Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest

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Patagonia Down Sweater Vest
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Patagonia Down Sweater Vest -

Men's Down Sweater Vest by Patagonia is an ultra premium alternative. Wear this and be warm. I like this for layering under a shell when I go skiing. Even better for cool nights while backpacking and chilling after dinner. Made for high altitude, low attitude. Well, I need an attitude adjustment I've been told. More than once. Either way, the Down Sweater Vest is a great piece of Patagonia.

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


  • Details include quilted-through construction, elastic binding at armholes and drawcord hem
  • Quilted construction stabilizes the down
  • Ultralight, windproof and water-resistant polyester shell has high-tear strength and resists abrasion
  • Adjustable drawcord hem seals in warmth
  • Quilted construction keeps insulation firmly in place to help maintain warmth


  • Highly compressible 800-fill down insulation means this vest can be worn as your outer layer in mild winter weather, and the slim fit makes it easy to layer a weatherproof shell on top of the vest in cold and wet climates
  • Premium European 800-fill-power goose down insulation is extremely warm, lightweight and compressible

Weather and Wind:

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


  • Includes 2 zippered handwarmer pockets and a stretch mesh interior chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack, with carabiner clip-in loop
  • Stuffs into its own zippered stretch-mesh pocket to help save space
  • Updated center-front zipper for improved durability


  • Made in Vietnam.
  • Import.
Rocky Mountain Trail

The Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest is ultralight, highly efficient, and has compressible down insulation for core warmth.
Impossible to confuse with the sweater vests found at golf courses and bingo parlors, the Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest comes packed with ultra-toasty 800-fill down that traps heat in alpine conditions. It has a minimalist design that practically floats and so compact it stuffs into its own mesh-lined internal pocket (with carabiner clip-in loop). The innovative, super light, polyester shell (100% recycled) provides wind and water protection; as well as high tear-strength and quilting that stabilizes the down. With zippered handwarmer pockets and a drawcord hem.

The trend for down vests may overhype this item, but fear not because the Patagonia Down Sweater Vest delivers on such a level that you’ll never have to fear disappointment. Build with nothing but quality and performance in mind, this vest features 100% polyester material coated with Deluge DWR to keep it dry in any water, while the 800 fill power premium European goose down keeps you warm inside it. Smaller details like elastic binding and a drawcord hem round out the Down Sweater Vest as one of the best clothing options any woman can hope to find.


The Patagonia Down Sweater Vest for Men brings outerwear back to its roots. Combining practicality and performance, the basic design is compact and can fit back into its own pocket making it an ideal travel piece for any outdoor adventure. The external shell is finished in Deluge DWR creating versatile layering options. This down vest seals in warmth and will leave you ready to tackle the elements.

Backcountry Edge

The Patagonia Men’s Down Sweater Vest utilizes premium 800 fill-power European goose down to deliver reliable and lightweight core warmth for a variety of cold weather activities. A durable water repellent finish offers weather-resistance.


Impossible to confuse with sweater vests found at golf courses and bingo parlors, this Patagonia down vest comes packed with ultra-toasty down that traps heat for use in in alpine conditions.

Round out your backcountry wardrobe with the super-versatile and always-stylin’ Patagonia Down Sweater Vest. This insulated vest fits right into your backcountry layering system and won’t object if you take it straight from the trail to the main-street café.

Appalachain Outdoors
Don't let the chilly weather keep you from enjoying your favorite adventures. The men's Down Sweater Vest from Patagonia makes a great midlayer or outerwear when a full size coat is too much.

Ultralight, windproof, Patagonia's Down Sweater Vest is highly compressible insulation with a 100% recycled polyester shell; ideal as a midlayer or as outerwear in chilly climates.

