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The Patagonia Men's Hi-Loft Down Sweater keeps you plenty warm when you're belaying your partner ice climbing, waiting for the bus mid-winter, or simply chilling with your lady while camping. This highly-compressible 800-fill-goose down jacket stops the cold from chilling your bones, while its windproof recycled polyester shell with DWR-coating helps protect you from melting snowflakes. The lightweight Hi-Loft also works well beneath your winter shell or by itself.

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Packable, Light and Warm

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

I love this jacket because it is so light. It doesn't have any fancy features or materials, but it simply gets the job done. It is light, warm and highly packable. Sometimes, that's all you need in a layering piece.

Not that warm

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

I like this jacket for the look, but in all honesty it's not that warm compared to other jackets that I own. The MH ghost whisperer is a little warmer at half the weight, and it includes a hood (which if you use, makes it much warmer than the patagonia). The MB mirage is a little lighter and easily twice as warm. The fabric on the patagonia is not soft as these other two jackets, although it seems a little bit tougher. I've owned this jacket for two winters and overall I would say its good for >45 weather around town. The weight:warmth ratio makes this more of a fashion piece than something I would take on a trip.

Lightweight and warm

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

The first thing I noticed about this jacket was how lightweight it is! The second thing I noticed was how warm it was- surprisingly warm for how light it is.

I am 6'3" 190lbs and the Large fit me perfectly. Not restricting or overly tight and not super puffy or baggy. Great fit and a great product.

Good but Not Mind-Blowing

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

Four stars for good quality. I'm 6'3" and fit is exceptionally important. I had to send this back for three reasons: 1. it didn't fit me well - rather than fitting tall and athletic like I need it had a little extra in the stomach area, 2. it only has ONE draw cord in the hem which means when you pull it, it will create a funny pull look on one side, and 3. the orange color - too much for me.

So warm and so light!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This jacket rocks. I use it on the daily to run around town in the winter, watch outdoor events, coach junior skiers, and anything else short of a mountain adventure. I use it as a mid-layer under my gore-tex shell and I feel like nature cant touch me. it might be a bit bulkier than it's nano-puff cousin but its so light you hardly notice. Also it's like 99% air inside so it'll compress if your outer jacket is fitted. This jacket is actually pretty windproof itself but I've seen many puffer jackets tear so I don't ski with this alone. I've been using it nonstop for a year now though so Patagonia's material is definitely durable enough. Also it comes with a little pouch that you can roll the whole jacket up into. super convenient for going into bars or other places you might be moving around a lot without wearing it.

As for sizing, it fits very well, right to my wrists and waist but don't expect it to cover much below your hips. It's technically a "sweater" and it fits like one. I'm 6'2" and in a size L. I could probably do a XL but I'd rather it fit close so i can use it as a layer.

Bottom line, I'm in love with this jacket. I don't know how I went so long without a puffer from Patagonia.

So warm and so light!

hi-loft down sweater

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

just got a hi-loft sweater and was curious to compare it to my regular patagonia down sweater, i own both in xl, i am 6'2", 200lbs with a slim build and don't like things to fit tight, the xl in both is perfect for me.....

anyways, i was surprised by the difference in the two, i was expecting the hi-loft to just barely have more loft than the regular sweater but was very pleasantly surprised how much more loft it actually had, i would say anywhere from 50% to 100% more, and from wearing it for just a short while i am pretty confident that it i can take it to 15-20 degrees lower in temperature than my regular down sweater

having both now, if i had to choose just one it would be the hi-loft and i am a backpacker who counts ounces (not quite a gram weenie yet)......

and like everything patagonia makes that i own, the hi-loft is very well made and a quality garment that i am very impressed with

Warm and light, packs up small

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is my "go to" jacket for cold weather.

I've worn it everywhere, from the Chugach on a cold early spring morning (-20C) to Japan (Hokkaido mid-winter walking at night -25C) to a backcountry hut overnighter in New Zealand.

