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Men's Classic Retro-X® Fleece Vest Reviews

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Ms Classic Retro-X® Vest

True To Size
March 24, 2023


Like vests

March 7, 2023

third time

Bought my first one in mid-nineties, second one in mid- 2000's, and now on my third in 2023. Still wear the first two; their longevity is unbelievable. Didn't really "need" another, but wanted a new one.

March 6, 2023

Perfect fit and warm

Keeps your chest warm without being too bulky. Stylish design, great pockets

February 27, 2023

I own 2 other, and

I own 2 other, and similar Patagonia vests, but different colors. They are my basic winter uniform for sports (skiing, running) and general outdoor activities. They fit great, and allow me to wear lighter winter clothing because of their incredible warmth and comfort, even on days the temperatures are a warmer.

February 24, 2023


Love it wish i got the blue one

February 21, 2023

Warm, comfy, looks great

This thing is awesome. It fits well, not too snug, and keeps my core warm. It can work as an over for a little walk outside in the cold down to ~15deg F, and has huge pockets for my hands and other gear. It looks stylish and will serve me well I hope for years to come!

February 9, 2023

Better than Expected

I wanted to purchase a vest for warmer weather use. Love the warmth and stretch on this vest. Deep pockets keep your valuables safe and hands warm if needed. The front zippered pocket is very handy. Overall great vest to purchase if in the market for one.

February 9, 2023

Really warm without the weight

I usually wear this over shirt or lightweight sweater and it is warm enough for the low 50F temperature with occasional wind. It is also a really warm layer in colder months.

February 8, 2023

Like a new puppy

Soft, warm, and likely to be joining me on outdoor adventures for a decade+ to come. I love this vest, its quality craftsmanship, and knowing that Patagonia stands by its products. The fit is perfect (a comfortable medium) and the color way (pitch blue) is great to boot. Highly recommended.

January 30, 2023

Looks great; warm

Looks great; warm

January 8, 2023

Saddened - just not Cozy

Overall the material used for this vest is simply scratchy especially when zipped up with the collar at ones neck and cheek region . Made to be a snug fitting vest but unfortunately zipped up is uncomfortable. Styling is impeccable.

January 6, 2023

You seem to be fashioning

You seem to be fashioning clothing for very small men! Your models are 61 and 150 pounds wearing a medium! The average man in America is 5 ft 9 inches and 197.5 pounds and I assure you he isnt wearing a medium!

Response from Patagonia
January 13, 2023

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Steven; we are passing it along to the appropriate teams. We're sorry this vest didn't fit, and glad to see you've returned something you weren't going to be happy with. Please let us know if we can help you find a better option!

January 4, 2023

Vibin' with the Vest

I'm really happy with the vest. It is functional and keeps me warm, and is also really good looking. I receive compliments every time I wear it. I'd buy again (but likely will not have to since Patagonia gear lasts forever)!

December 12, 2022

Great replacement for an older fleece vest.

Great replacement for an older fleece vest. A little stiff at first. Lining is thick which also makes for a slim fit. West it daily throughout the day at work due to cooler temp

December 12, 2022

Runs small. I'm 5'9 ,180lbs

Runs small. I'm 5'9 ,180lbs and medium size was super tight. Exchanged for large and it fits perfectly. Exchange process was easy. Fast turn around time. Comfy and cozy! Great underlayer for extreme cold or top layer for les fridged climes. Durable build.

November 1, 2022

Essential Gear

I have owned 3 of these over the course of the last 15 years. Absolutely essential part of my active and casual wardrobe. Warm, tough, layerable. What else can I say? Essential.

October 29, 2022



October 14, 2022

Warm, Tough, Windproof

Loved it so much I bought a second one for my brother.

October 14, 2022

my best vest

warm, comfortable and the perfect size for me.

October 9, 2022

Sherpa + Windproof = True Love

Liked mine so much that I got a second one for my brother.

September 5, 2022

Tight and stiff

This vest runs small, actually tight compared to everything else in medium. I believe because of the lining. Very stiff throughout especially the collar. Not the biggest fan so far.

Response from Patagonia
September 8, 2022

Hello Jeffrey, thank you for the review. We're sorry to hear that you're not a fan of this vest. As always, your satisfaction is our number one priority, so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it for a refund.

September 2, 2022

Awesome vest! Good fit and warm

The vest is wind-resistant and warm. Although some people claim the material is stiff, I personally think it's fine and does its job because you cannot have both soft-feeling and wind-resistant clothing, right? For me, 5'10'' and 158 lbs, it fits well with a size S. It's not as bulky as I expected. Instead, the thickness is... Read More good enough to allow you to put on your coat outside in winter.

