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Wanted to love this, but very snug sleeves... the large size was way to long in the sleeves, so it didn't work out. I would have tried a large "petite" but petite was not an option.
Response from PatagoniaMay 12, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear about the fit issues you had with the sleeves on this 1/4 Zip. Please rest assured that we will be passing this feedback along to our Product Review Team so they are aware of these issues. In the meantime, please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this product as we want you to be 100% satisfied with all of your Patagonia purchases.
Great casual fleece 1/4 zip
I love the Better Sweater line. I have been purchasing and wearing them since the earliest iterations. I still own and wear three pieces from 2011. For being over 10 years old, I haven't had too much of an issue with pilling, relatively minor. The fit of these quarter zip fleeces are a slim fit so they do fit closer to the body. Many folks say... Read More this line runs small, which I agree with somewhat. I am 5'8" and a size 12-14 and pretty busty on top and wear the XL in Better Sweater products. I generally wear a short sleeved capilene top underneath with no issue. I do think the newest iterations run a bit more narrow in the shoulders and arms and the body of the fleece feels a bit longer than my 10+ year old Better Sweaters. This is a casual fleece and that's how I wear it. I find it too heavy for technical use (skiing, backpacking, etc) I prefer the Micro D or R1 line for technical purposes. All around great casual fleece in beautiful colors.
Too tight in the sleeves and shoulders
I bought this to replace a decades-old better sweater that had served me well. The replacement had very tight sleeves and felt tight across my shoulders. I gave it to a family member and will look now for another brand for to replace it.
Response from PatagoniaApril 11, 2023
We're sorry to hear this Better Sweater didn't fit you right! We hope your family member is happy with it, but you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that isn't going to work for you. You can also contact our Customer Service Team for specific dimensions for any garment so you can feel confident it will fit you well. Thank you for this review, Joyce!
Sadly I did not find
Sadly I did not find this particular sweater comfortable. The fabric was not soft, and the fit was very tight across the shoulders. I tried on the XL and it, too was not much better. The XXL was sold out in the color I wanted. I returned both the xl and the L.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 14, 2023
Hello Barbara, thank you for leaving us a review. We're sorry to hear that you didn't find this sweater to be comfortable. We do want to mention that this particular sweater does have a slim fit, so it's intended to sit closer to the body. You can check the fit on any item by going to its product page and looking underneath the color options. If you'd like for us to check inventory on the out of stock color you're interested in, please reach out to [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*dlh9y0*_ga*MTE3MzgxOTU4OS4xNjQ3NTMxMTc0*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3ODgyMTc1My42NDMuMS4xNjc4ODI1NjEzLjAuMC4w). We're able to see if and when an item would be restocked.
Not the quality it used to be
I own two Better Sweater 1/4 zip fleeces purchased about 5-6 years ago that I love. They have a nice feminine shape, fit true to size, and are wonderfully warm. Not sure if it's just the pelican color, but this one was baggy all around and the material felt much thinner. Returned.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 8, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry to hear about the fit issues you encountered. Please rest assured that we will be passing your feedback along to our Product Team so they are aware of these issues. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*q252c6*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3ODMxMzcyNy40ODMuMS4xNjc4MzEzNzM2LjAuMC4w).
I have 4 of them. wonderful.
I love the better sweater. I have 4 of them. I will get more. I love the fit, the comfort, the warmth, the not too hot/not too cold perfection of the fit. The fit is perfect. I use the zipper pocket on my arm for my wallet or kleenex. it's just great. Make the men's version with the zipper on the arm. oput out more of the GREEN ones.
I wear a small in the Better Sweater jacket but the small in the 1/4-zip fleece fit a bit tighter especially in the shoulders/arms. I felt that I'd probably not wear it much since I prefer wearing a base layer underneath it, so I had to return it. Will have to size up to medium if I want to try it again. But I think the full zip version will b... Read Moree more versatile for me.
My favourite Sweater
I have this sweater in so many colours. I just love the feel, the warmth and the functionality. A few of my older ones are covered in pills but they are still extremely warm and I love them just the same. Highly recommend investing. I am a true women's medium but I also have one that is a men's small and a women's large and love both... Read More of them for a slight baggier fit.
