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Core insulation.

Layers are lovely not just in cakes, although vanilla cake tiers intermixed with dark chocolate buttercream and salted caramel frosting is damn hard to be beat. Yet the Patagonia Women's Down Sweater Vest comes awfully damn close. This lightweight, compressible vest received a makeover for 2014 to flatter your figure, to slide easily beneath your weatherproof snow shell or climbing jacket, and to keep your eco conscience happy. Given how squishy this little vest is, you can cram it into a cranny in your bag for guaranteed core warmth whether you're backpacking at altitude or traveling to Canada for the holidays.

Ripstop rocks and 100% recycled ripstop is even better. The eco-friendly fabric resists pulls and scratches for long-wearing durability. The DWR finish turns moisture into liquid roller balls that fall off your vest instead of lying around and sinking in. The 800-fill Traceable Down uses feathers from geese that have been humanely treated. Two hand pockets give your weary paws a warm place to rest. Whether you're layering up to survive a brutally cold commute or getting ready to enjoy some fresh spring corn, this sleek and slim vest should be a part of your ultimate ensemble.

  • 100% recycled polyester ripstop face fabric, DWR finish
  • 100% recycled polyester ripstop lining, DWR finish
  • 800-fill Traceable Down insulation
  • Regular fit
  • 2 hand pockets

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What's the down fill weight of this vest?


Super Warm + Awesome Fit

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 145 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I've only had this vest for a few days but it's already quickly becoming my go to for the cool fall days. It is very lightweight but extremely warm. I can get 2 layers underneath it pretty comfortably. I like the cut of the vest and how it fits me. I would highly recommend it!


good warmth and great fit

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 120 lbs
    Size Purchased: XS

I bought this vest for the rainy Seattle winter since it is often not terribly cold but still requires warm layers (I lived in Minnesota and Illinois for most of my life, so I am used to cold). This is the perfect vest to wear a long sleeve tee or a sweater under. Plus, the inside and outside pockets are perfect for carrying keys/wallet/etc. I love that this vest is water resistant and keeps me warm. However, it is not too warm to be worn inside as well. It is the perfect layer for this cool, rainy winter climate. Highly recommended!


Love this vest

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'2"
    Weight: 114 lbs
    Size Purchased: XS

The Patagonic Down Sweater Vest is an absolute must for layering. It's tailored and fits snug and provides the extra warmth I'm looking for. Great design and great styling!

Zeny G
I love my vests. They are true to size and keeps me warm. My favorite one is the Patagonia. The next time I buy it would definitely be Patagonia. Love the design!


Wicked cool vest

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

I love the vest! It is lightweight and great for the fall or winter. The navy looks great with jeans or workoutgear. Very satisfied customer :)


Quality product as expected!

  • Gender:Female
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'6"
    Weight: 130 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

This vest looks great, I bought the Navy Blue. It fits nicely but I don't think I will be able to put too thick of a sweater underneath. Expecting it to be sufficiently warm so not an issue. Only gave it 4 stars b/c I haven't worn it yet. Plan on wearing it often in the fall!!! Honestly can't wait 😆


Cute vest but Birch White shows feathers

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

I received this vest as a gift and love the style but the darker down feathers are visible through the light colored fabric giving it a dirty, speckled appearance. I'm exchanging it for the navy one and feel that should solve the problem.

Cute vest but Birch White shows feathers

Really warm, sizing a little funny

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 120 lbs
    Size Purchased: XS

I know this is a "regular fit" but I felt like a schlub in the small, so I went with an XS, which fits great through the torso but a little tight in the hips. Otherwise, it's very warm and looks nice. I like the color a lot. For reference, I am 5'4", 120lbs.

What does DWR coating mean ?

Durable water repellent. Because down loses insulation power when it wets out, Patagonia treated the down in this piece with a DWR coating to help it stray dry (and warm) longer.

This might seem strange but I want to know what the shirt is underneath the vest.

Best Answer

The one in the picture with the yellow vest is the Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Crew Top in "Hardy Stripe: Birch White/Peach Sherbet". The one under the Tobago Blue vest is the Patagonia Merino 2 Lightweight Crew in "Pearson Stripe: Arctic Mint".

What is the center back length of a medium?