Patagonia Down Sweater Vest – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Patagonia Down Sweater Vest – Men’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 95 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 205

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Durable material to withstand wear-and-tear.
  • Packs down into chest pocket.
  • Down allows it to remain warm in colder temperatures.
  • Some windproof capabilities.
  • DWR finish to increase water-resistance.
  • Layers well and versatile.
  • Fits under a shell or a heavier jacket.
  • Elastic around the arm enhances a snug fit.
  • Variety of colors.
  • Adjustable waist elastic.
  • 800-fill power down for warmth.

Expert Reviews

  • Durable stitching.
  • Fabric pocket for the zipper under your chin.
  • Stacked-stitching in the collar keeps the down from moving around.
  • 20-denier fabric allows for durability.
  • Interior chest pocket has a two-sided zipper.
  • The shell and the interior lining have a soft feel.
  • Horizontal stitching on the quilted construction shows good workmanship.
  • 20x30D fabric is lightweight.
  • Along the waist, there is an elastic drawstring that can prevent air from coming in.
  • Loop to attach to a carabiner for storage.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Zippers catch frequently.
  • Discrepancies in sizing.
  • Larger baffles on the neck allow for airflow and can let cold air inside.
  • A slightly more athletic cut that some users may not like.
  • No inner liner in the hand pockets.
  • Not as thick as a regular down vest but warm enough from the mid-30s and above.
  • Arm openings are non-adjustable.
  • Expensive.

Expert Reviews

  • Single stitched to the vest without reinforcing, which makes snagging possible.
  • Windproof and water-resistant ability is questionable.
  • The down wets out in prolonged precipitation.
  • Length is a little short.


The Patagonia Down Sweater Vest for men is a lightweight, durable, warm, and compact piece that is ideal for layering in colder climates. The lack of weatherproof material would not be good as an outer-layer in precipitation, but the warmth and compressibility make this a good choice for a mid-layer in freezing temperatures.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4.