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Peculiar, inaccurate sizing
5 ft 8, 142 lbs. I usually wear a medium jacket. This was laughably tight in the back and arms and looked way too small. I sized up to a large and it was enormous and clearly too big. The sizing is off and bizzare - I am not shaped unusually and always wear a medium. Neither size fits!
Response from PatagoniaMay 9, 2023
Hi Ashleigh, thank you for submitting this review. The Better Sweater Jacket is cut with a slim fit, and some customers find it runs a bit snug. We're sorry to hear neither size fit you well! Please know you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you. You might prefer one of our regular cut jackets, like the R1 CrossStrata. You're welcome to reach out to our Customer Service Team for specific measurements as well, so you can feel confident of the fit.
Looks good but sleeves are very tight. It's small in size. I was very excited to buy it, no but it's small in size.
Response from PatagoniaMay 1, 2023
Hi Pratishtha! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the fit. The Better Sweater Jacket features a slim fit so it will fit closer to body. We truly appreciate this feedback and we'll share this with our design team. Please note, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Well made, but order a size up
I really appreciate the quality that goes into these jackets, but was disappointed to get it and have it not fit. Im 5 ft 7, 150 lbs and I am usually a pretty solid medium. The medium fit was snug enough to stretch it over my abdomen slightly and show fabric rolls. Im hoping the large fits better and isnt too loose.
Overpriced and underwhelming
The zipper is my largest issue with this sweater. No matter what you do, the zippers have a wavy appearance. The sweater is also slightly to large in the mid-section, yet the small is too tight. For the price, this sweater is not at al worth it. I will never purchase one again.
Response from PatagoniaApril 26, 2023
Hi Diana! Thank you for writing us a review on the Better Sweater Jacket. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the jacket. It does feature a slim fit so it's meant to fit closer to body. Nevertheless, we truly appreciate your feedback and we'll pass it along to our design team. Please note, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Quality Jackets with attention to detail
This jacket is really well made and feels substantial when you even just pick it up. The style lines are nice and the added zipper on the sleeve is a nice touch. The size small fit fairly snugly when zipped, so I gave the small to my daughter and ordered one size up for me so I can easily wear layers under it.
I got this item the zipper didnt work at all it got jammed and was hard to get up. They replaced it same issue with the second one. I requested a refund this time sent it back over a week ago and still no refund.
Response from PatagoniaApril 4, 2023
Hey Courtney, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that you faced some difficulties with the zipper on this jacket. If you come across any stuck zippers in the future, [this lubrication tutorial](https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+to+Lubricate+a+Zipper/19450) is very helpful. We checked on your return and see that it was refunded yesterday, you should see that refund back to the original payment method within the next few business days. Feel free to reach out to customer service if you have any other questions!
Love the Better Sweater!
Loved it so much I bought a second one. It is definitely fitted so if you're looking to camouflage a belly, this is not the sweater for you. Love the pockets and the feel of the material. I think it will hold up well. One of my favorite articles of clothing and goes with so much. I do not recommend unloading alfalfa hay in it, however. Hay g... Read Moreets stuck to it. But no snagging or pilling, even after a dog pawing me in the arm for most of a 40 minute drive. The warmth level is great, and being fitted its good for layering.
I have not stop wearing this fleece since it arrived in the mail. Im usually a size small but I got a large so the fleece would still fit if I wanted to layer and also bc it was the only size available atm lol. Highly recommend this item since it is light yet very warm!
Every Day Wear
I ordered this because my old, purple one has gotten so much wear that it looks a little tired. My old one is an XS and it has always been snug (I am 110 pounds). The S fits well but the sleeves are so tight that Im not sure I can get a long sleeved T under it. I have thin arms so Im surprised. Length and quality is good.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 15, 2023
Thanks for the review Barbara. We're sorry to hear that the sleeves are a little too tight. This fleece does have a slim fit, you can find this information if you check underneath the color options on the product page. The arm opening for the size small is 4.25" laying flat but if you size up to a medium it jumps to 4.375". If you'd like to exchange for a size up, please click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Warm and cozy
I love this product! I like the zipper so I don't have to take it off over my head. I normally wear small in clothing, but the small in this style was too tight across the shoulders and short in the sleeves, so I exchanged it for a medium. I would buy several in different colors if I could afford it!