River Sports Outfitters
The light, high-lofting feathers in this Vest float just off your core, trapping heat without you knowing. Until, of course, you take off the Vest (and quickly put it back on). Its 800-fill-power down seals in warmth, and it's so compact it stuffs into a stretch-mesh internal pocket (with a carabiner clip-in loop). The innovative 100% recycled polyester shell with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish provides wind and water protection as well as high tear-strength; quilting stabilizes the down. With zippered handwarmer pockets and a drawcord hem.
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Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):26 inches
Clothing Fit:Trim Fit
Fabric:Shell and lining: 1.4-oz 22-denier 100% all-recycled polyester ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
Fill Weight and Type:800 fill European goose down
Fit:Slim Fit
Garment Fit:Regular Fit
Insulation:800-fill-power premium European goose down
Insulation Material:800-Fill European Goose Down
Insulation Type:Down
Item Weight:8.2 oz
Material:1.4-oz 22-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester with a Deluge DWR (Durable Water Repellent) Finish
Number of Pockets:2
Pockets:two zippered handwarmers and a zippered interior stretch-mesh that doubles as a stuff sack, with carabiner clip-in loop
Recommended Use:Alpine Climbing, Snowsports, Winter Hiking and Everyday Wear
Recycled Polyester:We recycle used soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.
Shell Material:22D Recycled Polyester Ripstop w/ Deluge DWR
Shell and lining:1.4-oz 22-denier 100% recycled polyester with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation
Shell fabric:Recycled polyester
Shell lining fabric:Recycled polyester
Size:S, M, L, XL
Technologies:[eFibers, Deluge DWR]
Type:Insulated Vest
Weight:8.2 oz / 232 g
Zippered pockets:two handwarmers, one internal stretch mesh self-stuff pocket with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop
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Patagonia Down Sweater Vest Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

fantasssstic vest !

I have had this vest for many years now. Today I came to the Patagonia web site to look at what is available to order a new one, or upgrade to the sweater or hoodie and thought - i must leave a review to recommend this superior product. I have the sweater vest in black, and bought it when it first came out. I have worn it so many times, it bears up well - it is strong, light, and best of all warm. It has worn well and I have had no problems with it. It is so light and easy to carry you hardly know you have it on, except that it is so warm and comfortable, also water & wind resistant. The only problems or areas of improvement are that for the very high price it should have better and more useful interior pockets, mine has one pocket on the lower right, it's not very useful really, the vest is supposed to fold up into that pocket, but that does not really work very well. The outer pocket zippers will sometimes grab the material and jam. This happens very infrequently and happens more with other products like this. It has not ripped or damaged the material so far and it has been years. Not a concern really. Finally, for how light and small it is it does bear complaining a bit about the very high price for Patagonia products in general. Not all their products are as excellent as this vest and $90.00 price tag on a T-shirt just galls me, however technically advanced they are or claim to be. Before buying this I had a fleece vest that just did not work in any way for me, it was absolutely terrible, but it still cost a lot. I definitely recommend the down sweater vest though, if you think you would like it, bite the bullet and buy it, and you will not regret it. It will last a long time and keep you warm.
BruceK at Patagonia on 12/13/2009

Ultralight warmth

I hadn't previously been much of a fan of vests... in my mind, it was either cold enough for a jacket or it wasn't. But after using the down sweater jacket for a few years I was lured into trying the sweater vest in the interest of shaving a few extra ounces off of my overnight gear list. It turns out, the vest is perfect for most of my late spring/summer/early fall backpacking trips. I find I don't really miss having the arms, the vest still provides adequate warmth and what's more, it's lighter and packs smaller (I tend to shove it in a hole in the pack between other gear rather than using the internal stuff pocket which results in an awkward softball-sized form). When I need a little more warmth, I've found that throwing a houdini over the top does the job perfectly. The zippers, DWR treatment and cut/sizing of the jacket have all worked fine for me so far. The collar is just high enough to cover most of your neck for a little extra warmth and the draw cord around the bottom helps to trap in warm air at the bottom. All in all, I'm very pleased with the sweater vest.
Nico at Patagonia on 08/21/2009

Best Friend!

Perfect in every way! Extremely light weight and packs down super small for taking with you as a "just in case" on long trad days. This thing is like a portable space heater for your core, fits snug, but keeps arms free for reachy holds. Fits perfect with a harness (doesn't hang to long and cover gear) Small climbing pack sits well on it as well as a gear sling over it too. After use, the small baffles keep the down where it should be to help eliminate cold spots. As new, the water repellant finish holds up on short exposures to a "light mist," but I wouldn't let it get soaked. Might only be $20-$30 more than the competition, but remember that you are buying this product because it will last longer, is made from recycled poly, and not made in a sweatshop! This product was designed for outdoor enthusiasts and to hold up under "less than ideal" conditions. If this is a problem for you, then go with a cheaper quality competitor, made in poor working conditions with fresh petro! This vest is a classic and goes everywhere with me and I am happy to support a good cause!
JPSKillz at Patagonia on 11/22/2010

