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Alright, but not sure what the hype is all about.
I was super excited to make my first purchase from Patagonia. Upon receiving the item, I was a bit underwhelmed. I am just not sure what the hype was all about. The material was not as soft or comfortable as I expected. The fit was as expected, but not as flattering as one would expect from a brand that has such a cult following.
Hey Lily! We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with your first Patagonia purchase. All of our products are backed by our Ironclad Guarantee so if you aren't satisfied, please feel free to return or exchange by giving us a call at 1.800.638.6464 or chat with us online. As a company, Patagonia is committed to building the best products while doing the least amount of environmental harm, all in efforts to save our home planet. Read more about our supply chain, production, and sustainability practices [here](https://www.patagonia.com/our-footprint/)
Good but tight
I purchased this thinking it would fit similar to another Patagonia I have in the same size. This one I guess is a slim fit but I didn't know this so it is pretty tight but a size up would've been too big as well. I still like it though.
Thank you for the review on our Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece. If you'd like to switch the one you have now for a size up, feel free to get started on an exchange [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Sizing Has Really Changed
I have the better sweater jacket in an XS, and I like it, except the arms are slightly too short. The pullover in an XS, however, not only had short arms, it was so tight I could barely get it off. To try to remedy this issue, I sized up to a S, which swallowed me whole. I could have fit more than one me inside it. I have a S pullover from fall 201... Read More1, which fits perfectly fine, with slight extra room. I got a small then, because the XS arms were too short (mine are incredibly long). However, I can no longer size up to fix this issue. Patagonia seems to be trying to accommodate more people, within the same sizes, and I'm sadly being sized out. I ended up gifting the size small to a family member. Also, my 2011 pullover's colors were a warm grey and cream. I like the new birch white's cool grey, but I wish it would be paired with a cream, instead of white (for those of us with cool-toned skin, who look best in off-white).
Wanted to love it
I love the better sweater but the material for the black one seemed different so I returned it. It would be great if Patagonia would offer petite size for us shorter customers so that the sweater is not quite so long on us.
Thanks for sharing your feedback on our Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece. We're working on offering more extended sizing options, however, it does take some time. What we order is dictated by demand, so thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on this. In the meantime, feel free to use [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) as a resource for measurements on any garments you may be interested in.
Better Sweater indeed!
The ultimate cozy sweater! Keeps me perfectly warm on hikes, but also great for chilly, early morning walks. I feel instantly warm and comfortable as soon as I put it on. For reference I'm 5'6" and 130lbs and I would have fit into the Small (chest and waist measurements fall in the Small category), but I have wider hips so my hip mea... Read Moresurement falls under Medium perfectly, so keep hip measurement in mind, ladies!
Im 50 and I will say the length was what I expected. Its just about right on the sleeves and a little long on the torso - but I expected that. I bought the navy blue and grey. Overall, theyre both roomy. However, the blue one was slightly tighter on the chest (34C). If it wasnt for the chest I feel like I could easily wear 2 layers or sized down to... Read More XXS. But honestly, just the sweater and a cami keeps me as warm as their other fleece thicker sweaters. Great purchase, would buy it in a lighter blue, too.
The fabric of this pullover isn't very stretchy, so pulling it on requires some wriggling. But it is comfortable and warm when it's on. My daughter got the zip-up Better Sweater jacket, which is amazing! I wish I had gotten that model and probably will buy one for myself. It's much easier to get on, and very cozy.
Hey there, thanks for the review. If you wanted to switch out your pullover for a zip up, you're welcome to do that. It would be a return and repurchase situation. You can begin your return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html), and repurchase once a credit has been issued.
Please make Petite
I have purchased Patagonia for all if my outdoor active children. Now it was my turn. I am disappointed. Sleeves and torso are so long! I could not order a smaller size, as I dont think I could take it off easily.
Thanks for your feedback. We know extended sizing, including petites, is something the outdoor industry should move toward. We'll pass this suggestion along to our design team.
Super comfortable and warm
I'm 5'3 and about 120 lbs (not that curvy) and size S fits perfectly for me. I ordered XS first, and it ran very small, so I exchanged it for S. This sweater is so warm and comfortable. I wear this almost every day. I'm happy with my purchase and ordered this sweater in different colors.
