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Warm and well designed
Now I undertand why this is so popular. It is well designed, well made, comfortable, and warm. The sizing was bit tricky for me. The medium was form fitting and the large was roomy without being too baggy. However, arm length was too long with the large size so I had to fold it twice. For reference, I am 5'3, waist 28, and 126lbs. I do have a ... Read Morewide shoulder. I ended up buying both sizes so I can wear the medium under a jacket and the large on its own with a thicker shirt under it.
I am usually M, i did check the size chart cause it slim fit, according to the chart i am still M, however, the material conforms to the body too much, meaning, shows your shape, not only the love handles but also shows the pants line. If i size up, the sleeve will be too long and the shoulder will be too wide. The M already shows bulging at the ba... Read Moreck shoulder. Look so nice in the photo but i guess not for my body shape. I have to return this one unfortunately.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We also want to extend our sincere apologies for the issues you encountered with your new Better Sweater which led to a return. Please know you can always reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*1vgpcmh*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3NTExNTAxMy4zNjMuMS4xNjc1MTE2MTQxLjAuMC4w) at any time and we will be more than happy to give you more exact measurements for any of our products. This way you will have a better idea of how everything will fit before it is received. In the case of our Better Sweaters, we would highly encourage sizing up at least one size due to the slimmer fit of the product to get a more relaxed fit.
I think the sizing is
I think the sizing is not all that accurate. I should have went up two sizes than what was shown on the sizing chart, but only went up one when I returned for a larger size. I didn't want to return again. Otherwise, I like everything else about it.
Hi Teri! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the fit. The 1/4 zip features a slim fit so it will fit closer to body. That said, we appreciate this feedback and we'll share it with our design team to keep in mind for future seasons.
My husband has several of
My husband has several of these sweaters and he loves them, but I must not fit the Patagonia size profile, as the M was too small and the L was too large.
Hi RW, we're so sorry to hear that you're having trouble finding the correct size Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece. Please feel free to begin a [return or complimentary exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Purchased this because i had
Purchased this because i had bought one several years ago and have worn it extensively. Felt it was time for another as a backup. It hasn't changed from the original. I was glad the design stayed the same. Very useful layering or with a long underwear top in warmer winter weather. I live in high desert so it is very versatile in our climate.( ... Read MorePS. Please bring the El Cap Jacket back.) Happy New Year
Slightly too small, and I wanted my husband to get me the full zip version
Slightly too small, and I really wanted the full zip version, but my husband didnt want to ask me too much and burden me with more choices, so he just bought it for me. I returned it for the full zip XL size, and I love that one!!
Super Warm And Soft
I received mine as a gift. It was a size large. I exchanged it for a double extra large. (Very surprised to see larger sizes) I really wanted it to fit more like a tunic with my tights. Now its just how I wanted it to fit. Seriously I haven't worn anything else since I put it on!! Love it!
Can't take it off!
Received this for Christmas and have worn it 4 days in a row. I don't want to take it off. It is warm, soft, stylish, and fits great. I'm 190 and ordered the XXL. The arm and torso length is perfect and I still have a little wiggle room for a second layer. The arm pocket is perfect for a phone, car keys, or a chap stick. I love this item ... Read Moreso much I ordered one for myself.
Tighter Fit But Warm & Cozy
I mostly fit XXS in Patagonia. I am 5'1 and 95 lbs. But upon reading reviews, and trying on at the store, I opted for XS. It is still a tighter fit because of the knit and stiffer weave of the Better Sweater. I have the Vest and it's the same tighter/stiffer feel. It's still cozy and warm - I just suggest going up one size. Wish ther... Read Moree were hand pockets. I bought it for work. I don't think it would be that conformable as a midlayer for outdoor pursuits as it's stiffer, not breathable, and thicker. Good for going on a casual winter/fall walk on trails in the neighborhood though!
I got a medium and its a little snug, still wearable. I like my sweaters to be a bit oversize. This was right in my arms and i couldnt wear it over bagging shirts. Def size up a size or two
Hi Chelsea, thank you for this review. Yes, the Better Sweater is designated as a "Slim Fit", and so it may require sizing up if you want an oversized fit. Thank you for your contribution to our customer community!
Arrived smelling bad and sleeves way too short
We are incredibly sorry to hear about the condition your Better Sweater arrived Hannah. Please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*18nca9z*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY2OTQxNDk4MC4yMDAuMS4xNjY5NDE0OTgyLjAuMC4w) so we can help get you into a new product. Again, we are truly very sorry about this, but we will do our best to ensure this is remedied.
