Rated 4 out of 5 by scudco Great layering item
I use this item solely as a layer within a hooded hard shell so I'm perfectly happy that there is no unnecessary drawstring for the hood. I'm 5' 10", 170 lbs. I usually wear medium, but this fits just very slightly loose. I have full mobility without stretching the fabric though. The sleeves don't extend past my wrists, and the bottom doesn't extend much past my hip. It's a great fit for activities without everything hanging long. Also, I can lounge outside comfortably at 0 F with base, fleece, this jacket, and hard shell.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by daiseyduck primaloft jacket
I'm not sure it will protect down to minus 15 degrees as stated in the ad. Here in Oklahoma the wind blows up to 35 miles per hour and the wind tends to cut through the outer layer. Otherwise a great jacket.
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NashMom Perfect for our needs
I bought this jacket for my teenage son to wear to school every day. We had purchased a heavier jacket earlier this year, but he never wore it because he couldn't put it in his locker. He needed something he could put into his backpack so he wouldn't be late for class. This jacket is perfect for him. We do not live in the snowy north, our winter temperatures are in the 30's. He wears a hoodie sweatshirt underneath and the combined layers are more than sufficient to keep him warm. I read lots of reviews and see that some people did not find this jacket warm enough, and I considered buying the down jacket, but ultimately settled on this one. It does run narrow - I usually would buy him a small but got a Medium and it is just right.
January 28, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ravendon Not as good as the original
I'd prefer a looser fit that you can layer underneath easier. I'd also prefer a rear buttwarmer flap like on the original.
January 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ChicagoBurbs66 Almost perfect coat!
I purchased this coat in Oct 2014 and I have been very happy with it! It's very light weight but really warm. I live in the Chicago area and generally do not like wearing coats because they're too bulky but this one is great!
It's surprisingly warm when running errands or being active outside. It's got great pockets to carry your cell, gloves and whatever else you might need and the zippers insure you won't loose anything.
The only drawback is they should have put a draw string on the hood so on windy/rainy days you can keep the hood in place. I found the size to run true to other winter coats. I am 5' 11'' and 190 bought the XL which is a very comfortable fit.
Definitely recommend this coat to those who don't like wearing coats but some day's it's just too cold to go without one!
January 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by DRBrit Excellent but a needs Drawstring for Hood
This is my favorite insulated jacket for Spring, Fall and Winter wear in temps down to the upper teens. I usually wear undershirt + lightweight turtleneck layers and am plenty warm. The only significant drawback is that it NEEDS A DRAWSTRING FOR HOOD. I sewed two 1" 'tucks' into the edge of the hood and then sewed them down flat. That gives a nice snug and toasty fit when zipped right up to my chin and adds a lot to the warm feeling. If the hood had a drawstring I would date this product a 5++!
January 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by vaughn2974 Surprisingly warm for weight - needs hood cinch
This jacket is is surprisingly warm given it's incredibly light weight. Not much heavier than a UL 850 fill down vest I also own but it is less puffy. I have walked 1 hour plus in 30 degree weather with nothing more than a t-shirt underneath without any issues. The biggest complaint like many others is the lack of some type of cinch tool on the hood. This reduces the insulation qualities of the hood but still helps repel wind and water. Overall I really like this jacket and would like to see the hood improved in the future.
December 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by jLman Hood needs refinement
I own the hood less version of this jacket, same model year, and it is a favorite. . So I thought I would get a hooded version. Hoods are normally really great at trapping body heat, but to do so, the closure around the face should have some sort of adjustment This hood has no drawstring for the face opening and therefore cannot seal your body heat in. If you have wind blowing around in your hood, or blowing the hood off your head, what's the point? As a survival piece, or a piece you sleep in while backpacking, this jacket needs a drawstring for the hood. Finally I have an extra large head. The hood on the size large must be made to go over a helmet. It just flopped around on my head when I zipped up the jacket. LLBean, please add the drawstring to next year's model. I'll wait.
December 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NWICustomer Bring back the previous version of this Jacket!!!
I currently have a Primaloft Hooded pack away jacket (Men's Large) that is about a year old. A family member raved about it, so the rest of my family had to buy one also. It is by far the best jacket I have ever purchased, so I decided to buy 2 more recently. When I received this "new & improved" version of the jacket, I was extremely disappointed. This jacket is not at all like the one I have. It is really thin and light, and feels more like a windbreaker than a cold weather jacket. The amount of insulation in it is at least half compared to the one I have. They also changed the fit to a slimmer fit(in a man's jacket?). I immediately called customer service thinking I purchased the wrong one. I was told the previous "model" was discontinued, and this is the new style. I will be returning the two I just purchased plus one I purchased for a friend. I am completely disappointed with L.L. Bean.
Now I understand why there are so many bad reviews. I really hope L.L.Bean takes these reviews into consideration and brings back the previous mode/version.
December 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by chancers Looks nice, but....
It's too light and flimsy. Not enough material to keep me warm. The exterior cloth is too thin and not durable. Years ago I bought the Primaloft hooded jacket. That jacket was 3 times as thick (yet still light weight and very warm). Since that jacket served me so well, I decided to buy another one. Boy, I was disappointed. The new jacket was nothing like my old Primaloft jacket. Also, the large size did not fit. The arms and shoulder regions were too tight.
I sent it back. I cannot recommend this jacket.
November 12, 2014