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Stow Patagonia's Down Sweater Full-Zip Hooded Men's Jacket inside its chest pocket on your backpacking trips. Just be sure to let it out regularly so its plush 800-fill Traceable Down insulation retains its soft loft over time. Patagonia's Traceable Down comes from non-live-plucked and non-force-fed geese; a fact that's been third-party-verified. To enhance its green status, Patagonia made the shell out of a recycled polyester ripstop that's light, windproof, and water-resistant thanks to the DWR finish.

Patagonia updated the Down Sweater with a more contoured fit that's longer for better coverage on cold camping trips. At a single pull, the hood cinches comfortably and securely around your head, and the hem and both cuffs help retain the down's wonderful warmth. Patagonia also added two zippered handwarmers and a zippered internal chest pocket that doubles as a stow pocket when it's time to head back home.

  • Recycled polyester shell
  • DWR finish
  • 800-fill Traceable Down insulation
  • Contoured fit with longer hem
  • Single-pull adjustable hood
  • Adjustable hem, elasticized cuffs
  • Two zippered handwarmer pockets
  • One zippered internal stow pocket at chest

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Unanswered Question

Is this jacket sized to go over a couple other layers (Fleece and soft shell jacket) or do I need to size up to get it to fit?

I'm 6ft tall and 165lbs. I wear a medium.

I am 5'10"/185 with a 43" chest. By the sizing guide, it says I should order a large. Thoughts?

Im 5/8 185 and the mid fits like a glove... so it might be to short for u so yes the large is a good choice

My husband is 5'11, 180 lbs. He would typically wear a large but his arms are disproportionate and tend to be longer for his size. As such, he usually has to buy XL. We looked at the size chart and followed the instructions but if that were the case he would wear a small (measures at 32.5 inches). Clearly, we are doing something wrong. If you have any suggestions or recommend a size for him that would be great! Thank you.

Hi Ashley,

He probably could wear a Large if he has longer arms. Usually I seen people in his range go with medium without long arms. I am 6'4 and 205 lbs the large fits me just right.

So I'm 6'1" and 170 pounds. Should I go with a medium or a large? I don't plan on layering much beneath the jacket.

Hi Stuart

I would say a medium. I am 6'4 and 205 lbs the large fits me just right.

I'm 5'60 157lbs Chest100 what size should I get? Thanks

Hello Starry,

You should get a medium.

If you have any other concerns please feel free to chat in and we can get you taken care of.

2 Qs:
1- don't you have a store in calgary, DT calgary?
2-is this one good for every day winter in the city wear?


1. We do not have a brick and motor store in Calgary, Only in Salt Lake City, Utah

2. If it is a colder weather area this would work great for day to day use, and with layers on colder days.

I'm 5'10 170lbs what size should I get? Thanks

My guess would be medium but it's hard to be certain. Check the size chart - I've had really good luck ordering Patagonia based on my chest size.


I think you'd be pretty happy with a medium.

I am 5,11 and 158. A medium fits me well. I can get a base layer plus a thin sweat shit under it without it restricting much under the arms.


Compared the the Hi-Loft version of this jacket (same price), what are the major differences between them, and which one is truly warmer?
Also, how do these jackets handle against heavy wind/rain?


Great question, the Hi-Loft version is using a 600 fill power down and the regular Down Sweater is utilizing an 800 fill power.

So to get a lighter Down Sweater, Patagonia used a high quality down. It really comes down to what you'd like in the jacket? A high quality down and less of it or more insulation of a slightly lower grade? Both with insulate pretty much the same.

In regards to wind/rain, I wouldn't expect much wind protection from any down jacket. Both jackets have a DWR coating to shed come light mist/rain.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead



Light and cozy

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

First off, the fit of the jacket is great. I'm 5' 11 and 170 pounds and it fits very well. Haven't fully used in the winter cold, but has handled fall High Uinta Wilderness camping well.

-Honestly fits perfect. Arms fit great (I have a proportional height-arm wingspan) and it fits right below the hip.
-Stows away in its own bag. Anything that can pack itself away is a huge plus for me.
-Warm, but not overwhelmingly so. Would be a great base layer under a technical shell.
-Hood is roomy

-Haven't used it enough to find any yet. I'll report back after more use.


Well insulated and really light

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: L

I bought this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he loves it. He is really tall but very lean so I was worried that the Large would be too short and the XL would be too wide. I went with the large after reading some of the reviews and he says it's a perfect fit. It has been a couple of months since his birthday and he uses it all the time. He loves that it's really light but keeps you very warm. His only complaint is that the material is really weak so for someone like him who is constantly camping/ sitting by the fire, he has a couple of holes in his jacket just from the flying embers from the campfires. All in all a great buy.


Super Warm

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

This jacket has a great fit and is super warm. The fact that it folds compactly into the chest pocket is a bonus. Quality is superb.


