Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Vest – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Vest – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 94 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.8 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 58

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Warm enough to wear in winter, and comfortable enough to wear year-round.
  • Users like the retro fashion look.
  • Fashionable and comfortable to wear as casual clothing, and functional for hiking.
  • Fits well and shape holds up well.
  • Good wind barrier, which is unusual for a fleece.

Expert Reviews

  • Comfortable, warm and actually windproof.
  • Best suited to more casual hikes, not severe mountaineering.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Inside mesh is a bit stiff.
  • A little snug in the hip.
  • Collar is a bit too high and stiff.

Expert Reviews

  • Generous cut allowed air to seep in through the armpits and bottom.


Patagonia’s Classic Retro-X Fleece Vest for women holds up to the brand’s reputation for quality and function. Though not as technical as some of Patagonia’s products, the vest works well as a cold-weather layer, and is fashionable enough to wear around town. Most users report the fit to be on the small or snug side.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1.