Patagonia Men's Down Sweater

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Patagonia Down Sweater -

Patagonia's Down Sweater Jacket packs so much punch into 12 ounces, it will easily become your go-to down jacket this winter. The windproof fabric is jammed with just the right amount of 800 fill down to keep you heated at the core, right where you need it most. The clean, classic style will take you from your favorite coffee shop and straight up into the mountains without a second thought.

- Some of the Patagonia Down Sweaters for Fall 2011 are made with non-recycled fabric. If you receive a non-recycled version of a Down Sweater, the fabric color may vary slightly from the images seen here. Sorry about all of it, and please don't hate us.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Jacket.

Lining and Layers:

  • Regular fit allows for layering and freedom of movement.


  • Quilted construction keeps insulation firmly in place to help maintain warmth
  • Nylon-bound elastic cuffs and drawcord hem seal in warmth, seal out drafts
  • Details include quilted-through construction, lightweight coiled zippers throughout and an interior chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack
  • Quilted construction stabilizes the high-quality down


  • Premium European 800 fill-power goose down insulation is extremely warm, lightweight and compressible

Weather and Wind:

  • DWR finish resists rain, grapple, snow, and coffee spills with equal gusto
  • Ripstop polyester shell is tear-resistant and windproof; Deluge® water-repellent finish causes snow and rain to bead up and roll off
  • Two zippered handwarmer pockets, with Deluge DWR- (durable water repellent) coated zippers
  • Super light, windproof shell fabric with high tear-strength has a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Lock out even more cold and wind with the dual-adjust drawcord hem


  • Zippered stretch mesh stuff-sack pocket with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop
  • Stuffs into its own zippered stretch-mesh pocket to help save space


  • Import.
  • Made in Vietnam and China.


  • Recyclable through the Patagonia Common Threads Recycling Program.
  • Avg. wt. 12.1 oz.
Christy Sports (2013)

Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket - Men's: Ultralight, windproof and toasty warm, the Down Sweater is highly compressible insulation with a 100% recycled polyester shell; ideal as a midlayer or as outerwear in chilly climates.
Shaded late-fall belays in the Valley, predawn starts in the Canadian Rockies and hut tours in the High Sierra: Anywhere it’s brisk, the Down Sweater delivers featherweight, superbly compressible high-loft warmth. The polyester ripstop shell with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish does more than look sharp; it's tear-resistant, windproof and made from 100% polyester. Details include top-quality 800-fill-power goose down, a quilted-through construction, two exterior zippered pockets and a stretch-mesh interior chest pocket that doubles as a zippered stuff sack and has a carabiner clip-in loop. Nylon-bound elastic cuffs and drawcord hem seal in warmth.
Superlight, windproof shell has high tear-strength and is treated with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
Quilted construction stabilizes 800-fill-power premium European goose down.
External pockets: Two handwarmers with Deluge DWR-coated zippers.
Zippered stretch mesh stuff-sack pocket with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop.
Nylon-bound elastic cuffs and drawcord hem seal in warmth, seal out drafts.
Shell and lining: 1.4-oz 22-denier 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation: 800-fill-power premium European goose down.
343 g (12.1 oz)
Made in Vietnam and China.
Recycled Polyester.
We recycle used soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.
Deluge DWR
Patagonia’s proprietary durable water repellent fabric finish, Deluge DWR, lasts substantially longer than standard DWRs. Garments with the Deluge DWR finish have like-new repellency after years of extensive use.

Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Men's Down Sweater by Patagonia is an ultralight jacket with highly compressible down insulation and a windproof shell for cold mountain pursuits.
There's much to see 14,000 feet up at the Chasm View bivy: a vertigo-inducing panorama of the Diamond and alpenglow over the Rockies. There's also chilly air in any season, and that's where Patagonia's Down Sweater comes in. It delivers minimal weight, superb compressibility and high-loft warmth. The ripstop shell (1.4-oz 22-denier) with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish does more than look sharp: It's tear-resistant and windproof and made from 100% all-recycled polyester. Details include top-quality 800-fill-power goose down, a quilted-through construction, two exterior zippered pockets, a stretch-mesh interior chest pocket that doubles as a zippered stuff sack and a carabiner clip-in loop. Drawcord hem.
The Men’s Down Sweater gets down to the fundamentals when it comes to curbing the cold. Ultralight and compressible 800-fill-power premium goose down is held in place with a quilted construction to ensure an even distribution of warmth that can only be described as divine. Time to get down to business! The ability to compress into its stretch mesh stuffsack pocket make the Patagonia Down Sweater a must when packing for extended trips into colder climates. Its durable, windproof fabric is coated with a water-resistant Deluge DWR finish to further fortify this fortress amidst rugged terrains when the weather turns against you. But if you’re just looking to conquer the concrete on a brisk winter day in the city, the Down Sweater does more than warm the soul, it emits a sophisticated style that resonates.

