Patagonia Better Sweater Vest - Women's


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Better than a sweater because it's a fleece, the Patagonia Better Sweater Vest keeps the lovely casual aesthetic of knit wool, and gains the fast-drying, insulating qualities of synthetics. This Patagonia fleece vest has a sweater-knit exterior and a fuzzy fleece interior for warmth and comfort, keeping you toasty while you take the pooch for a quick walk and looking cute enough to wear into town for a Friday night ale with friends. The full front zipper has a flap to help block the wind while the taller collar and hip-length cut bump up its cozy factor. Weekend chores at home, a dayhike in the woods after the snow has melted off but before the flowers are out, or taking in the sunset from a patio on the river, the Patagonia Women's Better Sweater Vest has a contoured slim fit to keep you cozy and looking good wherever you roam.


  • Fabric: 9.5 oz 100% polyester with a sweater-knit exterior and fleece interior
  • Fabric has a sweater-knit face, fleece interior and heathered, overdye yarns with a knit-like texture
  • Front zipper has a wind flap and a zipper garage
  • Micro-polyester jersey fabric trims the wind flap, pockets, armholes and hem
  • Interior drop-in pockets
  • Made in Thailand
  • Slim fit
  • Hip length
  • Center back length: 23.25 in
  • Weight: 328 g, 11.6 oz

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

3 Reviews

  • Build quality: 1
  • Great design: 1
  • warm: 1

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Fit: 2 / 5

3 Ratings & Reviews


from Martindale, TX
35-44 yrs

Just a favorite!
November 19, 2011

In the world of way too many puffy vests, I love this for it's warmth and it's looks. The sweater weave really gives it polish while it's completely rugged and functional. The heathered colors are a refreshing change from the flat texture of down vests. Heavy weight enough to keep a nice shape instead of typical light fleece stretch. You can go down a size if wearing over thin layers. Depends on fit you're looking for. Slightly generous in your regular size.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great Vest
February 04, 2012

Love this vest! It seems true to size! The color is MUCH brighter than the picture but I was pleasantly surprised!! The material is quite thick so the vest is warm.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5

Looks good, feels good
August 17, 2012

The Better Sweater Vest is a parred down yet equally well constructed version of its older sibling the Better Sweater from Patagonia. It has the look and feel of quality, and I typically hear a lot of "that's a nice vest" comments whenever I wear it. I have several of these as well as several of the full sweaters, and the vest seems to run a bit trimmer. I normally wear XS (5'6, 105 pounds) in just about all things in Patagonia, and I do get this in the XS, and it does fit, but it is a little more form fitting and shorter than the full sweaters. This would not push me into buying the next size, but if you are layering something heavier underneath, this may be a consideration. There also seems to be some inconsistency or at least some perpetual variation from season to season with the trimness of both the vest and full sweater, but I attribute that more to the design process rather than variation in the manufacturing in any given season. The sweater falls about one inch below my hip. I have yet to see a color in one of these that looks bad. The two hand pockets are very functional, and I appreciate the zippers to help secure the contents. There also are two inside pockets that serve for additional storage. The vest provides good warmth. I am perpetually cold indoors during the summer, and typically have to wear long sleeves. If I wear one of these vests, I can layer it over a short sleeve top, and I am good to go.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, warm

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Alaska Blue, Amaranth, Black, Endive, Hydrangea, Lagoon, Larimar Blue, Natural, Natural w/ Feather Grey, Oasis Blue, Radiant Magenta, Red Delicious, Rubellite Pink, Teal Green, Tobago Blue, Tomato and Tyrian Purple.

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

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