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Perfect fir daily wesr
This is the second one I bought as I wear it daily at work. It goes well with casual or dress clothes and is perfect fir the PNW climate which changes constantly throughout the day. I also layer it under jackets on cold days. Well made and extremely fashionable.
Nice vest, but not for me
This Better Sweater unfortunately was not for me. I am 162bs, almost 511 and have a 32-33 wait. This medium vest just did not lay well on my midriff as it buckled between my sternum and belly button. The shoulders fit was a ok, and the arm holes were fine for my slender build. The length was about 4 inches below my belt and I personal like vests to... Read More stop at my belt of slightly below. I was looking for a somewhat tight fitting vest like their old synchilla vest which I wish they'd bring back! - and this vest had to much material which did not make it hang well on me. It was obvious that a small would have been too small. Too bad everything else was signature Patagonia quality. Thank you for easy returns Patagonia!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 28, 2023
Thanks for the feedback, Justi. We appreciate all the details you've shared and are sorry that the fit didn't work out with this vest. We do make a Synchilla vest which you can check out [here](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-synchilla-fleece-vest/23011.html?dwvar_23011_color=OAT&cgid=mens-fleece-vests). If that Synchilla vest is different than you remember, we recommend keeping an eye on our Worn Wear website where we sell lightly used gear from past seasons. You might come across the one you mentioned!
Comfy multi purpose vest
Wow, I love this vest! I wanted a vest that I could wear casually but also wear under a jacket. My down vest is too bulky to fit well under a coat or down jacket. This one fits the bill. Warm and comfy, it sheds wind better than a fleece vest when worn by itself. Also great for those ski days when you need a little extra under a parka. Definitely a... Read More worthwhile piece of gear.
I have three of these
I have three of these vests and think they are great, as are all of your products. I have been a loyal customer since you started and have been to almost all of your retail outlets as well as the outlet in Reno. I use your worn wear program as well. Keep up the good work!
Takes the chill off
I originally purchased this in a large but found it too wide in the shoulders, the body was loose all round and sort of hung on me. So, the item was easily exchanged for a medium. The medium fits well throughout the shoulders but is a bit too snug in the body. I'm keeping the item in hopes it will stretch a little bit or I lose some weight in ... Read Morethe belly. ha ha! But the bottom line is, I really like the vest, the fabric is nice, the vest is warm, and very high quality.
I received a navy blue vest as a Christmas gift. It's marked XXL but it fits much tighter than my other XXL vest and sweater jackets. I can't even zipper it closed. The vest is clearly mislabeled and is probably an XL. Very disappointing quality control!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 1, 2023
We're sorry to hear the fit and sizing on this vest were disappointing. We welcome the [return of a gift](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/How-do-I-return-a-gift) either to a Patagonia-owned retail store or through our Customer Service team. We'll reach out to you for further assistance. Thanks for the review, Andy!
Very snug and warm. Small is a small.
Two things: One, a small is a small. It runs true to what a small should be and is not oversized like most American Products. I likely should have bought a medium. Two, it is very snug and warm. All you will need for climates in the south US where it does not get cold but just chilly.
Comfortable, warm and stylish
This vest fits true to size and has comfortable, soft material that provides nice warmth. Can be used in layering for outdoor activities or in a business casual setting at work. I liked the vest that I received as a gift so much that I bought a second one in another color!
Luv the vest. Initially ordered
Luv the vest. Initially ordered a medium. The site said it would fit similar to Northface. I wear a medium in Northface. When I received the vest it was too small. I exchanged it for a large. Exchange process was super smooth. I would shop again. Thank you.
Nice item but......
I purchased this item for my son-in-law for Christmas. We haven't celebrated yet, and I am sure he will love it, but my problem involved tracking the item as it was being delivered. It was delayed a bit, and I totally understand because of the weather issues and it being the Christmas season. The location of the delivery was incorrect, which m... Read Moreade it difficult to track. It kept saying "out for delivery", when it was not, and kept referencing a "mobile home park" as the place it was to be delivered to, and that was also incorrect. Just a little frustrating. Thanks.
Warm, durable and practical
My husband had one of these for years and eventually the pocket zipper failed. Fortunately these are still available. He tried the medium at first and it fit snuggly, with little room for things in the pockets when worn over a base layer. The large works fine.
This sweater vest is worn in every Wall Street office. Now I know why. It is a great layer for under a jacket, for a cool office, or for a spring walk. And this is a VERY well-made garment. Seldom does one find such a substantial article in the world of fast fashion. Quality wins in the end.
