Patagonia Down Sweater
I had my eye on these for a while. I'd never owned a proper down insulating layer but for the weight, packability, and warmth, I knew I'd have to get one.
On a whim at the Round Rock REI, I found last year's model on sale ($120) and walked out with a size Large.
- 11 ounces (avg)
- 800 Fill power
- Polyester shell, down fill
- $220 retail. $100-200 on sales.
Loved the lightweight and loft. Color was eh (sky blue) but it got the job done.
800 fill goose down provides great warmth in a small package. It's not hydrophobic, probably because the down treating process is killer on the environment and this is a Patagonia piece. Outer shell is light weight and treated with water repellant coating. Baffles are sewn well and stuffed full of down. Hand pockets are in a perfect spot and are large enough to be comfortable.
Size seemed pretty true, if a touch big. I'm hard to size, though.
This was my go-to piece on the trail for hanging out in camp, setting up on cold nights or cold mornings, and breaks. Blocks the wind well. Shed light rain well. I did rip a tiny hole in the shell on a bolt sticking out of Muir Trail Ranch's gate. Put a tiny patch of Duck tape on it and haven't messed with is since. Still wear it weekly.
Love the performance, features, and capabilities.
For light weight, pack abilit\, and loft- it's gotta be down. There's lighter weight pieces out there but for all around versatility I've been a fan of the Down Sweater.
Overall Arbitrary Trail Score (OATS)