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Patagonia Men's Lightweight Better Sweater? Hoody

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Patagonia Men's Lightweight Better Sweater? Hoody

Runs Small
April 30, 2022

Runs Small

I'm 5'10", 165lbs and I wear a medium in just about every brand for t-shirts, mid layers & jackets. I had to exchange the medium Better Sweater Hoody for a large. The photos of the 6'1" model wearing a medium convinced me that a medium would be my first pick, but now when I look at those photos I can see how snug the ja... Read Morecket is on the model and how high the arm pits are. The medium fit like a glove, at first: snug chest & torso (but not too-snug), perfect length arms. I was stoked. However, by the end of the day, my armpits were sore from the fabric rubbing too much and the fit across the shoulders/upper back was tight, resulting in fatigue... I wanted out of the jacket! It was definitely not able to provide all day comfort. I exchanged it for a large and was surprised that large was not too big & baggy. The toros, chest & arms are all slightly looser but not oversized. The armpits are actually still a little snug but it's manageable. I think Patagonia is pushing a little too hard on the slim-fit cuts. The fit change in the R1 a couple years ago is a perfect example. My +10 year-old R1 3/4 zip hoody with paint stains all over it fits perfectly. My newer R1 without a hood is a little snug in the arm pits and smaller overall but wearable (both are mediums). The Better Sweater follows the same theme, except now I'm sizing up a whole size and I've been 5'10"/165lbs & active for at least the last 10-15 years. Other than the size running small, the Better Sweater hoody is great... warmer than expected, huge hood for use with helmets & a softness in the 100% recycled wool that's super comfortable.

Response from Patagonia
May 3, 2022

We're sorry that this wasn't a good fit for you, and we appreciate your thoughtful and detailed feedback. This Men's Lightweight Better Sweater is a "slim" fit, but you might prefer one of our "regular" or "relaxed" fit [fleece jackets](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-fleece?prefn1=fit&prefv1=regular%7Crelaxed) instead. Reach out to our Customer Service team if you'd like any help!

April 8, 2022

If they made a regular-thickness version, it would be the best hoody ever

I love this sweater! The 4 pockets, great material, and hood make it my favorite hoody/sweater that I currently own. I only wish that the normal thickness (i.e. non-lightweight) better sweaters were available with the hood. The material in this one is very thin, especially along the sides, and a light breeze cuts straight through it. That said, in ... Read Morethe moderately cool temperatures, like 60s-50s fahrenheit, this hoody takes the spot as my go-too light hoody/sweater. If a version of the normal thickness better sweater had a hood on it, it would be the best hoody ever and I would probably buy several in different colors for use in fall/winter.

April 7, 2022

Better Sweater Hoodie

The Better Sweater Hoodie is beautiful, however it is cut very tight and narrow. So if you are 6'1" and weight 160 it is made for you. If these are not your measurements then I would suggest you order something else. Look at other reviews as they say the same...

Response from Patagonia
April 7, 2022

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Steven. We're sorry to hear that Hoody didn't fit you right! The Lightweight Better Sweater line is cut with a slim fit. You might have better results checking some of our other [Hoodies](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-sweatshirts-hoodies?prefn1=fit&prefv1=regular%7Crelaxed). If you haven't done so already, please feel free to return it, either through the online process or by contacting our Customer Service Team.

April 2, 2022

super comfy

This item was purchased for my boyfriend's birthday. I originally purchased a small but it was a little too snug. Customer service was great and I was able to get a medium which fit a lot better. Great quality and will get something similar soon.