A Toasty Companion

I recently purchased the Patagonia Down Sweater Vest as a way to help maintain a comfortable temperature in all conditions. I work as a professional outdoor guide and ski instructor, so my job often puts me out in a wide array of weather conditions and temperatures, usually at high altitude. I have been nothing but happy with the Down Sweater Vest since I purchased it. The vest does an excellent job of helping to regulate my body heat, and I typically use it as either a stand alone shell early in the morning, or under the Piolet Jacket in wet or windy conditions. It has a slim fit, and layers well under another piece. I have found it to be highly packable, and extremely lightweight. I would highly recommend this vest for anyone looking to add either a lightweight, standalone shell in dry conditions, or a versatile (and warm) layer to their gear setup. Great job Patagonia!
OnTheSummit at Patagonia on 07/29/2012

Can't improve on down sweaters.

It's like when you look in the mirror to run a comb through your hair only to find that there is no reason to do so. I own just about every down sweater product pataguch makes and they all excell at being a kicking around outer layer, insulating under a shell or even the layer I wear in my bag on a cold night. I wear a size down in this vest because it comes with me into the bc to be worn under a shell when I get the shivers and I find that without sleeves, the tighter fit is like a nice warm hug from a Wisconsin cheerleader. The color is awful but that's why it was 1/2 off during the big sale. If you're looking at this piece, just pull the trigger you won't be sorry. Ayee. It gets the Fonzie two thumbs up.
ThaFonze at Patagonia on 09/14/2011

Down Sweater Love

I don't backpack anymore. But I needed a warm, light, comfortable insulating layer. I fly an EMS helicopter. We wait all day (or night) for emergency calls. So we go out in the weather to pick up people who need us. While the med crew is with the patient, I sit in the helo waiting. If the engines are off, there no heat. So having this sweater vest to knock off the chill while waiting is excellent. I am often out in all kinds of weather and this vest certainly suits my needs in 99% of those conditions.

I also bought a Patagonia Micro-Puff vest. It is very similar, just insulated with synthetic matieral which insulates even when wet and dries much faster than down. So the Micro-Puff works in that 1% area the down vest doesn't. Both are excellent.
Helodriver at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 02/02/2012

Perfect for North Florida Winters

I picked this up in the Atlanta REI last year, and I'm getting ready to pull it out again. I pair it with a TNF Varius Guide Jacket and I'm set for wet, windy, and relatively cold weather (it can reach the low 30s sometimes down here in Florida). I prefer the use of a vest under the hardshell because my arms don't normally get that cold, and i have a better range of movement in the jacket.

A few DOWN-sides: it doesn't block the wind at all (not a problem when using it under a hardshell), and I've lost a little down when some feathers made their way through the fabric (which I guess is to be expected with almost any down garment).

All in all I'm very please with the vest and would recommend it to anyone.
ZWStuhr at REI on 09/09/2011

Classic Versatility

It's a quintessential piece that has a place in just about every gear closet out there. The trim athletic fit is perfect for sealing in the warmth and keeping the fabric out of harm's way on belay. The packability and the stuff pocket (with loop) means it stashes on a gear loop or in a pack hood until needed.
For me personally, I run too hot and sweat too much to make a down midlayer necessary/effective (the R2 vest is the way to go for high activity, in my opinion), but it is perfect for less aggressive pursuits such as a chilly belay, a brisk hike back down the mountain, or just whipping up a cuppa back at camp. It also looks mighty sharp around town in the fall/early spring with a dapper plaid underneath.
MountainTom at Patagonia on 10/31/2011


I mainly take this backpacking and pair it with a thermal long sleeve shirt as my thermal protection with a waterproof jacket on top if needed for rain and a base layer for comfort under it all. This is great for those cold mornings when you want your arms to be able to breathe but aren't ready to let your core temp drop.

Don't worry about not having sleeves, how often do your arms get cold? It is usually your hands first, so get a pair of gloves. The weight and space savings is worth it.

