Rated 5 out of 5 by CapeCodFrank I love this jacket.
When I ordered this jacket in March, it was backordered until May. While I waited for it, I questioned the purchase many times. Was it right? Would it fit? What else was out there that I might get sooner? When it arrived and I put it on, I knew I made the right decision. It fit perfectly, was just the right weight for 50-65 degree weather, and it was so light. I have reached for it several times over the past two weeks and still love it. Very soft. Packs into its pocket, so it can go with you very easily. Also a great layer under a rain jacket. While I usually wear size XL shirts, I got the XXL size in this jacket. Glad I did.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sweewilly Clever jacket in more ways than one
Size is true, jacket moderately slim to help fit under an outer coat in colder weather. Very light weight, yet insulated. Not prone to wrinkles, rain resistant. Yes it does pack into its own left zipper pocket, very easy, once you understand the principle. Pocket is not oversized either. Bought it for a trip to Alaska this summer.
May 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by bioboy Packable but not Warm Enough
About as warm as 200 weight fleece but wind resistant. Quite packable. Nice drawcord at bottom. Unlike description it does not have a hood. Neck is not fleeced. Arms of a large were about 33-34 inches, so a bit long but not excessive. I sent it back because I wanted more warmth. Insulation depends a lot on thickness and this is quite thin. It does not loft up like down will at all. Those who say it is good for 30 degrees weather I would disagree with. It is a better price than many competitor versions. I wish I could find down jacket of light-weight with a bit more warmth that would not break the bank.
May 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PackMule99 Awesome Jacket - Proved itself
I am an avid skier, rock climber, hiker, and kayaker. I have used and abused many big name products. I purchased this jacket more for a layer and for its ability to pack away. Recently, we went to the whites to ski. As usual, the weather is unpredictable and what was to be a nice spring day turned into a winter day. I chose to ski despite this, and since I left my "winter" gear behind (very uncharacteristic for me) all I had was this jacket over my ski pants. I skied for half a day, in pouring rain, heavy sleet, white out conditions and cold temps (20 - 30). By the time we called it a day, my ski partner was completely soaked and I realized I was still dry and warm underneath this jacket. The ONLY place I was wet was under the zipper line. Without a flap to cover the zipper, water was able to seep in. I was dry and warm everywhere else. I am amazed, and incredibly impressed. I could have continued to ski that day, but my friend needed to call it quits because of the condition he was in! I am 6' tall, and 255 lbs, broad shouldered, long armed. This jacket in a 2xl fit me just fine, with room for my bibs and fleece. I often have issues with coats and shirts due to my shoulders and arm length, but I am very happy with this coat. I highly recommend this jacket.
April 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by KAH44 Light and warm
This jacket is super lightweight and warm down to apx mid 30s....
Wish I would have gotten sooner,I. 5'8" 175 and MED is good for a more tailored fit or layering.
April 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TrailJunkie So great I bought a second one.
I wrote a previous review on this jacket so I won't bore you with another. But this jacket has so many great features I had to buy another. I wanted one in a different color.
I've read many reviews here complaining about the fit. I am 5'11" and weigh 190#s. I usually wear an XL but had to get a XXL in this jacket. The jacket fits me perfect, except for the arms are a little too long. I couldn't ask for a better fit otherwise. Another bonus is that the jacket is not only functional, but stylish too.
In my previous review I discussed all the features of this jacket. These were the features I was looking for. Other manufacturers make this exact same jacket only differing in style and color. But the materials are the same. I tried many on and had pretty much the same fit problems, having to go up one size. So I wasn't alarmed when I had to go up a size in this jacket. That's just the way things are cut these days. LL Bean added something the other manufacturers didn't offer. Value. The same jacket styling, the same jacket materials through other manufacturers will cost you twice as much as this LL Beans jacket does. So not only are you getting a great jacket, you are also getting a great deal. I now have two jackets for the same price as one from another manufacturer.
To me, this is the perfect jacket and I am proud to own it. Now its time to hit the trails again. See ya.
April 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MNCPA Great Jacket
Everything LL Bean says about this jacket is true. It is extremely thin and light weight, yet provides excellent warmth. I am 6"2" and the Tall XL fits perfectly. This is my new go-to spring and fall jacket. I highly recommend this jacket to anyone that loves the outdoors!
April 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChicagoDadLovesBean Great Jacket
Warmer and lighter than expected.
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jack81 Great jacket if you can get the right fit
It's a great jacket but is very hard to find the right fit. I'm 205lbs and 6'4" and this jacket was tough finding the right size. I started off with a large Tall because I wanted to have somewhat of a tighter fit (but still leaving enough room for a fleece). The large tall felt like a small regular. The XL tall also felt too small. I ended up going with the XXL Tall and it actually fits pretty nicely. It's a little big around my mid section but feels perfect around my chest and armpits. As far as warmth goes, it's the perfect spring jacket and it is more than capable handling New England winters with the right layering underneath. It's also nice to bring a long on the hikes as a light backup jacket and pillow (surprisingly comfortable). I'm very happy with the overall quality and versatility of this jacket and would highly recommend it - if you're able to try a few on at the LLBean store.
April 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lonehiker Perfect for my need.
I needed a light packable jacket for day hikes. Something light but still have some warmth and able to block the wind. The Ascent does all of this and more. This jacket packs down nice and small into it's own pocket and takes up little room in my pack. I normally buy a extra lg jacket to wear over other clothing but found this jacket to be the perfect size and fit with enough room to wear over a long sleeve shirt without being constraint. It also allows me, if needed, to wear my rain gear over it also without constraint. Just what I was looking for, love it!.
April 2, 2014