Patagonia Better Sweater Vest - Men's


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Soft, warm and durable, the Patagonia Better Sweater Vest for Men handles a blustery afternoon at the crags or an early morning meeting with dignity and style. It has a plush fleece interior that feels broken-in and a resilient knit face that resembles wool. Made of 100% polyester, it dries quickly and adds lightweight torso warmth on its own for the shoulder season, or layered under a shell deep into winter. The stand-up collar warms your neck; a vertical chest pocket holds the day's essentials. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.


  • Fabric: 9.5-oz 100% polyester with sweater-knit exterior and fleece interior. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Fabric has a sweater-knit face and fleeced interior
  • Stand-up collar and full-length zipper with zipper garage
  • Vertical zippered chest pocket and two zippered handwarmer pockets
  • Micro-polyester jersey trim on hem and neckline
  • In cold conditions, can be worn with layers as outerwear or as a midlayer under a shell
  • Weight: 14.1 oz

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

8 Reviews

  • Great design: 3
  • Performance: 3
  • Build quality: 2
  • beautiful color and texture: 1

  • Cost: 1
  • Poor quality: 1
Comfort: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5

8 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Murrells Inlet, SC
25-34 yrs

July 06, 2012

This is a great vest. Very comfortable. It's fit is a little more snug and form fitting than some other patagonia vests. I have this vest in two colors.

Pros: Great design, Performance
from Nashville, TN
35-44 yrs

February 10, 2011

First time to purchase any "better sweater" material. Nice feel and seems very durable. Excellent alternative to the same old fleece. Highly reccomend. True to size as well.

35-44 yrs

Great Vest, fits like a sweatshirt
February 07, 2011

Very comfortable....Looks professional...Doesn't fit as snug as some. Very warm, not sure if its wind proof, wearing it as a layering piece and the color has turned heads.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Rock Springs, WY
45-54 yrs

Nice sweater-vest
December 14, 2011

Beautiful green color; fits normally. Great for cross country skiing. The zipper is a little hard to work and if you don't get it just right, it will come undone from the bottom. Seems like a flaw in an otherwise great vest.

Pros: beautiful color and texture, Cons: Cost, Poor quality

Sharp-looking vest
March 15, 2011

Another fine product from Patagonia - a great looking vest. It looks great with a shirt and tie or with casual attire - very versatile. The Better Sweater Vest is very warm and comfortable, yet is very lightweight. If you're looking for a vest for many different weather conditions - make it the Better Sweater Vest!

Pros: great looking
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

25-34 yrs

Great Vest
February 24, 2012

Patagonia makes extremely high quality products and the Better Sweater Vest is certainly no exception. It fits perfectly, is very comfortable and is a sharp looking garment. It looks just as great with a shirt and tie as it does with t-shirt and jeans - very versatile indeed. I bought 4 of these vests in different colors and they have been perfect for this mild winter we've had this year. It can either be layered under a jacket, but is roomy enough to go over top of your jacket - if you want to switch it up a bit. If you're looking for a versatile vest that can be worn in a variety of climates and situations - the Better Sweater Vest is a smart choice.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5

from Boston
35-44 yrs

Usual Patagonia Quality; Sharp Looks
October 17, 2012

This is a great vest for cold fall and mild winter days here in the Northeast. A warmer vest than the Synchilla and the R2 vests, and not as bulky as a down vest. The green color stands out in a crowd and draws compliments. Build quality is excellent as usual for Patagonia. There is a drawback to the standup collar; it is fairly stiff and can poke you under the chin when you look downwards.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
25-34 yrs

Great vest
September 17, 2011

I needed tobuy a vest that was good enough for the cold but not puffy. I found this and it was just I was looking for. fitted fit and the color matches everything you'll wear. iT's perfect for the upcoming fall days with a long sleeve t shirt on the bottom. The fabric is very high quality and different from the tipical sweaters.

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Patagonia Men's Better Sweater Vest Photo

Black, Channel Blue, Dark Walnut, Paintbrush Red, Stonewash, Urbanist Green, Valley Green, Wax Red, Willow Herb Green, Fennel, Prussian Blue and Red Clover.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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