I thought Pantagonia jackets are
I thought Pantagonia jackets are superior quality. This is my first time purchasing one. I wear my Pantagonia jacket for work. I noticed pilling 3 rd day wearing this jacket. Im disappointed.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 3, 2023
Hi Anusree, like all fleeces, the Better Sweater has a tendency to pill. Due to the knit appearance of the face fabric of this particular item, this pilling can be more noticeable on a Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. 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. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your gear, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a [warranty returns](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) evaluation under our Ironclad Guarantee.
High quality, runs small & short
Normally size M is a good fit to me regardless on the gender designation. This fleece however does indeed run small and i would say that the M size here is far more towards normal S size. Also sleeves ran a bit short for me personally. As far as product quality goes, well, this is definitely high quality fleece. I have nothing negative to say on ... Read Morethat. I got mine from quite decent sale offer, hence the women's variant. (Plus i like the sleeve pocket far more that breast pocket on men's version). For the fit reasons said before, I will be giving this one forwards to my relative tho whom it'll be a far better fit.
For the best 3 years,
For the best 3 years, I have immensely enjoyed wearing my Patagonia sweater fleece jacket. It remains in perfect condition. When the time comes, I will purchase a new one! My most current purchase of the Patagonia sweater fleece jacket was for my youngest sister. Truly she adores the jacket! I want to emphasize that the Patagonia service staff have... Read More been exceptionally knowledgeable, helpful and courteous. Thank you.
Not made like it used to be
I bought this jacket because I have an older better sweater jacket (same size) that I love and wear all of the time at work, but the color doesn't match every pair of my scrubs, so I figured I'd get one in a more neutral color. Patagonia must have made subtle changes to the material and design over the years, because the new one is just n... Read Moreot the same quality as the old one. The fit is much more snug, and the material feels thinner. I would return if I hadn't already worn it for a day in clinic (I am a Nurse Practitioner and it gets quite chilly). I am hoping it stretches out some with wear. I was really looking forward to this purchase, but I am fairly disappointed considering quality and cost.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 23, 2023
Hi Hailey, we're very so to hear that your new Better Sweater Fleece Jacket is meeting your previous expectations. You're still welcome to [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if it's not working out for you. We'll reach out to you privately as well, just in case you need further assistance.
Nice and warm jacket
I love this sweater/jacket style. I ordered a XS, it fit nicely but my chest. I xchange for Small and this one is big on me. So I have to return it. However the jacket is well made and feel nice when I tried it on. Bravo to the Customer Service Team, they are super nice people and make the return so easy .
Favorite sweater - in many colors
I was introduced to this sweater in 2016, and have been buying them regularly (on sale, ideally) in my favorite colors since then. It is my favorite sweater, in particular because one can modulate temperature easily through the zipper. I also like the pockets. I noticed that since sometime around 2019, the sweater has been cut slimmer around the hi... Read Moreps. Please go back to the more generous cut. No one wants a tight sweater. I still have all my original older sweaters, so I know this quantitatively. The larger size has longer arms, so that is not an option for me.
I like the style of the sweater. The extra pocket on the sleeve works well to hold a mobile phone. A medium size top is usually a good fit for me, but the narrow style on this sweater is a little tight. I am keeping it, but would have preferred it to be a little roomier.
Although I like the Better Sweater line of clothing for the most part, I do wish the sizing was more in tune to the average person. I feel the sizing in the full zip Better Sweater runs small. I wish for more room in the torso and shoulders. The Better Sweater vests fit fine and are comfortable. However, the full zip is snug and sometimes uncomfor... Read Moretable.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 16, 2023
Hi Maureen! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate the feedback you shared regarding our sizing between the vest and jacket. We definitely want to provide better consistency between items so we'll share this with our design team.
Perfect alone or under coat
I bought this vest to wear under my coat as an extra layer while traveling. It was perfect for wearing alone on warmer days or on colder days when a coat was not enough. Warm and soft, exactly what I was looking for. Loved the zip pockets for being able to securely hold phone and hotel key.
