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Great looking/feeling jacket, but...
Loved the color and overall look of the jacket online and in person. I did not like the fabric. While it could be a good heavy mid-layer, it is not dense enough for outer layer. fabric looked and felt kinda flimsy
Response from PatagoniaMarch 24, 2023
Hi Viggen, thanks for taking the time to write a review. If you're looking for a burlier, more weather resistant option for a fleece, try checking out the [Men's Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-classic-retro-x-fleece-jacket/23056.html?dwvar_23056_color=PIBL&cgid=root). It's windproof and an extremely warm outer layer option.
It's heavier than my better Sweater due to the pile. Depends on my layering. I've lost a lot of weighjt and run colder than I used to, so like it a lot. This one is warmer than my other 2. Had small holes where the end of the sleeve tucks into the finishing and Patagonia got it taken care of.
Super cool (as in hot) but super short
I loved this fleece, but it was too short so I returned it. I would definitely recommend to my less-lanky friends. That said, not sure what happened with Patagonia sizing, but Small used to fit just right and I'm definitely not getting taller as I get older.
The small was too small and this medium was too big. Didn't work out.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 31, 2023
Hi Noah, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry neither of these sizes worked out, but happy to see you're returned them. Please let us know if we can help you find an alternative or provide specific measurements so you can feel confident about finding the right fit.
Warm and improved
I've been wearing an earlier version of similar design made of recycled synchilla for the past year or two and have been happy and comfortable in my nighttime four-mile walks. This current model seems warmer, at least in its first few months, than my older one. But, to me and my some-times chilled fingers, I am delighted this new one has large... Read Morer gauge zipper, less of a chore to zip up in that dark night chill- makes a huge improvement over the smaller plastic zips on the last one (and several other Patagonia coats and vests I use). Bravo! And still made of 100% recycled fabric.
I'm a medium-smallish woman (5'5", wear a woman's m or 6) and I got a size Small. It's so small, I could barely zip it over a tee shirt. In this photo a 6'1" man is wearing a M that looks loose - which is straight up unbelievable. Looks like a great jacket otherwise, I'm sad they've sold out of my prefer... Read Morered color and I have to return this.
Looks great. Versatile piece. Not for athletic builds, runs small.
Great hand feel and looks great. Tried both a medium and large and both ran small through the arms and shoulders, unexpected with the raglan sleeves. I would classify this one a slim fitting. More of a women's fit.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 27, 2023
We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry to hear that the fit and sizing aspects were disappointing. If you haven't already returned it, please contact our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Everything about the item is
Everything about the item is working for me.....the color, the size, the warmth, the quality of the material and the speed at which it was delivered after i ordered it. the same is true regarding the other item i bought. Patagonia is very well recognized and definitely deserves to be praised. in addition, if i needed some other item i would go to t... Read Morehe Patagonia website first.....
Not the best Patagonia quality
Have worn this jacket a handful of times. Looks great but the fleece is so thin and has already matted in spots also sheds everywhere. Not really warm or windproof on its own. Bought the jacket because of Patagonias commitment to the environment but the quality is so cheap on this jacket I don't think it will last long let alone the rest of th... Read Moreis winter. 2 stars because it does look good but it just wont hold up to long.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 25, 2023
Hi Kevin! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the fleece. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons. If you're looking for a similar fleece that is heavier and windproof we'd suggest our [Men's Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-classic-retro-x-fleece-jacket/23056.html?dwvar_23056_color=NAT&cgid=root). Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Fleece color deceiving
The black fleece this season, and this spans across all the high pile Patagonia pieces all have a deep navy undertone. Not true black. When I returned this piece to my local Patagonia store and explained. They themselves echoed this feedback and have also had numerous online returns with the same reasoning.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 25, 2023
Thank you for this feedback, John. We're sorry that color wasn't what you were hoping for, but glad to hear you were able to return it at the store. Please let us know if we can be of any further help here!
First time upgrade to Patagonia
Overall is not impressed me for my very first owned Patagonia fleece. People review it snug and small but still big for my asian size. Quality nowhere near my gf Patag fleece felt or felt any special compare to my current cheaper cloth brands. Ship back for return.
Nice fleece jacket, but with a weird cut
Warm and cozy, feels sturdy and as pictured. The mens' version is slightly darker than the women's one. The fit is slightly odd, it sits too tight around the shoulders so it restricts your movement considerably. Could be a bit longer down the waist, but that's purely preference. As all fleeces, it tends to shed a bit, hopefully tha... Read Moret will go away after a few washes.
