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A step above the rest.

Patagonia couldn’t have gone with a better name for the Men’s Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. After one day in the Better Sweater, you’ll probably throw out your old cotton sweatshirt. After all, why would you wear fleece every day in the mountains and then go back to cotton in town? Despite the casual cut and style, this soft Patagonia fleece easily makes the cut for technical wear. Midweight fleece makes this piece ideal as both a midlayer and a casual around-town top.

  • Polyester fleece
  • Regular fit
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Flat seam construction
  • Zippered hand and chest pockets
  • Bluesign approved fabric

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Unanswered Question

I'd like to buy this for my husband, but, concerned about the sizing.
He is 6'4 and 240 (little padding in the mid section).
He's usually an XL (tall) in jackets/fleece.
Any thoughts on sizing?

Thank you!


I am happy with it

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: large

So I bought this jacket after trying it on at my local shop and finding BC had the best price out there... then it went on sale at BC even more and they refunded the difference... so I WIN shopping!
That said I am 6 feet tall and weight 180lb like one of the other reviewers here. I also find it a little loose through he mid section but love the long sleeves. Patagonia has for a long time for me been too boxy. After buying their Levitation softshell (that I think was custom tailored for me in my sleep, I thought I would give this a go. It for sure isn't as close fitting but still a great find. I will likely wear this under my shell to and from adn sometimes in the office this winter. I bought a LRG and can wear it with a T-shirt under neath or rock a hoodie and it no problem. All in all, I am happy with it, would have wanted a little less box, but Patagonia is finally headed in the right direction for highly"active people" (not fitted but slim).

I didn't even talk about how warm it is... it is very warm and cozy, so layer well if being highly active in it.

This is SO helpful....
So I purchased 2 today for my teen boys (19 and 17) These are big hits on college campus:)
The sizing makes me crazy. They are not big kids. Both maybe 5'8...somewhere no more than 180
I'm concerned they will be too snug? But I recognize that they may not appreciate too much length in body...or sleeves for that matter?



  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Size Purchased: Medium

I chose this over a Synchilla due to the outer knit face. It's a tad more wind resistant and it looks a bit more clean. I've worn it as an outer layer and as an insulating midlayer under a shell. The medium is fairly snug through the torso, but the sleeves are plenty long enough. This is one fleece jacket I know that I will keep for many years.


Overall great fleece!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I usually get a large in most jackets and even in some layering pieces. I definitely fit in this as a medium. Initially I like it as a fall jacket or layering piece. Great material and warm!



    Just received this jacket today and I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to keep it. Doesn't fit to well... sleeves are too long for a medium size, chest is tight and waist is loose. I'm 6'0 , 180lbs. Not sure is worth the price.

    You're a large, buddy. I'm 6'0, 165 and the large is just a little big in the torso. sleeve length feels great. I'm a little monkey-ish though.


    Stylish and simple Fleece

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
      Weight: 170 lbs
      Size Purchased: Medium

    I think that this jacket is as advertised, a simple and good quality fleece. If you wear this jacket often you will find that this fleece is not meant to be windproof, but instead just a simple mid-layer. I like to wear it casually, due to the fleece’s stylish design. I personally felt that there were not that many pockets on the interior of the jacket. For the most part what you see is what you get. Otherwise the only other thing I can say is that if you wash the jacket it will pill up so wash with caution.

    Paul, I've contacted Patagonia re washing instructions for the Better Sweater. I was told to wash in cold water and tumble dry on low. As a precaution, I always dry something like this inside out and before doing so, I zip it up. Hope this helps.