Patagonia Hi-loft Down Sweater Hoody (Women’s) ReviewNovember 22, 2013
- Warm core, hood and hand pockets
- Comfortable and attractive for multi-use
- Fit is close enough to body to trap heat, but roomy enough to layer
- Adjustable hem and hood
- Glove-friendly zipper pull tabs, big interior stash pocket
- Good fit for longer torso
- Neck is too tight when zipped up with helmet on
- Long hem draw cord can catch on things
- Heavy (14.6 oz.) for weight-conscious folks
The 800-fill Patagonia Hi-loft Down Sweater Hoody works really well as a multi-use winter jacket for moderately cold and relatively dry climates (read: the Rockies) or a layering piece in the east or northeast. It’s warm and compressible and has a number of useful features such as adjustable hem and hood, a stash pocket and DWR fabric finish.
Maybe it’s the big channels filled with lofty 800-fill down combined with recycled ripstop polyester, but the Hi-Loft Down Sweater warms like a sweater on steroids. It was second only to the Montbell Frost Smoke Parka in terms of warmth. The long silhouette falls below my waist and the warm hood fits snugly. All in all, it’s a cozy, warm jacket to use as a standalone piece or a mid layer under a storm shell.
The fit favors a long torso (in size medium) and the long length kept my back warm. The sleeves were a bit short with extended arms. The hem and hood are adjustable and cinch tightly in those areas. The side panels are relaxed but still slightly fitted and roomy enough for layers underneath. The jacket looks a little bulky and hangs longer than my storm shell, but on stormy days, that’s a small detail. The hood was a little tight with my helmet on but fit like a down hat on my head.
The Hi-Loft Down Sweater compresses into a stuff sack about the size of a Quaker Oatmeal container and is slightly smaller and more compressible than the Sierra Designs Super Stratus Jacket.
At 14.9 oz., it is nearly the same weight as the feature-heavy Sierra Designs Super Stratus Jacket (15 oz.) and has nearly as many features.
The Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody has big, lofty channels of down and a DWR-treated recycled polyester ripstop shell. It has elastic cuffs and adjustable hood and hem (by draw cord). There’s also an internal stash pocket and two roomy hand pockets with glove-friendly pull tabs.
At $299 ($249 for non-hooded style), the Hi-loft Down Sweater Hoody runs in the middle of the pack in terms of price but it was second in terms of warmth. With Patagonia, you get the knowledge that if you are not satisfied with the garment, they will repair, replace or refund.