Being down (and therefore useless when wet) it's not a jacket I'd wear when really active e.g. skinning or snowboarding. Also unless it's ridiculously cold you'd be far too warm wearing this jacket for these kinds of activities. Better to look at synthetic insulation, if this is what you're after.

If you're into climbing, I imagine it'd make a great belay jacket.

It packs up nice 'n' small, maybe about the volume of two beer cans. Mine is a medium and weighs around 350 grams.

When you're walking around town, it looks good, doesn't have that "plastic bag" look at all.

Warm and light, packs up small

(Best for tall people )

    I have tried every puffy jacket on the market and although very trendy, patagonia makes the best one for tall people. It is a little bulky through the torso (not as bad as first ascent not as good as the north face thunder) but it is cut longer through the torso (unlike marmot zeus)and the sleeves are also longer. I am 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds I wear the xL. Compared to first ascent, the north face, marmot, and outdoor research this was the best fitting. Plenty warm and very light. Pairs nicely with my theta ar. Articulated arms are awesome and will never buy a jacket without them again. Can not attest to durability yet. Face fabric is thin (like every other puffy) pertex shell on the north face thunder jacket seems a little more durable but has not lost a single feather yet (unlike the outdoor research trancendance and first ascent down sweater). I found myself in between sizes in patagonia in the past (l or xL) this one seems to fit better but could still be a little more trim through the torso (like the north face thunder). Overall great puffy.

    size large

      I'm 5'10" and the arms and body are LONG on this jacket for me- the arms are cut much skinnier than other patagonia down styles (fitz roy + down sweater) - the other thing I wish was better was the pockets- they should be higher and the zippers should be more on an angle closer to the middle of the jacket rather than on the sides- this is a great jacket just wish it was cut better for my shape- get one- yea, its a bit pricey but hey it Pat-uh-gucci...

      Me Likey My Down Puffy Jacket

        I find myself wearing this jacket (sweater, whatever) almost daily because of the style and functionality. It blocks out the wind and cold but is extremely light in weight. It's puffy but not overstuffed or bulky. I compared to the Marmot and I liked the fit and and fill of this one slightly better. I'm 6'4, 200 lbs with long arms and torso. I went with the XL and love the fit. It has enough room to layer with a fleece and isn't baggy in the body.

        black front

        black front

        I'm 170lbs, 6' and i'm generally considered a Medium guy. Being a layer fan, I would like to wear it with an undershirt, shirt and a wool sweater or a 200 fleece jacket undernath - in a very cold day in the city (mountain clothing is lighter and smarter in terms of volume / warmth ratio). Do you think the Medium has the relative tolerance? I wouldn't like to consider the Large, beause i think i would be too bulky in the chest.

        Much more light weight and warmer than its predecessors!

          I just sold my old 2008 model 700-fill Patagonia Down Jacket on flea-Bay for almost the same price this one cost. So far I am very impressed by this 13.8 oz Hi-Loft. This thing is much more lighter and more compressible that the previous 700-fill Patagonia Down Jackets. My main gripe with Patagonia jackets has always been the outer nylon fabrics pick up dirt rather easily so I got the Hi-Loft Jacket in the Black color. I previously had Gecko Green, Channel Blue, Real Red and Llama Brown in Patagonia Down Jackets over the years and found myself washing them every two weeks after normal wear because the collar, sleeves and zipper areas would show any dirt and oils from your skin that came into contact with the jacket. With the Black color I expect my laundry bill to less this winter.
          My other gripe with Patagonia Down Jackets of past were the lack of neck, wrist and butt protection when the wind picked up. This Hi-Loft seems to remedy all those issues with a very high neck collar, slightly longer sleeves for the size and a longer hemline with a great 1-side/1-toggle easy cinch that hugs down the hemline around your waist, butt and hip area.
          That said the jacket is very very light and it would almost seem like a magic trick if it keeps me warm when the weather gets to 20 degrees F. But I expect it will. I'm not sure why Patagonia calls this a sweater since most of us will be wearing this as a regular jacket with layers underneath. In fact the beauty of this jacket is that it is cut slim but is still roomy enough for a thick thermal base layer shirt and a R2 fleece layer to go underneath.
          I'm and 5'8" and 150 lbs and the Size Medium fits me perfect! I did find it to fit slightly slimmer and feel less bulky in the torso area than previous Patagonia Down Jackets so if you are a layer freak and plan on this Hi Loft being your outer most layer then consider sizing up.
          Either way this jacket seems to be very warm on it's own. For the price it better be.