Response from Patagonia
September 8, 2022

Hi Ben, thank you for sharing this review! You're right about the windproof membrane; that's what leads to that stiffer feeling. We're so happy you're pleased with this vest!

August 20, 2022

Nice blue bear

Nice blue,warm,but run small

August 14, 2022

Nice Fit

I have the Retro X Jacket which is amazingly warm and windproof. The arms are very loose fit. The vest is a regular fit - wish they made the entire jacket that way. Will fit nicely under a shell or on its own.

July 18, 2022

Absolutely perfect! Nothing more to

Absolutely perfect! Nothing more to be said

May 31, 2022

Much Improved Design

My previous vest had undersized zippers that were hard to operate and failed often. The main zipper had to be replaced two times at the Patagonia store. The current model has beefier zippers that look like they'll last. Beyond that, I love the vest and wear it all winter when I'm working outdoors on my (small) ranch.

May 30, 2022

Best jacket ever

Warmest jacket I had. Great to play golf

May 12, 2022

Lavender Accent Sharp!

Great vest with multiple compliments!!

May 11, 2022

Warm, comfortable, fits well

I love this vest. It's warm, fits very well, and it's comfortable. Looking forward to wearing it this fall and winter.

May 10, 2022

Retro drip.

If you ever questioned on whether or not this was a solid purchase, have no fear. Multiple women have tried to buy this off me and upon refusal, steal it in the dead of night. This cream-purple combo is a lady killer and will have all the women on the mountain jealous of your patagucci DRIP. 10/10, will buy again when its stolen

May 8, 2022

Warmth without the bulk

I have had different versions of retro-x vest over the years, and I think this is the best version thus far. My go to gear for the New England weather.

May 3, 2022

Awesome vest, to bad that fitting doesnt match.

Im usually M on all my patagonia clothes but in this case runs way too tight, Unfortunately i have to travel to another country so i cant return it. Buy a size larger.

Response from Patagonia
May 6, 2022

Hello Esteban! We are sorry to hear that the sizing for our Men's Classic Retro-X Fleece Vest is running too small. Feedback like this is important to help our design team know how and where to make improvements for the years to come. Please feel free to LiveChat with one of our Customer Service Representatives during our open hours and we will be happy to point you in the right direction on who to contact depending on which country you are traveling in to return this item. If you prefer to wait for your travels to be over, please keep the item in new condition, you can return this item for size or refund at a later date when you return from your travels. Please click [here](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to speak with an available Customer Service Representative. Agents are available Monday-Friday, 6 am (PST) - 6 pm (PST) and Saturday and Sunday, 7 am (PST) - 3 pm (PST).

May 1, 2022

Super warm!!

It was a gift for my husband and he loves ittt! Super warm, light weight and cute absolutely recommend this vest

April 28, 2022

Terrible fit

I am not a big guy, 59 and 165. I had to return a Medium because it fit like a corset and I couldn zip it up. The sizing is awful and a shame because this is a fantastic garment. I wore my last one for 15 years but the sizing since has been terrible. M too small and L too large. Typical with Patagonias erratic sizing.

Response from Patagonia
April 29, 2022

We are so sorry to hear about the sizing issues. We appreciate your feedback and hope to correct this issue in the future. Please feel welcome to return this vest due to sizing. If needing any assistance, please contact our [customer service] (https://help.patagonia.com/s/) and we will be happy to help.

April 11, 2022

So good I bought two

Had this vest in the past in dark green and loved it and my son loved it too. He loved it so much he ended up taking ownership. I decided I would get two this time just in case.

March 26, 2022

Didnt love the color

Was ok . Didnt really like the color combination

Response from Patagonia
March 30, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to submit this review. We're sorry to hear those colors didn't appeal to you! We want you to be happy with everything you purchase from us, so if you like, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.

March 26, 2022


Love my vest, wear it everyday when the weather is right!

