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I love the little arm pocket
This is officially my go to sweater. Someone told me that it was warm but that is an absolute understatement. Super warm, snug fit, soft, and the little arm pocket is just what I need. I keep little things in it like dollar bills when I go to lunch. My metro card because it is easy to reach. I love it! I haven't washed it yet so the jury is st... Read Moreill out on that one but so far so good!
Better Sweater - Wanted it to work but had to return
Better sweater felt very nice to the touch and the trim is extremely soft. But for a 5 foot person requiring a Large size, the sleeves were much too long, and the length of the jacket was beyond my hips. Really wanted it to work, but have no choice but to return it. My older Patagonia gear (going back to the late 80s) still fits me, but I have had ... Read Moretrouble getting any new jackets from you over the past several years. Everything in your recent designs are slim and long. Your older generation Patagonia fans can't continue buying from you as we are not all thin and tall. So sad.
Hey Maryam! We're sorry you're not finding a fit that works for you. We're happy to discuss garment dimensions with you at anytime to find you something that will work better.
Womens Better Sweater
Great fit, a tad smaller fit. It runs smaller than the same exact size for NF
Hi Mayko, the Women's Better Sweater® Fleece Jacket will run a bit snug because of the slim fit. If you're looking for something looser with a regular fit, you might like the Women's Reclaimed Fleece Jacket, https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-reclaimed-fleece-jacket/22925.html?dwvar_22925_color=SMDB.
Perfect weight for California
I bought this for a friend. I love mine. I have 3 black ones myself I rotate for daily daily in California. This garment is perfect for CA cool mornings/evening or cold spells. The only annoying thing about it is the fact that the wool bunches up in tiny balls after a bit. I have the tool to get rid of them so it's not so bad. I would not chan... Read Morege a things about this garment and would make sure it is always available year after year...:) It is the perfect "weight " fro California. I might buy a light blue one if it became available for men.
Stylish & Classic
Im 54, 115lbs and got a small. Thats tight enough for a longsleeve underneath, but thats about it so be prepared to layer over the jacket if youre looking for something keeping you warm in anything lower than the high 40/lower 50 degree temps (in my opinion). Bought this to blend in with the culture of the PNW and its an amazing jacket. Cozy for co... Read Moremmuting and staying warm in the office, as well as outdoor outings.
Perfect Fit and Cozy
I have gotten used to most clothing items being too baggy on my frame, but not this! It fits like a glove and is super cozy while also somehow being lightweight. At first I was not too excited about the color I purchased but now feel like its a nice fall color. Will be buying another as soon as I can justify it :)
Warm and not bulky
I had admired this sweater on my sister for a few years before I bought mine. I'm glad I tried in on at REI before ordering it from Patagonia. It's a slim fit and while I'm usually a small I felt that size wouldn't be comfortable with long sleeve wool shirts underneath (like smartwool). I got a medium and it's perfect! I li... Read Moreve in the NW and know I'll get a lot of use out of it.
Got this for my wife and she has gone very few days not wearing it.
I have always found Patagonia products have been of the highest quality, but honestly it is the values and practice of the Company which I applaud and will always support. keep up the great work (involves,ent and engagement) Patagonia!
Very cozy sweater
The better sweater is definitely a slim fit, with kind of tight arms. I always wear a small, if not XS, but with this I sized up to a medium. Very glad I did. I love it!!! Fits perfectly, probably more like a jacket than a fitted sweater. Im 54 115 lbs. Love the feel of the sweater, very warm and cozy. Looks super cute, too.
Not what I was expecting but not terrible
This fits small and unfortunately the size up was out of stock so I was not able to exchange it. The inside I thought would be stitched and smoother it's a bit to fuzzy. Overall not too impressed.
Hi Surina, thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket wasn't what you were expecting. We want to help you find the gear you love so we've emailed you to get a better sense of what you're looking for. In the meantime, feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this at your earliest convenience.
Perfect - soft, warm, comfortable!
My nephew is a Patagonia fan and got me to try this aptly named "Better Sweater." I love these and am now a convert! I bought the chicory red and new navy - both are really lovely. They are perfect for running errands, hiking and camping. They are surprisingly soft and breathable but also durable. So far, they've worn and washed well... Read More and not shrunk at all when washed in cold water and hung to dry. I would also love to see a nice moss or pine green brought out - you've offered greens in the past for women's wear but sadly not this season.
warm but it pills a ton
I bought this jacket to wear at work in the hospital. I never find myself cold with it on. However, I've washed this jacket twice and it has a ton of pilling already. It looks like I've owned it for years. I tried removing the pills but there's too many.