          I would like to add:
          1. The sleeves are very much articulated so the jacket doesn't ride up when you raise your arms in the air. I'm not sure if I've ever had this feature on a down jacket before
          2. The 800 Loft is actually very much different than the 700 Loft down jackets. It is really much more compressible and warmer and also lighter.
          3. The one toggle cinch point on the hemline is actually more useful than you may think. My initial concern was that the jacket would cinch and bunch at the location of the one cinch point and look lopsided but this is not the case. The cinch is somehow even along the hemline of the jacket so it cinches at equally both sides and slightly towards the front while the back hem still hangs lower to protect the butt, lower back and keep the jacket from riding up. Great feature.

          115 grams of 800-fill

            This is a very nice sweater that should slot in perfectly between the Down Sweater and the Fitz Roy for a lot of folks. Only about an ounce heavier than the Down Sweater, and that's all fill, as this has 115 grams of 800-fill. It's being offered in some nice colors as well...

            id like to know the size or dimensions...

            id like to know the size or dimensions of the stuff sack ?? ( with the jacket compressed inside ),

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            Will this jacket work in temperatures from...

            Will this jacket work in temperatures from about 30-45F, possibly an upper limit of 50F? Also, do these sizes run true (if I'm a L in long and short sleeve shirts will a L work for me... I'm also 6'0" and about 180)? Thanks!

            Best Answer

            This jacket would be really warm at temperatures in the 40s if you will be doing anything other than standing around. Even then, you will probably be pretty warm. A size Large will fit you fine. I'm 6'1" and 178lbs and the Large will give you plenty of room and not be too tight.

            I'm 170lbs, 6' and i'm generally considered...

            I'm 170lbs, 6' and i'm generally considered a Medium guy. Being a layer fan, I would like to wear it with an undershirt, shirt and a wool sweater or a 200 fleece jacket undernath - in a very cold day in the city (mountain clothing is lighter and smarter in terms of volume / warmth ratio). Do you think the Medium has the relative tolerance? I wouldn't like to consider the Large, beause i 'm almost sure it would be too bulky in the chest.

            i'm the same height as you and 25 pounds heavier, and i wear a 42-44 inch chest depending on who makes it. the medium is designed to fit up to a 41" chest, so you should have plenty of room for layering. when i've tried on patagonia jackets, i can fit into mediums, but they are a big tight in the chest/back. i also wish they were cut just a bit longer.

            I want to purchase this jacket for my...

            I want to purchase this jacket for my husband. I need size and color help. He is 5'10" 190lbs

            does not like anything fitted or slim cut. He likes it relaxed. His other Patagonia's are lightweight fleece XL.

            So, do you recommend L or XL?

            Color..I like the Forge Grey...but I am concerned that the green is too loud and bright. He likes conservative colors..

            Maggs in the picture I'm 5'8" and 155lbs and wearing a medium so someone 2 inches taller and 35lbs more should fit a large fine. Grey, Navy, Black, Brown and Green are all understated colors with the red orange being the brightest. Do note that I believe the grey, green and navy all have bright neon interiors with the grey and green having a neon green interior and the the navy having a bright light blue lining.

            Which is warmer?? I am considering both...