Perfect for the John Muir Trail

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 185 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I went through a few weeks of research before finally making this purchase. I have been using the Nano Puff and Arc'teryx Atom LT for the last few years, but wanted a real down jacket for the John Muir Trail this summer. The main competitors were the MH Ghost Whisperer and the Patagonia Ultralight. I decided on the Down Sweater after trying all of them on, based on warmth, durable fabrics, and it's versatility. It is a little bit heavier than the other two, but the weight is due to more down being used in the jacket.

The Down Sweater packs into it's own pocket which is great when thru-hiking, as it minimizes the volume used in a pack and/or stuff sack. I got hit with a pretty cold storm on my way out of Yosemite Valley to the point where snow was sticking overnight at Tuolumne (This was in July). The cold spell continued over Donahue Pass and didn't break until a little after Thousand Island and Garnet Lakes. I was very happy to have this jacket on me, as it allowed me to sit out and watch the sunset over Banner Peak as an afternoon thunderstorm rolled through. I also got to hang out around camp late into the night at high elevation, which is something I haven't been able to do comfortable with my other jackets. The DWR finish did a good job of keeping the water from soaking through and bought me more than enough time to put my waterproof on.

The final test was a sunrise summit of Mt. Whitney to finish the JMT. The wind was blowing hard that morning and the temps we a little below freezing. I was nice and toasty with this jacket on, which allowed me to stay at the summit for quite a while before heading down.

The hood is deluxe. I buy all of my jackets with hoods as I feel it's worth the price to get the added head warmth. The sizing is the only slight knock on the Down Sweater. I'm almost always a size M in jackets. The Down Sweater fits perfectly on my shoulders and arms, but like most clothing these days, floats a little around my waist (I'm a 32 waist).

I can't really comment too much on durability as I've only used this for hiking and backpacking, which isn't really a true test of the fabric, seams, and stitching. Everything appears to be of the highest quality though, and I'm looking forward to logging many more miles, and spending many more nights outside in the Down Sweater.

Perfect for the John Muir Trail

Hey Drew! Awesome review and thanks for sharing your amazing photos. Welcome to the Backcountry Community, we're happy to have you!!


Great All Around Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Great jacket for around town. Warm with a light layer underneath, fits true to size. Have a longer torso and it's long enough for me.

Roasting marshmallows with my buddy

Roasting marshmallows with my buddy

Van and I keeping warm and toasty while making smores.

Which color is that? French Red or Turkish red?

Turkish Red.

Because it is dark and getting a glow from the fire, the color in this photo is not quite accurate. Turkish Red is very bright... almost more orange than red.

I will try to post up another photo later showing the jacket in daylight conditions.


Love it love it love it

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

I finally decided that I wanted to replace my awesome and loved, but bulky, Sierra Designs Flex Down Jacket. I still like that jacket and it is super warm. The flex fit is great; but, I wanted something that was lighter for backpacking and slimmer fit so I wouldn't look like the Michelin Man.

I'm sure I looked at 10 - 15 lightweight down jackets. In the end I did not want the ultimate in thin; but, more of a balance between weight and warmth. My final two choices were this and the Black Diamond Cold Forge Hoody. I love the fit on both; but, I feel that this one packs a little tighter, fits a little easier and felt better overall.

With a piece like this, no one jacket will fit everyone and preference will vary drastically based on opinions. None the less, if you are looking for a solid balance between lightweight and warmth in a true down jacket with a great shell construction, this should make your short list.

My only complaint is that Patagonia makes jackets in some really great colors. This particular jacket only comes in two and red (more of a bright orange). I would have loved it in Cilantro Green, Andes Blue etc. At least one or two other options would have been nice. As it stands you get to choose either dark as midnight or bright as high noon.

All in all, I am super pleased. feels warm like my larger puffier Flex Down; but, fits so much better. I don't miss the bulk.

A new season has arrived ...and apparently new additional color options. Nice work.

As M's Down Sweater Hoody ($279) and M's Ultralight Down Hoody ($349) are both 800-fill Down,

I would like to find out which model is warmer?

Best Answer

So the Down sweater is going to be warmer as it has more down.

You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or

(800 fill refers to the quality of the down, not the amount in the jacket)


Great Everyday Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

My husband wanted a warm hooded jacket to combat the cold winters of WI. I originally purchased Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody, however it was not nearly as warm as this one. The hood is very well constructed and the jacket is very warm and protects from the wind. I purchased a Large and it is generally what he wears in coats. He is a short guy, but has very wide shoulders and sometimes has a hard time finding jackets that fit him in the shoulders without making him look like a giant. This one was great.



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Had this coat for the last month and it is easily the best coat I have bought. Lightweight yet warm. Living in Chicago it can get very cold and windy in the winter and this coat has held up great so far. One note - Turkish Red is really orange. Returned it to get the black one.


Super warm

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

This is the first down jacket i've owned and after purchasing it, I will never go back. It's incredibly warm and comfortable on the skin, almost like little bunches of clouds sleeping on you.

It compression into a very small ball, about the size of a bag of chips if you fold it up right. So it's perfect for hikes, ect where you might want to take it off and stuff it in a small camel back or something.

It does get a little breezy if it's windy out. Not crazy bad but if I were to go to the beach I would say bring a windbreaker to put over it and you will more than warm.