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Too big or too small
Patagonia fleece in medium are fit S (small) and large fit really fit for XL. Their fabric version is the same but has quality control problems - some mediums are bigger than other mediums
Response from PatagoniaApril 20, 2023
Thank you so much for writing this review, Philip! We also want to extend our sincere apologies for the sizing and fit issues you encountered with our vest. Please know that you can [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) your item at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia items. In the meantime, please rest assured that we will be passing along your feedback to our Product Design Team and our QC Team.
Was looking forward to this vest.but
Like everything about the vest but the collar is way to high which ruins it. Bought online from Patagonia in med and was very excited about it. I have a lot of Patagonia product and was happy until this vest. Took it back to the store in Boulder and wanted to exchange it for something else. But that would have cost me $60 ish to downgrade to a ... Read Morebetter fitting nano puff. So end of the day I am disappointed, I find odd Patagonia utilized this collar as its over your ears when you sit, and just plain looks odd when you are standing. Patagonia - help me lol.
Response from PatagoniaApril 4, 2023
Hi Matt, we're very sorry to hear that the Down Sweater Vest didn't work out for you. Feedback like this is critical in addressing concerns that ultimately make our product better for future iterations. Please be assured that our Design team will take your thoughts in to consideration.
I normally wear a size Large. I'm 6'0", 190lb but ordered an X-Large because it was on sale and the Large was out of stock. It is definitely roomy as a result but not overly big. That is on me and not Patagonia. The product is well made and warm. I am happy with the purchase.
You need one or more.
This is one of the best and most appreciated winter warmth layers I own. It is my third one. This is the one I wear to photograph clients in. It's warm and clean and new. The oldest one is seven years old and I wear it to do odd jobs in now. The delicacy of the fabric is the weakest point. It melts when exposed to fire and rips in sticker bush... Read Morees.... hahaha.
Alittle tight in the middle
The vest is very nicely constructed and looks good. It is a little tight in the middle to lower part of the vest - more so than L sized tops. I am a male, 225 lbs, 6 foot, so not too small in the middle, however. Does fit though. It is very warm and probably more appropriate for cooler outside wear than wearing inside.
It's a great product! I
It's a great product! I had to get use to it being so light weight because in my mind I thought it wouldn't be as warm as my old and heavier vest. I was pleasantly surprised though that it's very warm like my Patognia coat! That said unfortunately I will be taking all of my P apparel to The Salvation Army I won't be wearing the ... Read MorePatogonia brand anymore because of their meddling in politics. I don't care which side you're on all money is green and politics and business need to be kept apart. It makes me sad because I really love the products and was a god spokesperson for it!
So disappointed. When zipped up, the vest is too tight at the bottom and at the top, so it protrudes in the belly and upper back. I'm 5'7 and 145 pounds. I have a small waist and no gut and when I showed my wife the vest she said I looked like a hunchback with a belly. I have four other Patagonia vests that fit fine. Not sure how they got... Read More this one wrong.
I ordered my partners usual
I ordered my partners usual medium from Patagonia & it was unusually tight. Returned it for a large and that was huge. Just seemed like a big difference between both sizes & inconsistent with a large wardrobe of medium sized Patagonia items
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 27, 2023
We're sorry for the inconsistency in sizing. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like assistance with measurements, a return or exchange. Our Customer Service team will be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
The Down Sweater Vest is a necessary go-to for all occasions. It can be worn for warm weather with less layers or layered up for the cold. It is great for a casual walk or more extreme elements. It is classy and can be worn at work and be dressed up or down. It is so soft and comfortable.
Not Like Old Down
I purshased this vest without seeing it or trying it on, as I went by other reviews and reputation. I previously had a quilted down vest that was more tradional in that the goose down filled the vest and made it puffier. That vest was definetly warmer than this vest. When your vest listed 800 fill down I expected it to have some depth or thickness.... Read More I,m somewhat disappointed.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 10, 2023
Hi Frank, we're very sorry to hear that the Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest didn't meet your expectations. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
2000 to 2022
I owned the 2000 model of this vest, which I loved, and recently replaced for free with the Patagonia Ironclad Guarantee with its 2022 model due to zipper failure. Noticeable changes include its fit due to how it is sewn - I prefer the older model, which is more form fitting, the newer one has a higher neck, which is good because it provides more c... Read Moreoverage, but when fully zipped its neck no longer sits flush and sticks out, so it looks odd. I really like and appreciate the addition internal pockets on the newer model, which has three in total compared to only one from the older model. This vest has maintained true down that is not synthetic, so it will keep you warmer. Overall this vest is a perfect piece of gear to layer with for added warmth that wont compromise mobility since its sleeveless. Highly recommended.
Had to return. Too Small - AND - very, VERY disappointed in the loft - dead air space - especially for the price. Wanted to warm on 30 degree day hiking but got warming on 50 degree day going to Starbucks. Replacing a 40 year old North Face.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 20, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear that this purchase led to a return. We will make sure to pass along your feedback to our Product Design Team so they can take a deeper look into this.
