Gear Review: Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody

Trail running near Mount Hood, Oregon.

Trail running near Mount Hood, Oregon.

Rock climbing in the High Sierras, California. ( Picture by Josh Currie )

Rock climbing in the High Sierras, California. (Picture by Josh Currie)

Backpacking in the North Cascades, Washington.

Backpacking in the North Cascades, Washington.

Snowshoeing on Mount Hood, Oregon.

Snowshoeing on Mount Hood, Oregon.

Backpacking in the North Cascades, Washington.

Backpacking in the North Cascades, Washington.

If you follow my blog or Instagram you have undoubtably seen me in this jacket… a lot of times. This Patagonia Down Hoody was my fourth puffy jacket purchase within two years. The three jackets* I had before (which were all great, just not what I was looking for) all lacked something or another and I was itching to find the perfect jacket. I would love to say I researched thoroughly before purchasing this jacket, but that would be a fat lie. The truth is, I was in my local REI and saw this jacket for over 50% off (perks of fitting into XS clothes) and loved the color so I grabbed it. That’s how a lot of my gear shopping goes- it’s impulsive and I research and evaluate the purchase after the fact.

*you can find the other three jackets I have purchased at the very bottom of this post.

What I love:

  • The durability: This jacket has been in lots of different environments since we’ve moved to the west coast. Scraped while walking through thick underbrush and by unforgiving Pacific Northwest pines, not to mention sliding across rock faces and bumping up against everything… this jacket has held up and doesn’t have a single tear or loose thread. Words cannot describe how much I appreciate the durability of this jacket not just because it saves me time from having to deal with repairs, but because it really demonstrates the quality of the jacket itself. It’s meant to get dirty and to be worn in all kinds of situations.

  • The fit: I’m a petite female so it’s easy for a jacket (especially a puffy one) to look like a bag on me and swallow me alive. I need something with a little bit of shape and something that isn’t too long or have too long/short of sleeves. This jacket has an incredibly flattering fit while also giving enough room underneath to have a base layer or two.

  • The thickness: the jacket isn’t too thick and isn’t too thin, it’s just right. When it’s a little bit warmer out I can wear this with no hard shell and a thin base layer underneath and be cozy warm, in the winter I can layer it under a hard shell and have base layers underneath that. Either way, I am never too hot and always comfortable. The coldest day I’ve had was a high of 26 degrees and the coldest night was around 20 degrees and I was fine in both settings!

  • The hood: The hood is perfect and cozy and keeps my head and bottom of my face warm in the cold. Also, if you have to throw on a helmet, the jacket can fit under or over that as well.

  • The full zipper: My previous Patagonia was a half zip and it got annoying having to take it off over my head over and over, especially with hats and neck warmers in the colder months. The full zip (although I like the quarter zip look better) is much more practical when outdoors and active.

What I don’t love:

  • It seems to look dirty really fast. I think this has to do with the fact that I selected a lighter color so dirt shows up easily. I wear it outside so naturally it has more of a chance of getting dirty. SO keep this in mind if you’re planning on purchasing this jacket, a darker color might be the way to go.

Some of the specs from the website:

  • Durable shell fabric is made of 100% recycled polyester ripstop treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish

  • 800-fill-power Advanced Global Traceable Down (goose down certified by NSF International, traced from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure that the birds are not force-fed or live-plucked)

  • Contoured fit has a longer-length hem; narrow horizontal quilt lines on side panels

  • Single-pull adjustable hood; center-front Vislon® zipper has wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort

  • Two secure handwarmer pockets have Vislon® zippers and garages; internal zippered chest pocket converts to stuffsack with a carabiner clip-in loop

  • Comfortable nylon-bound elastic cuffs seal in warmth

  • Hem adjusts by pulling cord in handwarmer pockets and releases with cord locks at front hem


Previous Jackets:

Mammut Kobah Down-Blend Jacket (no longer sold)