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What is up with the Zipper?
I just received this vest and was very excited to wear. I agree with other reviewers that the product is long, but I was okay with the fit otherwise and love the color and comfort. However, the zipper may force me to take this back. I frequently like to zip my jackets and vests all the way up, and this zipper will scratch your neck, as it is comple... Read Moretely exposed at the top without any protective hood around it. Very rough, very sharp. Disappointed as Patagonia is typically very thoughtful with such details. Not sure what happened here.
Sorry to hear about the lack of zipper protecting fabric! We will be happy to help you return your vest under our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee). You may prefer our Los Gatos, Classic Synchilla, or Better Sweater vest. Thanks so much for your valuable feedback, Lydia!
Cozy but too big
I like the material it was just way larger than I expected and I dont wear it now
Hi Clara, we're so sorry to hear about the sizing issues. Please note, we always want ensure you're happy and wearing your product. If you want to [return this or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a different size, we welcome you to do so.
Right product, wrong size
This vest is too big; shouldve purchased a small.
We are incredibly sorry to hear this size did not work out for you. Please know you are always welcome to [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) your items at any time. If you need any help, please feel free to reach out to our Customer Service at 1-800-638-6464 and they will be more than happy to help!
Cute but too long
This review is as much for customer service as it is for customers. This vest is warm, cozy, cute and well made which is why Patagonia is one of my favorites. However, the vest is too long for shorter people. Not everyone is 5'9 like the model shown, I am 5'4". I wish you would PLEASE make things for shorter people not just models. I... Read Moref you could make your pants like another favorite of mine, Kuhl brand who makes their pants 28" inseam for shorter women, 30 " for Regular and 32 for taller women. You would sell a lot more and not waste material, as I always have to have my patagonia pants hemmed to fit me, a common complaint I hear. So, when I find a great product that offers 28" inseam I stick with them. Most of us shorter girls don't need petite pants as they are shorter in the crotch, we just need a shorter inseam. Same for this cute vest. I did keep it because its cute and warm but when zipped up it covers and cradles my butt. Needs to be about 3-4" shorter for shorter women. If you are 5'9" like the model it will look like your picture. I don't mind paying a little more to have shorter versions of pants/vests/shirts (arm length) etc so I don't have to bother finding an alterations person after my purchase. Oh how I wanted to buy two more vests and some pants but will only buy the one vest because of the length. Thus only the 4 stars
Cozy & Warm
I originally ordered a medium like my other Patagonia tops (which fit perfectly) and the vest was too bulky for my liking. Exchanged for a small and Im very happy. Have only worn a couple of times but it generates warmth the moment I put it on and is super comfortable. Pockets and zipper work great, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. So far, so goo... Read Mored!
Exactly what I needed...
I just moved from sunny San Diego to not-so-sunny and way colder coastal Humboldt and really needed a new vest to complete my colder-weather gear. This vest is super-cozy, warm and comfortable and makes a huge difference when the winds kick up (this is one of those "feels colder than it is" places, very humid). I'd read another revie... Read Morew here mentioning that this particular vest is a great fit for women with larger chests, and I concur. I often have a problem with clothes that are too fitted because of this and tend to like clothes on the baggy side. The retro fleece is a relaxed fit that's great for me. Just "boxy" enough to not be tight across the chest but still flattering. I say that it runs "true to size" because my idea of large is that it should be, well, LARGE, and this is, but saying that it runs "kinda large" is probably not inaccurate either. I got the salt gray and think it's super-cute as well as really practical. I really could not be happier with my purchase.
Not Patagonias Best
The vest is warm, cozy, great pockets, nice color contrasting detail. I recommend you wash before wearing. Mine shed heavily. The reason I sent it back was the way the fabric hung when anything was in the pockets. It looked sloppy. Not for me. Id like to tru the retro x when new colors come out.
I an not a regular vest wearer. However, this vest could easily convert me! Very, very nice vest. Warm but not bulky. Stylish but functional. Well made. I love it. Absolutely no complaints. The medium was a snug too tight. The large fits me perfectly. I fluctuate between a medium and large. I am better fit with the large for this vest.
Here's a problem I've had for a decade. I've been buying your clothes since I was a river cook, ski bunny and bon vivant back in the day. I'm now 71 and not used up but your clothes haven't fit me in a long time. I understand changing fashion ( I was a clothing designer in New York City in the early 70's) but this curr... Read Moreent thing with the skinny sleeves and "slim fit" sure doesn't work for me. I weigh 120 pounds but have to buy a medium so I can zip things up. I am far from voluptuous and not particularly overweight, just old. This vest really doesn't fit. It looks like I have on my dad's clothes but it goes halfway to my knees. I needed something like it though so here I am.
Vampire Collar from Zipper Tabs
We love Patagonia as casual wear and thought this vest would be awesome. And it mostly is except for the top of the zipper under the collar. There are hard plastic edges where the zipper ends inside the collar. If you zip it all the way closed its like two tiny vampires trying to pierce your neck. Very disappointing quality issue for Patagonia and ... Read Moreotherwise good vest.
