out on that one but so far so good!
Better Sweater - Wanted it to work but had to return
Better sweater felt very nice to the touch and the trim is extremely soft. But for a 5 foot person requiring a Large size, the sleeves were much too long, and the length of the jacket was beyond my hips. Really wanted it to work, but have no choice but to return it. My older Patagonia gear (going back to the late 80s) still fits me, but I have had ... Read Moretrouble getting any new jackets from you over the past several years. Everything in your recent designs are slim and long. Your older generation Patagonia fans can't continue buying from you as we are not all thin and tall. So sad.
Hey Maryam! We're sorry you're not finding a fit that works for you. We're happy to discuss garment dimensions with you at anytime to find you something that will work better.
Womens Better Sweater
Great fit, a tad smaller fit. It runs smaller than the same exact size for NF
Hi Mayko, the Women's Better Sweater® Fleece Jacket will run a bit snug because of the slim fit. If you're looking for something looser with a regular fit, you might like the Women's Reclaimed Fleece Jacket, https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-reclaimed-fleece-jacket/22925.html?dwvar_22925_color=SMDB.
Perfect weight for California
I bought this for a friend. I love mine. I have 3 black ones myself I rotate for daily daily in California. This garment is perfect for CA cool mornings/evening or cold spells. The only annoying thing about it is the fact that the wool bunches up in tiny balls after a bit. I have the tool to get rid of them so it's not so bad. I would not chan... Read Morege a things about this garment and would make sure it is always available year after year...:) It is the perfect "weight " fro California. I might buy a light blue one if it became available for men.
Stylish & Classic
Im 54, 115lbs and got a small. Thats tight enough for a longsleeve underneath, but thats about it so be prepared to layer over the jacket if youre looking for something keeping you warm in anything lower than the high 40/lower 50 degree temps (in my opinion). Bought this to blend in with the culture of the PNW and its an amazing jacket. Cozy for co... Read Moremmuting and staying warm in the office, as well as outdoor outings.
Perfect Fit and Cozy
I have gotten used to most clothing items being too baggy on my frame, but not this! It fits like a glove and is super cozy while also somehow being lightweight. At first I was not too excited about the color I purchased but now feel like its a nice fall color. Will be buying another as soon as I can justify it :)
Warm and not bulky
I had admired this sweater on my sister for a few years before I bought mine. I'm glad I tried in on at REI before ordering it from Patagonia. It's a slim fit and while I'm usually a small I felt that size wouldn't be comfortable with long sleeve wool shirts underneath (like smartwool). I got a medium and it's perfect! I li... Read Moreve in the NW and know I'll get a lot of use out of it.
Got this for my wife and she has gone very few days not wearing it.
I have always found Patagonia products have been of the highest quality, but honestly it is the values and practice of the Company which I applaud and will always support. keep up the great work (involves,ent and engagement) Patagonia!
Very cozy sweater
The better sweater is definitely a slim fit, with kind of tight arms. I always wear a small, if not XS, but with this I sized up to a medium. Very glad I did. I love it!!! Fits perfectly, probably more like a jacket than a fitted sweater. Im 54 115 lbs. Love the feel of the sweater, very warm and cozy. Looks super cute, too.
Not what I was expecting but not terrible
This fits small and unfortunately the size up was out of stock so I was not able to exchange it. The inside I thought would be stitched and smoother it's a bit to fuzzy. Overall not too impressed.
Hi Surina, thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket wasn't what you were expecting. We want to help you find the gear you love so we've emailed you to get a better sense of what you're looking for. In the meantime, feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this at your earliest convenience.
Perfect - soft, warm, comfortable!
My nephew is a Patagonia fan and got me to try this aptly named "Better Sweater." I love these and am now a convert! I bought the chicory red and new navy - both are really lovely. They are perfect for running errands, hiking and camping. They are surprisingly soft and breathable but also durable. So far, they've worn and washed well... Read More and not shrunk at all when washed in cold water and hung to dry. I would also love to see a nice moss or pine green brought out - you've offered greens in the past for women's wear but sadly not this season.
warm but it pills a ton
I bought this jacket to wear at work in the hospital. I never find myself cold with it on. However, I've washed this jacket twice and it has a ton of pilling already. It looks like I've owned it for years. I tried removing the pills but there's too many.
