Patagonia 1/4-Zip Better Sweater

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Patagonia 1/4-Zip Better Sweater
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Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 Zip - Men's:  The Better Sweater is built of 9.5-oz polyester with a sweater-knit exterior and a fleece interior that creates an easy-wearing, moisture-wicking, bulk-free garment that is ready for the coldest days on the hill.  The stand-up collar has a zipper garage and the raglan sleeves provide pack-wearing comfort. 
Micropolyester trim at the collar, cuffs and hem wicks sweat.
Vertical zippered chest pocket ideal for carrying keys, cash, etc.
Fabric has a sweater-knit face, fleece interior and heathered yarns.
1/4-zip pullover with stand-up collar and zipper garage.
Raglan sleeves for pack-wearing comfort.
Zippered chest pocket.
Micropolyester jersey trim on cuffs, hem and back of neck.
Can be worn with layers as outerwear or as a midlayer under a shell.
Hip length.
9.5-oz 100% polyester with a sweater-knit exterior and a fleece interior.


  • Stand-up collar and 1/4-front zipper with garage


  • Hip length


  • Vertical zippered pocket


  • Regular fit


  • Micropolyester jersey trim on cuffs, hem and back of neck
  • Fabric has a sweater-knit face, fleece interior and heathered overdyed yarns
  • 9.5-oz 100% polyester with a sweater-knit exterior and a fleece interior

Lining and Layers:

  • Can be worn with layers as outerwear or as a midlayer under a shell


  • Raglan sleeves for pack-wearing comfort


  • Made in Thailand.


  • 490g (17.3oz)
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The Men's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip by Patagonia is a rugged yet soft 1/4-zip fleece pullover that combines the aesthetic of wool with the easy care of polyester fleece.
Patagonia's plush Better Sweater styles adapt to their surroundings, effortlessly making the transition from the metal shop to karaoke night. Pleasingly styled and technically adept, they have the timeless look of wool and the durability of polyester. Heathered 9.5-oz yarns create an easy-wearing, moisture-wicking, bulk-free piece with a handsome face and a soft fleeced interior. The stand-up collar has a zipper garage; raglan side and back seams make for a classic shape. Micro-polyester trim at the collar, cuffs and hem wicks sweat, and a vertical zippered chest pocket secures keys and cash.


On those mornings when you just don’t want to get up out of bed and go to work, take the cozy feeling of your blanket with you in this casual quarter-zip. Nothing flashy, Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4-Zip is the answer to the early morning walk from the parking lot in to the office, with fleece-lined warmth that allows your body to ease into the day. As with any Patagonia product, the Better Sweater has a wild side as well. Designed to tackle the early morning outdoors, the moisture-resistant, light material is ideal for overnight excursions by the fire as well.
You want the heat-trapping power of fleece, but you don’t want to look like a fuzzy bunny. The Men’s Patagonia 1/4-Zip Better Sweater has a sweater-knit exterior for a clean, sharp look and a fleecy, heat-holding interior. It is warm enough to wear as a jacket in cool weather, or (when things get really chilly) wear it under a shell as an insulating mid-layer. Raglan sleeves lend to the athletic aesthetic and keep you comfortable if you’re slinging a pack.

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The Better Sweater 1/4 Zip from Patagonia is a classic pullover that every man should have. Whether there is a slight chill in the evening or layers are needed to endure the winter storms, this sweater is the better choice for all.
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A rugged fleece, the Men’s Better Sweater 1/4-Zip works well under a shell on the mountain - and doubles as a classic sweater at dinner. Heather-over dyed 9.5-oz polyester yarns create an easy-wearing, moisture-wicking, bulk-free piece, with a handsome face and a soft fleeced interior. The stand-up collar has a zipper garage; raglan side and back seams make for a classic shape. Micro polyester trim at the cuff, hem and collar wick sweat, and a vertical chest pocket secures keys and cash. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.

Patagonia's Better Sweater 1/4 Zip Jacket features: stand-up collar with 1/4 zip and zipper garage, zippered chest pocket, hip length, and raglan sleeves for pack-wearing comfort.

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Closure:Full Zip
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Country of Origin:Thailand
Fabric:9.5-oz 100% polyester with a sweater-knit exterior and a fleece interior
Fit:Hip length
Fleece Weight:Midweight
Hood :No
Insulation :soft fleeced interior
Lining :None
Material:9.5-oz 100% polyester with a sweater-knit exterior and a fleece interior
Pockets:Zippered Chest Pocket
Recommended Use :Fall weather; Hiking; Trekking
Snowskirt :No
Technologies:[bluesign approved]
Ventilation :No
Warranty :Limited
Weight:(17.3 oz) 490 g
Zip-In :No
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Patagonia 1/4-Zip Better Sweater Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Made of steel, soft as cotton.

