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I absolutely love this fleece. So glad I got it. It is perfect for wearing to and from my cycling gym. I sleep in it frequently. My only gripe is that all Patagonia clothes run small in my experience. I am generally a size 10-12 and wear a large typically. I went for the xl for a slightly oversized look and honestly the xl is not oversized. I wish ... Read Morepatagonia offered more sizes.
Love the jacket and fit.
Love the jacket and fit. However it is shedding lint like crazy after a couple of wears. It adheres to my seat belt and consequently gets on other clothing. Should I try washing it to maybe help? Any advice would be appreciated!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 3, 2023
Hi Deborah, thank you for submitting this review. A certain amount of shedding is normal with this kind of fleece, and often is reduced after laundering it in cool water, gentle cycle, and drying it on low. If it continues to shed excessively we'd consider that a warranty issue, and you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if you wish.
Perfect Overall Fleece
I wanted an oversized, cozy, and around-the-house fleece that I could wear hiking but wasn't technical. This is perfect. It's very warm, it's comfortable, and the fit is what I was looking for -- not form fitted and I ordered a size up from what I usually wear.
Cute and warm
Love this jacket but wish I could change 2 things. The small looked too big on me and the XS fits perfectly except the arms are just a little too short. I also wish the pockets were bigger - its hard to fit my phone in a pocket. That being said - I wear it all the time and get compliments on it!
This looked good in the store so I bought, but after the first wear, it looked pretty frumpy and unflattering.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 22, 2023
Hi Katherine! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear that you've found the jacket to be unflattering. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Warm and Wonderful Jacket
I was seeking a jacket that would be comfortable to wear with jeans when I walk with my dog. This jacket is perfect -- comfortable while also being very attractive. It fits snuggly enough to be warm even on windy days, and it also allows plenty of movement. I love the color (something I would call dusty blue), and I am very pleased with it.
Confused about the function
These are a bit thin so I don't find them to be warm. The forearm runs small, it would be hard to stuff any thick layers underneath, maybe a thermal shirt? Overall just kind of confused bc I have other fleece jackets that can be warm on its own, while this one has to be layered and can't really be worn as an outside jacket, other than whe... Read Moren it's warm, when it wouldn't make sense to wear fleece
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 7, 2023
Hi Connie, we're sorry to hear that the Retro Pile Fleece Jacket didn't meet your expectations concerning warmth. If you're looking for a warmer fleece, please take a look at our [Women's Los Gatos Fleece Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-los-gatos-fleece-jacket/25212.html?dwvar_25212_color=BCW). It's warm, versatile and can be worn alone or layered with a jacket.
Great material, slightly weird fit
I love the retro pile and was excited to get the full zip, so I got my normal XS. The zip fit is just fine, but the sleeves are pretty short for an XS, and the shoulders are weirdly pointy. I noticed it when I first tried it on, but figured it would go away after a few wears and they have not at all, regardless of how much you pull the sleeves or p... Read Moreush down the points. Someone else mentioned the same issue and that they simply returned theirs, but at this point I just would like to fix it without having to try to iron them down :(
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 31, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear about the issues you've encountered with the odd shaped shoulders. If you have not laundered your jacket, we would recommend trying that first, as this may help with reshaping! To wash this jacket, we would recommend machine washing in cold water with light detergent and then machine drying on low-to-no heat. If this still does not work, you can try to steam the shoulders while molding them back into the correct shape. This will help avoid any damage that an iron could potentially make as we highly do not recommend using an iron on this product. Hopefully this helps!
Sleeves are quite short for a normal body shape.