Warm and comfortable
This Better Sweater is warm and comfortable. Based on other reviews of sized up. Not sure I would do that again but now I can easily layer underneath. Its gettiBased on other reviews I sized up. Not sure I would do that again but now I can easily layer underneath. Its getting four-stars because it has no pockets - just a zipper pocket on arm.
LONG TIME BUYER/BUT DISAPPOINTING
HAVE BOUGHT PATAGONIA FOR DECADES AND THE WOMEN'S SWEATER IS MY UNIFORM..(6 OR 7) .BUT AS TIME GOES ON THE MATERIAL BECOMES LESS APPEALING - REALISE IT'S RECYCLED BUT.....
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 21, 2023
We're sorry to hear you're not happy with the Better Sweater fabric, JoAnn! Of course, you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if you wish. Please let us know how we can help!
If you're on the fence, the answer is yes
I have been eyeing this sweater for over a year, and finally went for it, and I'm so glad I did. The Better Sweater is soft, and comfortable, and has a flattering fit that layers comfortably over a baselayer, and easily under a puffer or coat. It's my new go-to for a variety of weather scenarios! The only note I have is that when the sw... Read Moreeater is fully zipped up, the collar is pretty tall, so if you have a shorter neck it may bump up against your jaw/chin.
Warm and well designed
Now I undertand why this is so popular. It is well designed, well made, comfortable, and warm. The sizing was bit tricky for me. The medium was form fitting and the large was roomy without being too baggy. However, arm length was too long with the large size so I had to fold it twice. For reference, I am 5'3, waist 28, and 126lbs. I do have a ... Read Morewide shoulder. I ended up buying both sizes so I can wear the medium under a jacket and the large on its own with a thicker shirt under it.
This is my third Better Sweater. I have two in the small and one in a medium that I use if I want to wear a long sleeve underneath. So my only wish is that there were more ease in the sleeves. Even with a thin base layer the sleeves are too tight to wear anything other than a short sleeve underneath.
I am usually M, i did check the size chart cause it slim fit, according to the chart i am still M, however, the material conforms to the body too much, meaning, shows your shape, not only the love handles but also shows the pants line. If i size up, the sleeve will be too long and the shoulder will be too wide. The M already shows bulging at the ba... Read Moreck shoulder. Look so nice in the photo but i guess not for my body shape. I have to return this one unfortunately.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 30, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We also want to extend our sincere apologies for the issues you encountered with your new Better Sweater which led to a return. Please know you can always reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*1vgpcmh*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3NTExNTAxMy4zNjMuMS4xNjc1MTE2MTQxLjAuMC4w) at any time and we will be more than happy to give you more exact measurements for any of our products. This way you will have a better idea of how everything will fit before it is received. In the case of our Better Sweaters, we would highly encourage sizing up at least one size due to the slimmer fit of the product to get a more relaxed fit.
I think the sizing is
I think the sizing is not all that accurate. I should have went up two sizes than what was shown on the sizing chart, but only went up one when I returned for a larger size. I didn't want to return again. Otherwise, I like everything else about it.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 2, 2023
Hi Teri! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the fit. The 1/4 zip features a slim fit so it will fit closer to body. That said, we appreciate this feedback and we'll share it with our design team to keep in mind for future seasons.
My husband has several of
My husband has several of these sweaters and he loves them, but I must not fit the Patagonia size profile, as the M was too small and the L was too large.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 20, 2023
Hi RW, we're so sorry to hear that you're having trouble finding the correct size Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece. Please feel free to begin a [return or complimentary exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Purchased this because i had
Purchased this because i had bought one several years ago and have worn it extensively. Felt it was time for another as a backup. It hasn't changed from the original. I was glad the design stayed the same. Very useful layering or with a long underwear top in warmer winter weather. I live in high desert so it is very versatile in our climate.( ... Read MorePS. Please bring the El Cap Jacket back.) Happy New Year
Slightly too small, and I wanted my husband to get me the full zip version
Slightly too small, and I really wanted the full zip version, but my husband didnt want to ask me too much and burden me with more choices, so he just bought it for me. I returned it for the full zip XL size, and I love that one!!