March 13, 2022

Love this

Super comfy. I wear it all day while working from home. Looks nice enough on video and keeps me comfy and warm

February 28, 2022

Comfortable and warm

Firstly, I am just about 6'2", 170lbs, athletic build. I wear a size medium in the original better sweater which has a fitted look on me. It fits just about perfect. I also wear a better sweater in a large so I can layer underneath it for cold outdoor adventures. This size has a baggier look and feel. The most I can layer under the medium... Read More is a short and long sleeve tea shirt combined. Under the large I can layer a short and long sleeve tee shirt and a medium better sweater. That information is for size references. As for this lightweight slim version. A medium definitely would have been too small. The large fits just about perfect. The slim large in this version is like the in-between size of the medium and large regular better sweater, which is a 'regular fit'. The large slim is just a bit roomier than the medium regular fit. I hope those comparison help. Also, it is really comfortable and warm. The look is a bit more casual and sporty I guess you could say. I actually like that for a more dress down vibe. All around, I am very happy with it.

February 25, 2022

Product Not Correctly Described (Size)

I have been your customer since the 1980s. As a result I have at least a dozen sweaters. "L" (Large) is ordinarily a good fit, so I ordered this item as an "L". On arrival, I found the item was very tight and uncomforable, but I kept it on the bet that I might lose weight. I replaced it with an "XL" which fits well. Th... Read Moree problem is that the sizing of this product is not accurate.

February 19, 2022

Really comfortable

I love the pockets I think the lightweight is a little bit to light weight but it definitely gets me threw 23 degrees so Im cool with it I love it Ive gotten 4-7 people who said it was nice and wanted it so thats great there already recommended I love my sweeter thank u Patagonia

February 18, 2022

Nice jacket but too narrow in the shoulders

I love the design of this fleece jacket, with the stretch side panels and 4 subtly hidden pockets. Unfortunately I had to return it because it was too tight across the shoulders. I dont know who theyre designing jackets to fit anymore, but its been years since Ive been able to fit in one, and Im not a broad-shouldered guy. Pretty average 62, 200 lb... Read Mores.. otherwise it was nice, a liked the elastic cuffs and hood.

February 15, 2022

Really warm

Soft and warm. Love the pockets on chest. True to size.

February 4, 2022

Nicely done.

Love the 4 pockets, way to go. Love the hood. Love the lighter weight fabric of this version versus the heavier Better Sweater. I'm 6'0" and 178 pounds, and the size large j u s t fits! Thank you!

Response from Patagonia
February 4, 2022

You're welcome, Scott!

January 21, 2022



January 19, 2022

Runs small, so size up

Second time purchasing size XL. First one- sleeves were too long, this one- perfect! I always wear L on regular fit and sizing up on slim fit. Very well made and looks amazing

January 17, 2022

Love it.

What else can I say.

January 10, 2022

great jacket

great all aroung piece, super comfortable and love all the pockets

December 27, 2021

Cute on this item was too small

The cut on this item was too small. I have other Patagonia items which are XXL and fit just right. I even have an XL hoodie which fits fine. You need to go back and make the cuts on jackets true to size. I was disappointed.

Response from Patagonia
January 7, 2022

Hi Maribel, we appreciate your feedback! We're sorry to hear the fit wasn't what you expected. The M's Lightweight Better Sweater Hoody will be a slim fit. Please know your satisfaction is important to us and we'd be happy to assist with a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).

December 22, 2021

Too warm

Too warm for Florida, also not as flexible as traditional fleece

December 15, 2021

Comfortable jacket

One of my favorite casual city jacket for a cool to mildly cold weather. The medium fitting is enough to allow a second layer underneath for extra warmth.

December 14, 2021

yes, but....

Great materials and generally a good piece. But, and it's a big one, it's only works if you are a very skinny guy. I am usually a L in jackets, but I tried ti size up- still tight, but sleeves were too long. waiting for a standard fit

December 2, 2021

Great hoodie

No surprise, like everything Ive bought from Patagonia, this hoodie is great. I hope it holds up well over time.

November 26, 2021

Nice jacket, hood could use some adjustment

I have enjoyed this jacket but wish the hood was a bit more fitted or had drawstrings to tighten it up.

