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Perfect for anything
I wear my Better Sweater w/hood for everything - dressy enough for a funeral interment; warm enough to throw directly over my swimsuit after a swim workout; cozy enough for an evening at home binge-watching a TV series. It's pricey but I was lucky to get mine on sale; I'll be looking out for the next sale to get another color!
This is a nice jacket. It's warm; I like the look of the material; and it has both exterior and interior pockets (which every jacket should have, in my opinion). But, based on your description and some of the reviews, I was expecting a more flattering fit. You claim that it has "contoured shape and fit", but on me it's just str... Read Moreaight - no "shape" at all. It even feels a bit snug across the bust - and I have very little bust! - while being not at all shaped in the waist. It's not becoming at all on me.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 25, 2023
Hi Kathy, we're sorry to hear about the fit issue with the Better Sweater Fleece Hoody. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
Sweater was a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law is a petite person and when shopping for the sweater the small and medium looked too small. I ended buying the size large. This is a very fitted sweater so keep this in mind when purchasing. Sleeves run long.
I will wear this jacket for years!
I love this jacket. It is so warm while also feeling light. I usually wear a medium, but there was a huge difference between medium and large, so the sleeves and jacket are on the long side, but the medium was too small to zip up. I would have loved a size in between medium and large. It could also use a button or drawstring on the hood because it ... Read Moreis pretty loose.
Possibly my favorite hoodie
This hoodie is amazing. I wear it all the time. It's warm, but not too warm. It looks good enough to not be completely dressed up of course, but it passes at work better than a regular hoodie would (the pandemic has lowered my standards of professional dress, but still, this looks good over a button up shirt when your office heat hasn't k... Read Moreicked in for the season). My only concern with this hoodie is if the inside gray fuzz will wear off/stick to a darker colored undershirt. I have not worn a darker color for that reason, but it is in the back of my mind. Either way, this hoodie is great. I love it and will probably get it in a few more colors.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 17, 2022
We're glad to hear this one is working for you! Check out our [product care tips](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) for assistance with removing the pilling, or pop into your local Patagonia store for a quick demonstration. Thanks for the review, Asha!
I have four better sweaters.
I have four better sweaters. I ordered the better sweater with hood in my regular size medium as advised by Patagonia in response to my inquiry based on reviews. This hooded better sweater was smaller in fact too small. All of my better sweaters are size medium. I can wear a shirt and sweater under them. I could barely zip up the hooded version. I ... Read Morereturned it. Too small.
cosy, but fit is too narrow through shoulders and arms
Nice fabric, cosy to wear, but I found it too fitted and confining through the shoulders and arms to be comfortable. I ordered my usual size, L, but had to return it. I may be old-fashioned, but I am nostalgic for the fabric (original fleece) and the fit (roomy, not "fashiony.") of the early Patagonia clothes. Obviously, I am a very old P... Read Moreatagonia customer!
As with all Patagonia products
As with all Patagonia products it runs very small. The sleeves are made strangely, long and slender no room for anything underneath but a light t-shirt. The look of the jacket is nice. Definitely would not call it a sweater as the material is stiff and heavy. Disappointing.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 29, 2022
Hi Tara, we're so sorry to hear that you're not stoked on the Better Sweater Fleece Hoody. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, so please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) if you'd like.
I think it is REALLY
I think it is REALLY important for you to know that the medium Better Sweater fleece hoody runs VERY small. I ordered a medium at first and had to return it and exchange it for a large size which fits perfectly. I weigh 118 lbs, so easily thought that the medium would work well. The sleeves on the medium fit very tightly and it was hard to zipper, ... Read Moreeven though I wear between a size 6-8 dress. I love this jacket and am glad that the back order went faster than thought!
Bought this for under a rain shell or on its own for camping, hiking, watching kids sports games to wear instead of a hoodie. Its perfect! Im very busty so the xl is necessary in order to zip up without pulling. Sleeves need to be rolled back but thats fine. So cozy and cute! Love the hood!!!
plainly a better better sweater
This better sweater is plainly better, especially when Patagonia offered credit instead of 'repair' for a well-worn Patagonia in need of new zippers. Applied the credit and wore this sweater, snowshoeing in the wilderness. The hood and full zip made for ease of comfort control in the mountain climate.
Love jacket but sleeves run long
I received this as a gift in an XL. It was too big but I like my jackets roomy but the sleeves were too long. Purchased a size M and L. Medium sleeves perfect length but jacket too tight. Size L fit better but the sleeves are too long. I love the jacket so much, it is warm, soft with great pockets.. so I decided to take it to a tailor to shorten th... Read Moree sleeves. So in summary the jacket is great, so good that I am willing to pay a tailor to shorten the sleeves, but the sleeves are too long on the L and XL for a woman.
Love the Frozen Jaquard
I originally got size medium but the shoulders were too small for me. I normally wear size medium in Patagonia coats/ jackets but have to size up for shirts. This material is not as stretchy as others. I like a looser fit and large fits my shoulders but is a bit big in the body and arms. I like the material very much and am happy with the purchase.... Read More
Love the better sweaters
After Patagonia came out with hyssop purple , I had to buy another one. This is my fourth in this style. These sweaters are stylish, warm, soft to the touch and lightweight. I also like the slim fit. Im 55 and 128 lbs. and purchased a small. If youre looking to layer, you may want to size up.
