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For anything that occupies your day.

Patagonia couldn’t have picked a better name for the Men’s Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. After one day in the Better, you’ll probably throw out your 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 mid-layer and a casual around-town top.

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4 5

Looks great, works okay.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Like many people here, I agree that it looks better than it works. It's not great for a lot of wind or biting cold, but for a casual 'Patagonia look', this works great.

Mine has also started pilling after only a couple washes, which I was disappointed in, but you'd only notice it on a close inspection.

4 5

good casual

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

got this for casual, around town and work. very warm and comfortable. would not take it into the woods given its not really that packable, but for around town or a day hike, this would be great.
it looks like cotton but its really 100% polyester.
would definitely recommend this fleece.

3 5

Warm...If it's NOT windy!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

First things first, Patagonia makes great products. Every Patagonia jacket, beanie, fleece, & base layer I own is top notch. This fleece LOOKS great! I got the Dark Walnut and get plenty of compliments on it.

My only complaint is that the wind cuts right through this fleece. In West Texas the wind blows almost non-stop, hence the reason they put all these wind turbines here (see photo) I know, I know if I wanted windproof I should have gone with a shell.
Still a great looking piece and I will say it runs a little large like most Patagonia clothing.

Warm...If it's NOT windy!
5 5

A technical and comfortable jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The "Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket" is a good looking, high quality fleece. It fits perfectly in the arm and waist-length. It's a very technical fleece jacket which makes it great for hiking and skiing, it keeps you warm and its probably my favorite jacket to use when I'm outside exploring.

5 5

Great jacket, very comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I have this jacket in two different colors. It's very comfortable and looks great for going out. This really isn't a active jacket and the wind tends to cut through it. Regardless I would still recommend it. It does run large, I wear a medium in practically everything else, but returned both of mine for smalls.

Responded on

Hi! What's your height and weight? I wear a medium in Ralph Lauren slim fit and a medium in JCrew slim fit. How does this measure up against you? For comparison, I find North Face mediums to fit rather well for me - at least their soft shells

4 5

Utility

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is a very versatile jacket. I have not experienced a "low quality" feeling from this product whatsoever. I will recommend that you do not dry on high heat, as this will adversely effect the fabric. A great piece to wear into work or out hiking on the trail. Will be a staple in my quiver for years to come. Fits true to size.

The best sweater

The best sweater

I can't remeber the last time I didn't wear my better sweater on a winter hike or even to work. It's warm, comfy and looks fantastic.

5 5

Best Gift Ever

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased this jacket for my father...He absolutely loved the jacket, it has become his go to jacket for everyday outings. Size is true, and the quality is great.

1 5

Horrible quality from Patagonia

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Terrible quality. Very low end materials. After 3 weeks of casual and indoor use only, it showed lots of peeling, now after 4 months it looks very bad. And talk about low quality, the zippers get stuck! No budget for YKK zippers ugh?

Responded on

Hi Juan,
Sorry you're so unhappy with the Better Sweater. Hopefully Backcountry or Patagonia has taken care of you with the return. One note though, these are YKK zippers on all Better Sweaters, just a custom version. And curious if you might have dried yours on high heat possibly? That tends to be hard on this, and many other fleece jackets.
cheers.

Responded on

I have to admit that mine did pill very badly. I was very disappointed at how bad it would pill considering it was a Patagonia. That said, I bought one of those fabric shavers and it worked well and after two rounds of shaves, it has stopped pilling and looks basically like new. Still a great fleece and my absolute favorite -- despite the initial pilling.

5 5

Classy and functional!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Patagonia just keeps churning out quality clothing and this product is no different. It does have a rather boxy feel to it and it'll be hard to put another layer on underneath it. Perfect for fall weather with just a t-shirt and you'll look good wearing it. Super comfortable!!!

5 5

It really is better than a sweater

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I was looking for a replacement for my old North Face Fleece and stumbled upon the Patagonia Better Sweater. I couldn't be more pleased. I have had this for about 3 years now and it's still going strong. The fit is a bit roomy so it's a great casual piece for around the camp or cruising town. But even with it's casual appeal, I've even used it as an emergency base layer for skiing on some really cold days and it worked perfectly.

I don't see a replacement for this piece coming along any time soon.

5 5

Gotta love the PataGucci!

Any women looking to get the guy in there life an awesome gift that is not only comfortable, durable, warm, versitile BUT also looks fantastic this is the item to get! You can't go wrong with an item the men will love and the women will love the men in!!

Im 5'8'' and 150 pounds. Would a small be...

Im 5'8'' and 150 pounds. Would a small be an appropriate size? Most small items seem to be tight in my armpits but fit everywhere else. How much room will I have in the jacket?

Responded on

I would say a small should probably fit you pretty well, you would have enough room under for a base layer, or a button up shirt I assume. This sweater has a bit of a boxy cut in my opinion, I'm 6'1" 175, and wear a medium with a comfortably to roomy fit.

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5 5

Wonderful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Another great addition to my closet from Patagonia. The better sweater jacket is warm, stylish and above-all, comfortable. I've worn the jacket by itself to the lodge and around town after days on the slopes when I'm up North, or just out to the grocery store around town. I've seen other reviews of this jacket online that state that the material will "pill", but after about 25 days of wear, I've yet to notice an issue.

5 5

best fitting jacket ever!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

true to fit...comes regular fit and not slim fit. This is my 3rd M's better sweater/jacket and all have held up to my harsh outdoor activities. I would recommend this to anyone for mild to wild weather. fits great as an under layer!

4 5

Great fit.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn this in the freezing weather and it really does well. Kind of a boxy fit, but i really like the material and how warm it keeps me.

4 5

Fleece that looks like grampa's sweater

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

It really is a better sweater. It fits great and has excellent details. Breathable like a fleece, but the look of a sweater. And not just any sweater, putting this on ages me 10 years...but in a distinguished professorial way. The best thing about it is the micro-fiber lined pockets which are like returning to the womb. The worst thing is the zipper "windflap" that (like on most jackets) is too stiff and prevents the collar from resting smoothly down when the jacket is zipped up to just below the neck. I just cut it out.

5 5

Love at first sight.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I love this fleece so much. It's amazingly soft, it has a classic wool look to it that works while outside camping/playing, as well as at the office, and it's the perfect thickness for me in a lot of temps.

This thing is so comfortable that I find myself wearing it around the house almost all winter with a t-shirt underneath.

Classic Patagonia craftmanship- I feel like I'll have this jacket for years to come.