Rated 5 out of 5 by knitknit Warm AND light weight
I bought this so I would have a warm but lightweight jacket and this fits the bill. I like that it has a zipper that I can zip all the way up to keep the cold off my neck if need be. Also, the pockets have zippers which means I can keep a pair of packaway gloves zipped in there.
When I travel, this jacket goes in my roll aboard luggage so I have it handy no matter where I am going. I fold it in half on the top of my clothes and it takes up almost no space.
I bought the large which gives me room for a LL Bean vest. Or, I can wear this jacket alone zipped or unzipped or layer it under another coat when it is very cold. This will go in my luggage for a 3 week spring trip to Italy and I know it will handle whatever weather I run into.
January 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by BuckeyeBeanie Couldn't Believe It! This is a LINER not a JACKET
I always scoff at bad reviews, wondering if it's just a hard to please customer or someone with too high expectations, but as soon as I taped up my return bag, I headed for this website to type this review.
It's a CUTE JACKET!!!
You HOPE that this jacket is the one-shot wonder, the end all be all to large, warm puffy winter wear and believe me we've had the down coats from L.L. bean that aren't puffy and are extremely warm and we've been wowed by how little down it actually takes. The colors and the styling of these jacket in the way they look is fantastic. I hope L.L. Bean truly sees the opportunity to create the jacket customers THINK they are buying. This is a hollow shell of the idea. I almost laughed that L.L. Bean would: (a) try to convince its customers that this jacket, which should really be called a liner -- for the amount of stuffing is equivalent to a piece of 2-ply toilet paper (and I'm not being cheeky, it's the best comparison I can think of) is hearty enough to do anything on its own in 35 degree or colder weather. Sure, maybe in 40 degree weather, but there is no way this jacket can meet any true winter weather without another layer of bulk underneath it. It's cute. It is really cute. And the Petite XS size on my 5'1, 120 lb frame is just a little roomy but fine (with layering) but I think I would have also liked to try the XXS, which might prove too snug. If you are traveling (which "pack away" does suggest) then you might not understand this review. Just be warned you cannot ski in it (which you might be inclined to think with it's -15 degree rating), you could not put this jacket on over a blouse or cotton shirt and head out into 20 degree weather without funny looks of being under cloaked. You can layer this with a thick bulky sweater, a fleece pullover, several moderate layers, but this jacket can't do anything on its own other than make you look cute on a cool or slightly cold day unless you're overheated all the time -- and just to respond to the Primaloft is amazing and you don't need much of it, then I will tell you the neck and sleeves are too loose and the bottom of the coat too open and the seal not tight enough to keep in body heat to make it effective; (b) charge the price it does for the jacket. At $128 I'm willing to pay for the super jacket that despite it's thinness is extraordinarily tough and warm; I'm not willing to pay $128 for just a liner. There are other name brand options and super threads that one can buy and achieve virtually the same thing, but this is exceptional overpricing for this jacket; (c) ignore the sound and feel of the material! The deal breaker was the sound and the texture of the jacket. Maybe it's just the white material, which is what we bought. It's loud! Like wind pants or like my daughter said, a diaper. You "shiff, shiff, shiff" when you're in it and the last thing I want to do is let people know I'm arriving five minutes before they see me. Bummer. It's so cute!
I'm not usually THAT reviewer and this review feels really harsh. I'm being honest. Change the temperature rating to 30 degree and I doubt you have the contingency of people like me complaining about it falling short of expectation. This jacket is a GREAT idea and I truly thought it was going to be the ideal answer to our needs. It looked like it, but on arrival, turned out not to be what we thought it was at all.
January 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by run4healthofit Impossibly light and WARM!
I purchased 3 of the Primaloft Jackets for my husband, my 14 yr. old daughter, and I to bring on our annual Katahdin climb. Although we hike in September, it can be brutally cold up there and snow is not unusual that time of year. The jacket is so very lightweight! When it arrived I couldn't imagine it would be a warm jacket but I liked the look and feel of it. The xs is well proportioned for petite women (5'2", 105#) Men's medium is great on a 5'9" 165# muscular man.