Berg's Ski Shop
Patagonia's Down Sweater is the jacket you see around town. Your buddy wears their's all the time. Water resistant, 100% Polyester shell, high quality 800 fill down, great colors. 12.1 oz means you hardly know you're wearing the jacket, but can feel its warmth. Patagonia didn't skimp on the details; zippered hand warmer pockets, interior pockets and elastic cuffs and hem drawcord keep the heat in. Wear it around town, climbing, hiking, skiing. As an outer shell on cool days, or midlayer on frigid ones. The Down Sweater from Patagonia will become a day to day staple that you won't leave home without.

Prepare to face any cold, biting wind head-on in the Patagonia Down Sweater. Extremely light and far from cumbersome, this windproof jacket seals in heat and provides a warm retreat from the harsh elements of winter. The 100% polyester ripstop material tear-resistant, snow-shedding and windproof, keeping the user in good spirits on even the most dismal days. The Deluge DWR finish protects in light showers and the 800-fill European goose down offers super compressible warmth. Along with the primary focus, this sweater includes zippered exterior and interior pockets, drawcord hem and elastic cuffs to eliminate any exposure to wind and cold. Ideal as a midlayer or as outerwear in chilly climates.

Lightweight and windproof, the Patagonia Men's Down Sweater is warm, highly compressible down insulation and can be worn as a midlayer or outerwear in cold climates. Springtime shaded belays at the Creek, predawn starts in the Canadian Rockies and hut tours in the High Sierra - anyplace brisk, the Down Sweater delivers minimal weight, superb compressibility and high-loft warmth. The ripstop shell with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish does more than look sharp; it's tear-resistant and windproof.

Backcountry Edge (closeout)

The Patagonia Men’s Down Sweater utilizes featherweight 800 fill-power goose down to deliver reliable warmth for everything from backpacking to climbing to around town use. A durable water repellent finish offers weather-resistance.
Alpine starts can be daunting, but when you’re breaking camp on summit day, you can always take a little bit of your warm sleeping bag with you if you have Patagonia’s ultralight Down Sweater Jacket in your pack. Layer a weatherproof shell over the Sweater when the snow rolls in, and then wear this jacket on its own when you’re back, safe and sound, in your hometown.

Mountain Gear
Never be without an extra layer of down warmth, no matter where you are - carry Patagonia's ultralight Down Sweater when cold weather is a possibility.

Appalachain Outdoors
The Down Sweater from Patagonia keeps you warm while you're tackling your favorite outdoor activities. Wear it as a mid layer or outerwear depending on the conditions.

Frosty mornings, crisp evenings and brisk mountain air all suit the Patagonia Down Sweater.


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Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):25 inches
Battery Heated:No
Breathability:No Breathability
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Exterior Material:100% Recycled Polyester Ripstop with a Deluge DWR Finish
External Pockets:Two handwarmers with Deluge DWR-coated zippers
Fabric:Shell and lining: 1.4-oz 20-denier 100% polyester ripstop with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
Fabrics/Materials:1.4-oz 22-denier 100% recycled polyester ripstop
Fit:Regular Fit
Insulation:800-fill-power premium European goose down
Insulation Material:Goose Down
Insulation Type:Down
Insulation Weight:800-Fill
Internal pocket:one zippered stretch-mesh that doubles as a stuff sack with carabiner clip-in loop
Item Weight:12.1 oz
Material:1.4-oz 22-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester Ripstop with a Deluge DWR (Durable Water Repellent) Finish
Model #:84673 FGE M
Number of Pockets:3
Other:Packs into Inside Pocket
Pockets:two zippered handwarmers, one zippered stretch-mesh that doubles as a stuff sack with carabiner clip-in loop
Recommended Use:Hiking/Backpacking/Skiing/Climbing
Shell Material:100% Recycled Polyester
Shell and lining:1.4-oz 22-denier 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation
Shell fabric:Ripstop polyester
Shell lining fabric:Polyester
Taped Seams:None
Technologies:[eFibers, Deluge DWR]
Type:Insulated Jacket
Type of Waterproofing:Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
Warranty:Lifetime Limited
Waterproof Zippers:No
Waterproofing :Water-resistant
Weight:(12.1 oz) 343 g
Wind Protection:Yes
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Patagonia Down Sweater vs. Marmot Zeus

The title invokes a showdown but it really shouldn't be. Both products bring excellent quality to the outdoorsmen, hiker, backpacker, and others depending their activities. So I have spent 45 of my, eh eh, years in the outdoors going back to my early days as Boy Scout in the 1960s and three decades as a scoutmaster and an scout adult leader. Next to hydration, I learned my first and most important lessons in BSA about how to stay both warm and dry. Yeah BSA! This critique and these coats are very much about warm and dry so here it goes.

