Delivering maximum versatility and both comfort and warmth for cold-weather, the Patagonia Men’s Better Sweater 3-in-1 Parka consists of a waterproof/breathable shell jacket and a cozy warm fleece jacket that can stand alone or work in tandem to deliver premium performance.
For urban adventures or backcountry travel, the Patagonia Men’s Better Sweater 3 in 1 Parka is just at home on the trail as it is in the café. A plethora of features make this jacket very versatile for any type of outdoor activity. Let’s take a look at all of those features.
This jacket actually has two different pieces that give you essentially three options, hence, the name, the 3 in 1 name. So you have got the external shell. You have got the internal layer. You can wear the external by itself, the internal by itself, or wear them both together as a system piece. And it is a really warm, really nice and pretty stylish piece as well.
So the exterior is Patagonia’s H2-no fabric. It is a nice durable material. It is fully waterproof and breathable and it is going to hold up well to those storms. It has got two nice hand pockets with a snap closure there, so it is kind of like an envelope style pocket. You have got a little bit of fleece lining on the inside there to keep your hands warm. We also have a nice chest pocket there, zippered, nice little pocket there to stow some smaller items, so a nice feature there as well.
The sleeves are a little bit longer to give you some extra coverage on the hand. So that is a pretty nice addition. And the jacket itself is a thigh length jacket. So it does extend pretty far to give you some extra coverage when you need it.
The zipper is pretty neat. It has got a nice, two way zipper, kind of with a double storm flap on the exterior. So you have got two flaps here to give you extra waterproof protection and that snap closure just ensures that it stays shut in the worst of storms. But the zipper does zip up from the bottom so you can open up and vent. If you are sitting down it makes it nice and easy or if you just want to open it up a little bit, you know, as you are walking, you can do so. And it has got a nice zipper at the top there, too, so two way zipper, which is a really nice addition. It does have a zip through collar. So it comes up nicely around the neck, give you some extra wind protection around the neck if you need it.
And this jacket does have a full hood. So it is a nice addition. It keeps the rain off. It keeps the rain out of your hair. It has got a nice shaped hood. There is no real adjustment on the hood here, but it is nicely shaped and it feels really good. It is going to offer a lot of protection, so nice features on the exterior portion of the jacket.
I am going to take it apart and show you some of the features from the Better Sweater that is on the inside. I have taken the parka shell off to show you better the insulator or the Better Sweater Jacket that is on the inside. So we do have a Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket. It is a 100 percent polyester, blue sign approved jacket. It is a really nice heathered feel here. The knit is done in such a way that it reduces the amount of dye stuffs used, the energy and the water needed to create the product. So it is really sustainable and responsibly made. We do have a really nice soft fleece and there are a couple of other features in play with the jacket here.
Because it integrates so well or the reason that it integrates so well with the parka is because it has these little loops right by the sleeves and one on the back of the collar that are going to allow you to attach it. There are some tabs with the parka shell that allow the attachment of this. So it doesn’t slip around or slide around while you are wearing the whole system.
There are some other features on the jacket. There are two zippered hand warmer pockets. So you have got two pockets down low on the sweater portion, really nice, just low profile pockets that get a nice jerseyed, knit exterior flap there so it gives it some extra abrasion resistance and styling.
We do have a standup collar on this as well. So it comes up nice. It is a pretty stiff collar, but it is not so stiff that it is going to suffocate. It has got really nice soft fleece on the inside so it sits nicely next to skin. It is a very nice collar there.
We also have the hip length, so it is not quite as long as the jacket, but it does come down a little bit lower. So it is a nice length there. It gives you some extra coverage and some extra warmth.
There is one pocket on the inside of the jacket. It is just an internal chest pocket. SO you can store some items there that you may want to keep closer to the body, you know, not exposed to the elements, so a nice little pocket on the inside of the Better Sweater.
So there you have it. It is the Patagonia Men’s Better Sweater 3 in 1 Parka. With three different options, just the sweater, just the shell or the system together, you have got an extremely versatile piece that is just at home on the trail as it is down town.