In addition to being 5'7, I am about 135 pounds and 34B chest. I got the medium in this and I am very glad I didn't get the small. I think the medium is just perfect, but even still a bit difficult to get on and off. If you plan to wear layers under this, I would 100% size up. It keeps me warm and I love it, but I do find myself missing p... Read Moreockets, which I think would make this a perfect fleece jacket. Overall I am happy with my purchase
Don't let the weight of this fool you! This sweater keeps you WARM
This sweater is light weight and surprisingly warm! The fit is a little small (I'm a 34C and it was tight around the bust). I would recommend a large if you are a little chesty...but the length of the sleeves and shoulder fit are great.
Warm & Cozy
This sweater is comfortable and warm. Great for layering for a winter hike or walk. Im typically size small (4/6) and 510, and I went with size medium in this sweater. Other reviews mentioned that it runs a bit snug and small. I was wanting more of a relaxed fit. Im glad I sized up because the sleeve length is perfect and its not oversized. Perfect... Read More fit.
I was hesitant with the size and end up buying a small. It is fitted but I think I would have been more comfortable in a medium but it still fit me well I can move my arms no problem. Overall great fit just depends if you like fit or loose fit and a big plus it is a warm sweater! If I wear it to snowboard under my jacket I know I am going to be too... Read More hot.
Super soft against skin!
It's totally a cute little sweater for lounging, running errands, or a walk. I am an XS, but I bought an S to layer clothing underneath without the sweater bunching up or looking bulky. It's the perfect fit- a little loose & lots of room to give. Perfect for layering under jackets or shirts under the sweater. I will say... I am notici... Read Moreng that I can only wash in cold (I leave it on tap cold) water & need to hang Patagonia items over the chair to dry. I am drying more & more of my clothing this way (versus a dryer). I noticed Patagonia will shrink even on tumble dry low... not a lot, but enough that it changes the overall fit. I love the fit now so I will definitely be hanging over the chair to dry.
Fits petites well!
I debated between getting the XXS (my usual size at other retailers- I'm 100 lbs and 31-24-34) and the XS. Very glad I chose XS! The fabric has zero stretch and requires a bit of wiggling to get past my shoulders when taking it off, so an XXS would've gotten stuck. Fits well, looks nice, quite warm, and doesn't attract lint! The only... Read More thing I'd change if I could would be to ask for petite sizing - the torso length is 1-2 inches too long on me and lands at my low hip.
This sweater was very true to size and form fitting! If you want more room, then I would recommend sizing up. The length is a bit long, but I have a small frame. The color matches everything I wear! The sweater allows for a light long sleeve underneath and you can layer a jacket on top. It proves to keep me warm in California winter.
One of my top three favorite articles of clothing
Absolutely love this. This one is my third and purchased simply for color and sale price. These are incredibly warm without being bulky. Looks stylish and is very functional. I wear it to work and also use them frequently for hiking. I recommend it to all my friends!
Cozy and warm
Very comfy! An alternative to my other fleece, this one is a bit heavier. I went for a more relaxed fit but probably could have fit in an M if I preferred tight clothes (57, 165 athletic build, 36B). Ive only washed it once so its a little stiff, but I think it just needs to be worn in more.
Worth the cost, snug, warm, would buy again
Im an avid runner but because I swear so much I dont want to ruin it! Its a snug fit large. Its true to size just lean. Do not assume the fit is loose. You cant really wear more than one layer under it without overheating. I got this for around $50. The mens wasnt on sale like the womens and because it was so well made, Im purchasing the mens for o... Read Morever 100. Its a lovely grey.
I just love everything about this sweater Color,quality,design and fit. Im a petite person and size S fits me perfect. Not to tight nor loose just enough room to move around. I will definitely recommend this one to anyone. Price wise Ill say its a little too high but again this is a good investment in a really good quality item.
Great quality, hard to find right size
Definitely impressed with the quality of this sweater as it is very well-made. It is fairly thick and tightly woven so it keeps you warm on cold days. The zippers worked well and I liked the piping around the bottom and sleeves. I ordered a medium (which is my usual size) but it was a tight fit and way too snug to wear a t-shirt underneath. I retur... Read Morened it for a large which I then found to be too big. Seems I just couldn't find the perfect fit.