Both jackets have their advantages. Sometimes the advantages are so subtle the casual buyer will never know the difference. Others differences may be important depending on your time and place in the outdoors or around town. I am going to talk about six different qualities that make a difference; warmth and weight, water & wind resistance, looks and fit. Ninety-five percent of us will have specific interest in those categories. Both coats have excellent construction.

Warmth and weight: Both down coats are excellent here because we are not talking about real, real cold, as in Alaska winter cold or consistent sub zero. However, if you are living in an area where temperatures drop significantly in the evening below freezing, the Zeus edges out the Pat. Both have great designs regarding warmth and both are 800 down fill quality, which is very, very cool. This means excellent loft and weight qualities (this translates into more warmth for fill, less weight, and excellent compressibility.) The Pat down sweater will do very well if you have a shell, which you should in very cold, (freezing point and below), wet environments, or a combination of the two and especially with wind. In those conditions either coat should have a shell for backup. While both the Zeus and Pat have very good collars around the neck, the Zeus has a warmer design for the neck with less but more voluminous baffles, but that comes with a tradeoff. I will discuss that soon. Both coats have good length but the Zeus is a little longer and on cold days on ski slopes it is a better middle liner between the shell and the garment below the coat. If I am going on an extended backpack trip I will mostly reach for the Zeus. If it is weight your concerned about, that should not make a difference between these two excellent coats. While the Zeus is a little bit heavier it still compresses nice and the difference is too small to change my mind. The Pat is a little more compressible and they both make nice warm pillows at night on that backpacking trip. The Pat has some subtle advantages on summer backpack trips with cool nights.

Water & wind resistance: Ok, we are talking about down and water here. We know they do not do well together when exposed to each other and both manufactures will generously tell you should have a waterproof breathable shell if you think rain is in the cards. So true! The Pat says, "The Deluge® water-repellent finish causes snow and rain to bead up and roll off." The Zeus says, "The Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish causes water to bead up and roll off." Well, "sort of" in both cases. After a few months of use I have found that both coats don't bead up as well and allow the droplets to fall off. They are definitely better than other comparable down garments because of the surface treatment and construction but don't leave home without the shell if you really think it is going to rain and get cold. Wind resistance; for down coats both do well here. Remember that wind pressure looks for voids in the garment; do pull the waist band before making the comparison. I would probably go with the Pat here but both are better than other garments with similar designs. Either way it is about six's again.

Looks and fit: Remember the tradeoff? Well here it goes. Ok we are the outdoor type and we are not so vain, wrong! Looks does count when it comes to wearing cloths casually, going to work, visits on cold days, hitting the ski slopes, and just wanting to be warm around town or short hikes. Hands down, the Patagonia down sweater is a better looking garment. My scouts and youth groups have a term for the Zeus; "it has a bit of the Michelin Man look," highly functional, but the Michelin Man look. I am in the outdoors for my work a great deal of the time in- and around- rivers with streambed material and survey equipment. The black fly larvae attached to river cobbles has the Michelin Man look in a light gargoyle color, with a touch of light brown. Fit has a lot to do with feel. The Pat down sweater feels very good and fits my frame well. Zeus is nice too but the Pat fit edges out the Zeus.

When you are walking up the East Slope of the South Sister on a cold windy day, looks doesn't really matter and the Zeus has a really cool angle wing cut in the upper arms for flexibility and comfort. Going out to dinner on a cold evening, hitting the ski slopes, or a short hike may make the difference on which coat you choose. The Pat has a nicer fit and it is a better looking coat. Having said that, the Zeus is still an attractive choice and so many of us have different upper body types that may feel and look good in the Zeus or the Pat. For me, I really like the Pat fit, and yes, even the looks of the Pat down sweater.