I've been using a version of this vest for years, but accidentally left it on a recent flight. I hope who ever picked it up enjoys it. I tried another vest for a while but was never satisfied. I pack this for all outdoor activities even in summer months. I love the realistic stuff sack size of the vest pocket, which also allows me to use the p... Read Moreacked vest as a lumbar pillow in cars and airplanes. I appreciated the small repair patches although I hope to never use them.
The other reviews disappointed me...
I purchased this vest from a local outdoor shop here in town, and I can't take it off. Like literally, this vest has changed the game for me. Before finding this vest, I struggled to find a happy medium of temperature in the wintertime. I was either too cold (Not enough layers) or too warm (Too big of coats). Even my Patagonia Nano Puff jacke... Read Moret can be too warm for me. I had always wanted a vest, so I finally pulled the trigger and purchased one. Following my purchase and the high satisfaction I've received since my purchase, I went online to see other colors. Upon searching for this vest, I was so disappointed with the reviews. Everyone is subject to their own opinions, so I'd like to share mine. The collar isn't too tall. Yes, it appears to be taller than previous seasonal drops, but it's perfect. When zipped up, it helps keep your neck nice and warm. You can even tuck your chin down in which is so nice. I haven't seen the red in person, so I don't have a strong opinion on it, but I think the slightly darker tone of red Patagonia decided to use for this year's vest is brilliant. It's not overbearing, and without a doubt, it's in style. This vest, matched with a cozy quarter-zip, will turn heads at the ski lodge, a lovely evening dinner with your special someone, or even your business meetings. If I were to summarize my review, I would say this. This vest is warm, in style, and timeless. You can wear this for years, and people will wonder where to pick one up, just like yours. Thank you, Patagonia. You've yet to make something that disappoints. -Ethan
Is the new fabric better ?
The new Down Sweater Vest nylon fabric is supposed to be better, warmer, long lasting. I transitioned from the old to the new model and instantly felt it was softer and lighter. Having used it, it seems less robust and quality does not seem to be as good (down coming out and not strong stitching). I still want to give it as go as I was very happy ... Read Morewith the previous model but am worried this is not as reliable.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 21, 2022
Hi Antoine, we're so sorry to hear that you're not confident in future performance of your Down Sweater Vest. If you feel that the vest is not holding up over time, please begin a [warranty return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) under our Ironclad Guarantee.
Best fitting vest from Patagonia so far!
I am not sure why some people have an issue with this vest, I think its awesome! I used to have a down sweater vest a couple years ago and this new model fits much better. The previous one was a little too loose fitting and this one hugs my body better. It keeps my core very warm and its super light. Excellent!
your online representation of the
your online representation of the color red for the vest is not close to the true color.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 26, 2022
Hi William, we're very sorry to hear that the color didn't come through correctly on our website. Please feel free to begin a [return or free exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
Unfortunately something is just way off with this vest. The fit is true to size but it rides up on the body pushing the collar up past my ears and is constantly bunching up around the torso. Very curious that there are no reviews showing for this vest but there are hundreds of reviews for the others. I'll stick with the nano puff vest which is... Read More a great product.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 19, 2022
Hi Riley! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products 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).
This vest is thinner than my prior. I'll have to wait for colder weather (I live in Maine) to see how much warmth it provides. The quality is fine. One item which is needed but lacking is the coat hook that most coats and vests have near the label to allow it to be easily hung. Not having it is a BIG nuisance. Even my $30 vests I use for rough... Read More work have those hooks.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it
First, I am the ultimate; and a loyal Patagonia customer for over 40 years. So my criticism of recent update to the classic down sweater vest sis honest and strictly constructive. Note, I currently have 15 down sweater vests in my wardrobe. Functionally, this new design its super uncomfortable when fully zipped with the ridiculously super high coll... Read Morear. Aesthetically, the slanted seams of the new collar design is unsightly and does not allow the vest when open to look cool. When unzipped, each collar falls flat along said seam and the resulting look is just awful. Lastly, Wax Red is not red, its burgundy. Sorry.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 4, 2022
Hi Tom, we're very sorry to hear that the Down Sweater Vest didn't meet your expectations. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
Missing the Down Sweaters of Old
Recently had to replace my old down sweater jacket and vest as the down had totally lost all loft after 8+ years of hard wear and multiple beatings in the dryer with tennis balls. This vest is definitely puffier than the old style - wider baffles makes it feel more like youre wrapped in a sleeping bag. This is great for cozy warmth but it does make... Read More it tougher to layer under a blazer or work coat - less of a problem under a shell. The collar is taller than the old style, a feature I liked for warmth and eliminating the need for a scarf. The main zipper seems more great and doesn't catch when zipping up fast but the side zippers on the pockets do tend to annoyingly catch the fabric. All in all, a great piece in the fall wardrobe but not quite as awesome as the old models that were thinner and more stowable.
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