Love the Better Sweater. Have had the sweater for about a month or so and have worn it mountain biking in heavy winds, fixing boats in the rain and drinking wine in fancy bars - worked well in all situations. Fabric allows a slight flow of air through, which is what I was looking for, but keeps the body warm and dry. Although not water proof, rain did beaded up and never soaked the material. VERY easy to wash and then either throw in the dryer or on the line. Dries very, very fast - which is good. No color runs. Material has not pilled and even after multiple washings still looks like new. Inside is soft like cotton and can be worn next to bare skin easily. Sizes seems a little small. Ended up getting a mens as I needed broader shoulders than the womens sizes could provide without fitting like a tent. Love the sweater so much have purchased another one along with a vest for work for winter. Can't go wrong with the Better Sweater.
WarmInNewEngland at Patagonia on 10/14/2012

A Great Sweater for Work, Casual Outings, and More

I only recently got a couple of these 1/4 zip models for work and casual outings because I find that I wear them at work quite often. This is very nice because it has a nice weave on the outside while a nice, soft fleece liner. So it does not look like a fleece coat. This makes it more stylish and appropriate for business casual environments and outings. Like some other Patagonia items, I would not call this a technical item, but instead a lifestyle piece. It does have a pocket zip and looks like a technical piece, but again, I think it is more appropriate for casual outings in 3 seasons. The colors are very nice, but beware that the Glowing Ember (2012 color) is literally hunter blaze orange with black specks that looks more like it came out of a hunting shop. Being synthetic, it does regulate temperature very well and insulates when wet. Appropriate for the apres ski or post hike festivities with jeans or khakis. Very nice!
thetrailboss at Patagonia on 05/11/2012

Great Winter Sweater

I purchased 3 of the better sweaters as winter approached with the hopes of finding something that I could wear to work and of course, something warm. Needless to say, I am very happy with my purchases. I have been wearing the sweaters for 4 months now and they still look new even after washing and drying. I typically do not dry my Patagonia clothes, but I did this on purpose to try and shrink the sweaters....they run on the larger side especially for Patagonia. That would probably be my only criticism. On the positive side, they are extremely warm and they are not super tech looking. Another reviewer had mentioned that after washing the sweater, there was some pilling, but I have not experienced that. To top it off, my wife wanted one in a discontinued color and Patagonia Customer Service located one for me at a store and had it shipped. Keep up the great work.
Downtown at Patagonia on 03/04/2011

Stuck in between M and L

Five stars for the look, feel, quality of this garment, but I will not be buying it. It doesn't fit. I stopped in at a store to try on the Better Sweater, not sure if I needed a medium or a large. I was wearing a t-shirt under a cotton dress shirt. I'm 6'3", 175, with a 34" arm length from the middle of my neck to my wrist. The medium is nice and trim, and just barely long enough, a bit snug in the shoulder. The large nails it for length in body and sleeve, and it's perfect in the shoulders. But it's far too wide through the body, and swells to a distinctive bell shape at the bottom. If the body on the large were trimmed down this sweater would be a home run. As it is, I'll have to pass. Seems to be the trend out there. Someone needs to invent the medium tall.
ptcinphilly at Patagonia on 10/31/2013

Total Immersion - Top Choice

I find myself in need of simple clothing that can be used in multiple ways. I was looking for an all purpose covering to go over technical base layers, be flexible for sport use, and have the ability to work well in rainy or wet conditions, while still maintaining warmth. I also wanted a reasonable piece that I could wear at dinner, on top of an oxford, that would clean-up well and not have a rumpled look.
I've been impressed with the brest pocket, the venting versitility of a 1/4 zip opening in front, and how well this has held up, and kept me warm in rainy cooler conditions. As we head into the colder months here in North America, I'm going to be counting on this to be an integral part of my layering for working outside, or my daily commute. Less clothes doesn't mean you have to give up clothing yourself well.
Taccisimo at Patagonia on 10/28/2008

Greath comfort and warmth

I am so pleased on the service at NYC SoHo store. Kevin U. .. he asked if I needed help and I did.. saw 4 of these that were not my size (M) on the rack, and he dug one out for me from in back. Feel I need to say thanks to him this way. Now for the 1/4 Zip: It's more of a 1/2 zip given the lengh of the zipper, but that's not a negative, just information. I has the one chest pocket which helps if you wear this as an outer in the Fall, or say to work over a Pima shirt. It's wam over a simple Cap 1 T-shirt, and as a mid-layer under a decent shell (I have a wonderful Reconnassaince soft shell, btw). The inside is fleece, and the outside looks the part of a sweater. As such, perfect.
NYCPatagonianist at Patagonia on 01/02/2010

Great Quality, But Pills Up

I got one of these 1/4 zips back in August, and have worn it at least once a week since then. I'm 6'1" / 175lbs, and I think the fit is very nice - not too bulky, but big enough to go over a couple of layers, even flannel button-ups, etc. I have to agree with some of the other posters that this sweater pills up before you're ready for it to look old. Mine looks like a couple of years after maybe 6 months. Particularly those of you with facial stubble will notice the neck area getting prematurely worn. It doesn't affect the functionality in any way, unless the functionality for you involves your sweater looking like it's brand-new. Still love it, will still recommend it, but perhaps look into making the fabric a bit less pilly if possible Patagonia folks?
donaldlatif at Patagonia on 12/31/2013

Warm, comfortable, durable!