I always thought this sweater was a little overrated, seeing it everywhere. Im glad I gave it a chance, because its really the perfect sweater! Great for layering, though perfectly warm on its own. Will be the perfect addition to my wardrobe whether Im camping, snowboarding, or just working - its definitely more professional looking than my other s... Read Moreweatshirts!
Warm and versatile
As others have noted, this sweater does run a bit small. I'm 5'6", 130lb and typically wear a Small but got a Medium after reading other reviews. The M fits perfectly, so if you'd like more room for layers you may want to go up a size or two. The sweater itself is really comfortable, warm and can be worn for outdoor activities, ... Read Moreyoga, work, etc. Very versatile. I have it in two colors and would recommend!
After reading countless reviews I decided to size up from my usual size (since they were on sale I purchased 2 one in a size small and one in a medium) I don’t mind the medium as it’s more roomy but still looks nice on, it’s also longer so it’s nice for leggings. I think it will be great for snowboarding which is why I bought them. In my opinion it... Read More depends what your planning on using it for, if it’s more casual I would say stick to your original size, however if you plan on layering things underneath it wouldn’t hurt to size up. I like the fit of my regular size better, but overall I love them both! I found the size small fit me exactly the way it should have I didn’t find it overly tight as some of the other reviews have said, it fit exactly the way a size small would fit in my opinion. This is a much longer review then I was intending but I would definitely recommend these, they’re very nice!!
Super warm and cozy.
I usually wear women's size Large (jacket&hoodie) but I have ordered XL just because I have seen some review says "It's a bit tight around chest & arms". However, I should have ordered large size! haha (I have ordered men's medium size here and it just fits!) XL is just wide around my waist and the sleeves are longe... Read Morer. Overall this item is super warm and cozy. I can still wear it if I put on more layers inside :)
Id always wanted a Patagonia fleece but never bought one because they seemed overpriced. This year I finally broke down and bought one, and it was life changing! It was worth every penny. I even bought it in two other colors. No other sweater compares. Theyre super warm and fashionable without being bulky and over the top. I wear them everywhere. I... Read More never write reviews, but if youre on the fence about purchasing just go ahead and do it. You wont regret it I promise!
Don’t size up!
So I read all the reviews and sized up to a large. What a big mistake and what a pain to exchange. I went to the store to avoid having to pay shipping to return. The store would not exchange it for me even though they had the size and colour I needed. It was regular price in store and I got the web special price. So I had to reorder online but luck... Read Moreily the store gave me a shipping code. I’m normally a medium. But sized up. I exchanged back for the medium and still have some room to wear something underneath if needed. The large was way to big! The sweater is a bit longer and sits lower on the hips which I like. I would not pay regular price for the sweater but great web special price.
I have been eyeing this quarter zip for a while and was excited to see it go on sale, so I finally snagged one. I originally ordered a small based on comments, but it ended up being roomier than I had wanted so I got an XS instead and its perfect. Im 5 foot 2 inches /96lbs for reference. Already have work it a few times and am loving it!
I have been eyeing this quarter zip for a while and was excited to see it go on sale, so I finally snagged one. I originally ordered a small based on comments, but it ended up being roomier than I had wanted so I got an XS instead and its perfect. Im 52/96lbs for reference. Already have work it a few times and am loving it!
I haven't taken it off in 4 days.
I'm starting to feel like my kid does when we have to wash her favourite blanket. I can't take this sweater off. It's the absolute best layer for these cold wet months in BC. I wear it under everything. It's nice and slim fitting so it doesn't look bulky at all. Super flattering. It even tucks nice into my rain pants which ... Read MoreI have to tell you, is very impressive. Love this. Will be buying more.
Too stiff for me
I am 5'2, 125lbs and a 34b. I ordered my usual size which is small. As soon as I tried this on, it felt stiff on me and I did not feel comfortable moving around in it. I guess it's suppose to be a tight fit, but the top part was too tight for me. I also did not like that it did not have pockets.
This is my 2nd better sweater. Last one I found it to be snug in upper arm. It fit and wasnt tight anywhere else.This time I ordered small and it fits fine. Could wear cuddledud or something under. I am 52 96# for reference. I dont like tight clothing. This looks dressier than plain fleece, which I wear all the time.
