Rating: 2 / 5
Note: I'm folding this review of the Down hooded pullover into this section because 1) the hooded p/o isn't made anymore, 2) the critical comments likely apply broadly.
I really liked the design of the down hooded p/o I had. The details of the anorak design were well thought-out and executed. Roomy but not too much so, nice big 'roo and handwarmer pocket, great hood. Lots of warmth for the weight.
However, after 5 months of fairly regular use the down began to migrate out of the inside of the elbows. A month later, there was effectively no down present, creating egregious cold spots that I could not fix. I presume the fill was inadequate for the space in each chamber. This was a problem.
Throughout the jackets life down also worked it's way out of the seams much more frequently than I found acceptable, based on products like Mountain Hardwear down jackets and Western Mountaineering down bags. This may have exacerbated problem one.
The last straw came when the stitching on one of the chambers near the right wrist came almost completely undone. No obvious trauma seemed to precipitate this. The totality of all these weaknesses caused me to avail myself of Patagonia's excellent return policy, and exchange this for a DAS parka.
The synthetic insulation and beefier construction is more appropriate for most of my use, but I really liked the down p/o hoody, and would welcome the return of the design with more/better down and stitching.