March 25, 2022

Great quality

Don't pay attention to the fit description. I did and eventually bought the wrong size therefore missing out on the deal as the next size up was sold out...bummer. I'm 5'11...175lbs. Sizing according to the model was a M(model was 6'1 wearing a M). I had the L in my bag and swapped it out. My loss. Buy ones true size. Never got ... Read Moreto use it but the quality and function appears to be excellent

March 22, 2022

Great -

Comfy, easy, versatile - fits appropriately -

March 22, 2022

Very comfortable and warm

Very comfortable and warm

March 19, 2022

Surprisingly super warm

The liner makes this thing impenetrable. So warm. I first got the M and it was too tight in my arm pits so I got the L and it is a little long for me so it kind of clumps up a bit. My body type is never perfect for Patagonia. 5'10 180. But I love this vest and will have it forever even if it does not fit perfectly.

March 19, 2022

Love the vest

This is a great vest. Fits well, is warm, good material. The neck is very tall so just beware if thats not your thing.

March 19, 2022

Very Comfortable

Super warm and comfortable.Really like the fit works well under another layer

March 18, 2022

Nice and warm

Nice and warm , I wasnt pleasantly surprised it had a sort athletic lining . I mainly bought it to match my sons jacket , but now I love it and everyone at work gives me compliments

March 16, 2022

New and improved.

This vest is much better than a similar vest that Ive had for several years. Specifically, the zippers on that vest are undersized. Ive had to take it into a Patagonia store twice to have the zipper worked on. This new vest looks to have solved that issue. Time will tell. For the moment it seems fine and I have no complaints.

March 16, 2022

third one and not the last

this is the third one of these I own. All are still working great. I like the added tabs on the zippers for gloved hands. the retro vests and jackets are remarkably wind resistant and I find them to be a perfect "in between" season item as well as a layer for colder days.

March 16, 2022

Extremely disappointed

Bought this on representation that Patagonia would take a return of my old Patagonia vest. Sent it in. Got useless notice that I was getting nothing and no explanation as to why. Not typical of Patagonia customer service. Extremely disappointed.

March 16, 2022

Great fit and design. Would highly recommend.

Great, light vest. The windstopper membrane is a nice feature. I live in the South so its not as cold but this vest provides good enough warmth to wear in low 40 degree weather over a long sleeve shirt or a hoodie underneath. Great look to it, as well. Im 62 210 and size Large fits well. I wouldve liked it a bit longer but doesnt deter from giving ... Read Moreit 5 stars. Another solid product by Patagonia to add to my wondercloset.

March 15, 2022

Awesome Vest, Just Too Warm for Warm Climates

Sadly, I had to return this vest, but only because it was too warm for where I live. This vest is super cozy, undeniably well built, looks amazing, and, of course, super warm. I tried this vest on inside my house and wore it around for about 2 minutes before I started sweating. This vest is warm. I live in Southern California and I figured if this... Read More vest is too warm in the winter, it's not going to get much use. If you live in the northern half of the US, or you run cold, this vest will be perfect for you. If you live in a warmer climate or run warm in general, this will just be too much.

Response from Patagonia
March 23, 2022

Hi Jason, sorry to hear that the Men's Classic Retro-X Fleece Vest was a bit too warm. We recommend checking out the [Nano Puff Vest](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). It's warm enough for colder southern California days and nights and light enough so you don’t overheat. It might be just what you're looking for!

March 15, 2022

Weird fit and material

For reference, Im 58 140lbs. I own the down jacket in a size S and it fits great; i wear it almost every day. I purchased this vest in a size S because it was on sale. It fit very tight and the fabric was very stiff and crinkly like other reviews have stated. The collar was an awkward height and it was also very stiff. It was not comfortable at all... Read More. This didnt fit anything like my other Patagonia items, and I had to return it. If you purchase this, definitely size up.

March 15, 2022

Great except one major detail

I own more patagonia than most. I love so much of their stuff including the synchilla and better sweater. Sadly the retro-x has one major flaw. If you have more than a two day old beard it catches on the collar almost every turn of the head. It is of course wonderful patagonia quality in every other way.

February 14, 2022

Super warm, good-looking vest

Great vest. Style tends to run tighter than I prefer - I like loose and casual, but a great vest none-the-less.

February 10, 2022


Very fast delivery. Very high quality vest and true to size!

February 2, 2022

The wind resistant liner improves the garment's warmth.

I had to break in this garment. The vest is form-fitting and a bit snug in the upper chest area until I wore it awhile. Then the fit was great. The right collar failed to lay down flat until I broke in the collar, too. Never had a garment require this before. That said, recommend the item.

February 2, 2022

Trade in for better sweater vest

I found the product too bulky for me and a bit longer than what I expected. I traded both the medium and large for a large better seater vest.