Comfy and warm but not very boob friendly
Over all, I'm very pleased with my purchase but I have to say that the shoulders are small (fit me fine because I have narrow shoulders) and there is little room in the chest area... I am a 36B/34C and I find it a little tight so I can imagine that anyone with a larger chest would be uncomfortable. 9/10
Warm and comfy
Really like this and wear it frequently. My only complaint is that it doesnt have pockets. I wear it on conference calls and walks. The pockets would come in handy when Im getting warmed up for the walks. I am a medium of a medium is 10-12. I sized up bc this is slim fit and am pretty curvy. The large is perfect.
I could live in this !
After years of loving and wanting to own a Patagonia jacket, specifically the Better Sweaters, I finally bought a 1/4 zip and full zip style when I saw them on sale. The quality and warmth these jackets provide is incomparable. I am 5'5, around 118 lbs., normally wear XS/S and went with size small. Technically could've worn XS if I wanted... Read More an even slimmer fit, but went with S so that I can comfortably layer underneath and on top as needed (that's the beauty of these thin, lightweight Better Sweaters!). Maybe my only complaint is that after about a year of owning this, I noticed a bit of minor pilling on the sleeves. I'm not sure if it's just because I wear it so often or because of friction with other clothing. Either way, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a very warm, yet lightweight layer that is versatile with casual outfits especially if you catch these on sale!
Warm, lose fit and came a little smelly
I love the sweater. I ended up going a size up compared to normal because I have longer arms. Happy I did because the M has perfect sleeve length, little looser than Id like for a fit but at least my arms are covered . I love how soft the inside is and the thickness is nice for these in between fall/winter temps we are getting in Colorado. It did a... Read Morerrive with a weird smell that took two washes to get out.
Its soft and warm while being light weight! My only complaint would be that I wish it were less boxy. It doesnt go in at the waist very much and I find that the sweater is long even for someone like me who has a long torso. Im 5 7 120 and I got a small which is nice for layering a shirt underneath, again just wish it hugged a little more in the mid... Read Moredle.
As a petite woman, I figured a size medium would work for me but it was super tight on me due to the narrow shoulder and chest. It sucks because I ordered 2, thinking it was such a great deal for a product raved about by everyone. I didnt want to deal with return shipping, so I just went ahead and ordered a large. Large fits me better but the sleev... Read Morees are super long on me. I think the material is very warm and durable, but its honestly not comfortable, even with the larger size because it hardly stretches, so you may want to note this before buying.
Looks and feels great!
Super comfy, warm, and looks great! I love the pocket on the arm, its large enough to fit my iPhone pro and doesnt look or feel bulky. Ordered the small which I usually wear but this felt too small. Patagonia customer service was amazing and I was able to return it for free and get a bigger size. Definitely recommend!
I got this to wear to work over my scrubs and I ordered my usual size of small. It did feel a little too tight as the fabric doesnt have a lot of stretch in it so next time I would have personally gone a size bigger so its easier to slip on and off but its a fitted look and I do like it and its very warm on
Runs small. Order 1-2 sizes up unless you like an extremely snug fit. No stretch or give.
We appreciate your feedback, Myra! This product is a "slim" fit design and you might prefer one of our "regular" or "relaxed" fit fleece tops. Please let us know if you'd like [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to return or exchange your Better Sweater.
Super warm and super comfy
I have been a Patagonia customer for over 40 years. I have observed their constant dedication to grow the company in a mindfulness of the earth and future generations. With that thought, the manufacturing of the clothing must also change from material to style to fit. The Better Sweater has changed to meet these standards. It is even better and a f... Read Moreabulous sweater! Warm, comfy, true to size and a must when you are out hiking, biking or camping. Love the material, fits great and I like the longer length. The Better Sweater quarter zip is a favorite and standard for all my outdoor activities. Follow the sizing chart and you cant go wrong (yes the sleeves are a little on the long side but better long than short).
Not what i expected.
Runs extremely small and tight. I bought the same size years ago and it is big and baggy(tunic like). That's why i order sizes up. This one is tighter, thinner and i think was already a return. It had a rip/hole in the armpit. The quality is poor. The sizing is poor. Not satisfied.