Hey Selena! Thanks for the feeback on your fleece. When fleece meets friction pilling often occurs. However, there's a super easy fix. You can check that out [here](https://youtu.be/2aFbPb6Rn8o). If you'd prefer to return it, you may do so as well.
Great Difference between medium and large medium is so tight around the arms and the shoulders and the large hangs down over the hands and is shapeless. Their sizing needs to be fine-tuned
Hello Sandra, thank you for the review on the Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. We appreciate you bringing this sizing discrepancy to our attention. Sometimes, customers fall between sizes which can make purchasing the correct size tricky, but we're here to help! If you're still shopping for a fleece, we'd be happy to send over measurements for whichever you may be interested in, just reach out to our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/).
Very comfortable but arms are too tight
I would have bought the L and it would have fit better but the arms are indeed tight so I went for the XL as I like to layer. I wish the sizing of the arms would improve as I feel this jacket is so versatile and nice and can be worn with pretty much everything. It is nice and warm and this is my second one.
Super nice, and The look is fab, BUT
Loved this sweater, The only complaint I have, is how tight it fits under the armpit. This often happens when brands make womens jackets. Would be lovley if they could just make a little more room just under the armpit why do brands do that? Do not want the jacket smelling bad that quick, and it is not that comfortable.
There's a reason they call it "better".
I got my first better sweater used for $5 at a goodwill. I've worn it quite literally to death. Just bought a brand new replacement and I couldn't be happier. Low pilling, warm and comfortable. I have another brand's version and it has pilled horribly. They both go into the wash with about the same frequency - if anything the Better ... Read MoreSweater spends more time in the wash because I like it more - and the USED Better Sweater has easily outperformed the other brand in durability, comfort and appearance. I'm tough on clothes, and I hate replacing stuff I invest in before it's time. With the Better Sweater that's not a concern - I'll get my $ worth and more out of the new one too!
I bought this jacket because I needed something easy to put on and take off due to me working in a temperature controlled archive room. This jacket is a great combination of warm yet lightweight. I ordered a large which is my usual jacket size but this was slightly snug on me so the next time I buy one I'm getting an XL . Very happy with my pu... Read Morerchase though!
Love this but wish there was a petite size
It is a bit of an odd fit with the torso slightly tight and the sleeves and body too long. But I am ordering another color because the weight and warmth are perfect. I can roll up the cuffs three inches but I wish Patagonia clothes made petite sizes for those of us who are vertically challenged with short arms.
Chic and toasty dream come true
I have been looking for something super warm like fleece but with more sophistication, to layer with a tailored jacket or vest for business situations which often take me outside in cool weather. I also love pockets with zippers to keep my phone/glasses/keys safe. This fulfills all my wishes! The sweater knitting on the outside is super durable... ... Read Moreno pulled snags yet. Thank you Patagonia!!
Beautiful Color - Perfect Weight
I was looking for a mid-weight sweater/jacket. Tried the small (my usual size) but it fit very close in the sleeves and body so I went up to a medium. This one fits a bit more like a jacket, which I prefer. The sleeves are a bit long but that may be a plus in cool weather. Love the brick red color and may purchase another in navy when theyre availa... Read Moreble.
Simple Comfort and Style
My first better sweater was a gift that kept on giving as I wore it year after year until the zipper broke and I had to send it back to be repaired. In the mean time I realized I couldn't live without a better sweater in my closet so I bought a new one just to get me through the cooler spring weather. My better sweater provides simple comfort ... Read Moreand a style anytime I wear it.
Great jacket. Super warm.
I love this jacket and the color. I would normally wear a medium, but my weight is in my mid-section, so I like a little extra room in that area - especially since these are slim fit - so I ordered a large. Going up a size makes the sleeves a little long for me, but I still love it. (5ft1in , 125lb)
True to the hype!
I'm 5'11", 180 and I ordered a large. It fits pleasantly snugly and I wear it over a tshirt, as a jacket or sweater: there's not much room to layer. That being said, it is slim -fitting without feeling tight or making me look like a stuffed sausage, so it is very flattering (hello, waist!) and not constrictive at all. I love my ... Read Morebetter sweater! I got the century pink color simply because it was on sale, but honestly, I will probably pay full price for another color in the future. Washes up well, and I swear it is temperature-regulating too: I'm never too hot in it the way I am in other fleece.