Ok, there is a reason I have both coats and that is because they are both excellent products and you can hardly go wrong choosing one or the other. For me, it depends on where I am going that day as to which one I will reach for. There is no such thing as a 4.5 on this scale but that is what both of them are to me. That means excellent use, value, looks, and overall functionality. There are just a few things that would make either coat a 4.9. Is there really such a thing as 5.0? No, but there is rounding up or down.
Rivergriz at REI on 02/02/2012

A New Favorite

This is an amazing piece of gear. I am very particular about what jackets I rely on and for years reached for one or another Arc Teryx soft shell to suit my needs. But I had been looking, for some time, for a light, down, extremely compressible jacket that provides greater warmth than a soft shell. I did not need to look any further than the M's Down Sweater. Backed by the Patagonia reputation for quality, this great, extremely versatile jacket seems to be on me almost every day, in some fashion, whether the thermometer reads 25 or 50. I have abandoned my $1K, tailor-made overcoat and replaced it with the M's Down Sweater as my go-to-work winter garb. Instead of reaching for a sweatshirt when going out in the yard to play with my three year old, I reach for this, knowing it is durable, light, and easy to move around in. As long as I travel to anywhere there is liable to be a chill, this will be in my bag, since it costs nothing in space and weight. I am 5'9" 190 lbs and the large fits perfectly. In fact I could easily wear a thick fleece beneath it as well as a shell over it (together) making it a formidable layering option. I got the alpha green, which is the same color as the US Army ACU green (fleece) so those who are downrange could easily wear this under their ACUs for extra warmth. Special Forces could even wear it on top since they don't mind getting yelled at for being out of regulation. For me, living in Tokyo, the most important aspect is that it is so compact. You can wear it while commuting, take it off in the train, stuff it into a small backpack or camera bag, and enjoy the ride in comfort; it is that easy to get in and out of. I could gush on for hours about this jacket. Suffice it to say, I love it, and am certain that anyone who lays out the $200 for it will as well. Considering what 200 bucks buys these days, once you get this baby out of the box and slide into it you will realize what a value it is. Those on the fence about getting the M's or W's Down Jacket need to get off. Buy it, you won't regret it. This is my first jacket review, and seeing as I will probably keep an M's Down Sweater in my inventory for the rest of my life, it may well be my last.
Anonymous at Patagonia on 01/15/2011

Wonderful Warmth, fickle fit...

This is perhaps the best coat I'll ever own, because of it's warmth, convenient light-weight and durability. I fear getting the jacket wet, so I also bought Patagonia's Rain Shadow jacket, and the two together are a real power team...! Here in flat, open Columbus Ohio, the cold wind is merciless... but I don't feel a lick of it when I wear these two jackets together. Even alone, the down sweater provides sufficient protection from the wind. With a hooded sweatshirt underneath the down sweater, or even just a t-shirt, I find it to be perfectly warm (and I am ALWAYS cold). What I like best about the down sweater is that I can wear it inside, too, because it vents well when it's unzipped.

I am built a lot like a giraffe... tall and skinny... and the down sweater is not the perfect fit for me. The jacket is designed to have a "regular fit," which for the "regular" person would allow room for a hooded sweatshirt or any sweater underneath... but for me, "regular fit" means I could fit seven more of Me in the coat. I considered buying the First Ascent down jacket that is of similar quality, because it is "form fitting." I feel like it would be warmer if it's closer to the torso. I decided on the Patagonia because 1) they had the color I wanted, 2) it's a brand I know I can trust and 3) I think it folds up even smaller than the First Ascent. Surprisingly, the sleeves on the Patagonia down sweater are long enough for me, which is rare. I describe the fit as "too small" because I would make the jacket a little bit longer in the trunk, but that's considering that I'm built like Gumby. Most people wouldn't think it's too small.

To summarize, I highly recommend the down sweater. I'm using it right now as a winter coat (averaging 2 shirts underneath, or a sweatshirt on single-digit days, and always a knit hat), and I imagine it will be the perfect early spring/late fall jacket with only a t-shirt underneath.

However, I would only buy this as an everyday jacket if you will have a hard-shell/rain coat on-hand... i.e. I keep mine in my backpack, or I just wear it. If it starts raining really hard, the water-proof coating on this down sweater wouldn't protect the down feathers. (I highly recommend Patagonia's Rain Shadow as a good, lightweight, waterproof exterior shell.)
The Cold College Kid at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 02/02/2010