Seems like a great sweaterjust not for me
This sweater is heavier/warmer than I expected. I wanted to be able to wear it indoors and be comfortable and then under my Puff jacket when outdoors. Its too warm for that, unless the temps are below 20 degrees. More importantly, it was tight across the upper back and upper arms. Uncomfortable. Didnt lay right on my body. Disappointed all around. ... Read MoreHowever, it seems well made and of high quality. I have friends that really love this sweater. No me though. Boo!
Snug sweater for in-between seasons
I was looking to replace a nylon and fiberfill puffy sweater/jacket for spring and fall and layering with something more durable. This sweater fit the bill. My only complaint is that the sleeves are a bit snug. This makes it hard to layer--I have to grab my sleeve ends so they don't. bunch up. It is snug and cozy and the burgundy color is beau... Read Moretiful. I love that it's made of recycled fleece. It was a bit pricy for my budget as a retired teacher, but I see items like this as a wardrobe investment.
Great day-to-day Sweatshirt
This is a great sweatshirt for daily use as well as local hikes. In terms of sizing: All of my other Patagonia jackets and sweatshirts are size small (as I've found they usually run a little large compared to other brands). I bought this one in size M, knowing this sweatshirt material is stretchy, so I could wear it through the rest of my pre... Read Moregnancy. So far it's working great with room to stretch at 8 months. I would definitely buy this style again, and likely will in a couple months.
I bought this jacket to use during the south Florida winter, walking, and boating. I tried it on and found it to be quite toasty, and very flattering. I wear Medium sized shirts, and ordered up a size to a large, since I like to have a little extra room in my jackets. Jacket lays nice, the purple is a beautiful color, and has spacious zip up pocket... Read Mores. I love the sweater texture/look on the outside.
Still the Best Sweater!
I have purchased Better Sweater vests, jackets and Performance fleece jackets, so obviously I am a huge fan. This was the first hoodie that I have purchased and I found the sizing of the XS to be different from the jacket. The hips were considerably wider so I sized down. The XXS fit is spot on at the hip, but the shoulders and underarms, a tad snu... Read Moreg over a long sleeved tee. This issue could be me: wide shoulders. The Hyssop Purple color is lovely, understated and unique. The knit is as excellent as ever. I wish that the Patagonia label was half the size as it was with my first Better Sweater from 10 years ago. Nonetheless, I will enjoy wearing this fleece for many years to come.
I love this!
This was a gift and i had to exchange for a size larger. Felt tight in hips when zipped. I love how cozy and warm this is! And I learned that this is made from recycled plastic bottles which is awesome and unbelievable, given how soft the fabric is. Id buy another one of these!
Patagonia doesn't fit me in my regular size, but I had a gift certificate and had to use it. Im 175 lbs and 5ft7 normally a large. The large is tight in the chest area and around my stomach so I had to go with the xl. The sleeves are a good 2 inches to long but I kept it anyway because of the gift certificate. Its very comfy and warm like a s... Read Moreweater should be. Good quality. The red is beautiful.
A travel staple.
I've always loved the better sweater line. These are great to layer for outdoor adventures but also traveling more generally. I toss one in my bag or the back of the car as a go-to layer for most adventures. But also for the travel to those adventures. No need to worry about frigid air on a flight, temperature dropping when eating outside, unp... Read Morelanned stop at an over-air conditioned museum, etc. I think that the heathered/flecked colors might look clean and presentable longer. They do eventually pill on the outer layer which makes them look a bit grubby and lessens their adaptability (my 10+ year old black one is now "outdoor adventure" only). As i've become curvier with age, they are not as flattering on my frame as they once were. I hover between a size M and L and i decided to go with large this time = more comfortable but the sleeves are a little too long. I might even shorten the sleeves slightly since my arms aren't growing and my plan is to wear this for another 10+ years! I might trim the cuffs in another color. (I wore out the cuffs of my patagonia winter coat (grey) that they repaired, on my request, with teal. It looks amazing and gives the coat new life.)
Soft, thick, and comfy!
My husband urged me to get one, as he has one he loves. I purchased the full zip because it allows for greater flexibility of wear, allowing for temperature fluctuations. Its soft, comfortable though the arms (I have a little larger arms), and accommodates my rather large chest. The sleeves are pretty long, to my finger tips, which is great with th... Read Moree thumb-hole high tech shirts. They fold back easily into a cuff. Even though recycled material is used, it has a new feel and look, with a perfect thickness for sitting on the deck in the early spring, or to walk on a sunny day through the snow. A windbreaker over for a windy day. Perfect for layering! Besides all that, its quality made. Love it!
Stylish Casual Wear
High quality jacket. Nicely made. It fits perfectly and keeps me cosy while shopping or on long walks. I love the addition of the hood. I bought the navy which looks very stylishly casual when paired with jeans. I will buy more like this in different colors. They are versatile and definitely worth the money.