Super Warm and Looks Great
What I love about this sweater is that its super warm and that it fits like a glove. I first became interested in purchasing this product when I saw a YouTuber, who reviews credit cards, wear one. Then saw numerous of people wear it. Im glad I got this sweater, and will be buying more, because I love the backstory to this brand.
I have this sweater in other colors. However, the black one I recently got and have barely worn (maybe 4 times) has started to peel. It looks horrible and cant wear it. Im very disappointed, not sure if its just the color.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 10, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry to hear about the pilling issue you have encountered. Our Better Sweater do tend to have some pilling, but darker colors will show more of the pilling then other colors like grey. If you would like to prevent further pilling, we recommend washing your 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. If you notice that the issue continues, please know that you are more than welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) the product back to us at any time.
I like the 'look' but
I like the 'look' but I tried it and it fit after wearing for a few hours it was much bigger and I wished I had a size smaller. Also, considering how it looks and it's weight I would like it to be warmer.. Color and design etc all good. So, I'd say fair I want this to work better since I need this layer!
Love this jacket got it
Love this jacket got it for a sailing trip. It was perfect for cold days on the water. Usually I wear a small or extra small so it was weird that I had to get a medium. I think the sizes at Patagonia tend to run small I have a friend that is a big girl not heavy and shes veryLove this jacket cut it for a sailing trip. It was perfect for cold days. ... Read MoreUsually I wear an extra small so it was weird that I had to get medium but love it!
Won't last the season
I bought this fleece jacket in September. 2022. In the approximate 120 days I've owned it, I've worn it at least 100 days. It gets washed bi-weekly in cold water on a gentle cycle with low tumble drying, although sometimes I have to wash it in between because of dirt from being in the woods. I'm sorry to say it hasn't held up to... Read More this type of wear and care. It's covered in lint pills over the entire front and sleeves and looks ratty, like it could be years old. I wanted this jacket to be an investment and last for at least three years, but I will be recycling it at the end of this season. Maybe even sooner because it's gotten to the point that I'm embarrassed by how run down it is.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 31, 2023
Hi Kelly! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear the jacket has started to pill after a few months. 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. Of course, if you're not pleased with the performance of the jacket you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I am loving this jacket. I wear it every chance I get. I got it in Pelican which is a really lovely color and goes with everything. I originally ordered my usual size small and had to bump up to medium - I have broad shoulders and a long torso. Now that I have the medium it fits like a dream.
Sizing and materials
I'm a huge Better Sweater fan. I have three that I have worn for years, Two are medium and one is a large. I tried for a new one this year but found the sizing inconsistent. The mediums that I tried were much too small, even though my older mediums are a perfect fit. I tried a large on in a store and it was a good fit so I ordered one online b... Read Moreut the arms were too tight and I had to return it. I ended up getting one from the store and for some reason I cant wear it all day like I can wear my older ones. Im having some kind of irritation/itching after I have it on for a while. Im wondering if the materials in the new ones are different than the older ones? Ive washed it and continue to wear it for short periods because I really like it. If it continues to bother me Ill call you for recommendations.
Casual and Comfy
I love this sweater! I have it in two colors and wear it around the house as an added layer as well as out for a casual meetup with friends or on the hiking trail in colder temperature. The full zip makes it easy on and off. I wear only one layer under it so if you like more than that you may want to go up a size. I am lean and a bit larger in the ... Read Morebosom and broad shouldered for my weight and height and it fits great. Happy trails to you or what ever cozy place you find your self with this sweater!
I was excited to finally get my first Patagonia jacket. Not only was this jacket very comfortable, it was also very warm and well insulated. Unlike most jackets where you can still feel the wind or breeze come through, that was not the case with this jacket. I would 100% recommend this jacket.