I love everything about my new Retro Pile Jacket except the sleeve length. I sized up from my regular size medium for jackets to a large because most Patagonia items seem to run small. I was right on the money with the body of the jacket but the sleeves were strangely still too short. When I am driving I can feel the pull on the fabric between my s... Read Morehoulder blades and can see how the sleeves ride up past my watch band. A nice comfy jacket but would definitely prefer longer sleeves.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 12, 2023
Hey Lindsay, thanks for the review. We appreciate the feedback on the sleeves, we'll share your thoughts with the product team. We're glad that you're overall happy with the fleece, but if you change your mind you're welcome to start a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
not quite right
I bought this after wearing and loving the hooded-jacket version from 2 years prior. This one fits much smaller than the first. It's a more slim fit, which is kind of ok, but the shoulders weren't right. They were stuck pointed up as though the product was on a hanger. I wore it around my home to try to ease them down but they were sticki... Read Moreng straight up. I returned and not sure if I will try again - maybe it was a one-off issue.
Disappointed in quality
I was very excited for this jacket but the fit is terrible. Its pilling & the sleeves are itchy. There is plastic in the seams that irritate my arms if I wear short sleeves. It runs large. I usually wear a medium in Patagonia & I almost think I could wear an extra small comfortably. I look frumpy in it. A big price for a sad customer.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 16, 2022
Hello Amanda, thank you for the review. We certainly do not want you holding onto this fleece if you're unsatisfied. You're welcome to begin a return on [this page](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). If you're interested in trying something different we recommend the Women's Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket.
Cute but questionable quality.
Cute jacket but it's only been around a month and already piling/shedding with casually wear once or twice a week.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 2, 2022
Hey Grace, thank you for the review. We're sorry to hear of the premature wear on your new fleece jacket! If you think you might have a warranty issue on your hands, you're welcome to connect with our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) so we could review all options with you.
Terrible fit and quality
This jacket is probably the worst product I have ever purchased from Patagonia. The fit was boxy. Very strange. When I zipped it up all the way the zipper was super scratchy so I wasn't ever able to wear it zipped up all the way. After having it for 4 months it started falling apart in the wash. I normally LOVE Patagonia, but I really do NOT r... Read Moreecommend this jacket at all. I got some in store credit so I will be giving a different similar jacket a try.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 23, 2022
Hello April, thank you for the review. We're very sorry to hear that this jacket didn't work out for you, but we're glad you put our warranty to use and now have a credit to use on another item. You might find the [Women's Divided Sky Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-divided-sky-jacket/25930.html?dwvar_25930_color=CNBR&cgid=root) to be a good alternative.
I really wanted to like this jacket. Unzipped, the jacket hangs ok. But zipped up, the fabric seems to fight the pocket zippers. Above the chest pocket, the fabric bulges out on both sides into the armpit and sleeve. The fabric above the hand warmer pockets bulges and the side seaming takes on a bulbous shape. The back yoke seam is easily felt and ... Read Moreconstraining, even for an easy reach like turning on the kitchen faucet. I have to wonder why its there. And I wish it was a little thicker and warmer.
The fit of this fleece
The fit of this fleece is strange. Its very large in the shoulders and has way too much fabric around the middle. Ive tried two sizes and just looks lumpy. Ive also tried the Synchilla fleece, which had an even worse effect- a very tight elastic at the waist cinches it around your waist while the shoulder and arms are huge, with tons of extra fabri... Read Morec. Im not sure what style Patagonia is going for, but many women have narrowish shoulders and wider hips, not the other way around. I have returned three fleeces and will keep trying
Response from PatagoniaNovember 3, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We also want to extend our sincere apologies about the fit issues you've encountered, which ultimately led to the return of your products. Please know you are more than welcome to reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*3xese3*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY2NzQ5Njk0My4xNDYuMS4xNjY3NDk3ODcyLjAuMC4w) with any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to help.
Good Fit - Quality not as good over time
Love the fit of this fleece and that it is not too fitted. The slim fit styles seem to be pretty tight for me so I appreciated the regular fit. Really cozy. This fleece did start pilling right away though and the elastic is coming away at the wrists even though I only used it for casual wear (sitting at my desk at home) and have had it for 1 year.... Read More
Cozy Fleece Jacket
The fabric is wonderfully cozy and comfy. The colors are great, especially the yellow zip pulls. And, there is the essential zippered pocket on the left breast, as well as at the left and right waist. My only negative is that the shoulders/shoulder seams are oddly wide. Really W-I-D-E. I thought about returning it for this single reason, but every... Read Morething else was so great I decided to keep it.
