Please note: these are not reviews, I haven’t had either of these pieces long enough to wear them – these are just my preliminary thoughts.
First up, the fleece half-zip. It fits well in the small, I appreciate the length on me, and that the sleeves aren’t crazy long. The neckline is a bit more snug than I’d like though – if I have it all the way zipped up, it’s pretty restrictive. Usually I’ve found that things give and stretch a little with wear, so maybe that will happen with this piece. I like that it’s lined at the neck, so it’s nice and warm for cold weather.
And, if feels VERY warm. I’ve only tried it on at home, and it’s been hot lately, but I couldn’t keep it on for very long before starting to feel quite warm, so I think it will make a good layer for when it’s very cold.
Not a big deal, but when your hands (or phone) are in the pockets you can see the lining out the bottom of the jacket. I find this annoying honestly, but not a deal-breaker. I’d prefer a kangaroo style pocket in this one, to prevent that happening.
But the recycled fleece is underwhelming. I don’t have any experience at all with recycled fleece, only with recycled polyester in the form of leggings and my Patagonia nano puff jacket, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s a lot less cozy feeling than “new” fleece. The recycled fleece is compact and not soft at all. I don’t quite know how to describe it, only that I probably wouldn’t purchase it if I’d felt it in person.
That said, I’m keeping the pullover in the interest of seeing how it wears/washes over time, and like I mentioned, I had been looking for a pullover with pockets for winter. I will absolutely wash it in my Guppy Friend bag with my other polyester items because even though it’s recycled polyester it will still release nanoparticles in the wash, so I want to collect those as much as possible.
Now, the puffer half-zip. I REALLY like this. I do wish the color was more grey or white than beige in person (it looks white/gray online but it is NOT), but it’s fine. Again, I’m wearing a small, and it fits, but just barely at my hips when the side zip is zipped all the way up. I wouldn’t necessarily wear it with that zipped up much anyway; it’s much easier to sit in when it’s unzipped.
I love the kangaroo front pocket and the hood. I have a Patagonia nano-puff jacket that is a couple of years old and I can’t tell a difference between the feel of that and this Everlane one; they both are made from recycled polyester and use the same PrimaLoft fill (not down), and are Bluesign certified, but the Everlane version is half the price.
I’m not sure how practical a pullover puffer is though. I appreciate pullovers with hoods for walking Dagny when it’s cold, so I will wear it for that, but it’s not very practical for wearing in situations where you might have to remove it? I think it would be great for airplane travel though, to just curl up and stay warm on the plane.
I’m keeping this piece as well, and look forward to wearing it and giving more thoughts as I do.
At first glance, I would definitely recommend the puffer style as a lower-priced alternative to Patagonia. In general, I would prefer to buy from Patagonia, but I really appreciate Everlane’s cheaper version. And honestly I prefer the side zip on Everlane’s pullover version – it makes it much more wearable in my opinion.
Has anyone else purchased any of Everlane’s ReNew pieces? What did you think?