Small Size and Uncomfortable
I'm a standard medium size and this ran very small. Also, the material was scratchy.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 20, 2023
Hi Ann! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. Our Better Sweater Jacket features a slim fit so it will run closer to body. We greatly appreciate these comments and we'll share them with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Ok but not great anymore
First let me say Patagonia customer service is hands down the best I have ever dealt with. There was a shipping error with my repair and a new jacket was sent to me to replace my old one that was lost in transit. I am happy to have the new jacket but there have been changes in the quality and not for the better. The jacket still fits nicely and the... Read More inner fleece is soft. However, the zipper pulls are not as heavy duty. The outside material is also not nearly as soft. I will be transparent and say my older better sweaters are over 10 years old and really do not show much wear. However, they probably were not made with as many recycled products. I am happy to know the jackets are made by a greener process now but wish it wasn't at the cost of comfort. I will wear this jacket but it will not be the one I pull out of the closet every day when I get home from work like my others.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 20, 2023
We're sorry to hear that our new version of the Women's Better Sweater has been a disappointment. You're welcome to trade it or return it, and you may prefer our [Retro Pile, Los Gatos or Synchilla fleece jackets](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-fleece) as they have a more cozy fleece pile and larger zippers. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you'd like any assistance. Thanks for taking the time to send us a review, Lisa!
Bring back the old cut & fit
I loved the fit of my jacket from a few years ago that allowed more room for my larger chest. When I bought a replacement in the same size last year it was to tight and I had to return it. Very disappointed!!
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 20, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review Sue! We also want to extend our apologies that this purchase led to a return due to the tightness around the chest. We will make sure to pass along this feedback to our Product Design Team so they are aware of these issues. In the meantime, we would highly recommend checking out our [Worn Wear](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/?_gl=1*4amgkh*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3NDIyNTMyMS4zMzQuMS4xNjc0MjI4MDM0LjAuMC4w) site as they offer lightly worn past season styles. This way you may be able to find something more similar to your previous Better Sweater.
Good jacket, but not a fan of the changes made
The quality of the jacket is solid. It will keep you warm in 48-50 degree F weather. Pockets are spacious and that is greatly appreciated on a women's jacket. I took two stars off because the fit of the jacket has changed. I bought this jacket around 3 years ago. I got this jacket again for Christmas 2022. The fit is a lot tighter around the a... Read Morerms, shoulder, and chest. I have no idea why the product's size proportions have been changed because it is terrible. Compared to my older better sweater; the fit on that one is a lot better. I still recommend this jacket but please size up from your usual fit.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 19, 2023
Hello A.N., thank you for the review. We checked on redesigns for this fleece and there haven't been any changes to the fit, the only change we were able to find is in the fabric content. The Better Sweater went from 0 percent to 100 percent recycled polyester. With that said, we want you to be happy with your purchase. To begin a return click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We'd recommend keeping an eye on our Worn Wear website for older versions of this fleece.
Warmest sweater Ive ever owned!
I wear a better sweater every day for about 7 mos.,( in the winter), Out of the year in Colorado! Its the warmest sweater Ive owned & I love them for skiing! They add an extra layer under the nano puff or down sweater jackets! Hemlock green is a beautiful color!
Good light weight jacket
This is a great product two issues: 1) it runs small and 2) the sleeves run LONG.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 18, 2023
Hi Virginia! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disappointment the fit. These comments are greatly appreciated and we'll share them with our design team.
This garment pills A LOT. Do not recommend.
I've spent way more time than I'd like dealing with all the pilling that comes with this sweater. By the third or fourth time I wore it, it was covered in pills. A sweater stone did remove them, but now the sweater is covered in the stray threads that the pills were stuck to. It looks awful. Maybe my expectations are unreasonable, but whe... Read Moren I dropped what Patagonia charges for this sweater, I expected it would hold up and continuously look nice, NOT create a ton of work and still look sloppy. I've read that the pills are temporary to the new garment, but this has been going on for over a year, despite following care instructions carefully (gentle cycle, by itself, no dryer, etc). Disappointing given what I paid for this sweater.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 9, 2023
We're very sorry to hear that our laundering and Product Care tips have not improved the condition of your fleece jacket. Your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee) so we will reach out to you by email to assist you further. Thank you for taking a moment to review the jacket, Maureen!
Multi Use Sweater/Jacket
I have been ordering Patagonia wear for personal daily use and while working at a Mountain Ski shop for four years. I have sizes ranging from xxs to s depending on my desired use/layering and the design . The sleeve lengths continue to be longer than I need, but this recent purchase of the full zip fits comfortably and I can use under my Patagonia ... Read Moreshell for DH skiing, as a sweater indoors during colder temps and a jacket for quick trips from one area to another in the mountain village. i'm thinking of ordering in additional colors!.