Comfy single item
I really like this sweater, I was excited to have it come in the mail and immediately put it on. I was a little surprised by the fit, as it was a little smaller than I thought it would be, I find it a little tricky to wear t-shirt under. But, tank top or not underneath, it fits wonderfully and keeps me warm. The arm pocket it really convenient for ... Read MoreIDs.
Warm and comfy
I love this sweater. I'm 5'2, 115 lbs and usually wear a small. This is a bit snug as I like to wear a shirt underneath. Even with a very thin tank top on, I felt like the sleeves could provide a bit more room. But overall, it's comfy, great to throw on when you need to run for an errand.
Not flattering and very boxy
I was excited to buy my first Patagonia sweater and we disappointed in the fit. It was very boxy and not very flattering in the mid area so I returned it.
Hello Elnora! We're sorry about the disappointment with the fit. This fleece has that extra room to allow for proper layering. Nonetheless, we truly appreciate your feedback and have passed it along to our Design Team. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our [Customer Service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) if you have any questions regarding your return.
Wish there was an in between size
This is a high quality garment, very warm, and looks nice. I read other reviews and sized up to a medium based on them. It was larger than I wanted and the sleeves came halfway down my thumbs. I decided to exchange for a small and the sleeve length is great, but I wish it was just a bit roomier and longer. Something in between the small and medium ... Read Morewould be perfect. I also wish it had pockets. Overall still a good purchase and I would recommend.
Warm, well-made and well proportioned.
This pullover sweater is a gem. I'm 5'10" and athletic/thin and bought a medium. It fits great. Thick and warm, but not bulky, tailored fit, not boxy, sufficiently long, and with great attention to details - zipper pocket on arms, finish on the collar and cuffs. Washes up well.
Runs very small
I usually wear a small in Patagonia clothing but I probably should have listened and sized up to a medium or even large. This runs very small! Qualify is nice but I do wish there were pockets.
Thanks for your feedback on the sizing and features! This pullover is a "slim" fit, so you may wish to size up. If you're looking for pockets, we recommend our Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover, Retro Pile Marsupial, Lightweight Better Sweater Marsupial Pullover, or Los Gatos Hooded Pullover. Please reach out to us if you'd like [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to return or exchange your fleece top!
Versatile piece for cold climate
I live in a cold climate, so I need a lot of clothes that work well with layering. This works perfectly. I sized up from medium to large, which gave a looser but good fit. Sleeve and torso length are nice. Thin enough to wear under coats, but does keep you warm. My complaint is it was already pilling along the sides where my arms rub against it aft... Read Moreer 2 wears and the brushed fleece on the inside looks worn. So - questionable quality but useful.
We appreciate your feedback on this and suggest trying to remove that pilling at home with something like a sweater stone. Unfortunately, pilling can be unavoidable with knit garments but you are also always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything you are unsatisfied with.
Warm and cuddly snug
I had purchased a lavender one while in Rocky Mt National park. I had been underdressed for cold open car ride. It was perfect.. warmth and some wind protection.. Then I was delighted to find it on your web site and ordered a Gray one. Equally pleased.. Just would caution don't plan to wear much under them.. they fit snuggly.
Perfect Lounge/Everyday Wear
Got this since it was on sale and I love how warm and comfy it is. Its my go to sweater now at home and casual wear for when I go out, specialty for the fall season. I'm super happy with my purchase and the quality of the sweater. The only thing I wish it came with is hand pockets.
The style and fit don't work for a slim athletic figure
The quality appears great and I'm sure it would last and wear well. However I returned it because it is designed for a pear-shaped figure. I bought a medium to have adequate shoulder room. The bottom flares out and is too short on my body and it looks dumb on a 115 lb person with slim hips. The sleeves are extra long and my arms aren't sh... Read Moreort. More knuckle length. Also I am very tired of princess seams on everything. How about some items of classic sportswear for women with sleek lines.
This is one of my favorite tops. It is soft, warm and looks great, too. I am 5'5", 125 pounds and the medium is perfect, even with a tee shirt underneath. Only improvement might be a pocket on the side, but that does not detract from what a great piece this is. I definitely would recommend this top.