February 1, 2022

Works well

I bought this type of vest from L.L.Bean, in el and swam in it , I returned it and got a lg and it was too tight, sent it back , got one from you and fits much better but still just a smidge tight in xl.

January 30, 2022

Stiff and really uncomfortable.

I have several other Patagonia fleece vests that I love but this vest is stiff as a board...even after washing it. Not my fav and would not recommend.

Response from Patagonia
February 1, 2022

Thank you for sharing this review, Marc! We’re sorry to hear that vest isn’t comfortable for you. It may be the windproof liner you’re feeling, which may make it feel more stiff. Please know you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you. You might like to check out the Classic Synchillla Vest or the Better Sweater Vest, which don’t have that membrane and might feel softer.

January 30, 2022

Snug and warm

I enjoy the rust color. It matches my daughters goldendoddle

January 23, 2022

Sharp durable fit

Great vest! To be honest, if I was a more skinny type, I would go with M... otherwise I am kind of muscle bulky; usually I wear L, here navy blue L fits perfectly. Tried also white L, and TBH it seemed to be a bit larger. Definitely I would not go with XL unless you cozy a snowman look. Vest definitely has a sharp sporty cut. Love the more durable ... Read Morehigh collar and wind breaker is fantastic. Nothing to complain about, but your chest will stay warm compared to your arms if you just wear tshirt. Loving it, thanks Patagonia!

January 17, 2022

Great vest!

My boyfriend absolutely loved this as a christmas gift. The large was not big enough to layer, so we exchanged for an XL. However, the vest is amazing, and keeps him very warm!

January 15, 2022

Collar won't sit flat

No matter what I did, the right side of the collar would NOT lie flat. It was always sticking up into my face. Seems the material is too stiff to allow the collar to naturally lie down like a collar should.

January 13, 2022


Highly versatile product, good for work and recreation as it can be used as both an outer and midlayer piece. Stylish and warm, I look forward to using this piece in a variety of settings for many years to come!

January 7, 2022

Too slim

Great vest, great color, too slim making it not practical

Response from Patagonia
January 15, 2022

We're sorry to hear that the fit on this one didn't work for you. The Retro-X is a regular fit design, but the fabric has no stretch to it, so you might feel more confined than other "regular" fit styles. If you haven't already returned it, we recommend reaching out to our Customer Service team for other vest suggestions, as well as [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to return it!

January 6, 2022

Warm & true to color

Love it.

January 5, 2022

Great Vest

True to size. Great quality.

January 5, 2022

Very nice

Quality is good

January 4, 2022

Had one before it was retro

Great fit, and comfortable for wearing as a layer, or on its own. I had the original pre-retro version of this (as a jacket) until it was passed on to friend I love the wind proof update on this vest.

January 3, 2022


Fits a little snug but looks killer

December 28, 2021

Super Warm

You can never go wrong with a Patagonia product. This is an outstanding item. It's great for a day at the office or a day/evening out with friends.

December 19, 2021

Love it

It looks great and the fit is perfect for me ... like to have room to wiggle.

December 4, 2021

i want return but

zippers are very difficult to handle, and not warm

December 3, 2021

Super warm

I always have bought/ worn Patagonia items that are large. I did not know that this vest came with an inner lining that made the fit tight. I may get one in xl.

December 3, 2021

Nice but a speciality item...

I own a non-fleece vest already and liked the look of the fleece one with a bit more texture and perhaps more comfy. I bought the medium since this was the size of my original purchase. The fleece vest has a hard or non-soft inner shell that was a bit rigid and as such, rubbed against my arm pit. I didn't care for it. I admit it was a bit on t... Read Morehe tight side of things but it was not comfy. I believe this more ridged inner core serves to break the wind. For me as the weekend warrior, this weather toughness, with the compromise in comfort, was what I was after.

November 29, 2021

wind stopper warm

super warm with the windstopper. looking forward to a snowy winter season! customer service was great +++

November 27, 2021

Looks and feels great

First of all, I love Retro . Vest can be worn inside without being too warm. The fact that it combines recycled materials makes it only better! Ought to last a long time!

November 25, 2021

Terrific Product

Very warm and resists wind. Runs a little small. Hard to later. Overall great product.

November 20, 2021


Have worn this vest a handful of times since I got it and it has become one of my favorite vests to wear. A lot warmer than my other fleece vests, and looks great on too. I got an XL and like the fit, enough room for me to layer a hoodie underneath. Great looking piece.

November 19, 2021

Nice accessory

Nicely made. Warm. Looks sturdy Like color.

