Rated 5 out of 5 by Nanodog perfect layer
Others report as not very warm...but for minimal layering down to an active 10 degrees it worked perfectly... breathed well and didn't bind.
April 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stampoutthecoldwind Ultralight 850 Down Sweater
This is the 1st disappointment I've ever received from LL Bean. The sweater was cold, it regularly "molted", the wind went through it, but it was warm indoors. The quality of the workmanship is at fault here, not the company. This sweater had small "pin holes" in it when I got it. The down literally leaked out of it & I had to repair this, since this was my primary secondary layer for my Ski Patrol Outer shell. The zipper allowed the cold to come through & the stitching started to come apart on the upper arm. I had to put "duct tape" over the tear that developed to prevent the total loss of down. The 850 rating "isn't" as warm as you're led to believe. Who ever rated this, rated this wrong. I've returned this & wouldn't recommend this sweater for anything more than around the yard in late fall. It doesn't match up with the higher quality products that L.L. Bean has grown its reputation on.
April 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by HikerEd Very nice 'sweater' but not as warm as expected
Pros: Light (good light item to throw in backpack), nice looking jacket (got the black), comfortable, works well at 'top' layer and works well under a shell, and appropriately advertised as a sweater offering reasonable warmth.
Cons: Slightly difficult to zip without removing gloves and glove liners due to very small zipper. Not nearly as warm as the llbean rep suggested (down to 35 degrees F with moderate activity).
More details on warmth: Clearly everyone is different. I find myself to be pretty average when it comes to sleeping bag ratings... so here are my observations. I also have a 650 down jacket from LLbean which I love. It is about 24oz (v.s. this 10oz). This sweater doesn't come anywhere close to the 'standard' llbean down jacket. In my tests I've tried: 1) Jacket in 38 degree weather with a light wind and a shirt and thermal underwear. Result. Surprisingly much too cold. 2) jacket in 45 degree weather with the same. Perfect... but I wouldn't expect anything less since I am just as comfortable with a light llbean pullover fleece and a wind jacket. 3) jacket in 25 degree weather with shirt, thermal underwear, llbean light fleece and my marmot wind shirt underneath. A bit cold until I started more than moderate activity climbing a steep section. Then it was perfect.
Conclusion: I like alot about it. I'll probably keep it given it's weight and versatility and because it's backed by llbean. Otherwise there seem to be better down sweaters out there. If LLBean ever gets more of their 850 down jackets back in stock (which are better rated), I might consider returning this and getting one of those.
P.S. I indicated I would not recommend.. but that is based on my expectations as suggested by the llbean person I spoke with before my purchase. If a jacket with performance as I stated works for you, then I would recommend it.
March 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by blkdog333 not as warm as I had hoped.
I've been shopping at L.L.Bean since 1959. It's the first item that I must say I was not impressed with.The first down coat that I bought from L.L. bean was A orange goose down jacket in 1959.
that was USA made and that lasted for 30 years. This will not last three winters.Poor stitching,feathers are coming out.needs A zipper backing(improper term) Needs to be redesigned.
This will extend A goose down coat/jacket by an extra 5 or 10 degrees or so.Nice on A late spring day.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by travelingagainsoon Great for layering.
My DH wears this sweater nearly every day to work. It has been down in to the mid-teens lately in No Virigina. When it's really cold - he wears this over the micro-grid fleece, with a rain coat/wind breaker on top. It keeps him comfortabley warm down to 15 degrees outside walking. By itself, he can get by with a T-shirt underneath and be comfortable in the mid 40 degrees.
The outer material is very thin so it occasionally loses feathers. He the sweater for traveling because it packs down to an envolope size in one of the pockets and he can then stuff it away into his backpack.
March 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by classicclothes Men's 850 ultralight down sweater
The zipper on the jacket was difficult to open when the sweater was removed from the bag. When it was tried on, the zipper stuck again in the closed position and the sweater had to be taken off over the head. I have returned it.
February 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by kybug Ultralight 850 Down Sweater
Fits well, comfortable, warm, looks great! The only negative, feathers do come out occasionally.
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Baci2014 Thin Coat but TONS of Warmth
When I first received this coat, I thought there was no way it could be warm but I was wrong. This coat offers tons of warmth as we go through one of the coldest, iciest winter in years. Fit is true size. Will be hard to ever consider going back to a bulky coat after being spoiled by this gem.
February 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by BrooklynNY down leaks; no cold protection at zipper
I first ordered a large. It was too small. Right out of the bag, I noticed that a lot of the down was leaking out of the stitches. I returned it for a size XL, which fit me well. This one also leaked a lot of down. I have worn it every day for several days as a layer under my Ascent jacket so that I can feel toasty warm. The down insulation from the down sweater has been escaping every day, and lots of it. Most of the leaks are through the very poor stitching, but some of the leaks is through the polyester shell. At the price level, the stitches should be state of the art and the shell should allow almost no down leakage.
The other negative about the down sweater is that the front center has no insulation. There is only a zipper, without any protection from the cold behind or in front of the zipper.
These are two very important negatives that made me not recommend this garment.
If so much down did not leak and the zipper had some protection from the cold, I would highly recommend the down sweater, but until then, I would stay away from it.
February 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLdoctor excellent sweater jacket
I had planned to get the 850 down jacket and saw this one packed down into it's pocket as well and decided to give it a try. Like the other reviewers, when I received this I thought it was too thin, and couldn't possibly keep me warm, but it does! I have been wearing it throughout the coldsnap this winter in the south (temps down to 10) and it is amazingly warm. It fits great under my LL bean Ascent jacket, and packs down amazingly into it's own pocket. I would imagine that the build is a little sturdier on the 850 "jacket", but this one is nice because it is so light, and easy to layer over and/or under.
February 11, 2014