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perfect casual vest
I love the Better Sweater line. I have been purchasing and wearing them since the earliest iterations. I still own and wear three pieces from 2011. For being over 10 years old, I haven't had too much of an issue with pilling, relatively minor. The fit of these vests are a slim fit so they do fit closer to the body. Many folks say this line run... Read Mores small, which I agree with somewhat. I am 5'8" and a size 12-14 and pretty busty on top and wear the XL in Better Sweater products. I easily wear a flannel or capilene top under the vest, fully zipped, with no issue.
Perfect Except for Pilling
Perfect in terms of style, functionality, and fit. Unfortunately, showing wear on sides after wearing just a few times - specifically, pilling.
Response from PatagoniaApril 19, 2023
We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry to hear about the pilling. We hope that our [product care guide](https://www.patagonia.com/repairs/#product-care) helps with some information on removing the pilling. If you decide to return it, know that your purchase is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee and our Customer Service team will be glad to help you!
I purchased the first one for my wife in February, 2021. The zipper tore out in April, 2022, so we exchanged it under warranty. Today (February 2023) it happened again. The same thing has happened to me. Nice vest but the zipper sucks and constant returns are a hassle. Lousy quality control, too.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 3, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, Thomas! We also want to extend our sincere apologies for all of the issues you've had with your zippers on this product. Please rest assured that we will pass along this feedback to our Product Designers so they are aware of these issues. In the meantime, please feel free to start your [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia products.
I love the styling on this vest. It is a fitted vest that is long in the torso, which is great as I am tall. It is warm, providing a nice layer under my raincoat for cold spring days. I own four of them in different colors and I wear them quite often. Well done Patagonia.
Super warm but frays
Thought I finally found a vest that works. So warm! But after a few days (maybe total of 10 hours) of wearing, sections are frayed from rubbing off the backpack straps. Unfortunately, Will be returning.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 17, 2023
Hi Bernie, we're sorry to hear this vest isn't holding up as it should! It shouldn't be fraying after such a short time. We will reach out to you about returning it under our warranty.
Classic vest, pay attention to "slim fit"
I am always a Medium, but this vest, or the "slim fit" of some products, is just a tad too tight around the chest and lower hips. Now I know that if it is a "slim fit", I will need to size up by one or two sizes for my body type (3 babies). Other than that, it is classically warm, and the material is solid. I wear these vests ve... Read Morery day in the winter, as they move with me and give me the warmth I need, without the arm restriction.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 18, 2023
Hi Kelley, we're sorry to hear about the trouble with sizing. Please feel free to take advantage of our [complimentary exchanges](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
My house is cool even
My house is cool even with the heat on. I wear this non stop. People even ask me if I wear this to bed!!! I don't but I am tempted. Fits great and I think I will get many happy years with this. I am so happy they finally make things in XXL so the fit is not so tight as with XL.
Got sweater vest 2XL way
Got sweater vest 2XL way to big then got L fit like a glove sensed up with XL fits well but a little to long in length an inch less would be great I am an very large busted, a small waist and larger hips Almost hourglass shape but hips are little smaller than hour glass shape where hips are same as bust I work out at a gym with weights to keep in s... Read Morehape Hope this helps other customers with sizes By the way customer service really great! They helped to find me the correct size
Very nice, but ...
This is a nice vest and I really wanted this color (impossible to find) but IT IS TOO LONG! Patagonia isn't known for women's petite clothing and it's unlikely I will purchase anything from them again unless I call to get garment measurements.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 12, 2022
Hey Jackie, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear the vest was too long. You're welcome to get garment measurements by reaching out to [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). We have several different channels you can connect with us on; including chat, phones, email or social media.
Excellent Layering Piece
The vest is excellent; it is the right weight for the in-between season here in the mid-Atlantic region. (Fall may last all of five minutes, but I want this vest for each of them.) I have been trying to find excuses to wear this, and so far it has been perfect for inside the house on cold days before we turn the heat on and for long, chilly morning... Read More walks. Thinking of turning down the thermostat at work just to have another reason. Patagonia has the perfect clothes for every weather. (But why, oh why, can I not add contractions to a review? No apostrophes allowed?)