November 9, 2021

Classic look

Currently, one of my favorite pieces of gear to keep warm. Collar is a bit too stiff and hoping for it to relax after some wears and washes. Generally wear a Medium with Patagonia but wanted a roomier fit to layer with a sweater.

November 8, 2021

Super Warm (Chicago)

Very comfortable and warm. As others mentioned due to the wind blocking not super breathable so would only be wearing around the 10-45 degree mark. I purchased both XL and XXL since other reviewers mentioned this vest runs a bit small they were right if you arent super fit. My advice if you are going to have this under a jacket you can go for your ... Read Moreregular size, but if you are throwing this over a hoodie or other jacket definitely like me size up. Length was a little longer than I might like but covers you up pretty well. I own the Retro X Jacket for when things get a lot colder as well.

September 30, 2021

Super comfortable

Bought this for my husband and he especially likes this vest as it is a wind breaker.

September 30, 2021

Super warm

Bought this for my husband. Its good looking, made for warmth, a great addition to the winter ahead.

September 6, 2021

great wind stop and neck piece, love it.

This replaces a worn out H/H vest and a newer not windproof one - this guy is the wooly mammoth, totally love it.

August 22, 2021

It's warm and feels good.

It's a little small, but good to wear.

July 21, 2021

Great vest for warmth and wind block

Everyone in our family has one. They are a staple for three season wear. Wind block is great in colder temps.

July 17, 2021

My regular size fit fine

I read a lot of reviews saying this vest ran small. After receiving it and trying it on it seems like a standard xl fit to me. I usually buy regular (not slim) fit clothes. I look forward to wearing it this fall/winter!

July 14, 2021

Great colors but elongated body

The vest is beautiful but the fit is too long in the torso and hits the body in an awkward spot.

June 24, 2021

Same as it ever was

Patagonia Men's Classic Retro-X® Fleece Vest Is just that, a classic. True to size. A great piece of gear that delivers warmth and comfort. Updated colors that pop. Love it.

June 21, 2021

Liner is plastic and heavy

I love the color and design, but the inner liner was a big surprise. Its this plastic not very breathable material that makes it kind of heavy. The colllar was also way higher than any other collar of similar type of vest or jacket I own. Which is odd. Love Patagonia but this was a miss for me.

Response from Patagonia
June 25, 2021

Hi Asha, sorry that the liner came as a shock. The warp-knit mesh works to create a windproof barrier to help keep the chill off on cold blustery days. If you 're looking for a similar style, but less weight, check out our Men's Retro Pile Fleece Vest, https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-retro-pile-fleece-vest/22821.html?dwvar_22821_color=ELKH&cgid=root.

June 1, 2021

Decent warm vest but form fitting!

The vest is relatively warm. It's relatively warm in the cool spring nights and should be warm for autumn/winter wearing. It's good for everyday wear when it's cold(er) weather but not for exercising as it'll be too hot and heavy. It's more form fitting than the jacket. XL fits a bit tighter but acceptable. If you want roo... Read Moreminess, then buy 1 size UP. The vest's length goes down slightly below the waist. There's a meshlike barrier that's sewed inside the vest which provides the windproof protection. The vest is a little heavy than a regular fleece vest but it's worth it to block out the wind and for warmth. It also has a slight stretch. The handpockets have the barrier in front to help provide warmth to the hands. The outer pocket has a small storage area for small items like cards, keys and change. There are no inner pockets. You can wear a base layer (short/long sleeve shirt) and a lightweight fleece pullover underneath it but nothing thick as it'll be too tight as the vest is form fitting (hugs close to the body)! The outer fleece in natural with blue ribbings and pocket is a short but soft. Hopefully, the fleece will stay soft and warm after many washings for many years to come. Buy when it's on sale as it is expensive like most Patagonia products.

May 8, 2021

Best vest in the game

The quality of the vest is phenomenal super warm super comfortable and would not choose any other vest

May 8, 2021

Very warm, cozy!

I own a retro X pile coat and bought the pile vest because I like the coat so much. The pile vest isn't a disappointment and is amazingly warm. It is my favorite vest of all that I own, bar none, including Patagonia down, Filson wool, etc. You wont go wrong with this vest. It is a winner!

May 8, 2021

Very warm, cozy!

I own a retro X pile coat and bought the pile vest because I like the coat so much. The pile best isnt a disappointment and is amazing. It is my favorite best bar none including down, Filson wool, etc. you wont go wrong with this fast its a winner!