The Patagonia label was sewn on crooked.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 15, 2021
Hello Brenda, we're truly sorry to hear that the label was sewn in crooked! That is definitely a quality control issue so please feel free to exchange it for a new one. We have reached out to you privately via email to assist with this.
I purchased this item originally in a size medium. Runs small so exchanged it for a large. This item is very well made and looks great. I purchase Patagonia products because they perform as advertised and are well made, functional, as well as stylish. My wife has a Patagonia Ws Down Sweater and a Down With It parka which she loves.
Thinner than it looks
Bought a black one for my wife. Whos small in stature and gets cold easily. It appeared to be a thicker, warmer coat that what it is. I was disappointed but she has a warmer coat by another popular brand! She ll wear it when it gets cold in South Carolina. Not worth the money i paid in my opinion for a light jacket.
I love this hoodie. On Patagonias slim fit pieces, I tend to fall between a medium and large and often size up in order to layer underneath. Im glad I did. This hoodie is cozy and warm, and I can easily wear a long-sleeve T under it and stay toasty warm all winter. Great wfh piece.
Love love love.
I absolutely love Patagonia clothing. Not to mention their return policy - they stand by their products! I mainly use this for work/snowboarding - I work nights and it keeps me warm in a freezing ICU! These sweaters tend to pill- but I read a review about the sweater stone, makes it brand new again!
so disproportionately built! I want Patagonia to go back to its good old times!
built purely, long, too large, uncomfortable, I am very disappointed with Patagonia lately, clothes is uncomfortable, colors are ugly, I want my favorite old Patagonia back!
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 7, 2021
We are very sorry to hear the disappointment in our recent fit changes and color options. We appreciate this feedback and hopefully, there will be some better options for you in the future. Please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this one back to us.
Love the better sweater fleecy but long sleeves
I love the better sweater fleecy hoody, I've purchased several of the vests in years past, a 1/4 zip too and like them very much but wanted to have a better sweater jacket when I was in the home (or out) during the colder temps. This works great. And the one I bought was a wonderful blue and on sale. I am a size medium but ordered a large in t... Read Morehis even though I knew the sleeves would be way too long but I wanted a looser fit so I can put this jacket on over my clothes, without it being so snug. I planned to mend the sleeves to a proper length (yes, I cut off about an inch on brand new jacket) and sewed a seam around. Honestly I'm so glad I did that, it looks great, is warm and fits me well. I'm a more petite build but even I think patagonia tends to make there sleeves a little too tight, snug in these jackets. So I got a large and made the sleeves a proper length for me and now it fits like how I like to wear a fleece, with a little room in it, not as a glove. Hence, docked the one star for that. But love what I've got. Make it your own!
Beautiful color and material
I purchased a better sweater in the chicory red color. It looks a bit dark online, but when it arrived it was a beautiful warm plum color. I really appreciate when there are beautiful, earthy color options for women, too (for most brands I usually like the men's side of the store much better for color options, but I'm too petite to wear m... Read Moreen's clothing, so earth tones for women's clothing are highly appreciated). My bust measurements were for a size small, but my other measurements are for an XS (35"bust/26.5" waist/35" hips). I found the large bust measurement wasn't an issue, and the XS fits perfectly. The hood is great when it gets chilly (fits nicely, not too snug, but enough to keep you warm), and the sweater blocks the wind enough to be comfortable for casual use in mild/cool weather. On a truly windy day I would wear an outer shell, but it's been great in mild wind. It feels very cozy - the inside is very soft and fuzzy. It's definitely a casual sweater - I wouldn't wear it backpacking (or for other strenuous activity), since it is not breathable. Also, I really appreciate that I will be able to easily repair the sweater after a few years if I need to.
soft and cozy
It's my first time buying the fleece hoody, and I've read in the reviews that the fit was quite slim so I went for the XL. It is not super tight but just right for me, I am usually a size 12/Large when buying tops from other brands. The inside is really soft and keeps you warm, but the overall jacket is really lightweight so makes it easy... Read More to carry around. I am a fan of pockets with zips, fits my phone, travel card, keys etc. Overall happy with the product.
Super Long Sleeves
I love this hoody and I have the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket as well. However, the sleeves on this one are exceptionally long. I did measurements on the sleeves and they are longer than the specs listed. I called Patagonia and they confirmed that the sleeves are longer than stated. However the fit everywhere else is nice. And the jacket version sl... Read Moreeeves fit perfectly just FYI. I wear these all the time and they are super snuggly.
I really wanted to like this fleece jacket, but I dont. The fit is fine, but it attracts pet hair like a magnet and the material started pilling after a few months of wear. I have many other Patagonia products that I love, but I cant recommend this one.
Response from PatagoniaApril 21, 2020
We are very sorry to hear about your disappointment. Pilling with knit garments can be inevitable as it is the nature of those fibers. Nonetheless, we know it can be a pain and we'd recommend a product like the Sweater Stone. With that being said though, we guarantee everything we make you and you're always welcome to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything back that doesn't work for you.
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