This jacket has an odd fit. There is a seam which runs above the bust line and caused a funny looking bulge near each arm pit. Very boxy in the shoulders and too snug under the arms. Pretty unflattering on me overall so I've returned it.
Response from PatagoniaMay 3, 2022
We're sorry to hear that the fit on this jacket was disappointing and we appreciate your feedback. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service team with questions about fit, sizing and measurements of any of our other [fleece jackets](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-fleece). We'll be happy to help!
In the early morning hours the temperature is still very brisk this time of year - in the 30s. I reach for my Pile Jacket and head out the door, I like how soft it is and yet how warm it keeps me on my leisure walks. Its comfortable when sitting around a campfire in the early morning hours or later on in the evening. I like this jacket, its appropr... Read Moreiate for all situations: fancy shopping uptown or having coffee at the local gas pump, Id recommend this product to anyone. Siti
I needed to update my fleece. I tend to buy the more colorful versions of things (done with all black), but then I tire of them and want (not need) a new one. I'm challenged with fit - my large nanos are too small and fleeces run big, but I forget which when ordering. Regardless, this is comfy and cute!
Absolutely lovely !
Got this retro fleese for a Christmas gift this year from my kids & I love it ! Perfect color (rose) & perfect fit. Cozy sherpa material. I live in Michigan where the cold winter can be brutal. So I wouldn't recommend this jacket for below freezing weather because it tends to be on the thinner side. But still keeps me plenty warm.
Sleeves for a giant
58, approx 150 lbs. I ordered large because I dont like snug clothes and wanted to be able to wear something with bulk underneath. The body fit was fine but the sleeves are way too long, shoulders are droopy. Not sure who this would fit. Otherwise very nice jacket.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 14, 2022
Hi Sarah, thank you for sharing your experience with the Retro Pile Fleece Jacket. We're sorry to hear the fit wasn't wasn't what you needed! You always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you, and if you'd ever like to get specific measurements for a garment our Customer Service Team will be happy to help!
Absolutely love this color! I probably could have ordered a medium but didnt want the fit to be too snug. This is super warm and cozy. My only complaint is that I dont like the feel of the insides of the pockets. Wish they were lined with a more tactile friendly fabric. But otherwise, very happy with this jacket!
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 28, 2022
Thanks for taking the time to provide some valuable feedback on the fit, fabric and features of our Retro Pile, Rene!
I spent a number of chat visits asking what the length of this was. I was repeatedly told 27 3/4 or so inches. I dont recall the exact number. When it arrived it measured almost 32 inches long, with sleeves proportional. I called to inquire and learned that customer service did not include the collar of an additional 3 inches. This needs to be addr... Read Moreessed for future inquiries, please.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 27, 2022
Hi Lisa, thank you for taking the time to share this review. We're so sorry the length of that jacket wasn't right for you; thank you for reaching out to Customer Service to return it. The length of our jackets is measured from the neck seam to the bottom, for both the front and back measurements, and do not include the collar. We hope we can help you find something that will work better for you in the future!
Even after I washed the jacket as per the care instruction, the lint comes off and sticks to everywhere - my pants, hair, seat belt, etc. Now I'm wondering if it's a defect or it's just mine only.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 17, 2021
Hello Joanne, thank you so much for writing a review and we are very sorry about the experience you are having with it. Shedding is something that does happen with fleece items, but this does not sound like a normal shedding problem. Please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) team so we can get you taken care of!
Nicer on the hanger than on
I loved how this fleece looks but was disappointed by the fit and lack of lining inside. The fit was too long and the shape is very boxy something about the shape of it didn't feel right. I ended up returning it and getting the Retro Fleece which had a more structured shape.