November 15, 2021

Great for Everyday wear

Light, warm and comfortable.

November 11, 2021

Dig it

My second hooded better sweater and I dig it!

October 17, 2021

Perfect transitional weather hoody

I live in the PNW and the weather changes constantly and this hoody is always comfortable

October 11, 2021

Nice cut hoody

Its definitely a slim fit look so order an additional size up, but its very comfy and would recommend.

September 17, 2021

Great outdoor zip up with a hood.

Wow. What a nice substantial jacket. It's really not a sweater. I don't know why they call it that. It has some storage, fits well and is really warm. Will make a great layer on cold days. Nice looking by itself and does well alone on warmer days. Get one. You will use it a lot.

September 9, 2021

Runs smaller than previous years.

I own two of these from previous years, bought a size larger so it would fit looser. Huge fail, it's a full size SMALLER than my previous Better Sweaters.

Response from Patagonia
September 17, 2021

Thank you for the feedback Gord. The newer version is a much slimmer fit than the previous version of this Hoody. We're always happy to provide garment dimensions in advance, and you're always welcome to return or exchange it.

September 3, 2021

Exactly as expected

I am 6'5 220 and the XL fits perfectly and is consistent with other better sweater tops. The weight is great, it's basically a really nice zip up hoody. Can see wearing this all fall and winter.

September 2, 2021

Yes, but only for skinny guys

Since its a slim fit, I ordered an XL. Still was very slim for me, but sleeves were too long. If you are a skinny guy, thats for you. Overall great materials and craftsmanship, I had to return it

May 20, 2021

Better Sweater hoodie

I like this hoodie, a lot. My only comments are about the hood. It is too large, to the point of hanging over the front of my ball cap. Also the hood fabric is so sheer that it really does not do anything except shield from the sun.

May 19, 2021

Versatile, comfortable

One of the best products Patagonia sells; perfect layer for variety of temperatures; soft materials; new stretchy fabric makes it easier to wear when more active; I own 2 Better Sweater hoodies and wear them all the time

May 14, 2021

Favorite hoodie!

This is an updated version of the Performance Better Sweater Hoody. I have the previous version in a different color, and its my go to piece of clothing for most occasions. So, I bought the new version in a different color! Its basically a hoodie with the better sweater knit that makes it look a bit nicer. The new version has two zippered chest poc... Read Morekets, instead of one. Otherwise, its more or less the same. Im 58 and 145 lbs. I typically wear a mens small slim fit in most brands. This hoodie has a tight fit, perfect for just a tee shirt underneath but probably too slim for anything more.

February 19, 2021

Great sweater

Love this lightweight sweater. Keeps you warm while looking great. Great addition to my Patagonia collection.

February 19, 2021

Versatile Piece

Very athletic fit. Great as a light jacket or mid layer on colder days. Own it in a couple colors.

February 12, 2021

On the smaller side.

But I love it.

January 31, 2021

Very warm runs slim so size

Like it. Runs a little slimmer than the traditional better sweater sizing. So size up one size.

January 24, 2021


Like your gear . Despise your politics.

January 6, 2021

Super Soft, Runs a Little Small

Ordered for my boyfriend for Christmas in a size Medium. When it arrived it fit a tad bit too small so we exchanged for a Large which was more to his liking as far as fit goes. Likes the hood size, it could easily fit over a helmet. Nice, deep pockets and the jacket overall is well ventilated. He also liked that the jacket was a little tighter at t... Read Morehe bottom and the overall hug to his body. Depending on how tight you like your jackets I can see it being more of a true to size fit. He normally wears medium in everything else (shirts, coats, etc) but on this particular jacket he wanted a little wiggle.

