The Patagonia Down Sweater is a great mid-layer for those skier who want some extra warmth for the extremely cold days. You could also use this on the outside on days when you’re not going to see wet weather.
Patagonia Down Sweater Mid-Layer Review
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Waterproofing and Breathability: The Patagonia Down Sweater has a DWR finish to help bead water off of the jacket. It will be okay in a very light snow or rain, but as soon as water starts to soak in, there is no stopping it from reaching the inside. You could use this as an outer jacket as long as the weather is dry, or just use it under your technical shell for extra warmth.
Warmth: The Patagonia Down Sweater has 800 fill down. This is a pretty warm jacket and great for those cold days on the mountain. It doesn’t have great wet weather protection, but under a technical shell, you’ll be ready for the nastiest weather winter can through at you.
Fit: The Patagonia Down Sweater has a standard fit with some extra room in the torso. The sleeves are on the long side as well, but definitely not over the top. It’s not articulated, but doesn’t feel restricting in any way. If you’re planning on using this to layer underneath a shell it may be worth looking at a smaller size (if your between). The down is pretty low profile, but you do still get a bit of that puffy feel.
Features: The Patagonia Down Sweater has a slightly longer fit, adjustable hem, elastic cuffs, and two front hand warming pockets. It’s really meant to be a mid-layer and you don’t need a lot of the features you’ll find on your technical shell.
Bottom Line: The Patagonia Down Sweater is a warm insulating mid layer. You could use it on its own, but really only on cold and dry days.