I love your products, the
I love your products, the quality and your reputation as well as commitments to sustainability and environmental issues. Probably the only thing I would like to see different, is for this vest and the long sleeve version too, is to be just a little bit shorter. Admittedly, for me its to be a little more fashionable as lengths of jackets, coats, swe... Read Moreaters, etc., are all just a little shorter. But all in all, especially when layering with your down jackets, I really like everything else. Would also like to see the capilene base layer qtr. zip in additional colors! Thank you for all that you do!
Zipper not even and flush when zip up
I have a lot of Patagonia product, but this vest was disappointing. The zipper is not even when zipped all the way. You can see humps and bumps on the side making look unattractive.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 10, 2023
Thank you for submitting this review, John. Both sides of this zipper should be even and flush. We're sorry to hear the one you have may be defective! We will reach out to you about returning it.
This vest is gorgeous! Super
This vest is gorgeous! Super stylish. Perfect length and color (gray). It looks great over a long sleeved button down. My husband wears this for casual situations and work as well. It's perfect for just enough warmth when the weather is chilly enough to need something extra, but not cold enough for a coat.
Comfortable Fleece vest for Home or Layer
I like the comfort of Patagonia's fleece, especially at home during the winter. The vest works well as a layer for out door use. I note for my height the sizing recommended M. But it was snug, but a perfect length. I exchanged for an L and it's more comfortable especially for layering but it is a tad longer. All in all, highly recommended... Read More.
The better sweater vest is a perfect layer to stay comfortable. Living in the deep south we can have a wide range of conditions in one day, morning could be in 30's and by after afternoon it can be in the 70,s. The vest allows me to be just right through the day without having to remove bulky layers. If I need extra warmth I add a shell and al... Read Morel is good.
Xmas gift f hubby
He picked out online, as gift We have always loved. Arrived today. Don't know about his fit,but the OAR TAN, is not TAN, its a LIGHT heather grey, with small dark navy blu lines(heathering?) running through, and dark navy/blk accents. He's getting it anyway.Can reurn if want.s NO WAY THIS IS TAN.
I'm 6'1" 180 lbs (33" waste) and bought the large. Very strange fit. Extremely baggy and 'flimsy around the waste line. It's also a good 1-2 inches long in the torso as well. shoulders and chest fit fine. But I'm going to exchange for a medium and see if that does the trick. I would not wear the large (ever) as i... Read Moret fits now.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 8, 2022
Hi Jake, thank you for this feedback on the fit of this vest. We're glad to see you're exchanging it for a size that should fit you better! If you would ever like specific measurements on any item, you can reach out to our Customer Service Team at (800) 638-6464 or via live chat on our website. And of course, if you run into any issues with this new vest you are welcome to contact us for help in returning or exchanging it.
Labels too much
I love Patagonia clothes, but I don't like all the prominent labels. I bought the vest, I didn't pay for it to advertise for the company. I don't need the status symbol if that is what it is. My old Patagonia clothes have labels as zipper pulls or inside the collar. Im not comfortable always being a walking billboard. Im sure the mar... Read Moreketing people will not be happy to read this.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 2, 2022
Hey Gary, thanks for the review. Some people would like to show that they're wearing Patagonia, and others do not. Either way, we make something for everyone! We recommend checking out the [Men's Synchilla Fleece Vest](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-synchilla-fleece-vest/23011.html?dwvar_23011_color=NENA). It does have the label as the zipper pull on the pocket, but it's easy to remove without damaging the vest.
Warm, but cool arms
I like the vest, it is well constructed and keeps my torso warm, but my arms free and cool. I like to perform windmills with my arms, it started casually, but has grown to more of an amateur sport. This vest is perfect for my deep desire to one day be an Olympic windmiller. Thank you Patagonia for helping me along my journey.
The Compleat Vest
I gave this vest to my son as a holiday gift a year ago and have wished to have one for myself now that cooling weather of the autumn is here. So I ordered it for myself! It feels so good to wear that I do not want to take it off. The knit material of recycled polyester material with the nice interior lining is just good to the touch and functional... Read Morely warm. I think Patagonia has hit the right style as I wear it downtown to my office and out in the countryside. Great product.