Runs a little small but overall love the sweater.
I received a size large for a gift. It a little on the small side. I went to exchange it for an extra large which was huge on me. So, I settled on the large. I just wont be able to wear anything under it. Overall, love your company and your mission.
Normally, I wear a womens medium in tops due to my arms being on the muscular side. I went in store to find this sweater and didnt like how narrow the arms were so I grabbed a mens small and found that it fit perfectly and exactly how I wanted (slightly loose) so for anyone with larger arms, definitely try mens If you want this to be looser
Very Nice, but Sizing Way Off
This is a very nicely made product. It is warm, comfortable, and flattering. Unfortunately, the sizing is way off from what is presented in the sizing chart, and I am very disappointed with how it fits. I usually wear XS (0-2) tops, and my measurements put me at the lower end of the XS presented in the sizing chart. The XS is way too small - the sh... Read Moreoulders are very tight and the arms are barely long enough. I would recommend sizing up!
Returned - too snug for an outer layer
Returning this sweater as it's too snug for an outer layer. The interior needs to be reworked as it catches on everything and makes layering very difficult.
Thank you for submitting this review, Kate. We're glad to see you've returned a pullover that wasn't going to make you happy! The Better Sweater line is designed with a slim cut, and some people do prefer to size up to allow layering. Please let us know if we can be of any further help!
Practical and Stylish
I decided to purchase this product based on a recommendation from my son who currently owns two. I received mine just in time for planned hiking trip in the Pacific Northwest. It provided a nice additional layer for a chilly morning hike in the Northern Cascades. I currently wear it daily at work - it is comfortable and stylish enough for business ... Read Morecasual dress. Washes easily - I wash mine inside out and hang dry. I don't think the sweater would work for rugged conditions as it could snag, probably best as a layer underneath another top layer.
A more polished fleece .
First let me say I love the smooth , polished look this fleece has on the outside while still being super cozy and warm ! It is a more fitted sweater than most casual fleece and looks good on a small , lean person ! Very flattering for someone like me , it might not work for a thicker person or someone who likes a roomy fit unless they size up ! I ... Read Morewill order another in a brighter blue as I would love to have a collection of theses ! I also adore the half zip design as again it tends to work well with an over jacket or coat without being bulky ! Truly great quality , well finished with knit edging ! Really love theses year after year ! Thank you ! Don't change a thing ( except maybe more colors ) !
Warm, but arms are way too long.
I am 5'3" and 124lb, slightly athletic build. I was so excited to get the sweater. Everywhere else fit fine. It's nice and warm. But the arms are way to long ! Although Patagonia is so popular, it might not for me. So sad.
Hi Makiko! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the fleece didn't fit correctly in the arms. Feedback like this is crucial to improving things for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I love my sweaters oversized so I got an XL and it fits great, sleeves are a bit long but they look cute rolled up. I would caution you to get a sized bigger than you are because it does run snug. Im 130 lbs with a size c bra and the XL is oversized but not giant. I got it in black and its my new fav sweater. I wish it had pockets on the sides tho... Read More
The color, style and material is great! But for a winter outer layer, it just is much too fitted. No freedom of movement at all, a little short, and too snug over the hips.
Hi Melinda! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Fit is off
I really wanted this to fit. I am a small to medium for sweaters and other tops. I read many reviews saying it is too narrow and difficult to get off, so I ordered a medium & large. I am a 34D bust and the medium was too tight and difficult to get off although the sleeves were too long. The medium fit my chest but the sleeves and length were wa... Read Morey too big. It is listed as slim fit, but it is beyond slim and a struggle to get off.
I am bummed, I ordered 3 last year as gifts, 1 this yr for me. Too small and ordered according to directions . I ordered 2 more for gifts.
Hi Amy, the Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece does run a bit snug, and we'd be happy to help out with a [return or free exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We'd also be happy to help the people you gifted with both options as well if they're having the same issue. We'll reach out to you privately, just in case you need further assistance.
I am 5'1" with narrow shoulders. I tried on a S and a M and the sizing is just awkward. The difference between the small and medium is the wider shoulders, but the armscye is a little tight and there is absolutely no stretch or give in the bottom hem. I can get it on my hips, but the sweater has no give or stretch and it just looks odd wi... Read Moreth the roomy shoulders with the tight bottom hem. The bottom hem falls at the widest part of the hip, and the sizing should accommodate the hips, which are typically the widest part of a woman's body. Patagonia appears to have their patterns drafted for junior sizing. I can't go any larger, or the shoulders will be awkwardly large on my curvy petite frame.