Also, be careful washing these, if the down does all clump together, get a few dryer balls and put it in the dryer on low or no heat and it will puff back up.
MPeters at REI on 06/06/2012

Improved from Previous Version

Great Warranty Service! I bought this on sale a few years ago and loved it and wore it all the time. The Zipper wore out eventually and I sent it back to have it completely replaced for free. I noticed that the newer version is a little longer at the waist and the zipper is a bit beefier, so the problem will probably not be repeated. Love the warranty! It is comfortable in a wide variety of temperatures --- layers well but never overheats me when I'm wearing it as my outermost layer. It looks nice enough to wear around town and packs down really small and weighs nothing so I carry it on any trip I go on even if I don't think I'll need it.
askewchan at Patagonia on 01/03/2012

Negative Reviews:

Great Fit, Bleeds down though...

Fairly disappointed with the purchase so far. Out of the box I noticed some down/feathers poking through the stitching in the baffles as well as alongside the zipper. I was hoping that would be a temporary problem, but alas, its not a rarity for my girlfriend to reach over during dinner or while watching a movie and pluck a protruding feather out of the shell. The appearance of the stitching doesn't instill a lot of confidence that the problem will cease either, as it just seems to look a bit "weak" or "loose." I would have a hard time trusting that this would hold up backpacking with the pack straps stretched tight over the shoulders. I've only had it a few weeks and the loss of loft is already starting to show.
That being said, I absolutely love the fit. Its the main (and probably only) reason I haven't returned it. Its a really good looking vest. I'm 6 feet tall, about 170 lbs, and a medium fits me great.
I also ordered an Ultralight Sweater that I intend to use primarily for backpacking. I haven't worn it as much as the the vest, but I'm hoping it doesn't have the same drawbacks.
If you're looking for functionality and perhaps some durability, you might look at a synthetic option that wouldn't be as leaky. Frankly, for what you typically pay for Patagonia gear, I would expect higher quality.
Anonymous at Patagonia on 03/11/2013

Where is the old small?

My husband has worn his old vest a long time. The fabric has just worn through. He wore it some part of every day for years except in mid summer.
It never occurred to us that we wouldn't be able to get him another one! I bought him a small sweater vest - the same size as his old vest - and he could barely zip it in the hips. We bought a medium and it swallowed him up.
He has a small down sweater that fits him but there is just no down vest that does anymore. That was his "go to" piece of clothing. He wore it every day after work and all day on weekends. But - no more.
Patagonia - do you have any of the old ones left?
It is very disappointing.
Sarah at Patagonia on 05/15/2011

Warm, but fragile

Bought this vest on clearance to replace a damaged Mt. Hardwear vest I had patched with duct tape. Nearly as warm, with considerably less bulk. Unfortunately it is ridiculously fragile, seems to tear on everything, and the down leaks out like water once it has a hole. Wishing I had bought the Vest, rather than the sweater vest...
Duncanmax at Patagonia on 09/06/2008

zipper problem

This is a fine vest-EXCEPT, crucially, the end of one side of the zipper broke off in the first few days of use, making it unzippable. This is the first Patagonia product I have bought that hasn't met the highest manufacturing standards
DeDicto at Patagonia on 07/03/2009

Neutral Reviews:

Micro Puff, Please!

Works great, looks grim. Please bring back the Micro Puff vest! I do not dig the shiny, too fitted, overly textured Star Trek look of the newer down products (Down Sweater Vest, Nano Puff, Micro Puff, etc.). Great if it's under a shell, but you'll look like a doofus rolling around with this on by itself. I'm all for stuff being fitted and functional, but you guys need to dial it back a bit. The uber-fitted approach (see also thumb loops gone wild) really limits where and when the stuff can be worn (not suitable for dirt bagging).
JahBless at Patagonia on 12/11/2013

Warm, but...

This piece is nice insulation, but I feel that the fit, although advertised as a slim fit, is still a little bulky around the middle for being a mid-layer. Works well for a summit, brewing up, or just throwing over your layers for extra warmth when you want it. I am glad to see that some more neutral colors are available. I have the bright green one and I refrain from wearing it in town.
FuzzyTeeth at Patagonia on 09/25/2012


This is a warm layer under a ski jacket on a cold day on the slopes. Unfortunately, the shell is delicate, so I'm constantly worring about snagging it. A rambuctious dog jumped up on me and already created a small hole in the shell. It also endlessly fluffs down from the seams. The jacket is not worth the list price. At least, Patagonia provides a lifetime guarentee..
Skibumming at Patagonia on 02/04/2011

tall guys watch out

I bought this for my husband 6'-7" tall and it is too short on him. I have the jacket and absolutely love it... but I'm a shrimp.
mellt at Patagonia on 08/30/2011