Great coat with one major exception
I love this coat. Super warm and comfortable however, there is one major issue. It sheds. Sheds and sheds and sheds. I have washed it 4 times so far and it still sheds. I have other Sherpa coats that never shed. I think they need new material.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 12, 2023
Hi Rick, we're bummed to hear that you're experiencing a shedding issue with your fleece. If you find this too bothersome, please feel free to begin a [return or or free exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Very warm and cozy
I got this as a gift for my sister and she really enjoyed the oversize feel of it. The arms are long but obviously so since it is a mens XL and she is on the shorter side. i also initially had an issue of a lost package and patagonia sent over a new one right away. I offered to provide proof of theft in my building but the customer rep literally ... Read Moresaid "I trust you friend" which was refreshing and new! living in a big building in a big city package theft is common and usually retailers are way less gracious about it.
Perfect except ...
Absolutely warm, great texture, great color, great seams and zippers, but ... a smidge short. If you're 6' tall or more, you might find the torso length to be a bit short. Ditto on the sleeves. I otherwise love this jacket. Can you design this in a tall size @Patagonia? If so, count me in for two!
Was very excited for this jacket when I ordered it but was sorely disappointed when I received it and tried it on. First off, the material is much thinner than I expected so its not that warm. Worst part was the cutting of the shoulder area. As soon as I put it on, it felt like the shoulders were pulled in and it left this weird gap between the sho... Read Moreulders and the neck. Very uncomfortable. Immediately took the jacket off and sent it back for a refund.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 5, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry to hear about the issues you encountered with this product. Please rest assured that we will be passing along your feedback to our Product Designers so they are aware of these issues and can take a deeper look into the product.
Nice and snuggly!
This makes the perfect layer for cold days. I bought it a bit larger than I needed--thinking I would need more layers--but this is hardly the case. I've had to remove my layers on most occasions because this is so warm! It is my new favorite article about clothing. Thank you! It is comfy and warm, and stylish!
Very warm and stylish but material sheds
I really dig the retro look on this jacket. The jacket is very warm and the colors are spectacular. Sadly its not going to survive very long with the way its shedding the wooly fabric. Its everywhere, in my car, on my sofa.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 23, 2022
Hi Venkata, thank you for sharing this feedback. We're sorry to hear your jacket is shedding excessively! Many customers find their fleece sheds less over time. If it continues, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it. Please let us know if we can be of any help!
I originally ordered a medium and it was way too small ! I normally wear a medium in all tops . I have a medium jacket I bought from yall 6-8 years ago and it fits perfect . I exchanged this product for a large , and it was 2 times too big ! Since I have sent that item back in exchange for another medium. Still waiting on the third item
Response from PatagoniaDecember 22, 2022
We're very sorry to hear about the sizing issues on this regular fit jacket. The Retro Pile fabric has almost no stretch, so you may prefer one of our other fleece jackets in a slim or relaxed fit, in addition to one that has an element of stretch in the material. We will reach out to you privately to offer more assistance.
Annoying to put on - sleeves are not lined
The sleeves are not lined with anything, so the fleece gets stuck on whatever shirt you're wearing under. Bit annoying as its a fleece jacket that goes on top of a shirt.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 21, 2022
Hi Christian, thank you for sharing this feedback. We're sorry to hear these sleeves are causing you frustration! We're reaching out to you on email to help you return it, if you wish.
I absolutely love this jacket! I chose the mens version as I loved the combo of the cream fleece with the blue and red trim detail- and I prefer that the mens doesnt have a curved notch at the base of the jacket on each side of the center-front zipper. I usually wear a size 8/medium in womens and the mens size small was perfect! The only odd thing ... Read Moreis the neck construction- there is a VERY steep vertical angle from shoulder up to neck seam- basically, the only way one could fill up the space is if they had massive trapezoids! Im taking it to a tailor to get the fit adjusted, as everything else about it is perfect. So warm and delightful!
