Rated 4 out of 5áby ATHIKERRICK Great Layer For Backpacking
I have 3 of the old style Primaloft Pullover Jackets. 2 have been used hard along the Appalachian Trail in 3.5 seasons (fall, winter, spring.) I recently bought 2 more of the full zip jackets. I've worn them hiking with just a thin synthetic top and with a Bean Down Vest in colder temps. Due to the quilted panels it does let some cold air through but for me that just keeps me comfortable (no sweat.) At night I some times wear it to sleep as I use a down quilt in stead of a sleeping bag. Other times it's used as a pillow. In colder temps I sometimes use a Bean shell. For my money the Primaloft Jacket is one of the best offered by any dealer.
I also use it on winter Mt. Bike rides as it the outer shell sheds moister very well. Great Jacket. Get one!
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Vermonter4Life Perfect Lightweight Jacket that is Very Warm!
I bought 3 of these jackets for my family. I bought the small for my 12 year old son (it's a little big but he can wear it over a sweatshirt without difficulty) He's 5'4 and 102 lbs. I bought him the bright orange so that I can easily spot him in the woods. I also thought it would be a great jacket for hunting. I bought the XL for my father-in-law which fits him perfect and the L for my husband. Fits true to size. There is enough room in it to wear a sweatshirt underneath. I really wanted to buy BRIGHT jackets to wear in the woods when we tap our maple trees. Many times, when I'm trying to find someone, it's difficult to locate them. NOT WITH THE ORANGE AND GREEN! They are easily spotted in the woods. We also needed something that we could pack in our backpack if we got too hot. It can be 12 degrees in the morning when we start and get up into the 30's by the afternoon so it was important it was packable.
I usually wear a ladies Large and I wore my husband's Large yesterday. Very comfortable but if I was to buy one for myself, I'd buy myself a Medium.
Excellent quality. Didn't feel like I even had a jacket on yesterday. I wore a wool shirt, sweatshirt (have to have a hoodie so the snow doesn't go down your back) and this and it was 20 degrees and I was very comfortable. Only downfall is no hood.
Thank you LLBean! Now to buy us ladies one!
***I must also say, that my son wore his orange jacket on the slopes the other day and it was nice to be able to spot him from afar so I could watch him coming down the hill. Pack it as a spare layer if the slopes get chilly!
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby abjd great jacket
Bought this for my father and its everything I expected from LL Bean. Its perfect for our mild BC winters.
February 28, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby Djp82 Nice fit, affordable
I am 6 feet tall and weight a little over 150. I struggle to find clothes that fit since most garments are constructed to accomodate pear shapes. Ordered a medium tall and it fit very well. I didn't think the armholes are constricting at all but perhaps i need to work on my triceps. This jacket had quality details, like the strip of thick fabric by the zippers that prevents the lighter fabric from getting pinched. These are details you'd see on a much more expensive coat. Also, i agree that the warmth rating is misleading but common sense should prevail here. The photo shows a guy hiking in what appears to be spring weather, not someone shoveling snow in fargo. Obviously this is not a 4 season jacket. Anyway, big thumbs up. Keep the updated fit.
February 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby tree2bee leprechaun
linden green, no, leprechaun green, yes. will look better when the trees leaf out. I like it, but the arm holes are too small, I wear a mens medium for ease of movement, so it's ok for me. while i'm at it would love a white or frosty color.
February 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Dougiefresh3 No way down to minus 15
Love this jacket, for its versatility, light weight, packability. I also bought one for my wife because it worked so well for me. We travel all over the world and this is our go-to jacket always for many variable conditions. But warm down to -15 as stated, NO WAY. This is not a winter jacket, but I'd say down to maybe just around freezing, with layering, for short periods outdoors. Mainly great for that 32 to 60 range,the shoulder seasons when you really don't know what you're going to get.
February 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby MassachusettsBirder Ideal additional warmth and packs well
I have a 3-in-1 parka that has a removable fleece liner jacket that I got here at LLBean in 2007. The shell is still in great shape, but the liner jacket has gotten well used. I came back to LLBean to replace it with another fleece liner, but was seduced by the packable advantage of the Primaloft jacket. Here in New England, it's often much colder in the morning than the early evening, and so having the advantage of wearing a liner that I could stuff in my pack later was an experiment I had to try. The fleece liner was simply too bulky to do this with my everyday pack. The experiment was a success. The packaway weighs 12 ounces and the fleece was 24 ounces in weight. So I gained three things; less bulk, less weight and a little extra warmth when needed.
It seems to be very well made, I have had it only a few months. But even if it doesn't last eight years like the fleece, the other advantages make it a good choice.
February 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Lledesma Perfect mid-layer jacket
It was 1 deg F with -17 deg wind chill in NY today and I wore this jacket as a mid-layer under my shearling coat. I was warm and toasty like a bun in the oven. When it isn't so cold, say upper 30s, i can wear this jacket as an outer shell with a wool sweater or fleece underneath and its perfect. I even use it inside the office sometimes when I feel a slight chill. It's cut close enough to be easily layered under a shell. It stuffs into it's own pocket without a problem and takes up little room in a rucksack, much less than a fleece, so it's no trouble to always have that extra warmth with you. This jacket is a lightweight dream. I couldn't have been more pleased with its performance.
February 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby KeenEye I hate it, but...
Okay, for what it is suppose to do, It's great. Looks good, has a good fit to it. Stylish.
You can pack it away, It will keep you warm in Negative temperatures (as long as it is dry and non breezy). I personally tested it out in an industrial food freezer. I had nothing but this jacket on and a Tri-blend AA T shirt, this jacket kept my core warm.
I hate this jacket because it is too thin and too light. Again, it wasn't design to be a heavy jacket or to replace a winter coat, and it won't. The wind will pass right through the tops, through the cuffs and give you a chill. The material is so thin, that when you sit down on something, touch or come in contact with a sharp cold object - the chill goes right through.
The biggest downside to wearing this jacket - is sitting in your cold car at 6 am, on the way to work and the heat hasn't gotten warm.. Seat chill goes right through the thin material.
Do not buy this if you are looking for an actual winter jacket, something you throw on for any weather or rain, your go-to jacket. This is a good layer, good for a dry cold day. Returning it and getting the Cloudlight jacket. I live in New Orleans with high humidity and this does not keep the chill out.
February 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby elbarto Excellent Backpacking Jacket
This jacket is a lightweight dream. First, have to say that the -15 rating is ludicrous, it's about as warm as a 200wt fleece, but windproof to boot. It's cut close enough to be easily layered under a shell. It stuffs into it's own pocket without a problem and takes up little room in a rucksack, much less than a fleece, so it's no trouble to always have that extra warmth with you. I've already used it on a January trip into Grand Canyon and couldn't have been more pleased with its performance. You won't be sorry if you add one of these jackets to your backcountry wardrobe.
February 14, 2015