3rd Better Sweater
This is my 3rd Full zip Better Sweater. All have been a size small over a 10 year period. Colors: Pink, Grey, and the Burnt Orange for which this is a review. This Better Sweater seemed smaller in the arms than the grey. The Grey was a bit loose when I first received it, but after Many washings was my go to, it layered nicely with short and long sl... Read Moreeeves. The pink I had was smaller in the arms and I always had to put more effort into layering. I am afraid the Burnt Orange color will be as well. However, it Doesnt change the fact that I love this sweater!!!
Thanks for your feedback, Sheena! The Better Sweater Jacket is a slim fit, and you might prefer the looser arms of a regular fit fleece like our Micro D Jacket, Retro Pile Jacket, Classic Synchilla Jacket, or Lightweight Better Sweater Shelled Jacket. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service team to chat about a return or exchange. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Toasty and tough
For weeks, Id been hemming and hawing over buying a Better Sweater to use as a cool weather jacket, and finally decided to pull the trigger on a past-season color (Century Pink). Ive been thoroughly pleased with how warm and well-made it is. Im sure Ill be purchasing another one in the future. Note: Century Pink is more of a rust - the name is dece... Read Moreiving.
NOT WORTH THE PRICE
I purchased this sweater Jan 2021 and within one month it looked like this sweater was several years old. It piles right away! Very disappointed in this sweater. I would NOT recommend it to anyone. NOT WORTH THE PRICE.
Hi Melissa, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're incredibly sorry to hear that your sweater has pilled and worn out after such little time. We completely understand the disappointment as this isn't the quality we expect out of our gear. We've reached out to you directly with return assistance.
Nice but . . .
Good looking and warm but fit is too close for me when I work on the farm or am wearing layers. (My usual size for tops is M or L.) I'd like looser sleeves.
Thanks for the review on our Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. If you'd like to size up, you can start an exchange [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Very soft and warm
I really love this sweater, its very warm, and soft inside. I had to get a XL, when I am mostly L on jackets because the sleeves were too tight on my arms( I probably have thicker arms) but I like the feeling so much and the warmth, that I did not cared to get one size up, I am still happy.
Warm - Nice Fit
Love that Patagonia makes products from recycled material. This jacket is warm for cool temps on its own. Makes a great mid-layer for cold weather. The fit is flattering and inside feels comfy against the skin. Having zippered pockets is a huge plus. And I like the sleeve zippered pocket. I am 5 9 and found the jacket long enough in the back. Only ... Read Moreone complaint, no adjustable cord at the bottom hem.
Fit is not as before
I have two better sweaters from previous seasons and the fit is perfect. This last one is a tad loose especially in the back of my shoulders. It causes the material to bulge which weird. I wish they kept the fit the same. I like the longer sleeves though. The material is also thinner than before but the warmth it provides is similar. I prefer the R... Read Moreetool Zip front sweater but its been a few years since its been available. Pls bring it back.
I was looking for an everyday jacket. I could have sized down, but I wanted to be able to layer and wear it with pretty much any top. It still looks neat and put together despite going with the bigger size. Most of the pockets are great, aside from the arm one. I'm still contemplating what I can even use it for. However, I thought it was going... Read More to be bulky, and it isn't so I can live with it.
Comfy in varying temps
This jacket layers really well. It is more fitted than I had expected but thats not a huge deal at all. I like that I can go from running around in the woods with the dog or a bike ride straight to a Zoom call. It is functional and also presentable. Though the color said it was a pinkish color its more of a rust which I love because it is a pop of ... Read Morecolor while still looking like sophisticated casual. I am comfy in this on 40 degree days with nano puff and on 60 degree days. The pockets are large and not at a weird spot so thats great! As a busty las it is the worst when pockets sit too high and make you look like you are trying to smuggle stuff if unzipped. It is a flattering but fairly form fitting jacket. No regerts!
Warm, but breathable
I like this sweater because it can keep you warm but also very breathable. I usually wear this while walking. Although it could seem a bit cold at first, it works really well when I started to move around. I don't sweat as much and I don't feel like the moisture is being trapped inside the sweater too much.
I loved this when I first got it. I have an embroidered one from work that was a fast favorite however within a few washes the inside piled badly and is quite scratchy now. Also, the elbows are already wearing out and the zipper is all wavy. I wear it almost daily for the past 6 months or so but Patagonia usually holds up better than this. Which is... Read More sad, since I paid extra for our custom embroidery. Considered getting another one but Im not so sure its worth the price. Overall disappointed
Thank you for your feedback on our Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. We'd like to share some care instructions with you to prevent pilling and extend the life of your sweater: Wash in Gentle Cycle or Hand Wash garment. Turn inside out before laundering. Wash with like items and avoid washing with lint prone items such as towels or sheets. Do not overload washing machine. Hang to dry and avoid the dryer all together. If dryer is used, remove items as soon as they are dry. To remove existing pills, use a Sweater Stone or non-electric razor and gently 'shave' the affected areas of the item. Check out this [handy guide](https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+to+Remove+Pilling+from+a+Patagonia+Sweater/19439) for more details. If you give this a go and find that you're still not satisfied, your purchase is backed by our Ironclad Guarantee and you are always welcome to send it back for a credit towards a new item.