Hi Vera! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. We truly appreciate this feedback and we'll share it with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Super Warm but awkward shape and pills BAD!
I loved this fleece at first- it was great for fall weather or mild winter day hikes. The bottom hem is a little boxy and awkward and it pills really bad. I don't wear mine out anymore because of the pilling. For the $$ I think there are better options
Love this sweater!
This was the perfect weight to go under a raincoat for our trip to Ireland in late spring/early summer! I wore it everyday, hiking, sightseeing, just for warmth. It was awesome! Super comfortable and versatile and didn't feel hot or bulky when I was working up a sweat on an intense hike.
Boxy, not very stretchy
I returned this because I did not like the styling. I have many other Better Sweaters and I like the color, but the fabric is not stretchy and the style is much boxier than other better sweaters. Not worth the price for such a blah piece, even on sale.
Hi Gretchen, we're sorry to hear that you weren’t happy the Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece this time around. Please feel welcome to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Different Better Sweater
I love the Better Sweaters; I have about 15 of them in different colors and zip configurations. But this one has an attractive pattern woven into it (the first Better Sweater I've seen like it). I like the pattern and will probably wear it for casual errands but it won't be a go to as much as the others as it doesn't stretch as much ... Read More(hardly at all) and is not as suited for cold weather. It's just not as comfy. I'm glad I have it and I'll enjoy wearing it; it's just not the better sweater I'm used to.
I love the style and the warmth this sweater provides. It is a little tight in the armpits- but I only notice it when I am trying to take it off. I am a bit claustrophobic and when my arms get even slightly stuck I panic.
Hey Patti, thank you for the feedback. This fleece has a slim fit which could be why it feels a little tight when you try to take it off. You can check on the fit of any item by going to it's product page and checking underneath the size range options. We do have regular and relaxed fit options for women's fleeces which you can check out [here](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-fleece?prefn1=fit&prefv1=regular%7Crelaxed).
Love the low zip neckline, would like something a little less heavy weight wise/
Hey Marsha, thanks for the review. We do have a lightweight version of the Better Sweater that you can check out [here](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-lightweight-better-sweater-shelled-fleece-jacket/26100.html?dwvar_26100_color=FEA).
I bought the oyster white I just love it. It definitely is the opposite of a big comfy fleece in the size I bought but that's what I wanted and this fleece fits the bill. For sizing reference, I'm a 34 B chest size, athletic build. My daughter's XS full zip better sweater fit me perfectly so I sized up to a S based on the reviews and... Read More the S 1/4 zip fits perfectly. It is quite fitted, which I like, because it's not bulky under my shell when snowboarding. And it looks fabulous and slimming with jeans, leggings, or hiking shorts. Now I'm eyeballing other colors!
Flattering & Durable
Love love love these tops. Had 2 that my sons had gotten me for Christmas one year and just loved wearing them! Im usually a girl that likes to layer and these are perfect for layering. Following instructions they also wash very well. Definitely my go to top for three seasons a year, and perhaps on a chilly summer night.
Fabulous quality and gorgeous color, just wish it had pockets
This is my third Better Sweater but my first 1/4 zip. Overall, Im very happy with it. Its a beautiful color and the high quality you always get with Patagonia. I have only two small complaints: 1. I wish it had pockets at the waist/hips. It only has the one on the sleeve, which is good for a mask or an ID and a credit card, but not great for keys o... Read Morer your phone. 2. I love the fabric, but wish it had a little more give. Never a problem with the full zip, but harder to get on and off in the pullover. Relatedly, because the fabric is fairly stiff, I had to size up for the hips so its actually a little bit big on me up top. Still love it though!
Soft and warm
I have a lot of Patagonia fleece, but this is my first better sweater. I love it! It is very soft and warm. And for me maybe a little too warm to keep on indoors at work. Since this is labeled slim fit, I think it does run true to size. Some reviews said it runs small, so I ordered up a size. I should have stuck with my original xs to get the slim ... Read Morefit because the small is a little bulky under my arms.
Not like my previous purchases
I have several Patagonia Better Sweaters, even a purple one that I was lucky to buy since I havent seen them again. Although the Berlin Blue was a nice color there was a strong perfumed fragrance when I received it and the material was itchy. I had to wash it several times and I even used fabric softener sheets. Not soft and warm like my previous p... Read Moreurchases.