March 25, 2021

Perfect vest for cold weather

Everyone in my family has at least one. These are perfect for cold weather, especially wind. Quality construction, lots of deep pockets. Love the colors.

March 22, 2021

Throw on this throwback!

I love it. Glad that you guys are bringing back purple!

January 24, 2021

Very warm

Perfect fit and design

January 20, 2021

Sharp looking vest and very warm!

Love Love Love this vest! Sharp looking and very warm. Normally I would of probably ordered a Large but most of the reviews I read said order up one size because Patagonia typically runs small. The XL is a perfect fit though. Highly recommend!

January 20, 2021

Love this vest

This vest rules. It fits great and is completely windproof, which is the main reason I bought it. I wear it XC skiing to block with the wind and I dont have to wear a shell. Its an awesome vest.

January 15, 2021

Warm and durable

I've been a Pat customer for 30 tears; I love the company products and service .

January 12, 2021


Got this on a whim and I love it. It is a typical fleece vest but it also is lined with mesh so its a little bit more substantial. The colors are beautiful and it fits well. Fits a little bit close around the armpits but that is OK.

January 11, 2021

Warm, versatile

Excellent quality and fit. Very warm and can wear anywhere. Walking the dog, winter sports and winter lifestyle. Pricey but worth it.

January 4, 2021

Fits great!

180lb. The fit is great, not short at all or too boxy!

December 27, 2020

Perfect vest

Very warm and comfortable

November 22, 2020


It is warm and fitting good Another material with washing Not sure how it would work

November 21, 2020

Too tight for comfort.

Runs very small. Cut for a slim person.

November 13, 2020

My Favorite Piece of Clothing

It's a great, comfy vest. And the lining inside stops the wind nicely and gives it a clean form. I'm 5'10 / 170 lbs and originally ordered a Medium, which was a very snug fit, so I exchanged it for a Large which gives me a lot more room to move. LOVE this vest.

October 5, 2020

Sizing is really poor; order at least one size up

I had been looking at this vest for several years, and finally pulled the trigger on buying it. Ordering was easy, and shipping was very fast. I had the vest two days after I placed the order. I wear a size Large in most things. Based on the sizing chart, I thought a Large in this would work. Not even close. Wearing this over only a shirt it was ... Read Morepossible to zip up, but it was uncomfortably tight. Think sausage casing tight. I wanted a vest, not a girdle. With other vests that I have I am able to wear a chamois shirt or even a reasonably thick sweater under the vest. That would be impossible with this item. When 90% of the garments that I wear are either a size Medium or Large, and this Large fits like compression shorts, it suggests that there is a sizing issue that Patagonia should address. I did sent the original back The person who I spoke with was very helpful, and the exchange process went smoothly. I will hope that the XL is a better match to my physique. If not, I will revise this review or provide an updated review. Let me encourage you to heed all the other reviews that are posted as well; there are multiple reports of this vest running very small. Usually for an item sold at a premium price, and this vest certainly is very expensive for what it is, the fit is more generous. I don't know who the size models were for this one, but I would suggest that their torso is not that of a person who normally fits into a size Large without issue.

September 10, 2020

Classic look and feel. Functional.

Love the look and feel of this vest. It also feels very functional, however with it still being in the 90's here in Texas haven worn it but around the house...looked great walking around the living room though. I originally bought a large which is my normal size...that was to tight and the atm pit area felt a bit restricted, being said I dont ... Read Morethink a flannel shirt would have fit, so when with XL.

September 3, 2020

Great looking runs small

I love wearing vest and have several...enjoy the flexibility/ mobility and still body warmth. This is a great looking vest and I predict will bring perfect warmth / wind block. However...it runs very tight and short on me. I seized up an ordered an XL

August 14, 2020

Really Warm

You'll be happy with this jacket

January 29, 2020

Size product is XL If

Size product is XL If I wanted to wear this ‘over’ a jacket, it would be uncomfortably tight. Over a T-shirt, it would fit ok. Because the fabric doesn’t stretch, Please make these a little more roomier,

January 8, 2020

Great Vest, Patagonia Quality you Expect

I was replacing a 20-year old vest with this one. I'm 5'11" and 215lbs and chose an XL to be able to wear a layer underneath the vest. The fit is generous, without being baggy as attached picture may show. Quality is excellent. The upside of the retro "shaggy/fuzzy" feel of the exterior of the vest is also downside. It&#x2... Read More7;s not as dressed up as I'd like in one sense, but I was so attracted to the fuzzy comfort. Try to NOT rub your fingers over the vest, I'll bet you can't. Wind-proof layer is effective, especially for Southern California beach wind on a cool evening.