Hey Selena! Thanks for the feeback on your fleece. When fleece meets friction pilling often occurs. However, there's a super easy fix. You can check that out [here](https://youtu.be/2aFbPb6Rn8o). If you'd prefer to return it, you may do so as well.
Great Difference between medium and large medium is so tight around the arms and the shoulders and the large hangs down over the hands and is shapeless. Their sizing needs to be fine-tuned
Hello Sandra, thank you for the review on the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. We appreciate you bringing this sizing discrepancy to our attention. Sometimes, customers fall between sizes which can make purchasing the correct size tricky, but we're here to help! If you're still shopping for a fleece, we'd be happy to send over measurements for whichever you may be interested in, just reach out to our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/).
Very comfortable but arms are too tight
I would have bought the L and it would have fit better but the arms are indeed tight so I went for the XL as I like to layer. I wish the sizing of the arms would improve as I feel this jacket is so versatile and nice and can be worn with pretty much everything. It is nice and warm and this is my second one.
Super nice, and The look is fab, BUT
Loved this sweater, The only complaint I have, is how tight it fits under the armpit. This often happens when brands make womens jackets. Would be lovley if they could just make a little more room just under the armpit why do brands do that? Do not want the jacket smelling bad that quick, and it is not that comfortable.
There's a reason they call it "better".
I got my first better sweater used for $5 at a goodwill. I've worn it quite literally to death. Just bought a brand new replacement and I couldn't be happier. Low pilling, warm and comfortable. I have another brand's version and it has pilled horribly. They both go into the wash with about the same frequency - if anything the Better ... Read MoreSweater spends more time in the wash because I like it more - and the USED Better Sweater has easily outperformed the other brand in durability, comfort and appearance. I'm tough on clothes, and I hate replacing stuff I invest in before it's time. With the Better Sweater that's not a concern - I'll get my $ worth and more out of the new one too!
I bought this jacket because I needed something easy to put on and take off due to me working in a temperature controlled archive room. This jacket is a great combination of warm yet lightweight. I ordered a large which is my usual jacket size but this was slightly snug on me so the next time I buy one I'm getting an XL . Very happy with my pu... Read Morerchase though!
Love this but wish there was a petite size
It is a bit of an odd fit with the torso slightly tight and the sleeves and body too long. But I am ordering another color because the weight and warmth are perfect. I can roll up the cuffs three inches but I wish Patagonia clothes made petite sizes for those of us who are vertically challenged with short arms.
Chic and toasty dream come true
I have been looking for something super warm like fleece but with more sophistication, to layer with a tailored jacket or vest for business situations which often take me outside in cool weather. I also love pockets with zippers to keep my phone/glasses/keys safe. This fulfills all my wishes! The sweater knitting on the outside is super durable... ... Read Moreno pulled snags yet. Thank you Patagonia!!
Beautiful Color - Perfect Weight
I was looking for a mid-weight sweater/jacket. Tried the small (my usual size) but it fit very close in the sleeves and body so I went up to a medium. This one fits a bit more like a jacket, which I prefer. The sleeves are a bit long but that may be a plus in cool weather. Love the brick red color and may purchase another in navy when theyre availa... Read Moreble.
Simple Comfort and Style
My first better sweater was a gift that kept on giving as I wore it year after year until the zipper broke and I had to send it back to be repaired. In the mean time I realized I couldn't live without a better sweater in my closet so I bought a new one just to get me through the cooler spring weather. My better sweater provides simple comfort ... Read Moreand a style anytime I wear it.
Great fleece: cut is fitted so bear in mind that oversized doesn’t work
The smart sizing thing said I am an S, I should never listen to those things as I buy XS in most clothing! I sent back the S as the fitted cut of the fleece means it looks silly if it’s too big for you at all. Got the XS in two colours now and love them. I would say my only niggle is that the sleeves are a tad short (I am average height and don’t h... Read Moreave long arms). Warm and cosy and a nice fitted look. For reference I am 5’6 / 168cm, and wear a uk8 in most clothes.
Great jacket. Super warm.
I love this jacket and the color. I would normally wear a medium, but my weight is in my mid-section, so I like a little extra room in that area - especially since these are slim fit - so I ordered a large. Going up a size makes the sleeves a little long for me, but I still love it. (5ft1in , 125lb)
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