Love this fleece
I recently bought this on sale, I have some zip up fleeces but was looking for something to pop on in place of a sweater. This is really warm, and has a thicker feel than the synchilla jacket I have. This is true to size too, the Synchilla I ordered was a L and is too big in all honesty but this fits just right.
Lightweight and warm
I was in the market for a good quality sweater and thoroughly researched brands. Patagonia caught my eye because of the focus on social impact with a value on quality. Im extremely satisfied with my purchase and have ordered a few more for family members to enjoy this winter. Highly recommended for committed hikers and fellow snowboarders!
I am ecstatic over my new Patagonia Better Sweater! These r Extremely Nicely made! They r Comfortable, Soft, Classy, Warm, EXCELLENT Quality for the price...I own 4-5 in different colors to match with whatever I wear...They r perfect for casual wear or dress up or office wear...I have purchased medium & large due to the fact I Always layer duri... Read Moreng the cold months here in Inland Northwest...I am 5ft tall weigh 125lbs which a medium fits ABSOLUTELY Perfectly with moving rm but for layering a large works better for mobility with a sweater or thick shirt underneath...Also I really like the fact on the Patagonia Better Sweater is cut longer in the booty area to help keep it warm since I'm Always cold...I Highly Recommended the Ladies Order up u will b Pleased u did!
I'm 5'5 ~125lbs and based on the size chart they would have had me order an XS. After reading reviews and being warned by a relative to size up, I decided to go with the M because I prefer my sweatshirts and outerwear to have some room in them. I'm super glad I went with the M because a S would've been super snug and there'... Read Mores no way the XS would've fit. The sleeve length is good, it comes down to the halfway point on my hands but I prefer long as opposed to short. I can comfortably wear this with just a sports bra or a L/S tee underneath, and there's no way I would've been able to had I ordered the S.
Flattering fit and so comfy
The Better Sweater has a figure flattering slimmer fit. I am relatively tall and trim but a bit larger in the chest. I decided to go with the medium because of my long arms and boobs. I normally have to go up a size to get these aspects to fit but not in this sweater. The sleeve length fit nicely, not too tight in the chest, I still look like a hav... Read Moree a waist and it doesnt look boxy. Cant wait for more cold weather to wear my new sweater.
I bought two of those jackets but different colors: Black and Birch White. They both are size small, but it is so disappointed because Black runs a lot bigger at the bottom than Birch White.
Hey, thanks for taking the time to write this review. The sizing shouldn't change between colors so it's possible the one you received was mislabeled. Feel free to give us a call at 800-638-6464 or [chat in](patagonia.com) whenever you have the chance so we can help figure out what's going on.
Runs very small
This is a cozy, nicely made top but, like others have said, it runs very small. I am petite and well-endowed; still wear a medium on top sometimes but more often a large. When I saw that others said that this ran small, of course, I chose the large, to be careful, and am glad I did. It is quite snug for a large. I'm not a big person so I have ... Read Moreto wonder how this item is sized. I would have guessed it was mis-marked as a medium. Oh, well, it's cute and comfy, but I won't be able to wear a turtleneck underneath or anything else. A word to the wise!
New favorite cozy sweater
I bought one of these sweaters for my husband last year for Christmas, and he loves it and wears it all of the time...so decided to get one for myself before a hiking trip in Colorado. I ordered a Medium online and it was a bit snug, so was very relieved that my local Patagonia store had a Large on hand and they were great about arranging a sociall... Read Morey distanced exchange. Fits great, feels great, washes well, new favorite.
I am 56 or 57ish. I weigh about 160-165lbs and have long legs and long arms. I am more of a stockier build. My breasts arent too large but not super small. I have broader shoulders as well as bigger biceps and the sweater is a little tight when bending my arms but its nothing thats super uncomfortable. The waist doesnt look too bad; it does look a ... Read Morelittle boxy at the bottom but nothing thats very obvious when moving around. The look and feel of it is amazing overall. 100% recommend.
Very cozy and warm
Soooo versatile! I can wear this anywhere- from work to out on the trails. Its very warm, but not constricting. Its great for my early morning walks in Iowa where the wind gets nippy before the sun comes out. Still fashionable enough that I wear it to work and grocery shopping!
