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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go to sweater I love this one. I originally had the Quarter Zip Better Sweater by Patagonia and I LOVED it. However, I prefer this one to the latter because of the full zip down ability and the pockets for your hands. The quarter zip does not have that. The little pocket on your arm is surprisingly great. I usually carry my iPhone 6s or my small wallet. It fits perfectly and it's convenient to have my hand pockets free for other things. I take this thing with me during day hikes, trips to the store and as a before sweater to climbing in cold weather. Overall, extremely warm and comfortable, goes with everything I have and it's from an extremely trusted brand. I am totally in love!
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comfortable & cozy, but hasn't held up well I purchased this jacket after reading some mixed reviews, and while I'm happy to have it on my coat rack (great layering piece) I am disappointed with the quality. I have several other Patagonia pieces which I wear frequently, and they still look brand new. However, after wearing this jacket a couple of times, it started to show tremendous pilling all over (cuffs, under arms, along the side, and around front pockets). It's just not the quality I've come to expect from Patagonia, esp for the price. The arms are also a tad long (not uncommon for me), so I find myself tucking them under.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love it! I absolutely love this jacket! It's so soft and warm, but it doesn't make me feel overheated. I am 5'2 115 and I got the XS. I took one star off just because of the fit. It's a bit tight across my back and on my upper arms. But if I got the next size up, then the torso was just too big. I can still wear a thinner sweater under it but it's just a little tight. It may just be because I have broader shoulders so I tend to have this problem with other clothes. Just wanted to give a description of the fit! Despite the fit, I love it and will likely order more colors!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from gets really BALL-Y, but very warm/practical THE GOOD: It's SO WARM & flattering & practical! THE BAD: Patagonia could have come up with a better material that doesnt get really super ball-y. Even before washing it, I gave it a good three - six wears before washing it, thinking it would preserve the lifespan. But even before washing it, after the first wear, it looked like i'd had it for a year and washed it with towels, and dried it on high heat. The truth is, it gets bally really fast, you would think I rubbed it all over a rough sidewalk or something. I thought, okay, maybe it NEEDS to be washed after 30 minutes of wearing it, so I washed it, FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS, and hanged it dry. That didn't get rid of the balls. Even using one of those sweater de-fuzzers didn't take off all the balls. Buy it in GREY, cuz maybe then you wont SEE the balls as much. black will show everything though. :( THE SIZING: I bought this sweater in Black, size S. if you sometimes fit into a small, sometimes medium, go with the small. I'm usually a medium, so it's on the smaller size
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Quality but Poor Fit I so wish this fit well because the better sweater is so warm, cozy, and the make is high quality. However, the fit is terrible. I am 5 foot 7 (really not that tall!) and the small is way too short, but the medium is very boxy and baggy at the stomach and waist and not flattering. Patagonia needs to rejigger the fit on this better sweater to make it more flattering through the torso. It looks great and I want love it, but alas it just doesn't look good on.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Functional and Flattering After trying on multiple fleeces from different brands, I decided on this Patagonia fleece. The cut was flattering and I loved that it unzipped all the way. I am 5'2, long waisted, pretty flat chested, 125 lbs and the small worked great for me. Besides fitting well, it keeps me warm, fits over a long sleeve base layer and under a windproof jacket. It is quickly becoming my staple sweater!
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket! I absolutely love this sweater, I practically live in it. It is typically a well constructed garment from Patagonia. It slides easily under a shell or when worn alone has deep enough pockets to keep Necessity's in. It breaths nicely so you aren't a clammy mess after working your way up a big hill. Got this on sale so it was affordable, should have bought two. By the way the zippers are large enough that you don't have to remove your gloves when looking for a snack in the pockets.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fits large I always order XL in Patagonia tops as they run small. I am 5'6" and 130 lbs with large upper body (40 DD). This was too big overall, way too long in arms and way too wide at hips (I have small hips). So this is not sized like their other fleece which always fit perfectly. I have re-ordered a Large to see if the fit is any better. Who has arms this long???
Date published: 2016-03-24
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Questions & Answers

It says somewhat rain resistant so what does that mean? What temperature range is it good for? Minnesota gal

Asked by: Minnesota gal
This jacket is not water resistant. We do not provide temperature ratings on clothing because warmth depends on so many different variables including activity level, metabolism, perspiration as well as the other clothing layers you are wearing.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-06

Can this jacket be worn comfortably under the patagonia down sweater hoodie?

Asked by: traveler2017
If the Better Sweater and the Down Sweater are the same size, they may not layer well one with the other. We recommend sizing up one size in the outer layer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-14

Does wind cut through it? I had a Colombia fleece zip up  previously and the wind went right through. 

Asked by: MarAti
​Fleece is not windproof unless you are buying a garment with a windproof membrane built-in or its a soft-shell. The Better Sweater is not soft-shell and does not have a windproof membrane, so it is not windproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-18

Can you shorten the sleeves on this sweater?

Asked by: mwarlick
The sleeves are not technically adjustable, but they could be rolled up if necessary.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-30

is this machine washable? can it be returned to the store? thank you

Asked by: drannie
​We recommend to machine wash on a gently cycle with middle detergent and tumble dry on low or hang dry. For information on our return policy, please visit the link provided below:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-02
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