            Which is warmer?? I am considering both this High-loft Down jacket from Pata & the Nitrous Jacket from Mountain Hardware...which one would be warmer? Not for athletic pursuits, just kickin' it in frigid temps this winter.

            Hi hikepisgah282810,

            Thanks for the question. You've certainly picked two pretty similar jackets on this one. Both will have very similar warming properties and one most likely will have a very negligible difference over the other. Other differences are the baffle system for the Nitrous Jacket allow it to be slightly lighter while having a bit more roomy of a fit than the Hi-Loft Jacket.

            if we're wanting to get real technical:

            they both have 800 fill down. according to backcountry, the hi-loft is 1.2 ounces heavier, but the in-house claimed weights on their respective websites puts the hi-loft at a half ounce heavier. with weights this small, a lot of the difference can be made up by different zippers and fabrics. according to their respective websites, the hi-loft is made with 20D ripstop(slightly lighter) and the nitrousis made with 30D ripstop (slightly more durable). so it is reasonable to assume that throughout the entire hi-loft, there's around a half ounce more down.

            now on baffle construction, the hi-loft has bigger baffles which allow the down to loft more(warmer), but allow it to settle more(colder). the nitrous has more baffles that allow for better down distribution (warmer), but has more seams (colder).

            ultimately, these are fairly neglible differences in warmth.

            Best Durability? I am looking at the...

            Best Durability?

            I am looking at the Marmot Zeus, NF Nuptse, and the Patagonia Hi-Loft - all seem to be about the same in terms of warmth. Any feedback on what is more durable in terms of both damage (first), and wind-resistance (second)?

            The Zeus uses 1.1 oz ripstop, the Nuptse 50D 1.8 oz, and the Hi-Loft 20D 1.4 oz. I wear a jacket with 20D 1.05oz fabric that has taken sticks and rocks without issue and is windproof as far as I can tell. Any of the fabrics will be fine.

            Both the Zeus and Hi-Loft use 800 fill down while the Nuptse utilizes 700 fill. That the Nuptse uses lower-fill down and weighs almost twice as much would eliminate it for me.

            Between the Zeus and the Hi-Loft, I would go with whichever fits better. You can't go wrong with either one.

            The Zeus and Hi-Loft Sweater may be comparable in warmth to each other but they are not comparable to the heavier Nuptse, which, while it uses (slightly) lower fill power down, and has a (slightly) heavier face fabric, is filled with much more down, and is therefore much warmer. The Nuptse will have the most durable face fabric of the three, all three will be wind-proof.

            Go with the Zeus or Hi-Loft if you want light and warm, go with the Nuptse if you want more warmth at the expense of more weight.

            I'm shopping for a down sweater/jacket and want to know what the ripstop ratings mean (oz, "D" number, etc). Can somebody explain? I am leaning towards a jacket that is more durable if possible.

            Is the hi-loft warmer than the regular...

            Is the hi-loft warmer than the regular Patagonia down sweater jacket? What is the main difference other than price? It also seems less puffy.

            yes! much much much warmer! The Hi-Loft is similar, if not identical, to the Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Jacket from 2009-2010. In fact it replaced the Fitz Roy as the main down coat and can be likened to having a Patagonia Fitz Roy Hooded Down with the same loft but no hood.

            The other down sweaters are more expensive because they are tailored pieces that appeal to the whole "light is right" fad. But in my experience the Patagonia sweater pieces are more fad than function and most likely only benefit the wearer when layered under a rain shell or parka.

            Best Answer

            The Hi-Loft Down Sweater is identical in materials and construction to the regular Down Sweater, with a few small tweaks: there's more down so it's warmer, it's longer and a little roomier in the body, the baffles are wider than the regular Down Sweater. There's approx 50% more down here than a regular Down Sweater. (and the Ftiz Roy Down Hoody is an entirely different beast and is approx 2x warmer again than the Hi-Loft) The other Down Sweater option is the Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket, which is a lighter, more technical version with a super tough nylon fabric. cheers, hope that helps