December 28, 2020

Really Good Product

I'm super happy with the product. It's warm, soft and fit perfectly

December 27, 2020

Sizing inconsistent with other Patagonia product

I already wrote a review for the medium-sized better sweater hoodie I purchased. I'm 6'1" and weigh 175 lbs and purchased a medium like I always do for Patagonia tops. It was snug through the torso and too tight in the armpits/shoulders so I exchanged it for a large. When I got the large, it was way too big in the aforementioned plac... Read Morees and everywhere else. I concluded that the "slim fit" doesn't fit me and ended up with the r2 tech hoody instead, which is not slim and is a terrific hoody for mountains and town but nonetheless, was befuddled by the experienced. It's especially challenging in a pandemic when you can't try on your garments and have to return to the store to process exchanges.

December 16, 2020

Great product, but.....

I love the better sweater family and thought this would be a great lighter weight addition to my other Patagonia products. Unfortunately, it only comes in slim fit which won't work for me so had to return. Really disappointing as I have a need for that product.

Response from Patagonia
February 3, 2021

Sorry to hear about the disappointing fit of this particular Better Sweater, but we appreciate your feedback Dan! We're always happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) with returns or exchanges. Also check out a few pieces that might work for you: Burly Man Hoody, Micro D Jacket or Snap Dry Hoody.

December 4, 2020

Too Slim

The better sweater hoody light is slimmer than most other Patagona tops. I am 6'1" and weigh around 175 lbs. I have 10 or so jackets, vests and hoodies and always wear a medium. This hoody is described as 'slim fit' online and on the physical tag but not in the size drop-down menu. When it arrived and I tried it on, I discovered... Read More how slim it is and need to exchange it for either a large or regular cut.

December 2, 2020

Fit and Quality

Impressed by fit and quality, purchased another for my son-in-law.

November 9, 2020

Great product

This hoodie strikes a nice balance between being warm without creating a bulky look. It fits well and is good quality.

November 5, 2020

Great product

This is my 3rd better sweater and true to the better sweater line of products this does not disappoint. Very comfortable and warm with plenty of compliments. Highly recommended

October 23, 2020

Nice product but sizing is off

This was my first Patagonia purchase. I'm 5'8" and 160 so I'm a medium in about everything. This is a little tight in the arms and chest. I was hoping to be able to wear it like a jacket since it is a hoody, but anything more than a t-shirt underneath and its uncomfortable. If you are usually a medium and do any lifting at all, ... Read MoreI'd suggest sizing up to a large.

September 13, 2020


I purchased this hoody for multi-outdoor use and have just recently purchased it. Still warm here so have not gotten to put it to the test yet but Im sure it will be as great as my other Patagonia clothing.

September 13, 2020

Love this light weight better sweater.

Love this jacket - super versatile and comfortable. Bought in two diff colors love these jackets for fall temps, great for evenings sitting around a fire pit.

September 5, 2020

Easily one of the most comfy hoodies I've ever worn

Not much to say here; the form is just relaxed enough to be perfect for people who aren't built like athletes. The stretch fabric sewn into specific panels ads flexibility and breathability. The pockets are perfectly sized and placed. The recycled material mine came in is a hugely aggressive high five with mother nature.

April 28, 2020

Awesome Hoody

I really like this hoody. Keep in mind that it is not as warm as the standard Better Sweater. These lightweight versions are quite a bit thinner and will not keep you quite as warm. It also does not block any wind at all. However, I get warm easily so this is perfect. It looks awesome and has a great feel to it. It will no doubt pill after continou... Read Mores use, but I don't mind. I wish the elastic cuffs were a bit snugger and stretchier, but it's fine. One thing I noticed with the standard Better Sweater is that it seemed to break in after a while of using it. I am not sure if this will do the same given the stretchy elastic sides, but if it does that would be awesome and would make it even more comfortable. Maybe Patagonia knows the answer to this?

February 17, 2020

Excellent light layer

My favorite price of Patagonia. Can wear inside and throw a micro puff over it outside and be toasty. It’s a slim fit and I typically don’t like that so I went a size up to an L. 5’8”, 180-lbs. perfect!

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