Super Warm And Soft
I received mine as a gift. It was a size large. I exchanged it for a double extra large. (Very surprised to see larger sizes) I really wanted it to fit more like a tunic with my tights. Now its just how I wanted it to fit. Seriously I haven't worn anything else since I put it on!! Love it!
Can't take it off!
Received this for Christmas and have worn it 4 days in a row. I don't want to take it off. It is warm, soft, stylish, and fits great. I'm 190 and ordered the XXL. The arm and torso length is perfect and I still have a little wiggle room for a second layer. The arm pocket is perfect for a phone, car keys, or a chap stick. I love this item ... Read Moreso much I ordered one for myself.
Tighter Fit But Warm & Cozy
I mostly fit XXS in Patagonia. I am 5'1 and 95 lbs. But upon reading reviews, and trying on at the store, I opted for XS. It is still a tighter fit because of the knit and stiffer weave of the Better Sweater. I have the Vest and it's the same tighter/stiffer feel. It's still cozy and warm - I just suggest going up one size. Wish ther... Read Moree were hand pockets. I bought it for work. I don't think it would be that conformable as a midlayer for outdoor pursuits as it's stiffer, not breathable, and thicker. Good for going on a casual winter/fall walk on trails in the neighborhood though!
I would say the Better Sweater does run true to size. It is a slim fit though so I would understand if someone thought it ran small. I prefer a quarter zip over a full zip and think its an awesome fleece option for not only work/indoors but also outdoors and layering!
I got a medium and its a little snug, still wearable. I like my sweaters to be a bit oversize. This was right in my arms and i couldnt wear it over bagging shirts. Def size up a size or two
Response from PatagoniaNovember 30, 2022
Hi Chelsea, thank you for this review. Yes, the Better Sweater is designated as a "Slim Fit", and so it may require sizing up if you want an oversized fit. Thank you for your contribution to our customer community!
Arrived smelling bad and sleeves way too short
Response from PatagoniaNovember 25, 2022
We are incredibly sorry to hear about the condition your Better Sweater arrived Hannah. Please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*18nca9z*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY2OTQxNDk4MC4yMDAuMS4xNjY5NDE0OTgyLjAuMC4w) so we can help get you into a new product. Again, we are truly very sorry about this, but we will do our best to ensure this is remedied.
Runs a little small but overall love the sweater.
I received a size large for a gift. It a little on the small side. I went to exchange it for an extra large which was huge on me. So, I settled on the large. I just wont be able to wear anything under it. Overall, love your company and your mission.
It is very warm and light weight. I really think the close fit enhances its warmth and looks very attractive. It is so much nicer than the looser styles that are popular. It is very unique and I hope the cut and styling never change.It is fitted to the hips which I like.
Normally, I wear a womens medium in tops due to my arms being on the muscular side. I went in store to find this sweater and didnt like how narrow the arms were so I grabbed a mens small and found that it fit perfectly and exactly how I wanted (slightly loose) so for anyone with larger arms, definitely try mens If you want this to be looser
Very Nice, but Sizing Way Off
This is a very nicely made product. It is warm, comfortable, and flattering. Unfortunately, the sizing is way off from what is presented in the sizing chart, and I am very disappointed with how it fits. I usually wear XS (0-2) tops, and my measurements put me at the lower end of the XS presented in the sizing chart. The XS is way too small - the sh... Read Moreoulders are very tight and the arms are barely long enough. I would recommend sizing up!
Returned - too snug for an outer layer
Returning this sweater as it's too snug for an outer layer. The interior needs to be reworked as it catches on everything and makes layering very difficult.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 16, 2022
Thank you for submitting this review, Kate. We're glad to see you've returned a pullover that wasn't going to make you happy! The Better Sweater line is designed with a slim cut, and some people do prefer to size up to allow layering. Please let us know if we can be of any further help!
Practical and Stylish
I decided to purchase this product based on a recommendation from my son who currently owns two. I received mine just in time for planned hiking trip in the Pacific Northwest. It provided a nice additional layer for a chilly morning hike in the Northern Cascades. I currently wear it daily at work - it is comfortable and stylish enough for business ... Read Morecasual dress. Washes easily - I wash mine inside out and hang dry. I don't think the sweater would work for rugged conditions as it could snag, probably best as a layer underneath another top layer.