This is an attractive and
This is an attractive and functional vest that I use for many daily activities. It is warmer and not as noisy as the many nano vests I own. Very soft, and I love that it uses recycled materials. I normally wear S in Patagonia but this is a slim fit, so I ordered M and it's comfortable. My first better sweater piece and it's a winner.
I just want a standard fleece
Why cant we get just normal, standard fleece? Also - fit is great except armhole are enormous. Make it look odd.
Response from PatagoniaJune 23, 2022
Thank you for submitting this review, Jill. We're sorry you're not wild about the fit of those sleeves! Thank you for returning it, rather than hanging on to something that doesn't make you happy. Please let us know if you need any help with that return, or if we can be of any help in picking out a replacement.
Perfect shoulder-season layer
Lighter, sleeker fit than Patagonias winter fleece. I wear it daily during our chilly mornings/evenings. Would like a zipper pull, and a beefier zipper, as it gets continual use (partly open, then closed again, repeat).
Response from PatagoniaApril 25, 2022
We appreciate your feedback, and we're so glad to hear that you like the "slim" fit design of our Better Sweater as opposed to some of our "regular" or "relaxed" fit styles. We'll reach out to you about the zipper issue. Please don't hesitate to contact our Customer Service team if you need anything at all. We're happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Keeps Core Warm
I purchased this as a replacement for a dog-destroyed Nano Puff Vest. I like the Better Sweater overall fit, fabric and warmth better for layering. It keeps my core warm without my arms feeling constricted. Used for long xc ski days over R1 hoody and is perfect system. I have broad shoulders and chest, L hits at hip and snug fit prevents air from s... Read Moreneaking up underneath layers. Zipper holds strong. Have used for spring gravel rides too.
The Perfect Vest
I LOVE this Vest! I have it in Black as well and wear one of them every day it seems. I chose XL as I prefer to be comfy - Large would have worked however. The Vest feels incredible, looks great and keep me warm without needing a jacket. Perfect! Order one today - you will be so glad you did!!!
Very nice quality, but a bit snug
Debated whether to give this vest a 4 or a 5. I bought it to wear over flannel shirts and light sweaters. I find the fit somewhat tight over the bustline, but otherwise acceptable. It may stretch out with wear. I hope it doesn't pill as much as a better sweater jacket I purchased a few years ago.
This vest appears to be very well made and looks great on. It is very form fitting, so if you want a more comfortable fit I'd try a size larger than you normally wear. I just washed my vest for the first time and it seems to have held up. I used cold water and hung to dry. I was unable to locate any washing instructions in english on the garm... Read Moreent tags, and there were no instructions provided online.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 9, 2022
Hi Jennifer, thank you for sharing this review! We understand, those care symbols can be hard to decode! It sounds like you took care of your vest in the very safest way. What we recommend is: machine wash in cold, no bleach, and tumble dry on low. No ironing. Please let us know if we can be of any help!
Great Sweater Vest
The navy sweater vest was just what I wanted--color, warmth & quality. Generally I like the style. I have a similar vest in another color from another brand where the logo is color matched and placed at the hem of the vest. I much prefer that to the chest & color logo of the Patagonia vest, even for casual wear.
Im 52 120 lbs, muscular build and love how this vest fits. I got the navy color which is very versatile for my wardrobe. I can wear it over business casual work clothes, my hiking/yoga clothes, and my pajamas! Its breathable, soft, lightweight, and made with recycled plastic. I love how I don't overheat when I enter a warmer environment and ho... Read Morew I have just enough warmth for my core when its chilly. Great transitional weather vest and layering vest for colder climates.
Fits women with a straight rather than curvy figure
This is my second vest of the same style, but it fits differently. The vest is slightly shorter and is less roomy. It is slightly snug in the bust, but apps at the armholes. The waist area fits vet well, but then it is more snug at the hip where Id really like freer mobility.
Great except for the cut under the arms in the XXL....
This size, while large enough for me, has a large gap of fabric under the arms which makes it unworkable. I very much appreciate Patagonia trying to work into larger sizes. I have been a customer for over 40 years and wear my items for decades. As I have always been on the edge of XL, the larger sizes give me options.