Hi Karen, we're sorry to hear that the Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece in color Berlin Blue was uncomfortable against your skin. We want you to feel cozy in your gear, and we’d be happy to help out with a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We’ll reach out to you privately to further assist with either of those options.
My Favorite Sweater
I held off on buying one for a while - what a regret! I wear this 5 days a week working from home - it keeps me warm but feels breathable, I love the light blue color and the little arm zipper pocket (though I found it a little weird at first); couldn't ask for a better sweater (no pun intended).
Better Sweater - No Way to Wash
Nice well made piece of clothing. Inside the Care Instructions are how to properly wash the garment in every language EXCEPT English.
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Mark. Yes, those care symbols aren't as universally understood as they were intended to be! To care for your Better Sweater, machine wash on Warm, do not bleach, tumble dry on Low, and do not iron. In addition, you can help prevent pilling on your knit garment by turning it inside out before laundering, washing in Gentle cycle or hand washing, removing it from the dryer as soon as it’s dry, or skipping the dryer and hanging it to dry.
I purchased a Large, and it feels like a Medium! I am fairly skinny so I was surprised it didn't feel too big on me. The jacket pairs great with some black leggings, I bought the black color but its more of a dark, dark grey. I wish Patagonia allowed you to upload photo reviews, because I think that would help customers get a feel for how an i... Read Moretem truly fits., rather than simply reading a description.
Ive bought these for all the men in my life, and finally treated myself! The fit is tailored, which is rare in an anorak and looks feminine. I love the fine weave, which looks good with jeans or nice pants. Ive had mine for three months now, and wear it at least three times a week. Its been through lot of washes, and theres very little pilling. Thi... Read Mores is truly my favorite sweater!
Really fits small
Long time Patagonia fan, my recent orders of this zip and the Better Sweater have been less than exciting, I weight 135, 5"3, wear 6-8 in most everything, and yet the small in these both are really tight in shoulders, just feels like designer is either cost cutting or has re-invented sizing, for those of us who want comfortable flattering form... Read More fitting, this feels uncomfortable. And yet a medium would be bulky.
Hey Diana, thanks for the review. An important point we'd like to make about the Better Sweater 1/4 Zip is that it has a slim fit, which could be why you were experiencing tightness in the shoulder area. All of our products have either a form-fitting, slim, regular or relaxed fit. You can check on the fit of an item by going to it's product page and looking below the size range options. Since you're looking for something with a close-to-body fit that's not restricting, we'd recommend a fleece with a regular fit such as our [Women's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover ](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-synchilla-lightweight-fleece-snap-t-fleece-pullover/25455.html?dwvar_25455_color=OLTP&cgid=root).
Cute but odd fitting
I first purchased a large for extra room, Im normally a medium. The large was too baggy looking so I exchanged for a medium which was way to constricted feeling. Disappointed I really like this sweater but just didnt work out for me.
Hey Linda, thanks for the review. Our Better Sweaters typically have a slim fit, so they're not really intended to sit looser on the body. If you're looking for something you can comfortably size up in, we recommend the [Women's Micro D 1/4-Zip Fleece](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-micro-d-quarter-zip-fleece/26278.html?dwvar_26278_color=CUBL&cgid=root) since it has a regular fit. You can check the fit on any item by going to it's product page and looking underneath the size range options.
Very warm and light
This jacket is so warm, its perfect for work and walking my dogs, looks great with everything because of the neutral gray color, not bulky and the arm pocket is a nice bonus, not uncomfortable under tank tops or other long sleeves, I would recommend getting a size slightly larger if youre on the fence about it, I can fit into small and medium but I... Read More went with the medium size because I prefer jackets to be not as tight fitting. Great purchase, high quality and I know it will last me years.
Really disappointed that theres no hand pockets. For the price of the item, I would expect there to be more than just a small pocket on the sleeve that holds nothing. Its a warm enough sweatshirt to wear when its really cold, but I have no where to put my hands or throw my phone or keys if Im running errands.
We're sorry to hear that you've been disappointed by the lack of pockets in this pullover, Hannah! We'll be happy to help you return it for one of our many [fleece tops](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-fleece) that have handwarmer pockets.
Be careful on sizing
I ordered this in black in a medium. I am 5 feet 7 inches and 145 pounds. Love it. I then ordered the cream/camel in a medium. Way too tight. Ordered it in a large and a bit big but good enough. Sizing is sketchy from one color to the next.