Comparing the photo supplied for
Comparing the photo supplied for this review (fyi: a gift), my vest doesn't quite match; e.g., at the shoulders. Across the top of my shoulders the vest sticks both out & up; i.e., it reminds me of some sort of sci-fi outfit seen in old TV series - the vest's material (right above its armpits) will not "relax." Perhaps there... Read More's too much material across the back of vest. Compared to other medium sized Patagonia vests that I wear, this one - while warm - is not a good fit for a 5' 9' slim built male.
Cozy without restriction
I love my Better Sweater Vest. Ive bought them for presents for a couple of friends and family, and they love them. I owned the Better Sweater and decided to try the vest. I love it, and its so comfortable I forget Im wearing it. No restrictions with arm movement, and just the right level of extra warmth for cooler days. Can also be comfortably wor... Read Moren indoors at room temperature for casual wear.
I this is the second vest I have bought for my husband ( a senior)and he loves it!!! Good on the golf course and the office. Ive bought two better sweaters for my son .. 34 and an avid surfer. Perfect for after a surf and to the office. Your customer service and speedy delivery are also much appreciated. Your Patagonia magazine is stellar. Thank y... Read Moreou.
Warm and Fit Well
The vest fits just right. Not too loose, not too tight. And it provides enough warmth without the bulk of a regular jacket. It can almost be used on any occasion. And the look can get away with being in a professional setting. I got many compliments about how well I look with the vest on. Ha!
Keeps me warm as well as delightfully comfortable > however it does pill! Not to the point that I would part with it, but I am a bit disappointed.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 7, 2022
Hi Diane! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear that your vest has started to pill. To prevent pilling, we recommend washing that item either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get abraded. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. That said, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so if you're unhappy with the vest you can always [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
3 sizes too small compared to Better Sweater
As a vest it should be designed to fit over clothing. In reality this vest would only fit over bare skin compared to the sweater version. I had to send it back because it was so small it wouldn't even fit over a t-shirt. Much smaller than the better sweater. Disappointing.
I have two Patagonia fleece vests that are mediums. They are the same size. Ive worn them for a long time and they fit perfectly and I like them. I ordered this in a medium and it is borderline too small and too tight.
Response from PatagoniaApril 4, 2022
Hi Thomas, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry to hear this vest may not be the right fit for you. The Better Sweater Vest does run a bit more snug than other vests. If you wish, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
I have wanted a better sweater vest for quite some time, and I love the warmth and fit. However, the fabric pills after only owning it for a couple of months. It looks cheap. I will probably return it.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 23, 2022
Thank you for this review, Jennifer. We're sorry to hear that vest is pilling so much! To do the most to prevent pilling in a knit garment we recommend washing it either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than placing it in the dryer. To remove pilling that has already occurred we recommend using a product like a fabric shaver, which is gentler on fabric than a sweater stone. That being said, we want you to be happy with everything you get from us, so you can absolutely [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if it's not going to work for you.
Great Fit, Unstable Fabric
The fit and comfort of this vest are the best of any of the dozens of vests I've purchased over the years. Because this isn't a traditional fleece, it's far less electrostatic, which makes it ideal for heated interior environments. The primary problem with the vest is the durability of the fabric itself. After six weeks of intermitte... Read Morent wear, and two cold-water washes, the fabric is already pilling, small ball-like tufts marring the surface. I bought this same vest two years ago, and both vests suffered the same problem. I hope they figure out how to fix this issue because with a durable fabric this would be the best vest ever.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 22, 2022
Hi Robert! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that your vest has started to pill after such little time. Due to the knit appearance of the face fabric of this particular item, this pilling can be more noticeable. To prevent pilling, we recommend washing that item either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get abraded. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. All of that said, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
My husband has 3 Better Sweater Fleece Vests. Loves them. Super comfortable, layers them up, fit is perfect. I was surprised to see the overall pilling. I wash them inside out and zip them up.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 1, 2022
Hi Cathy, thank you for sharing this review! A certain amount of pilling with knit garments is likely due to the nature of those fibers, especially in friction spots. To do the most to prevent pilling we recommend washing it either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's ideal to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer. To remove pilling that has already occurred we recommend using a product like a battery-powered fabric shaver, which is gentler on fabric than a sweater stone.
Warm, Well Fitting
I got both the Better Sweater and the Synchilla vest with the intention of returning the item I liked less. The Better Sweater fit much better on my frame and was not baggy. In the two weeks I've owned it, it instantly became a staple of my wardrobe. It's incredibly comfortable and still looks professional when worn over scrubs. It seems ... Read Morelike the materials are of very high quality, named the zippers (which is great because this is where many of my old coats and jackets break)
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