Better than I expected
My first Patagonia purchase, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I’m really happy with the quality and design, but most importantly I’m impressed with how warm I almost instantly feel, and maintain, when I put this on. Very happy, considering what my next purchase could be
My old fleece jacket is
My old fleece jacket is by far a better quality jacket. The new one is very thin in the fleece department. I would rather pay more and get a better quality thicker fleece than what I just bought! I am pretty disappointed in Patagonia.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 6, 2022
Hello Robert, thank you for your review. We're so sorry to hear of your disappointment! We see that there was a redesign in Fall 2019 when we went from 11.5-oz 100% polyester double-sided solid shearling to a 8.7-oz Polartec 100% recycled polyester double-sided solid shearling. The intention behind this redesign was to make a softer material with more stretch. If you are unhappy with this change, all items are covered by our Ironclad Guarantee, so feel free to begin a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I'm about 5'10" 195 lbs and large fits great. It's pretty warm but need an extra long sleeve layer if the temp gets down into the 40s. Quality is good as well. But my one issue is the collar which constantly falls in on itself. It should be stiffer so it stays up.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 22, 2022
Hey Matt, thank you for this feedback. If you find that this fleece jacket is not working out, you're welcome to begin a return on [this page](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
not very warm
This jacket looks great and reminds me of my ski bum days in the early 90's. However, when I wear it in Seattle in a breeze, it is cold. The wind comes right in. I can't wear it alone over a t-shirt when temps are in the 40's. And in the 50's, if it is windy, it isn't warm either. I really want to wear this with just a t-sh... Read Moreirt to get the cozy comfyness, but I have to wear another layer under and sometimes I wear another micro fleece jacket under this one when it's windy.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 11, 2022
Hi Chris! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear that the jacket wasn't quite warm enough for you. If you're looking for something similar, but warmer we'd encourage you to take a look at our [Men's Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-classic-retro-x-fleece-jacket/23056.html?dwvar_23056_color=NAT&cgid=root). It's windproof so it will provide much more warmth on breezy days. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) your Retro Pile Jacket.
I received this jacket as a gift. It looks terrible after wearing a few times. The amount of pilling on this jacket is ridiculous and makes the jacket appear incredibly dirty. I would not recommend this jacket to anybody.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 13, 2022
We're sorry to hear about the fabric issue on your jacket! While all knit fabrics are subject to pilling, we have some [product care](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) tips that can help. We'll reach out to you by email to discuss your options to return it. Thanks for your review, Lexi!
This fleece is very nicely made, comfortable, and warm. The color is beautiful and is accurately shown on the site. I would say that it runs a little small, as I'm 5'6", 150 LBS, and I ended up having to scramble and get a Medium. I have broad shoulders and chest, so the Small wasn't quite right in that area. But in general I&#x... Read More27;m very happy with it and would recommend it. I've only recently started buying Patagonia clothes and I'm honestly pretty impressed.
I havent even washed my jacket yet and its already shredding Not happy about it
Response from PatagoniaOctober 6, 2022
Hi Cody, thank you for submitting this review. A certain amount of shedding is normal with these fibers, but it sounds like this one is doing it excessively. We're sorry your jacket isn't working for you! We have reached out to you on email about return options.
It was ok
I wanted to love this jacket, and I loved the martial on the outside. The reason I returned it was because of the mesh material in the inside of the jacket. The material is used for the pockets and it is very itchy/scratchy. I wish it was made of cotton or modal. I would have kept it if the material was softer on the inside.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 26, 2022
Hey Anthony, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that it didn't work out with this jacket, and we appreciate your observations. We'll make sure to pass along the word about the interior material used. If you're still in the market for a cozy, soft and warm jacket; we recommend checking out the [Men's Los Gatos Fleece Hoody](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-los-gatos-fleece-hoody/25922.html?dwvar_25922_color=ELKH&cgid=root).
Great stuff with few downsides.
I liked this fleece a lot. Feels so soft & warm, that you don't want to take it off, haha. And when I say warm, I mean it. Wear it together with a Thermo basic layer and a 3L shell jacket and you are waterproof, windproof, warm, and stylish. But, there are a few downsides: 1) Collar fits odd, probably because of the raglan sleeve constr... Read Moreuction. 2) Materials peel a bit. I noticed that when were sitting in the car using the safety belt. After a while, the safety belt was covered in blue particles. Anyways, I would recommend it!
Good, warm, dries fast after rain. Cleaning is a little touchy. May not last if you was often.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 21, 2022
Hi James, thank you for submitting this review. In general it's best for your clothing to not wash it too frequently, and when you do, we recommend machine washing this jacket on Warm with a mild detergent, no bleach, and tumble dry on Low. Please reach out to us if we can be of any help at all!
Ive been wearing Patagonia since 1980. The clothing is true to fit and has outstanding longevity (I still wear items I got in 1990!) Beyond the clothing being fantastic the fact the company is dedicated to preserving the planet makes it that much better. The Retro Pile Fleece jacket is a superb piece of attire thats ideal for after-surf wear on daw... Read Moren patrols. I highly recommend it to all!
comfortable, great fit
Love this jacket have two of them. Want the navy blue when you get the bigger sizes back in stock. Love the material. Wasn't familiar with Patagonia. Use to buy from (competitor) but they didn't adapt with the times I'm about 6' 2" about 270. They (competitors) never had any 3XL or 4 XL. Just sizes for small guys or skinny ... Read Moremodels. I like the fact that you make products to fit big guys. I wear them all the time great product. Thanks.
