Is it a jacket? Or a sweater? The Patagonia Women’s Down Sweater “jacket” is just about the lightest weight one you’ll find – it only weighs 11.3oz. Patagonia calls this jacket a “sweater”, mainly because it can easily be layered below another down jacket, such as the Marmot Venus Down Jacket.
My friend Donna bought one of these a couple of years ago when they first came out, and she wore it everywhere – summer camping trips, backpacking trips, winter snowshoeing trips, desert camping (it gets cold at night!), and even to the grocery store. Now that I have my own I also wear mine just about everywhere, and I find it is just the right warmth for summer nights in the mountains. In the winter, I just slip on a rain jacket on top to cut out the wind, or a bulkier down jacket for added warmth.
As far as fit, I’ve found that Patagonia runs a little larger than other brands. I end up buying my usual size, knowing that I’ll be able to wear layers underneath.
You can get the down sweater in 10 different colors and Patagonia keeps coming out with new colors each year.