Soft Warm Hug Jacket and Handsome Too
People have commented that this jacket has an odd fit. It reminds me of the fit of the Micro Puff jacket with a tight elastic at the hips and a little puffy in the chest. I would like it better if the fit were trim and shapely like the Nano Puff jacket. Nevertheless, slightly odd fit and all, I love it! It is soft and warm and handsome. I got the N... Read Moreatural color.
So soft and cozy
This fleece is luxurious. Its so soft on both the inside and out. I love the gray color. My only complaint is that I wish the bottom was an inch or so wider - its a bit more snug around my hips than I would prefer. But it keeps me perfectly warm and cozy and works wonderfully under my rain jacket.
I returned it because it was just too big--shoulders, torso, length--everything. I have worn Patagonia fleeces for years, always a medium. This is the first I've ever returned.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 2, 2021
Thanks for the feedback on the fit Alice. We're sorry it didn't work for you. This is a regular fit so it does run a bit more roomy than our slim fit fleeces.
Thin and piles- Not worth the Price tag
This is not up to the standard of quality I expect from Patagonia. It's a cute style so I fell for it, but it's paper thin, the wind cuts right through it. And it piles and sheds so easily- my seatbelt was covered in white fuzz from this "fleece." Don't bother.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 7, 2021
Hi Lauren, we're very sorry to hear about your experience with the Patagonia Women's Retro Pile Fleece Jacket. If you're looking for something with more wind-resistance and hardier for cold climates, try taking a look at our Women's Classic Retro-X® Fleece Jacket. It has a windproof barrier and it's moisture wicking. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your Retro Pile you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a return or exchange, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Gorgeous color, super cozy, not a great fit
I really, really wanted to love this jacket. The color (rosebud) is gorgeous, the fleece is cozy, but the fit is just a little bit too sloppy for me. I always wear M in Patagonia, and if anything I normally size up. But with this jacket I'd need to go with a small to get the right fit for me.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 11, 2021
Hi Katie! If you're not pleased with the fit, feel free to begin a free exchange here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
I tried it on for size, it was close to 85 degrees and I really didnt want to take it off. Incredibly cozy! Styling is classic, nice pockets, the navy was great. I was also want to say kudos to Patagonias customer service. I had been given another item for Mothers Day and it took a while to find the right thing, but they came through with flying... Read More colors. Awesome guys! Cant wait to buy more Patagonia stuff.
So comfy and warm
I'm one of those people that always runs between a medium and a large, so I decided to go for a large so I could wear it over thicker sweaters or other long sleeve shirts. It is a little on the bigger side, but it is just so warm and comfy that I don't even regret it. It's one of my new favorite jackets!
Great fabric, WEIRD fit
I wanted to love this so badly but its just such an awkward unflattering fit. It was too long and also too tight. It would have kept me warm but I wouldnt have reached for it often, so it went back. I spoke to Patagonia and they told me they are revamping fits for women, so Im hopeful they have discovered that some of us are athletic and not 510 an... Read Mored built like a wisp haha. As always - quality, customer service and mission get 5 stars!
I live in Alaska and this keeps me pretty warm in sub-zero temps. Some downfalls: the fluff started falling out the first day I started wearing it. This jacket also runs much larger for Patagonia, I own and wear multiple Patagonia jackets and vests all size M, and this is the only jacket that is so big I have to wear a sweatshirt underneath. I trie... Read Mored on my friend's Patagonia size L jacket that is not the retro pile and it feels similar. Runs very big, fluff falls out very easily, otherwise very warm. My first minor disappointment with Patagonia.