Warm vest - happy I purchased
This vest is soft and warm. The material inside the collar and pockets is very soft, it feels like velvet. It fits true to size, but take note it is body fitting. I saw some reviews that mentioned pilling but I haven't had any yet, even after wearing a few days a week and a few washes.
I workout at Marina on the coast of Maine and even in the summer, it tends to be chilly. This vest is a lifesaver! I can wear with anything, and it looks great and keeps me warm. Before and after work I am either hiking or mountain biking and I have worn the vest for both, at times. You really can not go wrong.
Love my Patagonia Vest but...
I have every color of this vest and love them all! I hesitate to even say anything negative but every one I have bought gets the little nubby balls all over it. Patagonia replaces them no questions but it is a hassle to have to do before it is even a year old. Not sure what happens and I will continue to buy these always.....just hope they'll ... Read Morefigure out the nubbies and fix that..then perfection!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 17, 2021
Hey Ann! We're sorry to hear you're having pilling issues. It's a very simple fix. You can check out our video on how to take care of it [here](https://youtu.be/2aFbPb6Rn8o).
Love but already pilling
I just bought this about a week ago from a local store where I live and its already pilling. I wish the quality was better for the price. I love these vests and would buy more, but I cant justify it if its going to pill after one week of normal use.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 16, 2021
Hello Krystal, thank you for your feedback and we're sorry to hear your fleece has pilled after a week. Unfortunately, all fleeces have a tendency to pill. We recommend washing your fleeces by hand in cool-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. Of course, you are absolutely welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it under warranty if needed.
Exactly what I wanted
I bought this best because my partner bought me the better sweater jacket. Which I love. The vest is more freeing of the arms and feels more comfortable to wear in my home since Im working from home. I love the color because it wont fade over time like black. Im a tech worker in the San Francisco Bay Area so everyone wears it. I ordered a Large bec... Read Moreause I saw in the reviews that it ran small. Well it definitely didnt in my case. I had to go in person to a retail location to exchange it. Which was a bit annoying. But they were super nice and Im thrilled to have it in the right size now.
Nice and Warm
I like this vest for wearing around the house so I keep the chill off me and don't have to run the furnace constantly. My son has one for work as he is a realtor, out and about. My daughter-in-law has one for work and for around the house. Everyone has appreciated these vests as gifts. My son's was stolen and he ordered a new one for hims... Read Moreelf !
I love this. I am 5 foot 4 inches about 155 lbs. Bust 41 inches Waist 32 inches Hips 40 inches I could have worn a medium but it would have fit a bit tighter than I would prefer. Would buy in every color if I could justify the price. I usually just wear with a solid colored long sleeve shirt and fins its very slimy/flattering. Adds a bit of warmth... Read More, not a ton. Pockets are roomy and surprisingly soft.
Really nice vest
I love this vest! It's comfortable, light-weight, and attractive / fitted. Not heavy or bulky but still provides a thin extra layer of warmth. Good for walking, biking, or just casual wear. I'm 5'4" and 112 lbs and like the XS fit. Happy to support a company whose mission is environmentally conscious.
I am pleased with the better sweater vest, both in fit and color. Since the vest is described as slim fit, I was glad that it is offered in an XXL. I typically dont zip it, and a previous one I have in an XL, made that a bit too uncomfortable. Its cozy and well made. Would highly recommend as a nice addition to your casual wardrobe.
The perfect layer
I have only had this vest for about a month, but so far I am delighted with it. I live in northeastern Wisconsin and love the outdoors, so dressing in layers is my lifestyle. And I work in a health food store with a large organic produce, cheese and dairy department, so without preservatives, cool temperatures are necessary year-round to maximize s... Read Morehelf life. Its always chilly at Healthy Way, and my Patagonia vest is the perfect layer over a lightweight long-sleeved tee or turtleneck. It is attractive and stylish, and the fit is perfect, not bulky but still warm and cosy. I am 5ft 2-1/2 inches and 115 lbs, and the XS fits exactly right. I bought one in a burgundy color and then immediately ordered another in black! I dont know how they will wear over time, but I know Patagonia will stand behind its products. Seriously, these are my new favorite go-tos for work and cool weather recreation.
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