I want to return it its very small and thin
Not the quality I expected. Runs small and thin. I am returning
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 5, 2023
Hey Micah, thanks for the review. We're sorry that this did not live up to your expectations. While the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket is relatively thin, you'd be surprised by how warm it is. Nonetheless, we want to make sure you're happy with your purchase. To begin a return, click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Wanted to love it!
I wanted to love this better sweater, it looks great on, but I have worn it twice and washed it once and it does not seem that it will hold up, I have owned it less than 2 weeks. Already its showing wear and the jacket is pilling. Disappointed, this was a gift from my husband.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 4, 2023
We're very sorry to hear that the fleece jacket has been a disappointment. While all fabrics pill to some degree, the abrasion can be alleviated by [product care](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) but it sounds like an extreme case so soon after your purchase. We'll reach out to you by email to provide further assistance under our Ironclad Guarantee. Thank you for taking a moment to review the product, Gabrielle!
Very Warm & Comfortable
I have this jacket in a Large/Slim fit and it fits me perfectly. I lOVE the inner fleece, definitely keeps me warm when I wear it in the office on the days where its cooler. I also wear it under my winter coat to run errands or take my dogs outside and just love it. I purchased one for my mom as well and plan to order more in the future. For refere... Read Morence I'm 150lbs with a 35in waist and 40in hips
Warm, cozy and versatile
I love this fleece as it is very cozy, warm and versatile (I even sometimes wear it to sleep). I usually wear a size medium, however sized up to a large for this particular style so I could layer underneath it and not feel stifled. I would still say it runs true to size - although if you are in between sizes definitely size up. Would definitely rec... Read Moreommend for everyone!
I like the look of this jacket. I ordered a large originally which is my normal size, the arms were so tight even with a tank top on. I ordered up and still with a thin long sleeve shirt it is tight on my arms and not comfortable. Definitely not my go to jacket which is sad because I was really excited about it and for the cost, I'll probably ... Read Morenot ever get my moneys worth. :(
I have the vest in the better-sweater line, same size, and love it. Thought this would be the same fit, albeit with sleeves. Instead it is weirdly tight in neck and body, sleeves are loooong and quite snug. For reference I have muscle but am 115 pounds and found the Medium too snug! Patagonia is my go-to brand, but this is going back!
Response from PatagoniaDecember 12, 2022
Hey Sandra, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear of the odd fit on the Better Sweater Jacket. The vest and jacket are both slim fits, so they should fit similarly. We'll make sure to notify our product team of the issue. If you haven't already, you can begin a return on [this page](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) or return in store.
Best fleece jacket!
I am so glad I discovered Patagonia! I bought my first jacket and absolutely fell in love with the quality and appearance, it is lightweight yet really cozy and warm, you pretty much never want to take it off. I just ordered my third one and I highly recommend it!
It fit when it arrived
It fit when it arrived but shrank when I washed it in warm water and hung it up to dry. Even the arms were tight.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 9, 2022
Thank you so much for writing this review and we are very sorry to hear about your jacket shrinking. Please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*1db6pln*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3MDYwNzM3OS4yNDEuMS4xNjcwNjA3Mzg0LjAuMC4w) at any time as we would be more than happy to go over different solutions to get this fixed.
I bought this sweater jacket in black 2 months ago. I enjoy the fit and the warmth. I am just so annoyed with the pilling. I wear this jacket few times a week but due to balls of fuzz it looks overused and sad, I am a little disappointed.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 8, 2022
Hello Tenzin, thank you for your review. We do expect some pilling over time with any of our knit garments, we even have [this guide](https://youtu.be/2aFbPb6Rn8o) to help in the pilling removal process. However, if you feel like this happened after very little use and it could be a warranty issue, you're welcome to send it in or go in store for a warranty evaluation.
New cold weather go to!
This is my 3rd Patagonia coat/jacket. To me they all run small. I can wear puffer/packable Downs and sweater jackets such as these in a size med for brands like Calvin Klein, Columbia,Michael kors etc. All Patagonia I have to order a large, which is fine. They fit perfect, and are not tight in the arms as suggested. I will be buying all of the colo... Read Morers of this sweater jacket!
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