Not up to standard Patagonia
I Love Patagonia and have been wearing the gear for over 20 years! This jacket however has already started to fuzz/pill on the forearms. The cut is a bit tight in the armpits and the wrist on one side has already pulled on a side zipper...this has never happened to my Patagonia gear let alone the first week of wearing it.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 5, 2021
Hello Risa, we're sorry to hear about the issues you've had with your fleece! 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 best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get upbraided. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help it look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your fleece, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a [warranty return or a free repair](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Perfect for coastal SoCal winter chill
I love the fleece weight and the fit on this jacket. The color is really nice too. I'm 5'4 so appreciate when jackets aren't too long. This one isn't so short that it rides up, which is great. Not a 5-star review as I'm having a problem with the shedding. I've washed it a couple times now and keep hoping this will help... Read More contain the shedding, which I feel is a bit excessive. I've never had a this kind of issue (shedding) with Patagonia or Polartec fleece. Not sure what's going on, but am leaving a bit of a fleece trail wherever I go.
Great material, but fit was a little off
The material is extremely thick and soft which provides a lot of warmth. I initially ordered the small, which fit well everywhere except for across my back. There is a seam across the shoulder blades that felt tight so I returned it for a medium. The medium fits better across the back but now is a little big and sloppier looking everywhere else. Di... Read Moresappointed with the overall fit, but will keep to wear to keep warm in my cold house.
Great quality, runs small!
Love it! I bought the jacket hoping for it to be a bit oversized but was surprised by how short the sleeves were. I'm a lanky 5'8" so maybe i just have weirdly long arms LOL. It's great quality and super cozy, but if you want it oversized... size up! :)
Warm but not fitted
It felt warm but I t looked more stylish online, the fit was bulky, perhaps an XS might be better but did not like the trim down the zipper. A little more fitting around the waist and shoulder would be great. It also ran long on me so a petite version would be nice. Ended up returning and will look for a different style.
Comfy & super warm
My boyfriend got me this jacket for Christmas. At first I was oh its cute but its thin didnt think of it anything special. I wore it to the city & mind you its winter time where I live , roughly around 30 degrees and I was so SURPRISED how WARN it kept me without having any layers under! Id say 10/10 for this sweater!! DEF OBSESSED!!!
not so great
I am normally a medium in other brands but have consistently worn a large in Patagonia clothing because they run small and narrow. Not the case with this. It is huge. I hope it shrinks when I wash it, There are no washing instructions on any tags or on the website. But since it's polyester I'm sure it can be washed and dried. When the zip... Read Moreper is all the way up, it is rough and scratches my chin. Overall, disappointing. If I had seen it in a store, I would not have purchased it.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 4, 2021
Hello Angela, we're sorry to hear this fleece was not what you expected! We include the care instructions for all our items in the inner white silk tags. If you're having trouble deciphering the symbols, you can take a look at our [Product Care](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) page on our website.
Poor Quality Fleece
Own a fair number of Patagonia products and haven't been disappointed except for this jacket. I've worn it for about a year and while it initially shed everywhere, it's really pilling up a storm. A bit unsightly when the pilled stands are dangling from high wear areas (under the arms).
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 4, 2021
Pilling is a common problem with all fleece in high friction areas. You can remove the pills on a high pile fleece with a razor or a pair of cuticle scissors.
Love this jacket but it sheds
I LOVE this jacket and it's super warm, but wow does it shed. There are poofs of white wool floating around our car and any dark pants I wear with it.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 2, 2021
Hi Michelle, we're so happy to hear that love your Women's Retro Pile Fleece Jacket. We're sorry about that shedding, washing your item can help encourage the fleece to settle more quickly. To wash your fleece item, we recommend using cool to cold water on a gentle cycle in your washing machine. You can use a gentle powder detergent to wash that item, and we highly encourage you to check out our GUPPYFRIEND™ Washing Bag, https://www.patagonia.com/product/guppyfriend-washing-bag/GP001.html?dwvar_GP001_color=000&cgid=root. These help to prevent the number of microfibers that may enter rivers and oceans when washing. Once washed, you can place your item in your dryer on a low heat setting. Please note, drying down items can take a while, so you may need to use more than one dry cycle. You’re also welcome to hang dry if that works best for you.
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