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Fell Apart After 1 Month
It began falling apart after only one month. It was washed according to instructions then worn once but the stitching is coming undone and completely separating. Very unfortunate.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 21, 2023
Hey Denisse, we're very sorry to hear this. We've reached out to you to set you up with a warranty evaluation. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
This is a very warm vest -- just what I wanted. I was surprised by how stiff it was - after a wash it got better, but still not a soft piece. The interior lining is a mesh. I still love it - just be aware of size: I am 5'2", 158lbs - a bit barrel chested, and it closes tightly around my chest.
Love the lining to block the cold wind, it is warm and cute. But I wish it was a bit lighter so I can wear inside house when I dont want A/C but bit chilly. It was a bit stiffer than I thought.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 3, 2023
Thank you for the review, Kiyoko. The stiffness of the material on this vest is what we can attribute to its windproof-ness. If you're looking for something a bit softer without that feature, we recommend checking out the [Women's Retro Pile Fleece Vest](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-retro-pile-fleece-vest/22826.html?dwvar_22826_color=PLCN&cgid=womens-jackets-vests-vests).
I saw someone wearing this who worked at Patagonia and I remarked on how nice it looked. I usually wear XS (5' 3" 105#) but tried the XXS because they no longer had XS in the color I wanted. It fits great - fitted but not too tight in body and not too much room in armholes - and I get compliments too!
I don't like snug/tight fits and I typically wear a medium so I decided to order a size up. I probably could have ordered a medium and been fine. Either way, I absolutely love my vest! It's super comfy and keeps my core warm when I go on walks. It looks great with jeans!
I love this vest!!
This is my second version of this vest and I must say, I like this one better if thats possible! I bought my first retro x vest at least 10 years ago. It fit well but i always thought it was a little short. This new one is plenty long in the body. The color is not my first choice, but I feel like a fuzzy teddy bear in it! As usual the construction ... Read Moreand materials are top notch. I only hope this one lasts as long as the first one!
Love the color combination Very
Love the color combination Very well made, attention to detail. Im not a big person, but the size M seems a bit tight, not much room for a light sweater for example. I ordered a size L to compare, it was way too big in the arm holes. My suggestion would be to add a tad more in the abdomen area of size M.
Great vest, as expected !
Nice vest, true to size (i'm 5'6, 130lbs, usually wear Small with Pata products). Nice fabric, I can wear a long sleeves fleeve as a layer. Warm and cozy feeling. Only thing, is about color : dusky brown is not as "dark brown" as pictured, it's a bit lighter, wouldn't say brown at all actually ! Which is not a good poi... Read Morent for me, but still love the vest, happy I got it on sale :)
The perfect adventure vest
Love this vest. So many compliments on it. Super warm - not lightweight. Love the details. My only negative is the sizing. I thought it ran small. Especially the bottom. I sized up from my normal non- Patagonia size and there was a little more room in the shoulders than I need, but it works. Especially with layering. Still will wear forever and e... Read Morever!
Warm, stylish vest.
I purchased this vest for my wife. The XXS fits her perfectly, and she's very happy with it. It's warm but not sweltering; it has room for a flannel underneath but it's not baggy. The dusky brown color looks almost purple in certain lights, but it's never an unattractive shade.
I'll start off with the caveat that I have a hard time finding sizes that work based on my body shape - things are either just a bit snug or way too big. I ordered the medium, which I am in most Pata items. I don't generally wear a ton of loose things under vests (aka sweatshirts, etc.), so the slight form fitting/boxy cut works for me wi... Read Moreth a henley or l/s shirt under it. Going up a size might have been okay, but it would most likely have been *too* boxy/loose and gappy at the arms. The material and quality is great. Love the bit of wind protection since my core is always cold. Love the color combo too!
My retro-x is 10 years old, i am the envy of all others doing fall yard work and watching kids games in the midwest falls! Do NOT hesitate to buy this piece - you will not regret it. Cold from a bike ride, put it on when you get to your car w a hat, chopping wood- perfect... lifelong piece I will never part with. It is THE utility vest! Use it for ... Read Morexc ski, use it for a cold cold ski day w a shell..give it to your shivering friend for instant warmth.. my only suggestion is to buy so its snug so it will cuddle you with kindness :)
Had hoped to love it
I wear the "Retro Pile Vest" a few times a week. I noticed the "Sweet Cedar: Topsoil Brown" print in the Classic Retro-X vest and really loved the print so I purchased it with high hopes. I wear a L in the retro pile vest and it's a great fit. I purchased the XL in Classic Retro-X. It is stiff as others have stated and I un... Read Morederstand the reason is in the wind proofing however without the stretch like the retro pile it's awkwardly tight and gapes around the arm holes when zipped. I'll just have to cross my fingers for some patterns in the "Retro Pile Vest" in the future
Response from PatagoniaOctober 13, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Jennifer. We're sorry that our Classic Retro-X® Fleece Vest didn't work for you. We'll advise the design team that you're looking for more patterns.