A Solid Product

As a winter sports professional, I use this item in a variety of conditions. It is a typically well manufactured and solid Patagonia product, better, though not exceptionally so, than all of its competition in either down or synthetic fill. I find it to be at its best as a mid layer. The fit (and I chose it for fit over several other, similar pieces) is somewhat baggy through the torso on me (5' 10" / 150 lbs) to be a good outer layer without a sweater, sweatshiirt underneath to make up for the open airspace. I've worn it in combinations with a Patagonia Better Sweater (@ 20 - 30 deg. F, warm and toasty), a uniform sweatshirt (@ 40 - 50 deg. F, just fine), under a Marmot Precip (@ 50+ deg. F w/drizzle, just fine) and over just a T shirt (@ 60+ deg. F, just fine). Some of my colleagues that have both this and the Patagonia Nano Puff prefer the Nano Puff, though that seems to be more of a "keeping it dry" preference. All agree that the Down Sweater is the warmer, though only slightly, of the two. I haven't had a problem keeping it dry, but have never had it out in real rain. It is a very popular item with my colleagues and most wear it as an outer layer in mild winter conditions. It seems to "breath" well without any internal condensation build up and it does compress to a small ball (I am not 100% sure if the internal pocket is designed to be a reversable stuff sack, when I tried to use it in this manner, it seemed really a tight fit). It does leak a little down, but there isn't any noticible problem here other than the odd feather on my sweater or shirt. You can definitely do worse than this product and it certainly works as advertised.
SkiingJohn at Patagonia on 03/23/2012

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.

rco3954870 at on 01/27/2014

Best single piece of clothing that I own

This is the single best piece of clothing that I own. I bought mine 5 years ago for a very cold DC weather system that I was unprepared for, being from Southern California. It did the job and still looks new after multiple seasons of wear. I've worn it as a layering piece for camping/hiking, as my main jacket while hanging out after snowboarding, packed away and deployed as a layering piece in variable city weather, and as an all around fall/spring jacket. I've taken it traveling all over the world and it is my go to piece. I almost always have it with me if its too cold for me to wear just a t-shirt. Unbelievably warm for its weight and thickness, the design is classic and it does everything you want and nothing you don't. It packs away into its own pouch down to a really small size, perfect for throwing in your backpack or messenger bag on the way to work. The zipper has never failed on me. If the teeth get "off" it is really easy to unzip and reset. This is a big deal, for me. The elastic around the cuffs is perfect for keeping the warm, insulated air in, and the drawstring around the waist also does a great job of keeping drafts out. I love this jacket. I can see myself owning it for another 20+ years. I've converted a lot of friends to this piece, and they all love it. Do yourself a favor and pick one up. Just make sure you get a good fit, as the bottom of the jacket will sit right at your hips (your real hips, not at your butt) when the cuffs are the appropriate length. Anything bigger and you will not be able to get maximum warmth from this baby.
philodox at Patagonia on 12/07/2013

Awesome backpacking jacket

This jacket is awesome and is probably the warmest item of clothing I own, per ounce. I say "per ounce" because you should consider how much this jacket weighs and not expect miracles. It weighs 11 or so ounces and there *are* limits to the performance of such a garment.

In my opinion, this is the perfect 3 season backpacking jacket to keep you warm at camp. It's not a hiking jacket as it's not terribly breathable and compressed and/or wet down doesn't insulate so if you get sweaty (on your back for example) the jacket will be useless. Use a fleece or a thicker baselayer if you're going to hike in cold conditions.

To give an idea of warmth, I'm a fairly warm bodied male and will wear this in temperatures down to 35/40 degrees with a Patagonia Capilene 4 baselayer, which is the warmest baselayer they sell. Below that and you'll need to be hopping around to keep warm, or put on additional layers like a hard shell to keep the warmth in.

It's also not terribly durable, which again is expected given the weight of the garment. So if you get too close the fire you'll probably eventually burn a little hole in it. REI sells a really nice nylon patch kit that's like a very strong scotch tape and that has worked perfectly to cover the little hole I got. I was mortified when it happened, but 10 minutes of deep sobbing really got it out of me and I was a new man. Party on.
nwbackpacker at REI on 09/09/2008

Incredible Jacket

This jacket is as close to perfection as you could come. It is exactly like the description say it is and it is as good as everyone says it is in the other reviews. Most of the time I can't believe how warm it is and yet it's so "extremely light",warm and unbelievably good looking for a "down" jacket.. I live in Beijing, China and the winters are very cold. I have worn this in all kinds of conditions as insulation and as a all around jacket. The later is incredible because it seems to be perfect for a very large temperature range. From a little cool to just plain cold. When it gets really cold I wear it as a insulation (it's perfect for that because the cut is nice and trim and doesn't bulk up inside of a jacket..) or put something inside (it's perfect for that because the jacket is expands easily in the sleeves and torso but still looks good when you wear something underneath)
Everyone is always talking about how great technically Patagonia is and how long the clothes last (I have an original rain jacket that I bought in 1988 and it's still holding up......) and both things are true.
But the bottom line for me is that I HAVE TO LOOK GOOD ha ha ha ha....and the Down Sweater makes me look ike a movie star...........!
wesleywongphoto at Patagonia on 10/23/2009