Response from PatagoniaMay 17, 2022
Hey Andrew, thank you for sharing this review! We're happy to hear you're so pleased with this jacket! We've been gradually expanding the size range for a number of our products, based on what customers seem to want. We're currently expecting that New Navy to be back in stock in 3X around mid-June. If you like, you can get on the notification list by clicking "Join Waitlist" on the product page.
Too Snug in Armpits
I liked everything, but the fit in the arm pits. Way too snug for comfort. I have other Patagonia XL jackets and vests that fit well. This jacket is definitely cut differently. My wife is 4 inches shorter than me and it fit her, so she took it.
Response from PatagoniaApril 13, 2022
We're sorry to hear that the fit was off from previous products, and we very much appreciate your feedback on all aspects of the jacket. Please do reach out to our Customer Service in the event that this happens in the future, as we are always happy to facilitate a return or exchange and can offer measurements on alternate products. We're happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
this jacket was cut very tight in size large. It cut right up into my armpits. All of my other large patagonias  fit perfectly. This was the last one in stock. Makes me wonder.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 18, 2022
Hi Cathy, we're so sorry to hear that the fit was odd on the Men's Retro Pile Fleece Jacket. We want you to feel comfortable in your gear, so please don’t hesitate to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) if you find it too bothersome. We'll reach out to you privately, just in case you need some additional help.
Poor quality fabric
This is my first Patagonia product. I was surprised by the quality; after everything I've heard, I was expecting much better. The fabric is flimsy, so thin as to be almost see-through. Also, the neck opening is very large and the collar is very high - unflattering, and I know it won't keep me as warm as I would like. It's going right... Read More back.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 16, 2022
We're sorry that this jacket was a disappointment. If you haven't already returned it to your local Patagonia-owned retail store location, please reach out to our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to recommend a different product as well as [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) with the return process. Thanks for your review, Jeffrey!
I ordered the Retro Pile Fleece Jacket, I'm happy with it,it's warm,comfortable and it's a sharp looking jacket. It reminds me of a Patagonia Fleece jacket that I had years back but I think this one is even better. I've been a Patagonia customer and fan for several decades! yep and I have never been disappointed, the brand holds... Read More up to its good name every time I purchase something. My jacket shipped fast too which was a plus. If you order this jacket I think you'll be very happy with it.
A warmer, fluffier version of the Better Sweater
I'm seeing some recent reviews complaining about sizing and/or lack of warmth. Having bought at least a dozen fleeces from Patagonia, here's how I think the Retro Pile Fleece Jacket stacks up: it fits about the same as the Better Sweater, is obviously softer, and I'll guestimate is about 25% warmer. I got it in black before it sold o... Read Moreut and like it enough that I may get it in another color. The negative reviews I'm seeing seem to be more of a matter of people ordering the wrong size for their body type.
Don't Recommend-Please Avoid
I am writing this review on behalf of my husband who is 6'2", around 195 lbs., and purchased an XL. It's probably a 1/5 stars on him, but it's a fantastic 4/5 on me. I am 5'4", 126 lbs and in my 2nd trimester. It's a perfect oversized fleece on me that covers my butt and the shoulders weirdly fit. It has a very fe... Read Moreminine fit on my husband, is INCREDIBLY short, and very tight around shoulder area. I do not recommend this for any males who are above 6 feet tall and especially if you have a long torso. I don't think sizing up will do much help, I would simply just pass on this fleece. Within 2 days of wear, we unfortunately encountered 2 almost identical holes (1 on each side of the sleeve opening), and initially thought they were "thumb holes" but instead saw that it was poorly missed in the threading. Please avoid unless you also plan to hand it down to your smaller-sized partner.
Stylish, warm - love it!
Bought to keep me warm whilst walking outside and at home in the back room that always seems to be freezing! This fits me pretty perfectly - but I wouldn’t want the sleeves to be any shorter - I’m slim and athlete but have broad shoulders which eats up the length. The fit is fairly fitted with room for a sweatshirt/sweater or two thin layers. I l... Read Moreove the quality of the material and styling and it’s quite flexible - I can layer up with a jumper outside on a cold day or wear with a t-shirt indoors. The only issue is that I am always wearing it and might have ti buy a spare!
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