Thank you for your feedback on this "slim" fit Better Sweater fleece. We're sorry to hear that the second color fit differently than the first, as it sounds like there may have been a difference in the batches or season of the product. Please reach out to our Customer Service team to return or exchange it. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Christmas Gift Exchange
I ordered this for my daughter for Christmas. It was a bit small, so I exchanged it for a Large. That size fits perfectly. The return process could not have been easier - it took me about 5 minutes to fill out the forms and process the exchange. I mailed the product back with the label and had the new size within 7 days - which considering the curr... Read Moreent world situation - I was amazed! I love Patagonia and they never fail to impress me with their customer service. Thank you!
I owned a quarter zip sweater that was a hand me down from my daughter. I loved it and wore it often to walk my dog along the river in the bosque. It always seems to be the correct weight. My husband knew how much I wore and enjoyed wearing it. He encouraged me to order another to have a spare. I ordered another in a very different color and now am... Read More enjoying two great options! Knowing how durable your products are I wasnt certain I needed two, but it makes-me smile each day as I make my decision. Thanks
Not comfortable or well sized
This feels like wearing heavy curtains that do not stretch or move with your body at all. It was too small in the size I normally wear (S) and so I exchanged it for a M, but it still isn't comfortable and doesn't have any stretch to it. Better sweaters in general don't seem to have much stretch, but this was even worse than the other... Read More ones I have. And it makes it difficult to take it off after wearing. I would not recommend.
Thank you for your feedback on the Patagonia Women's Better Sweater® 1/4-Zip Fleece . We are of course sorry to hear that it did not work out for you. You are always more than welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) any item that does not work out for you.
Comfortable, stylish & lasts FOREVER- timeless style!!!
I have to dress professionally for my job but my go to style for down time is Patagonia! I love the philosophy behind this brand and the quality of everything I have purchased over several years! Patagonia never wear out or goes out of style. Im still wearing better sweater jackets that I have had for around 10 years. They still look like new and a... Read Morere relative to todays style. I add to my collection each fall and winter season and look for to supporting this brand for many years to come!!!
wear all the time
I have been wearing my new Better Sweater almost constantly since I got it because its versatility. It feels good to wear around the house. I looks professional to wear on my online meetings (as a hiking guide). It is warm and flexible to wear on my daily Utah canyon land winter hikes. The one drawback to my other fleeces is that it packs more bulk... Read Morey so I may not bring it on my hiking tours. I prefer simpler fleeces that are more flexible for trips.
Better Sweater - womans
I always love Patagonia clothing but was disappointed in this and returned it. I usually wear a small or medium but this medium was snug...didn't feel comfy
Hey Christine, thanks for the review. It's worth noting that the Better Sweater has a slim fit, which could be why the medium felt tight for you. If you were looking for a regular or relaxed fit we'd recommend checking out the [Women's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-synchilla-lightweight-fleece-snap-t-fleece-pullover/25455.html?dwvar_25455_color=CBAP&cgid=root).
Love it BUT
Bought 2, black and birch in Large. Black fits great but it's piling already. Birch fits tight in the armpits, drives me crazy! Warm-yes, love-yes, but please leave more room under the armpit! I'm a petite, large busted (39") woman. This is the only pc of clothing I own with this issue. I've got many other patagonia items and ot... Read Moreher brands. Thinking of buying another because I love it so much and selling the one that's the pits! Hahaha.. lame
Sleeves to long
I have several of these and they fit fine but the sleeves are to long on this purchase.
Thank you for sharing this, Jocelyn. We're sorry to hear the sleeves for the 1/4 Zip you received are too long for you. Please know you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything doesn't work for you.
Good quality sweater
I love the quality of this 'fleecy' sweater. I would say it does run a bit small especially if you are of a curvy build or if you want to wear a layer underneath it. It's warm though and the color is a nice neutral (pelican). Is works well worn under a vest or by itself and also launders nicely.
I purchased a size xs for my wife; she is under 5' and 95 lb. It was so tight I had to help her try it on on Christmas morning. It was too small for a very small woman like her. We had to reorder at REI and get her a small. The small fits her torso, but the sleeves are several inchers too long.
This top ran a little small, had to return 2 tops that were different sizes. I notified Patagonia and instantly they sent me a label to return them. I purchased another in a larger size but they didn't have the second so they put me on the list when it comes in. I mailed the original order back on a Thursday and on Friday I got notification my... Read More account had been refunded. I don't think you could ask for better service. I would definitely recommend this company!!!!
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