A more polished fleece .
First let me say I love the smooth , polished look this fleece has on the outside while still being super cozy and warm ! It is a more fitted sweater than most casual fleece and looks good on a small , lean person ! Very flattering for someone like me , it might not work for a thicker person or someone who likes a roomy fit unless they size up ! I ... Read Morewill order another in a brighter blue as I would love to have a collection of theses ! I also adore the half zip design as again it tends to work well with an over jacket or coat without being bulky ! Truly great quality , well finished with knit edging ! Really love theses year after year ! Thank you ! Don't change a thing ( except maybe more colors ) !
Warm, but arms are way too long.
I am 5'3" and 124lb, slightly athletic build. I was so excited to get the sweater. Everywhere else fit fine. It's nice and warm. But the arms are way to long ! Although Patagonia is so popular, it might not for me. So sad.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 24, 2022
Hi Makiko! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the fleece didn't fit correctly in the arms. Feedback like this is crucial to improving things for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I love my sweaters oversized so I got an XL and it fits great, sleeves are a bit long but they look cute rolled up. I would caution you to get a sized bigger than you are because it does run snug. Im 130 lbs with a size c bra and the XL is oversized but not giant. I got it in black and its my new fav sweater. I wish it had pockets on the sides tho... Read More
The color, style and material is great! But for a winter outer layer, it just is much too fitted. No freedom of movement at all, a little short, and too snug over the hips.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 11, 2022
Hi Melinda! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Fit is off
I really wanted this to fit. I am a small to medium for sweaters and other tops. I read many reviews saying it is too narrow and difficult to get off, so I ordered a medium & large. I am a 34D bust and the medium was too tight and difficult to get off although the sleeves were too long. The medium fit my chest but the sleeves and length were wa... Read Morey too big. It is listed as slim fit, but it is beyond slim and a struggle to get off.
I am bummed, I ordered 3 last year as gifts, 1 this yr for me. Too small and ordered according to directions . I ordered 2 more for gifts.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 30, 2022
Hi Amy, the Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece does run a bit snug, and we'd be happy to help out with a [return or free exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We'd also be happy to help the people you gifted with both options as well if they're having the same issue. We'll reach out to you privately, just in case you need further assistance.
Herringbone version doesn't stretch
It's lovely. But if you buy the herringbone version it doesnt have any give. Size up. I generally run small to medium in tops due to broad shoulders and had to wrestle my way out of it. Wish I could have exchanged for a medium but they were out of stock.
I am 5'1" with narrow shoulders. I tried on a S and a M and the sizing is just awkward. The difference between the small and medium is the wider shoulders, but the armscye is a little tight and there is absolutely no stretch or give in the bottom hem. I can get it on my hips, but the sweater has no give or stretch and it just looks odd wi... Read Moreth the roomy shoulders with the tight bottom hem. The bottom hem falls at the widest part of the hip, and the sizing should accommodate the hips, which are typically the widest part of a woman's body. Patagonia appears to have their patterns drafted for junior sizing. I can't go any larger, or the shoulders will be awkwardly large on my curvy petite frame.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 13, 2022
Hi Vera! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. We truly appreciate this feedback and we'll share it with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Super Warm but awkward shape and pills BAD!
I loved this fleece at first- it was great for fall weather or mild winter day hikes. The bottom hem is a little boxy and awkward and it pills really bad. I don't wear mine out anymore because of the pilling. For the $$ I think there are better options
Love this sweater!
This was the perfect weight to go under a raincoat for our trip to Ireland in late spring/early summer! I wore it everyday, hiking, sightseeing, just for warmth. It was awesome! Super comfortable and versatile and didn't feel hot or bulky when I was working up a sweat on an intense hike.
Boxy, not very stretchy
I returned this because I did not like the styling. I have many other Better Sweaters and I like the color, but the fabric is not stretchy and the style is much boxier than other better sweaters. Not worth the price for such a blah piece, even on sale.