My husband has been wearing his through December and into January in the coldest temps Maine has to offer. He LOVES this jacket. I'd been saving mine for hiking next Sept. but he convinced me to try it out one evening when we were going skating on the pond. It was 10' F and I wore a t-neck and midweight sweater with the jacket. I was warm and toasty. And it was so light weight! No more bulky outerwear for me! I am so very pleased! I know I skated better wearing this jacket.
My teenage daughter loves her jacket too. She wears it out and about and is looking forward to our next family climb when we'll all have this light little number stored in our packs just in case.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SunbeltGirl My favorite jacket ever!
I bought this for myself and I love it! It's the perfect weight! So much better than the huge down coat I have.
I've been wearing it with temps in the low 30's with a sweater under it and it's perfect. Plus, it's so light. You feel like you hardly have anything on.
Actually, it's probably would keep you warm in lower temps depending on what you had on under it.
My mom and daughter both commented how much they liked it so I got them both one for Christmas.
They loved them.
In fact, my daughter just went on a trip and put her's in the tiny pocket included and it went right in to her suit case.
My mom liked her's so much she bought another color too.
We really love this new Primaloft insulation.
January 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by bethiebiker My Second Jacket
I don't usually like coats or jackets, but this one won me over. It's very light weight but is warm enough that 30 degree weather is not a problem. I ordered my normal size, and it fits well over sweaters and fleece. Because I have RA, I often have trouble pulling outerwear on over sweaters; but the lining of this one slips right on without any trouble. I usually have a problem with static in the winter, but this jacket doesn't cause me to shock everything I touch. I only wish that the pockets had more lining.
January 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Eulalia Nice coat but disappointed
I have wanted this coat for quite a while. I ordered the petite small, based on the other reviews. I am 5'2" 125 lbs. and was hoping for a bit more room for sweaters. The fit was flattering, with some room, but a bit too long. It wasn't as warm as I had hoped either. I decided to keep it though and wore it the next day. Unfortunately it being too long made it ride up as I walked and poof out badly in the front, making me look very pregnant. I cut the cords on the bottom seam and that helped a bit, but not enough. I have considered having it altered, but that is just more expense added to it. The problem is bad enough that it will probably sit in the back of the closet until I find someone to give it to.
January 4, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Inclinegal Why did you change the cut/style of this jacket???
Come on LL Bean please bring back the first edition of this jacket. I purchased one of these BEFORE they changed it to what they call their new improved fit. The first version was great. This new version is NOT great. What a bummer because I really liked this jacket but I don't like this new cut/style of it. Why change a good thing? It got great reviews when it was the previous cut. Please bring back the first version of this jacket it was awesome. Lots of the reviews talk about the size not being right and that's because you changed it. PLEASE, PLEASE bring back the original version.
December 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mercynun Love LL Bean...But
I have loved LL Bean for years. Still have a coat I ordered years ago. I planned to treat myself to a new Birthday coat. I liked what was said about the Permaloft jacket. Keeps you warm to -15. This was really exciting. The temperature does not usually go anywhere that cold. To my great disappointment, my beautiful new coat did not keep me warm even with hoody underneath in 45-50 degree temps. I am sorry, because, this decision was between two coats. I will use this in warmer weather but will stick with my old faithful(10 years old) coat. I am sad.
December 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Snowcookie Women's Size Needed..
I loved this jacket...I bought it in black in an XL...It wanted a little more room and was disappointed to send it back...I wish it had come in XXL or Women's sizing...
December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ontariogirl nice jacket!
I ordered this jacket because it said it was lightweight and not bulky. I am 50 years old and do not like to be hot! I am already! I read the reviews and was a little worried it might not fit in the bust area. I am a little busty. also, because I am from Canada, if it didn't fit I would need to return it and that would be an extra expense. but I ordered it because I needed a new winter coat. I got it today and I have to say, it's quite nice! I ordered it in a black extra-large to accommodate my bust and it fits fine.it is slightly fitted which gives it a nice shape and it is very lightweight. the sleeves are a little long but I just turn the cuff once. I like it! also, in the picture, it looks like the zipper is red. It is black, which is perfect.
December 9, 2014