December 22, 2019

Love it

Love it

December 15, 2019

Another quality product

I wish they made a L/XL, I am in between sizes, but other than that it’s great

December 13, 2019

Absolutely Georgeous!

We loved this vest! It’s so beautifully made with subtle accents on the zipper and pockets. The quality is fantastic. The inside lining is excellent as well.

December 12, 2019

Colors in person a little

Colors in person a little less vibrant than the website images...

December 10, 2019


Ordered XXL. Always order XXL. The "front" was so tight, to zipper it up, had to hold my breath. This XXL was more like an XL or Large. Returned. Nothing larger in this item available. Misleading product information.

December 1, 2019

Furnace for your core!

I have been rocking a Patagonia R2 windproof fleece vest for more than 15 years and got this to "replace" it as it's showing it's age. I absolutely love this vest and it definitely replaces the R2 in many ways. Fit is spot on with normal Patagonia medium that I wear. Durability seems like it is going to be excellent. For me this... Read More thing is actually too warm! The membrane appears to be on the front and the back, which limits the breathablity a bit much for me in many situations. The pile of the fleece itself is nice looking, but it's bulky and a magnet for pet hair. I'll know better how much this vest will actually replace my old R2 next spring as we haven't hit the true cold weather here in WI yet. Right now I am wearing it daily to get accustomed to its warmth, but I'll probably switch between the two going forward depending on forecast - not breaking this out until it's sub-20 deg F again. For reference, typically I am wearing a 150 weight merino base and this vest. I ride my cargo bike everywhere and depending on temperature and precip I either wear a hard shell or windproof lightly insulated soft shell as my outer layer.

November 22, 2019

Fast shipping Nice vest

Fast shipping Nice vest

November 13, 2019

Incorrect sizing

Badly undersized (At least by 2 sizes) versus other Patagonia jackets I wear. Quality appears good.

Response from Patagonia
December 2, 2019

Hi Steven, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the sizing. Your satisfaction is guaranteed so you're always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).

November 1, 2019

Love it!

This is my favorite vest! Thx! Wear it all the time

October 24, 2019

Peter L.

Vest is longer and slimmer fitting than Retro-X Jacket. I'm 5'8" 165 pounds, and usually wear a medium. I've had more than five medium Retro-X jackets--love them all, fit great. Although Retro-X vest and jacket are advertised as regular fit, the vest is a different cut altogether. Vest is longer, slimmer, and tighter in the ches... Read Moret. Tried the large, too, but it almost went down to my knees. If you want a true regular fit vest that is not too long, get the Retro Pile vest.

Response from Patagonia
November 13, 2019

Hi Peter! Thank you for your feedback! We're very sorry to hear the fit of this item did not work out for you. The Retro-X Vest does have a slightly slimmer fit across the chest than the Retro-X Jacket; however, the length of the garments should be pretty close. I went ahead and reached out privately to follow up on this for you.

October 10, 2019

Excellent warmth without the encumbrance

Excellent warmth without the encumbrance of having sleeves.

February 28, 2019

Warm and wind proof vest

I was looking for a warm and wind proof vest that blocked the cold chilling breeze and cold weather in San Francisco, and this vest fit the bill. It fits well, not too tight, not to loose, and it is really warm and it does block the wind as described. I got the Camo Bunker color to be used as a layer because it has various colors in its design whic... Read Moreh can match any jacket I have in my closet: brown, green, blue, and black. Very functional, comfortable, extra warm, and versatile. Highly recommended!

February 13, 2019

Get your money's worth and then some

Fantastic fitting and marvellous functionality. Keeps you warm and ventilated, and completely keeps the wind out. Paired with a Gore Tex Outer shell, you feel as comfortable as one would indoors sitting by the fire. I stand 5'7" and 150lbs, and S fits like a glove. Enjoy yours folks

January 3, 2019


A super versatile garment! Great on its own keeping the core warm. The breathability of this vest is incredible despite having a membrane to keep out the wind (I tend to get pretty hot doing anything). I often wear this underneath jackets or over sweatshirts and t shirts just to kick up the warmth factor. I’ve have the retro x vest for about 10 yea... Read Morers and it still looks great!

December 28, 2018

Best vest ever....

