Richie C.wrote a review of Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket - Men's on January 27, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I have used this jacket from 45 degree days with a t-shirt to -45 degree windchill days at my main insulating piece, for its size and weight this jacket is king. There is a slightly boxy fit, i am 5'10" 165lbs and the medium fit relatively well, I have used several fleeces and an Arteryx gamma lt underneath it and various technical shells over it. the insulating factors are amazing but still relative to its size and weight, this jacket is extremely packable and is extremely light. i have reapplied DWR coating from grangers, and have found it does a decent job at shedding even heavier wet snow or slush. I did find that with time, the jacket did not lose to much down, but it did seem to lose some loft although i did not find that this impacted insulation abilities. I found myself layering this piece when hunting when i would stay stationary for up to seven hours in freezing weather. All in all i would say this is a superb down SWEATER, and crosses over into the realm of standalone jacket in certain conditions. While you may sacrifice absolute-toastiness that might be found in a belay parka, this jacket makes up for it with its weight, overall good looks, insulating factors (for its size) and the acceptable water repellency and wind resistance. Sadly after two full years of use a seam blew out which left two baffles wide open, and after losing a large amount of down to my college campus, i noticed the problem and retired this piece for now. I would not hesitate to buy another Patagonia down product for backcountry and in town use and i would recommend this to a friend. Think long and hard about a hood though, this may have been my only regret with the piece.