Wow, other reviewers said this was stiff and they were right! The pockets are small also. Uncomfortably tight and stiff. No thanks ! I sent it back.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 15, 2021
Thanks for the feedback on the fabric Sheryl. This item is windproof so it's a heavy duty fabric that is a bit stiffer. You may prefer something like our [Women's Los Gatos Fleece Vest](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-los-gatos-fleece-vest/25216.html) which is soft and supple but still has a high pile fleece.
I wear a fleece vest all year round, different warmth's though. Living in the Laurel Highlands of PA is more like mountain living. The Patagonia vest is so durable, I get years of wear out of it plus the needed function I require, ie, carries my cell phone, dog treats (constant dog training), wallet when I run to town and any other small tool ... Read Moreneeded at the moment. Couldn't live without it.
I absolutely love the color and style of this vest. However I returned it because it runs a little large and the cut isnt as slim fitting as other Patagonia fleece vests I have. I hope a Smaller one becomes available.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 8, 2021
Thank you for your feedback on the Womens Retro X. We are certainly sorry to hear that it did not work out. Please know you can always give us a call at 800-638-6464 to discuss fit and inventory.
It's fitted and long
I loved and yet returned this vest as it wasn't attractive on me at all. I'll keep shopping for one that is boxier, I guess, as it's fitted and felt tight over a sweater.
Response from PatagoniaApril 30, 2021
Hey there, thanks for the review on our Classic Retro-X Fleece Vest. We would love to gather some more information from you on intended use and help you find a vest that fits your needs. Please reach out to our [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) team so we can find you the perfect match!
I love the look and outside feel of this vest, but the wind-blocking layer makes it feel more like armor. If there was more flexibility, I'd run and ski with it more. For now, it's relegated to casual wear.
Response from PatagoniaApril 19, 2021
We recommend that you take a look at our Women's [Retro Pile Fleece Vest](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-retro-pile-fleece-vest/22826.html?dwvar_22826_color=SGRY) which will have the same look and feel, minus that windproof layer. Please reach out to our Customer Service team to work out a return!
Love the style/dislike the fit
I love this style however for a curvy girl like myself with a chest and hips its an awkward fit. The length is too long so it creates a bunch in the midsection if zipped.
Response from PatagoniaApril 6, 2021
Hi Hannah, thanks for taking the time to write this review! We are sorry the fit of the Retro-X Vest isn't working out for you. This is really valuable feedback, which we've passed along to our Design Team. They are constantly working to improve fit and style of our products and customer feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. We hope to not disappoint you in the future.
True to size, I wear a small in Patagonia and this was same with this product, even though some reviews stated runs small. I Bought a medium and a small, the medium was bulky/ boxy and way too big in shoulders and chest. Very warm, a bit stiff but warm.. really like the quality along with retro look I rocked back in the day
Perfect for Wind
I wear this a lot when I am out on the boat in early/mid-spring season fishing. It can be cold on the lake, especially when the boat is going down the river. This vest does an excellent job keeping off the wind. I have worn it a few times casually during winter, and it has helped without the use of a jacket. (Weather/Boating wind is in state of WV/... Read MoreMD.)
Well, the problem was the lining. Stiff, scratchy, not user friendly. It also may of had something to do with a collar that was also stiff and poked me in the throat. It went back. Not sure if the next patch changed this season or not. In previous yrs, retro had a much softer user friendly interior.
Runs huge !!
After reading other reviews I sized up! That was a bad idea. This vest runs huge. It is also stretchy so if you’re wanting something fitted and not gaping your regular size would easily fit with plenty of room for layers. So I am disappointed with an unflattering un-fitted vest. The armholes and hip area are particularly large and that is wearing m... Read Moreultiple layers. I am not sure who this is designed The colour and fleece is really great it’s just a shame I read the other reviews. Just order your usual size and maybe even size down.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 1, 2020
Thanks so much for this valuable feedback, Kay! We hope you've been able to reach out to the Toronto Patagonia store to process a return or exchange. Please let us know if we can [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Warm and functional
Wore this in the Northern states during a chilly fall day, mid 50s as a high temp, it kept me warm and the material was a high quality to keep a light wind from reaching through the material. Seemed a bit small for a medium but still fits well enough to wear.
