The Patagonia Men’s Down Sweater utilizes ethically sourced featherweight 800 fill power goose down to deliver reliable warmth for everything from backpacking to climbing to wear around town. A durable water repellent finish offers weather-resistance.
Compressible and warm and great to throw over a base layer or under a shell, the Patagonia Men’s Down Sweater is an excellent layering option. Let’s take a closer look.
The materials in play on the exterior of the sweater are 100 percent recycled polyester rip stop with a DWR finish. So it will shed some light rain of mist, but it is not a fully waterproof material. So keep that in mind when looking into the Down Sweater.
We do have an 800 fill traceable European goose down, so that just means the goose down can be traced back to birds that were never force fed or live plucked. So it is a sustainable way of harvesting that down insulation.
The jacket does have some features I want to mention. We have got a full length front zipper with a little storm flap so you can certainly keep out the cold, drafty air, keep yourself nice and warm. That comes all the way up to a nice kissing well zipper garage at the top, so you have got really good comfort next to skin, no abrasion, no chafing, won’t snag any beard hairs. So it is a really nice, comfortable collar there.
We do have some pockets on the sweater, we have got two zippered hand warmer pockets down low, so nice small pockets there. You can store some essentials, warm on the hands if you are not wearing gloves and they are zippered for security. We do have a pocket on the inside of the sweater as well. It is a nice, pretty sizable interior pocket. You can definitely stow some larger items in there and a really nice benefit to this pocket is that it reverses on itself and creates a nice, small, compact stuff size for the jacket. It is a great travel pillow. It is easy to attach it to a harness if you are climbing and need a layer at the belay or anything like that. You could certainly stow this away and keep it nice and compact.
Some features to enhance the fit include elastic around the cuffs of the jacket, so that will help to keep it snug around the wrist without being too tight. It keeps the cold air out, keeps the warm insulation in. There is a hem draw cord as well, so you can certainly cinch this down around the waist, prevent it from riding up if you are wearing a backpack or a climbing harness.
I am wearing a medium here. The fit is fairly regular. I have got some room to layer underneath, could easily throw a weatherproof shell on top. So it is definitely a good layering option or you can wear it alone on a cooler day if you are going downtown, certainly blocks the wind and creates a lot of good insulation there as well.
And there you have it, a great outer wear piece for casual days downtown or layering in the backcountry, it is the Patagonia Men’s Down Sweater.