Like the wind blocking lining. Wear it under a nano puff jacket and it's toasty at 20 degrees. Great body core warmer and looks good. Much better than stand fleece vest. I'm 5'11' and 190...I like a M as it's snugger and doesn't flap around. Helps to have a 34' waist. Great colors...the camo one is bad...;

December 9, 2018

Patagonia Retro-x vest

This vest is a heavy duty and warm vest. I have had this vest for two years and it still looks the same as the day I got it.

November 6, 2017

Classic for a reason

I have had this vest for a 4 months now and really dig it.I am a vest guy and in my opinion the Retro X is every bit as warm as down or synthetic vest.I really appreciate the elastic waist band gives you some wiggle room. My only grip and and the reason I can't give it five stars is the bottom hem did come unstitched in three places. Sent it... Read More back for repair got in back in about 2 and a half weeks. If your in the market for a really warm wind blocking non puffy vest look no further.

November 6, 2017


I've owned this vest for a couple years and have put it through the ringer. I primarily use it while working outside as it's tough enough to handle snags or tough brush with no worries. It takes a while to break in as it's a little stiff right away but you will not find a tougher vest with the ability/versatility.

October 16, 2017

Kept me warm

This jacket kept me warm for 4 days in Algonquin! It was late fall and the temperature hovered at 0 to 17'C. I wore a base layer and this vest while canoeing. I was toasty while having plenty of freedom in my arms to paddle. Great combo! Awesome vest! I usually wear small and initially bought a small vest but later exchanged it for medium. I... Read More need the extra room for a base-layer + flannel shirt + vest.

July 16, 2017

Patagonia Classic

Haven't had the chance to wear this in the cold yet,but obvious will be very toasty and seems possibly will block wind as well. Of course doesn't pack like down,but this plus a long sleeve shell would get you through some pretty chilly conditions,I'm sure.

May 25, 2017

The Outdoor Vest,Personified

I've had a Retro-X jacket in my possession for over 8 years so it was time for a refresher course. This vest is built for the outdoors: cuts out wind and keeps your core warm in most any situation.

May 13, 2017

men's classic retro vest

fits great and keeps a little skinny guy very toasty.

April 16, 2017

Retro X Vest

As a Michigan fishing guide,staying warm is often imperative. The Retro X Vest is an essential part of my layering system... It does a great job at keeping my core warm.

February 11, 2017

One of the originals

I have one of the originals in all of its rough side out dirty tan glory. Bought in the 70s/ early 80s maybe. First Patagonia product I ever bought,Still my go to,in the woods,in the kayak drybag,snowshoeing,iceboating. What I specially like is the long back that gets down and covers your kidneys.

January 3, 2017

Nice and warm!

Got this for a Christmas gift and really love it. It is a bit stiff due to the wind-proofing and I wish the zipper was a little more substantial,but overall,it's great. I am 6' and 170 lb and a large fit nice with a flannel shirt.

December 28, 2016

15 years!

I bought the predecessor to this 15 years ago (when it wasn't really "retro"),and honestly think this is the single best piece of clothing I've ever bought. I wear it so often and for so many purposes,and it never disappoints. I ski with it under a shell,warm up for workouts in it with a T-shirt,wear it over a sort-of clean shir... Read Moret to work,and use it for so many other purposes several times per week. It is super functional,breathable but warm,and lets me move without restrictions. Even my wife likes the way it looks; classic,stylish,and fits perfectly. The only downside is that it is one of those things that if I forget on a trip,I am disappointed with myself for not remembering to bring it.

December 9, 2016

Mid layer must - great warmth and handwarming

Ive had one of these in the rotation for almost a decade now,and it has stayed there because it is awesome under a pit zipped shell and it is just great warmth. With pit zips open,you can reach in and warm/dry cold/wet hands on the fleece. Excellent for winter fly fishing,and equally useful when on the mountain to keep the warmth in on single digit... Read More and subzero days. Doesnt pack down like a puffy,but it makes up for it in soft,lofty fleece.

December 5, 2016

Perfect piece for core warmth!

This vest exceeded all my expectations. It is extremely warm and performs well in windy conditions. I am 5'8",athletic/muscular-build and the size medium fits me perfectly. I typically wear this over a short/long t-shirt or a fjord flannel. I would size up if you plan on wearing this over bulky clothing items.

November 18, 2016

Great fit,true to size but color is a bit off

My boyfriend is 6' tall and typically wears an XL in Patagonia. The XL is the right size for him but we are returning it because the carbon and orange color actually looks like a green and orange hunting vest. The orange is super bright and the "carbon" is more green than expected.

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