WillBarrett

Super Member
I'm a big fan of the Patagonia Better Sweater - both the best and the pullover edition. Does anyone have experience with the LLB version or should I just save up for the Patagonia edition?


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xcubbies

Super Member
It's not clear what your criteria is. Are you going to be using it climbing a mountain in winter? The Bean fleece is excellent for what it is. While I have both Patagonia and Bean's fleece I've recently resolved to buy only the Bean's fleece in the future because there's really no point in paying a premium price unless I would be testing the limits of a performance material, and, really, I still don't see the comparative advantage in the Patagonia gear.
 

Patrick06790

Connoisseur
I've got the Lands End Polartec version, which seems to have disappeared from their website. It was $35. Gets the job done for winter fishing and knocking around.
 

smmrfld

Super Member
The North Face Gordon Lyons line is very similar to the Patagonia Better Sweater. I've had several of both and can't see a difference in the quality of fabric or construction.
 

Himself

Super Member
The Better Sweater fabric has a smooth finish on the outside, so it looks more like a sweater than regular fleece. LL Bean and others probably use the same fabric.

I've worn mine (Patagonia zip front) heavily for 5-6 years. It looks more tired than regular fleece would, but much less so than a wool sweater.
 

jpeirpont

Senior Member
I have avoided this style ofclothing for years preferring to just wear a wool sweater. But I may give them a try this year for them days when I want to just slap something on.
 
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WillBarrett

Super Member
I have avoided this style clothing for years preferring to just wear a wool sweater. But I may give them a try this year for them days when I want to just slap something on.
WIth three kids and this Deep South climate, the pullover fleece is often a better option than a sweater, thought I try to balance things out.
 

jpeirpont

Senior Member
Understandable, since I've been South most of my sweaters have been largely neglected.Shetland is simply too hot, for ever most of the winter here.
 
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the LLBean version is cheaper and also distinctly lower quality. LLbean does a lot of other versions of fleece well (polartec and hi-pile for example) but not this one unfortunately.

I'm a big fan of the Patagonia Better Sweater - both the best and the pullover edition. Does anyone have experience with the LLB version or should I just save up for the Patagonia edition?


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TKI67

Super Member
the LLBean version is cheaper and also distinctly lower quality. LLbean does a lot of other versions of fleece well (polartec and hi-pile for example) but not this one unfortunately.
A choice between Patagonia and Bean is Orvis. I like it that they are less likely to be plastered with logos.
 

David J. Cooper

Super Member
I just received a Barbour Dunmoor fleece vest from Orvis. I would highly recommend this over any other fleece.

I have had many Patagonia fleeces and the one I bought last was very disappointing. It was a few years ago, I bought it from a Patagonia store. It was a zip up Better Sweater I believe. It was far lighter then previous Patagonia fleeces and basically lost all it’s warmth after washing.
 

Flairball

Super Member
If it’s fleece, it’s all the same. Polar Tech, originally Malden Mills, is the company and the name of the fleece that supplies both Patagonia, and LLB. ...and just about every company making fleece clothing.
 

challer

Senior Member
I have a wonderful Beretta pullover quarter zip that is lined and windproof and wool. It’s 20 yo and looks new. Best ever. Bean and Patagonia are both fashion companies these days. They’ve lost their outdoors bent, more outdoors style now. I’d look to Orvis.
 
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