I've bought two of these guys recently, and it is easily the best pullover I own. It's incredibly warm for layering if you're trying to hit the slopes warm but not bulky. I wear mine around just regularly to my classes and around school/home, just because of how soft and comfortable it is. Wish there were some more fun colors out there (read: neon!), but otherwise this pullover is amazing! Fair warning: I'm 6'1", 180lbs, and I decided originally that I wanted a large. It's comfortable for me in the shoulders, but for my next one I ended up getting a medium and that's the one I typically layer with. It's a snugger fit but not tight. My loose one is more ideal for the car rides and stuff, but I find it's a bit too loose for true use.
pyudin at Patagonia on 11/27/2013

Great function, comfortable and warm-awful pilling

This is a great sweater for everyday use, even in semi-formal situations because of the "sweater knit". I would not use it as a technical piece, but it is definitely an everyday sweater that can keep me warm down to 45-50 degrees with a t-shirt. It's extremely comfortably just around town or the living room. The pilling after only a month is pretty bad. Even my sweaters haven't pilled this bad. Not sure the cause of this as I have cared for it even more than the tag indicated. Also, the cut is characteristically loose and boxy. I have seen this as an overall trend with Patagonia and am fairly disappointed. Maybe their new target market is the normal Joe, but for a slimmer, active person, the fit could be (and should be) slimmer.
infrared at Patagonia on 12/19/2012

Awesome all around Sweater.

I think I got the last one in stock a couple of months ago and I had to get it from one of the stores since the website was sold out. That tells you a little something about why this sweater is as good as it is. Patagonia can't seem to keep it in stock because of the demand. It's warm under a shell and very good looking and functional when worn on its own. I am very glad I made this purchase and am looking to get a 2nd one. Can be a little drafty when worn by itself in windy conditions but if this is all you can find wrong with it then you have to be trying very hard to find something wrong. Great piece of clothing!
EAGLESCOUT3 at Patagonia on 02/02/2010

Negative Reviews:


I have been wearing and buying Patagonia clothing starting in the 80's growing up in NorCal. My wife bought this for me as a Christmas gift this last year, not a month later it was balling up and starting to look very worn. I was wearing it two to three times a week over a collard shirt for work. I took it back to the local store I bought it from and she said I had to send it in to be looked at, although she agreed that it did looked worn excessively.
Now the good part, I kept it. It is super comfortable to wear and is very warm, but I have other fleece stuff from Patagonia that is +10yrs old and is holding up better. I will continue to buy Patagonia, just thought I'd let you know.
Floatfly at Patagonia on 03/24/2013

Material on elbows does not wear well

I received this garment as a gift and after about a half dozen times wearing it, the elbows became very "fuzzy" and worn. It had the appearance of being very old. I sent the garment back to Patagonia and they were kind enough to send me another one. Now, after about 3 or 4 times wearing it, I am having the same problem. I am guessing that I shouldn't rest my elbows on the arm of my chair... this is the only thing I can tell that is causing this to happen. Overall, i would not recommend this product if you are in an office setting and resting your arms on your chair while typing... as I am doing right now!
jsmith13 at Patagonia on 02/04/2013


This was purchsed as a gift for my husband. He loved it and wore it frequently. It fit him great. Then, I made him wash it. Reluctantly he complied after checking the fabric care instructions. Wash in warm water, dry in low temperature. Ten minutes into the dry cycle he got nervous and checked it. It had pills all over it. Its no longer wearable for work. Its going back.
Very disappointing, especially for $100.
asdw at Patagonia on 02/01/2009


This sweater is orange. I was looking for a red sweater. I thought that they sent me the wrong color but after double checking the tag, this is in fact what the designers at patigonia consider "red" Of course they want me to pay to ship it back. It would make a great hunting sweater beacuse its.....ORANGE!!!
Schlemie at Patagonia on 03/16/2013

I ordered this for my brother-in-law for skiing in New England. The size Large men's sweater was not close to a 'normal' Large so my busy sister had to go through the hassle of returning this Christmas gift. Bummer...

Good Sister at on 12/26/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Great fleece, but...