An excellent, and extremely comfy piece

This is, for the weight, a very warm jacket. I wear the coat all the time and it has held up well. I live in Alaska and have seen some cold weather while in this thing. With a light fleece on underneath it I have been comfy while the temp is 32 degrees F and with a base layer and heaver fleece I have stayed warm while out in 0 degrees F, both of these times I wasn't very active. I have taken it dog sledding and been drug along a frozen river, it has had the sleeves drenched while deep sea fishing in the pouring rain, it has kept me warm while my car warms up on the way to college. It also works great as a pillow. It keeps the wind off well and is pretty durable for its weight, none the less I would recommend trying to avoid abrasive surfaces and sharp objects. It does dry out decently quickly but if soaked it will lose its insulating properties because its down. Additionally, just like anything else made of lightweight nylon, avoid fire and really hot objects like the plague, unless you like holes in your jacket. Overall I love this jacket and will buy another one when this one goes, just make sure you don't abuse the jacket too much and it will last you a while.
IloveAK at REI on 10/10/2013

Light and Comforable

I've been looking and researching jackets for a while and I knew that I wanted something light and filled with down. I have the Patagnioa Slingshot Vest and love it so I thought I would purchase one of there jackets as well. I have been very happy thus far. I love that it is very light and breathable. I typically cannot stand to wear winter coats or jackets but you seriously cannot even tell this one is on. I even drove in it the other day and did not bother me. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for something that is warm, light and high quality. I know that Patagnioa can be a bit high in price but I am a firm believer in "you get what you pay for". Prior to this jacket I purchased a very similar one by one of the "Surf/Skate" brands that is very popular and I returned it after only a few days because of the poor quality. If you are thinking about it I would say just go ahead and get it. The only thing I am still questioning is not getting the hood. I feel that I would like the hood but at the same time it will add to the bulk of the jacket.
frankybones at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2013

Negative Reviews:

Sizing guide is inaccurate, fit is huge

Ordered online and just got it in the mail today, the fit is totally inaccurate. I had to double-check the size (medium), and then came here again to double-check the size chart (I am on the bigger end of a medium recommendation) to make sure I didn't somehow miss something obvious... I suppose it is remotely conceivable my tag was mislabeled but how likely is that?

This may help others ordering online so here's the situation: I am 6'3 with an athletic/slim build, I wear a size 40-42 jacket and have a 32-34 waist depending on brand. Accordingly, I ordered a size medium (I was actually concerned this would be too small, LOL!) which they claim is for 39-41 chest and 31-33 waist. Well, it arrived and the "Medium" is basically an XL fit for about a 50" chest or a 56" gut - yes it is that "generous". Sure it has some cinch cords on the side to tighten up the waist, but all that does is tighten the very bottom while puffing out the hugely roomy boxy chest and gut region, which basically makes you look like a brightly colored Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

The abnormally roomy sizing is completely unique to this jacket, I have other 'regular' fit Patagonia gear in size medium and it's actually a bit too tight, and I have 'slim' fit Patagonia gear in large and it's perfectly snug.

I do not recommend buying this without trying it on in a store. The arm length prevents ordering a size (or two) smaller than usual. Maybe Patagonia will at least follow their own size chart in the future?
ryan the adventurer at REI on 11/11/2013

Dont know where this fits...

It should simply have better fill power. Something between the Fitz Roy and what the Down Sweater currently is. Not warm enough over the Nano Puff to justify it's existence in it's current form. I'm not ever going to chose down over Primaloft in a technical piece if they are going to achieve the same thing. Ive suffered the misery that is -- wet down. Marmot has a down jacket called the Zeus, which is exactly what this jacket should be. Unfortunately, it suffers from what most down jackets suffer from these days, and that is poor build quality and a fabric that is ultimately not 'down proof'. My Down Sweater developed a small hole the 2nd day I had it, before I had even decided if I wanted to keep it. And upon examining the contents that were poking out, I was not happy to find large, full feathers. And that was followed by discovering another large feather poking me in the arm. Im talking 3-4 inches. That made the decision easy. It went back. In summary: this is nothing more than a down version of the Nano Puff when it comes to keeping you warm. Certainly fashionable, but not worth the headache. And the new colors are awful. Rockwall should be a staple. Something unique to Patagonia. Great alternative to black.
mrgoodkat at Patagonia on 02/04/2011


Amazing jacket with one drawback. Really, really fragile. I've bought many down sweaters over the years but they never last more than two years. I finally gave up and went with the ultralight down sweater. Much more durable but I like the fit of the original down sweater better. I give this jacket 1 star because there is no point of buying a Patagonia product if it isn't durable. The limited edition version, however is a different story. I should have bought it when I had the chance.
fromBC at Patagonia on 08/20/2013