Super Versatile and Light Weight
I love this vest. It's the best of both worlds. You get the old fashioned hi-pile retro style fleece that I love, but not the restriction that sometimes comes with the full sleeve jacket. It's light weight and perfect for spring/fall. I wear a light long sleeve under it to go on hikes. The durable windproof technology keeps my inner core ... Read Morewarm which is the most important part to keep warm. I love the style of the vest. It's fitted and short but not too short if you know what I mean. The colors accents are so pretty too. I got the dark blue one with the cute pink trim.
Warm fuzzy vest with nice styling
I usually don't buy fleece because I don't want to contribute to the ocean microplastics problem, but so far this vest hasn't shedded any fluff and I also don't plan to wash it. It acts as a thick, warm midlayer for casual outings. It looks great and professional even when worn in the office. Size up if you want to wear anything... Read More bulkier than a thin layer underneath. I love the retro style and color chest pocket- it is a seasonal staple and won't go out of fashion,
I got my wife the blue for Christmas and now wants the khaki one too. She loves the fit. She was worried it would be “boxy” but had the athletic fit she wanted. She wears a medium and it fit true to size. She’s also a fan of the blue piping the zipper and around the base, says it’s a nice contrast. Now for a camping trip to try it in nature.
Best vest ever
I purchased Natural, and am in love! Warm, true to size (I got a S, and am 5'4", 127 lbs.) without being too snug. Wore it to a holiday parade and it is very windproof. I'm freezing if the temp is below 50 - Southerner... - and this seems like it will do the trick for weather even a bit cooler than that.
This vest seems super cozy but it’s enormous. I wear a medium or large, usually large in Patagonia stuff and most jackets, so that’s what I got, and when I lift my arms out to the sides the fabric underneath sticks out several inches on both sides. I double checked the label to make sure they hadn’t sent me an XL accidentally, it was so big. Also, ... Read MoreI have moderately wide hips and even that area was too loose by several inches. Hopefully the medium is a more reasonable fit!
Love to keep it but...
This vest is so cute but it is a little snug at the hip. I’m 5’3”, 120 lbs. have narrow hips)and ordered a small , my usual Patagonia size. I’m disappointed, but can’t keep it if I can’t layer it. Also, why not use two way zippers? They are much more practical and flattering.
Great vest! But...
I love this vest. The retro look is sweet and it is very warm. That said, it is cut for women without hips. There is an elastic band on the bottom that doesn't give and makes for some gathering at the hip when you layer. This is not a huge issue, just something easily remedied by a reversible zipper (why oh why don't you use these, Patago... Read Morenia?) or a relaxed hem. If you are curvy on the bottom at all, size up. I didn't want to because I am really small in the ribs and I didn't want the arm holes to gap. I got the XS and I am 5'6"/120lbs. I mostly wear this vest open if I am layering.
The vest is really cute and comfy. The collar is a little high and the material is a little stiff (due to the windproof fabric),but I'm assuming it will soften up with time and wear I normally am a XS in Patagonia and ordered XS for the vest,and it fits really nicely. Since it's a regular cut it allows me to layer up but still look femini... Read Morene and form fitting if I decide to wear less layers or by itself. Get it while it's on sale,I'm glad I did! For reference I am 5'4" 120 lbs and ordered XS
Beautiful vest,but don't size down.
I heeded the recommendations of other reviewers and sized down for this vest. I'm 5'5",128,34B and S is my usual size. I ordered an XS and it was the right length,but otherwise too small all over. Just wanted to add my sizing experience into the mix. I would recommend ordering your usual size.
I love this vest!! It's a lot warmer and more heavy duty than I expected! Its "stiff" at first but it definitely softens up after wearing it a couple times,the material and quality is amazing,Patagonia never lets me down,I'm 5 ft 2 in. 130 lbs with a 35 1/2 inch bust,I normally wear a size small in Patagonia (but the size small ... Read Morein this vest was huge on me!) I had to return it for the XS and the XS fits perfect,if I were you I would size down unless you want to layer underneath it. I don't like to bulky layer so that is why I got the XS and it works out perfect with a long sleeve or short sleeve underneath,it's cozy to lounge around in or to wear for casual wear in the cold weather,I hope this helps!
Warm and Snug
I have well-worn old retro-x vest from a few years ago. Sometimes you need to replace an item. Anyway,ordered the size in medium,which was my previous size. Anyway,I received it and the armpit area was huge. So I had to return it and order the small. It was same for the Better Sweater Vest. It ran a little big near the armpits.
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