Backcountry big brands sale + Patagonia Try Ons

patagonia pullover fleece petite leggings review

In Boston, we’re lucky to have several parks and paths nearby suited for city folk like me who just want to get a little in touch with nature (compared to my brother, who scales mountains and glaciers every weekend)! One of our favorite fall spots is Jamaica Pond, a nearby respite from the bustle of downtown. It’s the perfect place for a walk or jog to take in the foliage, and on a chilly day it’s hard not to grab a piping hot bowl of pho or ramen at the nearby Soup Shack!

I’m partnering with Backcountry in the spirit of exploring your own little patch of the outdoors, even if it’s just a local walking spot like this one. They carry a wide range of active brands for the family, all with free 2-day shipping (on orders over $50).

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From the Big Brands event, I wanted to highlight a few sustainable pieces below. My woolyester fleece pullover in this post features a petite-friendly fit (always a positive sign when reviewers complain about something being too short!), with a textured recycled wool blend and wide, stretchy banded hem and wrists that help with the fit.

1. Patagonia Prarie Insulated Parka – (starts in xs)
This first caught my eye at a store and they were just about sold out of most sizes, so I’m very surprised to see it here at this price! If you love the utility jacket look, this is an upgraded version with an organic cotton canvas outer and a thick, cozy shearling lining throughout the torso and hood (sleeves are also lined but not in shearling).

While the sleeves are a little long on me, the XS is fairly petite friendly with a cinch-able drawstring waistline that hits at my natural waist and a slightly longer length in the back than the front. However, note sleeve length and torso length increases with size, so bigger sizes may not be petite friendly. You can also un-snap the sleeve cuffs and flip them up for a casually cuffed look.

patagonia parka jacket petite try on

Patagonia Prarie Insulated Parka XS, Everlane outfit (reviewed here), Sperry boots (reviewed here)

2. Smartwool socks
Made of responsibly sourced merino wool and are cushioned for extra warmth and comfort. I just got these taller snowflake socks to wear with my boots this winter and they come up mid calf on me (FYI: very very toasty when paired with insulated Sorel or Sperry boots). They also make a slightly lower snowflake sock option here if you don’t want your socks to peek out too far from under boots!

3. Patagonia better sweater full zip up or 1/4 zip up (starts in xxs)
Their signature zip up is made entirely of recycled materials and makes a great gift. XXS is a pretty slim fit on me for wearing over a lightweight sweater or long sleeve tee. Material is a light-medium weight stretchy knit (so is also good for layering under bigger coats), but this is lined in a fleece material so it’s actually deceptively warm given the weight!

patagonia better sweater zip up petite review

4. Patagonia Down With It Chevron parka (starts in xs)
Filled with recycled down and finished with a water resistant coating. Other features include a detachable hood, and snaps at both sides on the bottom for more freedom of movement. I tried on XS and it’s a slim fit that hits below my knees, and the pockets hit a little lower near my hips, so I would recommend this for ladies taller than myself (I’m 5 feet tall). For a more petite friendly down jacket on sale, check out the Raven Rocks hooded down jacket!

5. Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover (starts in xxs)
Made of Polartec Thermal Pro fleece which is partially recycled materials. Note this is a slim fit, and I personally prefer my fleece pullovers to be a little more oversized and less tapered. An XXS fits on someone my size if you primarily plan on layering just a tee underneath, or if you plan on using this fleece as a layer underneath bigger coats.

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  1. Merisa wrote:

    Hi Jean! How do these sorel slimpack lace boots compare to the sorel fancy winter lace ii boots in terms of warmth, comfort and function in snowy conditions? I saw that you had those some winters ago and am trying to figure out which of the two to get. I live in minnesota so will definitely need a warm pair to get me through the frigid winter! Thanks so much 🙂

    Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  2. Kim wrote:

    Jean, thanks for the helpful heads up on sizing of the Patagonia better sweater. Also got the Sorel Lace Shearling boots at $109.97 at Backcountry. Interesting site I’d never heard of till now.

    Posted 11.18.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Kim – that’s awesome! I just saw the Sorel’s you mentioned and love the shearling mixed with the gray. Yes the site is one of my brother’s favorites! Rare to find a place that both he and I enjoy shopping at ; )

      Posted 11.19.19 Reply
  3. Mireia wrote:

    Everything looks so comfy and warm!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 11.18.19 Reply
  4. Your woolyester fleece also comes with a lifetime warranty!

    Posted 11.17.19 Reply
  5. Briana wrote:

    Loving the preppy look!


    Posted 11.17.19 Reply
  6. Melissa wrote:

    Thank you for sharing the post and code! I got the Parka and used your code for another Patagonia sweater on Backcountry.

    Posted 11.16.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Melissa – I very rarely see their more “core” pieces on sale so glad you took advantage! Let me know what you think of the parka when it arrives.

      Posted 11.19.19 Reply
  7. Sarah wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Where is the striped turtleneck from?

    Posted 11.16.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Sarah, it’s old madewell and they have similar ones this year! I got it at Nordstrom.

      Posted 11.19.19 Reply
  8. Angelica wrote:

    Where are the black leggings from?

    Posted 11.16.19 Reply
    • Zella, they are linked via an older post above if you read the smaller print 🙂

      Posted 11.17.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Angelica, yes they are Zella 7/8 and I have a whole post on how to style them linked above under the first photo : )

      Posted 11.19.19 Reply
  9. Maureen wrote:

    Great recommendations and all our perfect for exploring the outdoors during the colder months! I love the fleece lined parka because it is super versatile. The color is pretty amazing too!

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  10. Carla wrote:

    Most national parks have an easy walk trail – maybe all. My first time to Yosemite was at 2 in a seat pack thing on my dad’s back and I’ve loved nature walks ever since.

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      So sweet – that gives me a bit of encouragement to take Nori!

      Posted 11.19.19 Reply

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