Men's Down Sweater

I really liked the weight of the jacket, the packability, and the color. I didn't like the fit. It was huge in the torso but fit my shoulders well. I feel like I'm a pretty average size large- 180 pounds, 6 feet tall. It seemed like I could gain about 20 lbs. Seems like I need a medium and a half?
I have the same problem with my Figure 4 jacket too. The sleeve length and shoulders are good but the torso is huge.
Surlymonkey at Patagonia on 01/16/2009


I love all things Patagonia, but this sweater has been a big disappointment. It looks great and is the perfect weight, but it doesn't stand up to everyday wear. The shell is just too thin and picks too easily. I've had the sweater for less than a month, and there's already 4 holes where the down is poking through.
Anonymous at Patagonia on 01/31/2011

Disappointed a bit

Ordered the bally blue from the site and must say that it looked much better online than in person. The fit on the arms was lossy with my usual large size. The product looked a bit cheaply finished. Nonetheless I love Patagonia and love the other stuff I own from the company. My favorite is my chacubuco pack.
SassDiop at Patagonia on 04/15/2011

not good as expected

smell terrible,even a little stink even make me feel that it couldn't be so-called 800-fill goose down,compare to my other marmot down vest,it's doesn't meet my expectation. what's worse,I've already sent it to china, so it's too trouble to return it to REI. I only hope it will smell better after long time ventilation.
garylee at REI on 04/04/2012


Had the sweater just 2 days before it got wrecked. Was standing around a bonfire (not very close) and unseen sparks apparently burned a dozen small holes in the nylon. Feathers are now going anywhere and it's unwearable as is. Be VERY careful with warm temps on this expensive item...! :-(
Dynarace at Patagonia on 01/14/2011

Warm, but Disappointing

The sweater is warm and comfortable. But as a skier I usually carry a backpack and/or skis. This jacket has worn out in the shoulders after less than a month of use. I am very disappointed in this item.
Ski726 at Patagonia on 02/19/2011

Bad size options for tall lean people.

The large was too big in the chest and stomach and the medium was too small in the shoulders. Patagonia should make this coat in a slim option for lean people.
Paul Grant at REI on 04/04/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Warm! Quality? - eh.

I love this sweater. It makes an excellent layering element when in the back country and works great as a light jacket around the house or running errands. It was great backpacking to cut the chill on those late autumn mornings and evenings. It is not a true jacket so don't expect it to shed water or the wind, it won't. It does make a very warm thermal layer, not too bulky and exceptionally light weight.

I chose the autumn leaf in high vis yellow.

But ... the quality has been less than I have come to expect from Patagonia. Within the first couple weeks of wear some of the stitching between the arm panels started to come undone. A couple of weeks later the elastic bunting around the wrist started to fray and come undone.

REI happily exchanged it for another, but even the sales person noted that the stitching around the sleave of the new sweater was puckered and not as clean as it should be.

Patagonia, I hope you are listening. I love your outdoor clothing and willing to pay the extra price, but only if you maintain your high standards of quality and durability.
Kayakin at REI on 11/11/2010

Ok for shorter people

This jacket is light and relatively warm. It is good for temperatures into the 50's with layers underneath. The quilted construction lets too much wind and cold in for anything lower than that. The water repellent finish is worthless after 1 wash. The cut is very boxy and short. I'm 6ft 175lbs and the medium fits me perfectly width wise but its way too short. Large is barely long enough but too huge.. There are no tall sizes like other brands. It is labeled as regular fit but the arms are cut huge. There doesn't seem to be any size consistency between different products with the same cut to make sizing easy. I have the large hi loft down jacket that is a regular fit and the sleeves of this down sweater are a full 1" wider laying flat! That is 2" larger in diameter! (See attached photo) I would think the hi loft jacket would have wider sleeves. This is what gives it the boxy look. Another thing is it really leaks down. Love the weight and design, and if you are under 5' 11" with large arms than this jacket will fit well.
need2getoutmore at Patagonia on 01/28/2013

comfortable, warm, recommended

This 'jacket' is as warm or warmer than any fleece. Its very light and unlike a fleece with comparable warmth it can be easily stuffed into a backpack and you can't even tell its in there. And I also prefer this jacket over a fleece because it slides on. (If I'm wearing sleeves underneath, I don't like peeling a fleece off, or grabbing my sleeve to put one on.)
I'm kind of in-between sizes and I wish the large had longer sleeves. (The XL is too roomy in the midsection.)
The collar on this jacket could be higher. Its lower than most other similar jackets and fleeces. And the low collar is actually what keeps me from wearing this jacket on very cold days when I could use it as a top layer. (If you like wearing a scarf, ignore this point.)
Finally, the jacket is lightweight, minimal, and stuffable, but the zipper is tiny and there's no guard to keep the zipper from getting stuck. You have to be very careful zipping any of the zippers.
There are pros and cons to this jacket but I recommend it for what it is.
4SeasonBikeCommuter at Patagonia on 09/12/2008

