Rated 5 out of 5áby BobTheMagnificant Boy, it's light and warm!
Well, they're not kidding. This jacket isn't like a Pillsbury Dough Boy costume and it's warm! For me, this was very good news, 'cause I like to have my arms down at my sides. Good fit in Xlong and an attractive two colors that doesn't look like every other jacket you see. It seems strange to say "I was excited to put this jacket on", but I was.
November 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby TrailJunkie Amazing jacket.
I just had to try it.
Primaloft. High tech materials. All the warmth, no bulk. Highly compressible, light weight. Packable. Yep, these are the buzz words for today's outdoor enthusiasts. Okay I said. Let me try.
Well the first thing I want to say is that I got to buy it in my regular size. Nope, none of this 'trim fit' or 'slightly fitted' stuff for me. I am a regular sized guy. Didn't have to buy a size or two bigger for this jacket to fit. I wear an XL, and this XL fit just right. Had more than enough room for my fleecy and a T shirt under it and I still could move freely.
Now, put it through the test. Today's high was 38 degrees but after noon the temperature was going to start falling and severe weather was to set in. The wind was at 12mph coming from the northwest and 'lake effect snow' was on the menu. OUT I WENT.
There was sun at 11am. Despite the wind, which I did not feel under the jacket, I could feel the warmth of the sun on my back as I traversed the hill side. This was quite amazing being that I feel wind and cold on my exposed skin. I could also feel the onsetting cold through my jeans. But under the jacket - warmth.
The sky was starting to blacken within the hour, but I marched on. Bring it on I said. In about two hours the temperature had fallen another 7 degrees and the sun had disappeared. The difference could be felt in the wind on my exposed skin and through my cotton jeans.
Four hours later the winds hadn't let up and the temperatures were in the mid 20's. The snow had begun to fall. This jacket was amazing. I did not feel the wind or the cold through the jacket. My body from the hips up to my neck was nice and toasty. My hiking partner gave me my beanie, scarf, and gloves and we started back home. Oh, I did have my hikers and wool socks on so the only part of me left that could feel cold was under my jeans. So far, this jacket is amazing. Can't wait to put it thru some more tests. I have a feeling it will pass some more harsh conditions.
But for now I consider this the insulating layer that will always be carried in my backpack.
November 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Rhettshopper PrimaLoft Jacket
Good light weight jacket to wear in cooler weather. Got down to low 30's with wind blowing this morning. I intentionally wore this jacket liner over a long sleeve oxford shirt to see how effective it would handle the wind chill. I was very pleased with the outcome. I plan to wear this jacket golfing, on the boat, in the woods and pretty much every wear. Undoubtedly, this jacket will keep me warm without the weight and bulk of other jackets. Also, have the Ascent Packaway Jacket. Same type of jacket, only lighter. It stays in my golf bag. Like both very much. Would like to have had a cinch at the bottom of the jacket for added wind protection.
November 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby smetz9653 PrimaLoft Jacket
I purchased this jacket to layer inside an old waterfowl coat that I had. It works very well, and is light in weight but very warm. Very satisfied with the purchase.
October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby 2SierraMike Corrected Review
I wrote the first review of this jacket and I later felt bad about it because it wasn't fair. I wrote and asked LLBean if I could edit it or delete it but there's no way they can do that. The only thing you can do is write another review. So in efforts to right my wrong..
I still feel the same way regarding this jacket having no drawcord at the waist to keep cold air and wind out. But my comments on the amount of PrimaLoft (PL) fill had to do with me not understanding how PL is rated. My mistake was thinking when they say it has 60gm in the sleeves and 100gm in the body that it was referring to the amount of fill. But 100gm and 60gm are different weights of PL where I believe 100gm is warmer and why it's used in the body of this jacket where 60gm is used in the sleeves. If I was better informed when I had the coat and it would have had the drawcord I would have kept it for sure. It was well made and nice looking.
So in efforts to try and balance out my previous review I'm giving it 5 stars here and I apologize for my ignorance regarding the PL comments. Other then that I just have to add that I have several PL jackets because I do a lot of water sports where they can get soaking wet. I've worn them dripping wet for hours in heavy winds and I was just totally amazed at how warm I remained. For wet conditions they're sure to impress and why I favor them. If they added a drawcord at the waist to this jacket, I'd re-order one.. :-)
September 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby MagiSci A Perfect Lightweight Insulated Jacket.
I purchased this jacket to layer with my Gore-Tex Upland jacket for cold weather hunting and shooting (skeet, sporting clays and trap). It pairs perfectly with the upland jacket. It fits well and is extremely comfortable. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to test it in cold weather field conditions, but it's lightweight, well designed and well made.
Thank you for providing a superb insulated jacket and excellent customer service.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby PineKnoll Fits well, looks great, comfortable fit
I purchased a similar jacket from LLB that I've worn for many years that is ready for retirement. It has given me warmth and comfort during the hunt and evening camp relaxation. I expect the same experience with the new PrimaLoft jacket.
September 18, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby 2SierraMike PrimaLoft Jacket Had to return :-(
I have the LLBean Ascent PrimaLoft Jacket and I absolutely love the thing. LLBean says it only has 60gms of PL insulation in it. So when I saw this new model where they say it has 60gms of PL just in the sleeves alone and another 100gms in the body I thought "Wow, it should be a lot warmer then my Ascent Jacket with almost 3X's the PL in it" Cool! So I ordered one. But when I put it side by side to my Ascent Jacket you could hardly tell there's was much more insulation in it? That seems odd when there should be nearly 3X's as much? I compared it to my EB Igniter Jacket that has only 100gms of PL and the Igniter looked more lofty then this coat and when tested the Igniter Jacket was also much warmer, hum why? Then my biggest disappointment came when they left out a hem draw cord. Uh! I'm 6' and 175lbs but I have a small 31" waist. So I got the Medium and I can pull the waist of this jacket 6" away from my body. So imagine the cold air and wind that gets in there. After trying it out I found my Ascent Jacket (for me) was actually warmer even with almost 1/3 of the PrimaLoft in it - according to LLBean's descriptions. The waist issue and leaving out the draw cord may not apply to everyone but for me it was reason enough to return it. Which I felt bad doing because otherwise it was a really nicely made and nice looking jacket. Draw cords seem like such a win-win I don't know why they'd choose not to have one? They add next to no weight, they are unnoticed if you don't want to use it and they provide so much more warmth especially when it's windy that it just seems such an oversight not to include it.
September 13, 2013