Cozy & Flattering
This Retro Pile Fleece Vest is exactly what I was looking for! After trying on many styles of vests that don't flatter a larger chest, I came across this one. Decided to pull the trigger and I am so thankful I did. Not only is it flattering, but it is also incredibly warm and easy to wear and style. Washing it is a breeze and it goes with ever... Read Moreything. Would highly recommend!
Great so far!
I read the other reviews on this vest and just received it. So far, it a cozy, comfortable, good looking product. I haven't washed it yet to see what how it holds up, which I expect to be good. It's a little long on me but I have a short torso so that's not saying much. I would buy again!
Love it, but sheds!
I love this vest, but it does shed fleece fibers. Ive had it for about a month now. It sheds badly against any friction: seatbelt and crossbody purse. Ive washed it once per instructions and hanged dried it thinking that might cut down on the shedding, but it unfortunately hasnt. You can do better Patagonia.
Thank you for your feedback Adrian! Please know that your purchase is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee and we'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you return it. We also recommend trying a lower-pile fleece like our Better Sweater, Synchilla or Micro D.
runs large - long torso
bummed out by this vest. I'm a huge vest person. the torso runs really long - I have a long torso and thought this was frumpy looking. it also has no shape, i looked like a square brown brick. I do like Patagonia vests and will probably just reorder a different style. although i generally find the sizing to vary. this was definitely too big.
I have been looking for a vest to wear with my medical scrubs. This vest is perfect I am able to zip it up without it feeling too stuffy. According to the measurements online I shouldve purchased a size large however after reading the reviews I purchased a size medium since everyone mentioned it runs large. Im glad I did as the medium fits me perfe... Read Morect. The vest is self is it tru navy blue color and super warm. For reference I am 4 11 and weigh 155 pounds.
Cozy vest but collar/zipper needs a re-design
This is a very cozy vest - heavy fleece. Runs a bit large so I sized down. The collar and zipper, however, is a deal breaker for me. I hate when my neck is cold so often like to zip my vests to the top. The collar on this vest though is not very tall, which might be ok if the zipper had a zip cover flap over it. When it is completely zipped, it is ... Read Morevery uncomfortable -- zipper stabs your neck. Such a bummer. If not for the exposed zipper at the neck, this could be a great vest. For now though, the my re-tool vest is still my favorite... too bad Patagonia stopped making those. Hoping for a design change on this Retro Pile vest next year.
My first vest I have not liked. The collar is too soft to stand on its own. It runs big and after 2 washes it is still shedding on everything. It just sits in my pile of vests and when I’m comes to the top of the pile I always skip over it.
Hi Catherine, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that your fleece is shedding. We will pass along your feedback to our product team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed, so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) the item to us for a full refund.
Best Vest Ever!!
I am a vest wearer. I prefer a fleece vest because it's more cozy and easy to move in. This vest is so warm, cozy and cute it tops any other vest I've owned. I got the blue and it is adorable with the contrasting light blue zipper pulls. I think the best part of the vest are the DEEP pockets. My entire hand fits in them up over my wrist k... Read Moreeeping my hands warm and snug. Lastly, I'll mention the length of the vest because I am tall and like my tops to fit over my waist which this vest does. It doesn't ride up on me and it isn't too puffy. It's just right. I am 5'7" tall, 126 lbs and usually wear a size 4 or small. I am happy to say a small fits perfectly - like it should. Please keep making this vest Patagonia and don't change a thing!!!!!
Loved it at first, but after first wash the zipper is puckered.
I loved this vest, and the idea of it. After I washed it on a wash and hung to dry, the piping next to the zipper shrunk and is now puckering the zipper so that the zipper is scrunched and wavy. The wash properties of the piping are not consistent with the rest of the garments and for that I have to knock off stars. The shearling is great though an... Read Mored is good for lightweight warmth. The garment wont hang on my body like it did when I bought it however. Runs large, size down. Please let me know if you have any fixes.
Hi AJ! Thanks for leaving your feedback, and we're very sorry to hear about the shrinkage you experienced on the Retro Pile Vest! This issue is covered under our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee#searchterm=ironclad), and you are definitely welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) that item under warranty.
Love the look and design, perfect light vest that is still warm, but after a week of wearing it it started to pill very badly.. disappointing in that regard.
Hi Kaya. We're glad to see you're satisfied with the design and weight of your vest, but it's a shame about the pilling. 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 unbraided. 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 vest, you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) the item to us for a full refund.
color was great
it took 2 tries to get a size that fit but the fit is still not great. The problem is the arm holes are way too large when wearing this vest with just a shirt.,.If I were tower it with a sweatshirt they would be find. Also the room for ease in the chest if too much. I ordered a large and based on my chest size of 38 and the garment chest measured 4... Read More4. This is way too much ease. I called company and was told that the med garment size was 40, it was not it was 41.75. but I just gave up and kept the item. I will alter the vest later if I decide it just bags too mcuh.
Hi Connie, we're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the fit. Please note that you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us. We're also always happy to email you any item's measurements chart beforehand so you can feel more confident about your next purchase.
Pretty decent vest
This vest is mostly what I wanted. It does run big - I'm usually a medium jacket, small top in Patagonia, but I had to exchange this for an XS. My only real complaint about it is the collar isn't very stiff so unless it's zipped the collar flops down. Otherwise it looks great and is warm.
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