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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.
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!
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.
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 PatagoniaJanuary 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!
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.
BEST DAMN!!! VEST ON THE MARKET!!! HANDS DOWN!!!
I LOVE THIS VEST!!! I WEAR IT DAILY!!! REGARDLESS OF MY PURSUIT!!! IT IS WARM!!! BUT! EASY TO AIR OUT THE HEAT!!! WITH A QUICK UNZIP!!! OF FRONT ZIPPER!!! THE 2 HAND WARMER!!! POCKETS!!! ARE FANTASTIC!!! PERFECTLY PLACED!!! THE POCKETS ARE HUGE!!! THEY RUN THE ENTIRE LENGTH!!! OF THE FRONT OF THE VEST!!! GREAT FOR CARRYING ANYTHING!!! FROM BIG WATE... Read MoreR BOTTLES!!! TO A FOLDED UP 3 L TORRENTSHELL!!! ON THE LEFT SIDE!!! AND ON THE RIGHT SIDE!!! GLOVES!!! A BEANIE!!! & LUNCH!!! THIS IS AN AMAZING VEST!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! THIS VEST!!! TO ANYONE!!! WHO WANTS TO EXPERIENCE!!! PERFECTION!!! IN A PIECE OF OUTDOOR GEAR!!! A+++
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 PatagoniaSeptember 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.
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 PatagoniaSeptember 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!
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.
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
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 PatagoniaMay 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).
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 PatagoniaApril 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.
Didnt love the color
Was ok . Didnt really like the color combination
Response from PatagoniaMarch 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 PatagoniaMarch 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 PatagoniaFebruary 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.
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!
Great vest, great color, too slim making it not practical
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 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!
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.
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.
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 PatagoniaJune 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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... 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.
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.
Badly undersized (At least by 2 sizes) versus other Patagonia jackets I wear. Quality appears good.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 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).
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 PatagoniaNovember 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.
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!
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
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!
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...;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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