All around great
I bought this Better Sweater to fill a gap in my outdoor and indoor clothing. I ordered a large to have room to put other layers under it. I'm 5'7" about 134#. I usually wear a medium. So given that it is a little long in the sleeves, but nice and roomy and long to work with layers and cover by rear in leggings. I use it around the h... Read Moreouse as a sweater and out hiking as a layer under my coat. I got the century rose, which is really a burnt orange brown, but love the color.
Fabric: Manmade plastic feel & No lining, Pilling on 1st wear not even washed yet Fit: Arms way too tight, Bodice way too tight (size XL Im 54 165lb) Style: Oddly placed pocket on left upper arm is awkward & useless Overall: Not warm enough for New England, Not worth even the sale price. Say something positive? Ok: Color selections are nice... Read More. Style looks nice in pics.
We're sorry to hear that this jacket has been a disappointment, Paula! Please know that we'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you return or exchange it, no matter where you purchased it. The Better Sweater is an unlined "slim" fit, lightweight mid-layer fleece. It sounds like you may prefer something like our Women's Los Gatos Fleece Jacket which is "regular" fit, lined and very soft.
The fleece front zip jacket is a great color and style. Form follows function, I can wear this fleece jacket in several different ways. The jacket is perfect over a shirt or under a heavier type jacket . Love the ability to pair this jacket with many different out fits. The smooth outer surface is snag free. Warm and comfortable.
Warm but color is off
Its warm but the fit is a little big. I thought the color was going to have some gray mixed with the purple. I am not crazy about the color
Hey there, thanks for the review! If you're unhappy with the color you purchased, it's very easy to make an exchange for a different color so long as they are both priced the same. To get started on an exchange, click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Sizing on Better sweater is very small
I have several better sweaters. The new sizing is much smaller. I had to return this one- very sad because I loved the color.
We're so sorry that the size purchased didn't end up working out. For future, switching out sizes and making exchanges is super easy! You'll just want to click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) and follow the prompts.
Love this but sizing is off
I love this jacket. You can dress it up or down. I am usually always an xs however this style the armpit are is very tight. If I sized up to a small its too big around the torso and hip area mean while small is baggy on me. Im keeping the xs and well see how it is. Hopefully it doesnt shrink once its washed.
We're sorry to hear the fit is off, Kris! This jacket is a "slim" fit and you may have better luck with an XS in our "regular" fit styles. Our Customer Service team would be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you return or exchange, in addition to recommending similar styles like our Retro Pile, Classic Synchilla or Los Gatos.
Definitely size up. Im glad I listened to the reviews because I ordered one size up from what I normally wear, and this jacket still fits pretty close to the body. Itd be hard to wear a sweater or anything bulkier than a long sleeve tee under it. Having said that, its very warm, and and the quality seems nice.
The fit is great, fabric warm, but the zipper?
So I love this sweater, and wear it most days to work. It looks smart enough, and the fit is perfect for me. I have reasonably broad shoulders for an S and I love the fit through the body. The only downside is that the zipper has been sticky when I start to try and zip it up in the morning, and I suspect this is going to be a weak point and somethi... Read Moreng that's going to break or wear badly. Still a fan, just a little disappointed with that aspect.
We are very sorry to hear about the zipper issues you are having, Louise. Please know that if the zipper stops working or breaks, you are always welcome to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us and we will get you taken care of.
Warm and Professional looking
My nephew gave me a Patagonia gift card for Xmas, and I bought the Better Sweater. I had looked at this previously at Dick's so I knew what color and size I wanted. I love it!! Super warm and very professional looking. It fits close to the body, like a sweater not a jacket. Size up for a jacket fit.
Not the same quality as my old better sweater
Bought this to upgrade my 10 year old better sweater and was disappointed by the lower quality of the new better sweater (although I do like that the new one uses recycled materials). The sweater material, fleece liner, hems, stitching, zippers, and fit were a step down from my old better sweater. I prefer the inside collar being sweater material l... Read Moreike the old style rather than hem material in the new style. The old sweater was more fitted and longer compared to the new sweater being looser, shorter, and boxy. The sleeves are too short on both versions.
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