Great for the weight

For many people, this could easily become a must have piece. It is very warm for the weight and layers fabulously. My main negative reaction is the cut, which is very "boxy". If you are chubby or short and thick, then this will fit fine. Being a "sweater" rather than a parka or jacket, it should fit closer through the chest and across the gut. On my frame it looks very bulky.
I only live in the mountains, 24/7/365 and I really prefer the excellent Regulator jackets as the best layering pieces. They last longer, wash easier and are more useful over a wider range of temperatures. For example, this Down Sweater is not something you would want to wear when hiking up a trail with a pack on or when doing any strenuous work. For getting warm at base camp, it is totally great and it blocks wind fantastically but is not very breathable and certainly does not wick.
Hermit at Patagonia on 08/08/2009

Micro Puff Over Down Sweater

I worked in the backcountry of Yellowstone for many years and used a micro puff for the many negative 30+ degree days. I wore it so much that I had a few slight tears in it. I returned it to Patagonia in hopes of repairing the tears. Unfortunately, it couldn't be repaired so they sent me a gift card and I decided to replace the micro puff with the down sweater. I was much happier with my micro puff as far as temperature control and the puff kept me much warmer in the frigid temps. In short, the sweater looks great but as far as functionality, I'd go with the micro puff. I'll be purchasing the puff for outdoor use and the sweater will stay as just a sweater.
toot at Patagonia on 01/26/2009


I bought this Down Sweater, as both my Mother and Wife have the women's version which is functional as well as quite stylish. The Mens version is cut a bit too square and I had to exchange to a Medium Size (I am 5'11" 185lbs ) as the body in the larger version had way to much room. Its a great piece of gear with the correct amount of Loft, but Patagonia should have the piece cut into a slim fit as its a DOWN SWEATER, not a Jacket. As a mid layer you would be hard pressed to get it to fit with out any extra bulkiness under a shell.
Good Gear, just get the correct size, or one size smaller.
zuns at Patagonia on 02/25/2012

Lightweight vs durability

While I am thankful for the warmth of such a small and lightweight package, the zippers in this genre of jackets (as well as most everything in the micropuff series that I have ever owned, like my micropuff vest and hoody) continue to be the the first thing to fail, way too early for the price and life of the garment. The small plastic teeth don't seem to hold up, and pretty soon a few get chewed or bent and the whole zipper wont stay closed, or pulls out without much tug. It would be nice to put more durable ones on, even if it makes it heavier and unable to pack down quite as small.
Anonymous at Patagonia on 10/18/2009

It's okay

I'm just going to say the Pat down sweater is just okay. Nothing uber great about this down sweater other than the Patagonia name on it. It's a little over priced at $200 MSRP but if you watch [@] they will blow out the discontinued colors 2 times a year up to 50% off. I paid [$] for mine and [$] for my wife's Pat down sweaer. I would like to see some hand warmer lined pockets and the collar lined as well. My buddy has the Eddie Bauer downlight sweater which I feel it a better fit, has hand warmer pockets, better down loft and cheaper MSRP at $179.
MikeyB at REI on 09/09/2011

great, can be improved

I am a huge fan of the patagonia gear and I have found great pleasure in nearly everything I have ever bought from this company. I absolutely love the down sweater and it makes me wonder how I went this long in my life without owning one. Unfortunately, I have to ask you to please make it stronger. I know that it is a lightweight garment, but it is just too delicate. Im always afraid I'm going to rip it and daily i have little feathers slipping out. Maybe you could still have this model and then introduce a more rugged one that uses a two layer shell.
jayem at Patagonia on 12/09/2008

Improve the seams!

I really want to love this sweater/jacket. It's incredibly warm and very light. There's just one flaw with it. The down feathers sometimes come out of the seams in the jacket. And the jacket's brand new. I should add I returned the jacket immediately when this first started happening. The second jacket does the exact same thing. My advice? Be very gentle with this jacket, which is basically a goose down inner layer. It will keep you warm - if it can keep itself together.
kjr1969 at Patagonia on 02/12/2011