This is a great fleece, the outside feels and looks like a knit sweater, while the inside is super soft fleece. The weight is a bit heavier than some of my other fleece pullovers. Based on this, I really wanted to like this fleece more than 3 stars, but my problem is with the fit. I'm 6'2 - 168 lbs - my sleeve length is 36. My problem is that I'm in-between a medium and a large. The body of the medium fits good in terms of the chest and torso area, but the length is about 1-2 inches too short. And the sleeves are also about 1-2 inches too short. So, I tried a large - while the sleeve and body length were perfect; but the chest/torso was way too big. And I mean way too big. If this fleece fit me it would definitely be on of my favorites based on its look, feel, and weight. I recommend trying this fleece - if it fits you, I'm sure you'll love it.
Merritt at Patagonia on 01/20/2013

I wish it was better

When I bought this sweater I loved it. For the first time ever I could wear fleece (comfy and warm) AND have something that looks a little more formal and not so fleece-like. I was in heaven. I've now had it for about 5 or 6 months and maybe washed it half a dozen times and it's beginning to fall apart. It's getting pilly, and threads are coming off. If I had reviewed this item before wearing it for a period of time it would easily have got a 5, but given the cost vs quality of this item, it's getting a 3. I have a LOT of Patagonia gear and love it dearly, but this product is not standing the test of time. I shall return it.
nwbackpacker at Patagonia on 08/06/2009

Disappointing Fit

I've recently picked up 3 Patagonia tops and the fit on this is utterly disappointing compared to the others. I'm 5'11" 170 lbs and bought a medium. Sleeve length - great, chest fit - okay, length - great, waist - awful. Not sure what happened here. The sweater fits well enough in every area but the waist where it fits like a trash bag to the point someone else has commented on it. I briefly tried on a different sweater than the one that I bought and do not remember it fitting like this. Other recent purchase are a capilene 1 top and the down vest. Both of these fit extremely well. Again, not sure what happened with the fit on this one.
Jay1 at Patagonia on 01/05/2012

Pilled and looks old in month

I wanted so badly to love this. I've worn holes in the cuffs of several old Patagonia pullovers. I wear them every day 9 months a year. And I did love it for a month. Then the entire front area pilled up and looks like it's 20 years old. I have nothing odd (e.g. velcro) that I wear over the top that would cause this wear and it hasn't happened with other fleece I own. I think it's the "sweater-knit" that did it. I liked the look for a month. I love the feel, but this one isn't going to last like the old fleece, and it already looks lousy. I wouldn't buy another one like this.
Mudpuppy at Patagonia on 04/06/2012

Better Sweater improvements

As a PSIA customer of Patagonia (first purchasing jackets and Snap-Ts starting in the early 1980s), I own and have owned a lot of your stuff over the years. I find the Better Sweater inferior to the other products which I own for two reasons: first the sleeves are too long and I end up having to roll them up which is not an attractive way to wear the product. Secondly the sleeves need more volume so the product is easier to put on, especially over a denim shirt. You might look at the Snap Ts dimensions, as they fit me much better (I'm a medium).
Scuba at Patagonia on 11/01/2010

Comfy, but could be warmer

Got the grey one via mail order after seeing this and the Better Sweater Jacket in a retail store. I've worn it for about two weeks - not wanted to wash it yet. This is a very comfortable sweater and looks stylish. However, indoors it feels a bit bulky. Outdoors I layered it over one and two shirts and found it not nearly as warm as I expected. Any light breeze penetrates it, but it seems to breathe fairly well to vent excess body heat. So, I would recommend this with caveats, one of them being price - the other is warmth.
Umijin at Patagonia on 11/09/2008

Odd fit

I initially loved this product based on the reviews it received, the pale khaki color, and the seemingly casual yet classy look, but I returned the product as it has a very weird fit. Though the site says it is a regular fit, the bottom of this fleece widens up, which was not at all what I wanted. If you want a more fitting look, this is probably not the best choice for you.
Eugene the Plumber at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2012

Stick with the Snap-T Pullover

The Better Sweater is an attractive, casual garmet that looks great over a button down shirt. It's a stylish fall/winter piece; perfect for a ballgame or casual party. However, the Better Sweater is not as warm as I had hoped it would be. Patagonia's Snap-T pullover is much warmer and almost as stylish (in a throwback sort of way). Date the Better Sweater, but marry the classic Snap-T.
Pete at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 01/01/2010

Interesting Piece

I prefer real knit sweaters because they feel better than this and don't make me look like I shop at rei. Maybe this will grow on me. It seems well made and durable, but I prefer wool sweaters for the money. label is easily removed with a seam ripper. I don't think the chest pocket adds much to this garment and might be better without it.
SteakHolder at Patagonia on 04/08/2011

good idea

i like the warmth and coziness of the sweater but think that the cut is too boxy in the waist. i had to get an xl for the length in the arms but did not need the room in the torso, would be perfect if they made it in a L-long, but i like the idea of having a functional sweater all the same.
Paul1979 at Patagonia on 12/14/2008