Response from PatagoniaMay 17, 2022
Hi Gretchen, we're sorry to hear that you weren’t happy the Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece this time around. Please feel welcome to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Different Better Sweater
I love the Better Sweaters; I have about 15 of them in different colors and zip configurations. But this one has an attractive pattern woven into it (the first Better Sweater I've seen like it). I like the pattern and will probably wear it for casual errands but it won't be a go to as much as the others as it doesn't stretch as much ... Read More(hardly at all) and is not as suited for cold weather. It's just not as comfy. I'm glad I have it and I'll enjoy wearing it; it's just not the better sweater I'm used to.
I love the style and the warmth this sweater provides. It is a little tight in the armpits- but I only notice it when I am trying to take it off. I am a bit claustrophobic and when my arms get even slightly stuck I panic.
Response from PatagoniaMay 16, 2022
Hey Patti, thank you for the feedback. This fleece has a slim fit which could be why it feels a little tight when you try to take it off. You can check on the fit of any item by going to it's product page and checking underneath the size range options. We do have regular and relaxed fit options for women's fleeces which you can check out [here](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-fleece?prefn1=fit&prefv1=regular%7Crelaxed).
Love the low zip neckline, would like something a little less heavy weight wise/
Response from PatagoniaMay 6, 2022
Hey Marsha, thanks for the review. We do have a lightweight version of the Better Sweater that you can check out [here](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-lightweight-better-sweater-shelled-fleece-jacket/26100.html?dwvar_26100_color=FEA).
Runs small and is heavy weight
I returned this sweater although I liked the grey and white pattern. It runs really small and was tight and stiff everywhere, especially on my arms and shoulders. The heavy weight would prevent it to use as a layering piece when hiking. Another reason to return.
I bought the oyster white I just love it. It definitely is the opposite of a big comfy fleece in the size I bought but that's what I wanted and this fleece fits the bill. For sizing reference, I'm a 34 B chest size, athletic build. My daughter's XS full zip better sweater fit me perfectly so I sized up to a S based on the reviews and... Read More the S 1/4 zip fits perfectly. It is quite fitted, which I like, because it's not bulky under my shell when snowboarding. And it looks fabulous and slimming with jeans, leggings, or hiking shorts. Now I'm eyeballing other colors!
Flattering & Durable
Love love love these tops. Had 2 that my sons had gotten me for Christmas one year and just loved wearing them! Im usually a girl that likes to layer and these are perfect for layering. Following instructions they also wash very well. Definitely my go to top for three seasons a year, and perhaps on a chilly summer night.
Fabulous quality and gorgeous color, just wish it had pockets
This is my third Better Sweater but my first 1/4 zip. Overall, Im very happy with it. Its a beautiful color and the high quality you always get with Patagonia. I have only two small complaints: 1. I wish it had pockets at the waist/hips. It only has the one on the sleeve, which is good for a mask or an ID and a credit card, but not great for keys o... Read Morer your phone. 2. I love the fabric, but wish it had a little more give. Never a problem with the full zip, but harder to get on and off in the pullover. Relatedly, because the fabric is fairly stiff, I had to size up for the hips so its actually a little bit big on me up top. Still love it though!
Soft and warm
I have a lot of Patagonia fleece, but this is my first better sweater. I love it! It is very soft and warm. And for me maybe a little too warm to keep on indoors at work. Since this is labeled slim fit, I think it does run true to size. Some reviews said it runs small, so I ordered up a size. I should have stuck with my original xs to get the slim ... Read Morefit because the small is a little bulky under my arms.
Not like my previous purchases
I have several Patagonia Better Sweaters, even a purple one that I was lucky to buy since I havent seen them again. Although the Berlin Blue was a nice color there was a strong perfumed fragrance when I received it and the material was itchy. I had to wash it several times and I even used fabric softener sheets. Not soft and warm like my previous p... Read Moreurchases.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 17, 2022
Hi Karen, we're sorry to hear that the Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece in color Berlin Blue was uncomfortable against your skin. We want you to feel cozy in your gear, and we’d be happy to help out with a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We’ll reach out to you privately to further assist with either of those options.
My Favorite Sweater
I held off on buying one for a while - what a regret! I wear this 5 days a week working from home - it keeps me warm but feels breathable, I love the light blue color and the little arm zipper pocket (though I found it a little weird at first); couldn't ask for a better sweater (no pun intended).
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