Great sweater - slim fit
For years I’ve purchased Patagonia garments (slim and regular fit) in XS. I’m 5’3” tall and about 115 pounds, with 33” chest and 35” hips. I read all the reviews and various comments about the sizing and decided to go with my usual size, XS (I have an XS Better Sweater vest and it fits me perfectly). This sweater has a slimmer fit than any other Pa... Read Moretagonia item I own, and fits a bit tight across my shoulders (this can be alleviated by lowering the zipper half way); I can wear it with a light t-shirt underneath, but nothing heavier. I love the sweater so much that I ordered it in a size small. The S fits me perfectly - still fairly form fitting, but with room for a base layer. This combo works well, with an outer layer(s), for my cold weather hikes with my dog. I haven’t yet decided whether I’ll keep the XS for casual indoor wear or return it. The Small is more functional, and I know I’ll get more use out of the larger size.
I bought my first one two or three years ago, and since I loved it I got a second in a sale a few weeks ago. Upon receiving it I was taken aback by a few differences -- The fleece material seems a tad thinner than the old one, making it overall more floppy and less stiff. It's not necessarily bad and it's still warm but it just feels more... Read More like a normal shirt not by Patagonia. Neck lining fabric is stiffer, not soft. The knit pattern also seems more dense than the old one. I know brands sometimes switch manufacturers over time and these differences don't really make it worse, but my BIGGEST GRIPE is that the SIZING changed!!! The new one is significantly smaller. Both are in size S, but the old version is 2 cm wider in the body and 1 cm wider in the arms. This makes the new fit noticeably tighter and less comfortable. My measurements are bust 36 in. and waist 28/29 in. It is tightest in the shoulders and underarms, which also makes the neck uncomfortable to zip up completely. I am upset because I am not sure if I can exchange for an M, since it was purchased during a sale. Maybe this shirt will be the motivation I need to lose some weight :(
We're sorry that the fit and fabric were disappointing, Helen. We changed to 100% recycled fabric on this product in 2019 and it's a "slim" fit design. Your purchase is absolutely covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee), so please reach out to our Customer Service to return or exchange it!
Perfect fit, but size up if you want to layer underneath
I looked through all other reviews for XS and didn't see a review that fit my profile, so hopefully this helps someone! I own the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket that all the cool kids in tech own and that one is a little big on me (XS). This fleece is a perfect fit and will likely be a perfect fit under the Nano Puff. The shoulders are a little t... Read Moreight, but that's normal for me in all XS clothing. The rest is a perfect fit and likely will only fit a small/thin t-shirt under, but I'd likely wear my nano puff anyway. Definitely size up if you're looking to wear more layers underneath. I'm petite 115lbs and curvy on bottom. When pulled down, this sweater covers half my booty and is a perfect fit in arm length and the waist.
Love it - Order a size up though
I ordered a small however I wish I ordered a medium. I was inbetween the two sizes and usually wear either a medium or small in most of my times. After reading most of the reviews I went with a small but would much rather be wearing a medium. The small fits fine but I can't wear anything underneath it and it's a bit hard to take off.
The better sweater is great for wearing if you want to layer up versus wearing a bulky coat. I layer up with the better sweater and can use it alone or under a coat if needed depending on climate. I have been pleased with the Patagonia quality and longevity as they stand behind their products and are worth the money, matter of fact the better I hav... Read Moree several pullovers from Patagonia and will continue to add them as part of my life.
Perfect for airport // flights
Im 54, 125 pounds and the size small fit me.. just right but a bit on the fitted side. Im going to get a medium for my next one and see how it fits. I prefer my clothing to be slightly loose with room to layer up. I wore this on my recent flight to Seattle and it was super comfortable! I was able to fit my iPhone XR In the sleeve pocket with no iss... Read Moreues. The quality of this style is good and Im going to purchase one for my boyfriend as well.
Cozy and great quality!
I love everything Patagonia, but this has always been a staple in my wardrobe. I love how cozy and functional it is! I ordered a medium and it fits me well - just enough room to have a long sleeve underneath but not too big. For reference, I am 58 147lbs. Measurements: Waist 28, Chest/Bust 34, Hips 36, Arms 10.75.
Black one is classy and warm!
Love the better sweater. I can wear it to work and it feels like Im wearing a hoodie, but its a warm, nice-looking sweater. Its really think which makes it a little less flexible and harder to take off/put on. But thats all the negative I have to say about it. One of my fav Patagonia clothing articles I have.
