Patagonia Insulated Better Sweater Full-Zip Hoodie - Men's

Inherently better than most sweaters.

Patagonia made the sweater better by adding more warmth in the Men's Insulated Better Sweater Full-Zip Hoodie. Partially-recycled Thermogreen insulation stays warm when wet, and it makes this hoodie an excellent midlayer for skiing. 

  • Sweater-knit fleece exterior
  • Thermogreen insulation
  • Hooded with stand-up collar
  • Internal and kangaroo pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Really Like It

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

My husband wants to love this better sweater, but he only "really likes" it. Mid-winter he loves wearing a light puffy and a medium fleece, and that's exactly what this piece is. His only complaint is that the fit is a little off. The arm length is a tad short, and when the jacket is zipped all the way it's a bit too tight around the neck. It doesn't allow you to hunker down inside the collar if the wind picks up. He decided to keep it because it's 90% perfect.

Liked the idea, fit is strange.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

I had this for about 2 weeks before I decided to return it. At first I thought the quirks of it were just that, quirks. I'll learn to live with it, I thought, but it ended up on the coat rack until I came to grips with it the fact that it wasn't doin' it for me. Why? It's in the fit.

This isn't a typical Better Sweater. I didn't realize it until I put it on, because I didn't think to compare and scrutinize the pictures of the two products. Obviously this hoodie is insulated whereas the classic better sweaters (henceforth written CBS) aren't. But, as an example, compare the cuffs. The CBS has the sleeve that ends abruptly in an small elastic cuff. I'm sure it has a technical name, I just don't know it. The insulated BS has almost a full cuff. It weirds you out if you're used to the CBS style.

The shoulders seem a little tight, but it could be due to somewhat restricted stretching as a result of the insulated lining, whereas the CBS stretches to allow your body to do it's thing. Just enough to throw you off.

Also, when you zip the jacket all the way up, that collar cinches up fairly tight. The hood is voluminous, which created an unpleasant feel. Lots of headspace, limited neck room. I like to tuck my chin into the neck area sometimes, and this just wouldn't allow for that.

So, it's weird, but the thing that I couldn't get over was the hood itself. It's heavy. How heavy? The hood, when down on my back, would pull the front of the hoodie up. It throws the balance of the garment off. Combine that with the slightly narrow shoulders, boxy body and lack of stretch, the whole garment gives you the sense it's trying to pull itself off you from behind. Also on the hood, as stated earlier, it's a big one. It's got a large brim on it, and because the hood swallowed my head up, that brim came down pretty far on my brow. The shelf of the brim didn't allow for any ability to look up, and was just in the way. It made me think, maybe this is for mountaineers, skiiers, or any other winter sport that requires a helmet, but, if you need a brain bucket for what you're doing, there are far better choices than this to wear.

Is it warm? Decently, though I didn't experience this thing to be a wearable furnace. Is it comfortable? I'm sure it would be, if the fit were adjusted. It is a handsome thing! The fabric and material felt wonderful, and the colors were vibrant. I just couldn't bring myself to keep it.

Great Hoodie

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I bought this for a friend that returned the hoodie and he had the following to share:

"Was looking for a warmer hoodie that was all synthetic and quick drying. I have to say I loved this piece and was sad I needed to return it. Loved the weight and construction, It was exactly what I wanted. But the sleeves were too short for my arms. When I would reach forward or reach up they would ride up my forearm. All in all a great piece but not the best fit for me."

Better than the Better Sweater Hoodie

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

This fits true to size and is more wind resistant than the Better Sweater. If this had a wind resistant layer it would be perfect. All and all I would definitely recommend this hoodie!

Hoody on steroids

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This thing is cozy for sure. Not your typical piece of clothing but nothing that Patagonia makes is. Quality and comfort. Not to mention the fact you can take this on any cold adventure and it will do you right. The insulation is an understatement. This thing is made to keep you comfortable in COLD temperatures. I live in Colorado and this would do after the sun sets with need for little else on super chilly nights. I'd say anything over 60 degrees and you probably don't want to reach for this. Definitely not rain proof but it does shed wind fairly well. Anything where the thermostat is dropping and you need something more this is the piece. Perfect for Colorado and any other place that can get nippy.

Silly warm

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

The quality of the jacket is typical of Patagonia... stellar. It's a good looking coat and it's insanely comfortable. Admittedly, it's a little bulkier than I would like and it is unbelievable warm. Seriously, I don't wear this unless it's just bitter outside.
I can't complain at all though. Solid around town piece if it's cold and you're gonna be walking a little ways.

Really warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

This thing is as warm as my Mountain Hardware Down 900 fill down jacket. Thats good and bad. I bought it for kind of a casual around town jacket and I am sweating every time I go inside but Its nice not to be swishing around in a down when I'm walking the dog. My only complaint is the nick is tight when its all zipped up. I bough a large I'm 6' 180 and don't have a particularly thick neck so its a bummer that i can't wear a collared shirt under this if I plan on zipping it up all the way. Also now adjustments in the tightness of the hood or waist.

Unanswered Question

How does this compare to the Patagonia Down Sweater Hooded Jacket - Men's in terms of warmth everyday wear and versatility?