Love this Fleece
This is my second Better Sweater purchase except this time I got it in a Large. I bought a Medium in the other which fit pretty snug, but not too tight like its supposed to. The Large fit very well and is just loose enough to wear long sleeve underneath, or another shell layer. I am about 165 pounds and most of my weight is in my stomach and chest.... Read More The sleeves are a little longer on the Large, but it doesn't bother me. Love these fleece and glad I bought them!
I had ordered a medium which I normally wear, however I found it a bit smaller than I expected. I would like to be able to wear a shirt under it if I choose but, also wanted that comfy, stay at home and chill feeling. I exchanged it for a large which was super easy, and I am now a very happy camper! Yay me!
Cozy and Plush
Love wearing this during the colder months or on chilly spring and fall days. Its very soft and plush even after multiple washings. I typically wear the sweater as a top layer (in which case, you might want to size up for layering as I find it runs pretty true to size, maybe even slightly small). I never want to take this off when Im wearing it and... Read More love that I dont feel compelled to (even when indoors) like I would with a jacket. Definitely recommend!
Im a big fan of the better sweater, but the jacket makes more sense with pockets and ease of removal. The tiny side arm pocket isnt really useful. The sleeves and length is a little short, too.
Hi Whitney, thanks for sharing your feedback with us! This particular design does not have any pockets besides the one on the arm as you mentioned, but feel free to check out the [Women's Better Sweater Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-better-sweater-fleece-jacket/25543.html) which has two zippered handwarmer side pockets and interior drop-in pockets.
I am 53 100lbs 32AA and I wear a size S in the better sweater. My boyfriend bought me my first one, and he did a great job considering he had no idea I would wear! I wear an XXS/XS at most stores, and the S is very comfortable - not too snug and not too loose. I wouldve assumed an XS would fit best, but I am so glad he decided to size up because th... Read Moree XS definitely wouldve been uncomfortable! Very warm, easy to wear, would recommend
This is fine for when you need to grab something to run errands, but the warmth or fit is nothing to write home about. It has a more masculine fit.
Hi Jolynda, thanks for sharing your feedback with us! We're sorry to hear this wasn't what you expected in terms of warmth and fit. Please feel free to check out the [Classic Synchilla Fleece Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-classic-synchilla-fleece-jacket/22995.html). It is a full zip fleece but you will find that it has more of a feminine fit and will keep you warm.
Technical enough for cycle commuting and aesthetically pleasing enough for business casual
This is my second better sweater. It works great for my business casual job and is warm enough, sometimes too warm, for my bike ride home. I am 52 140lbs with a muscular mesomorph build and wider shoulders, the size Medium works well. I do find that the seam at the arm holes are a bit tight, but not unbearable. The width in the sleeves accommodate... Read More those with more athletic arms and the body of the fleece is a tad loose, but in a oh this is so cozy kinda way. My one Caution is that if you follow the washing instructions on the tag your fleece will shrink and pill. I wash this bad Lazy by hand in cold water and dry it on a drying rack. No pills & no shrinkage. Over all a good fleece, a good company, and cozy to wear.
Cute but runs small
I was super excited to wear this but unfortunately it does run small. I normally purchase my tops M/L So I went with a large on this. Next time Ill know to size up.
Hey, thanks for the review on our Women's Better Sweater Quarter Zip Fleece. We're sorry to hear the size you got didn't work out! Please reach out to one of our [Customer Service Representatives]( https://help.patagonia.com/s/) so we can set you up with an exchange. Cheers!
Love this sweater
I have this sweater in a size small (my usual size) and really like it but found that it runs a bit small. I purchased a second in a medium and the fit is much better. This is an amazing layering piece as it's not too bulky but provides a lot of warmth and comfort. Great for outdoor activity and looks put together enough for wear in the office... Read More.
Warm and comfortable
I have several full zip versions of the Better Sweater as it is a versatile jacket. As a marine scientist I often layer this jacket under heavier gear when working outdoors. I have had a bit of difficulty getting the 1/4 zip Better sweater in the correct size. This small is too snug, while the medium was a little large. But the style and detail of ... Read Moreconstruction is, as always, gre