Rated 5 out of 5 by rockymountainwoman65 A Great Jacket!
This is a great jacket! I wore it back country skiing in 10 degree weather (Montana) with a wool sweater and silk base-layer. The jacket was as warm as my Western Mountaineering or Mountain Hardware jackets, but cost half the price. The jacket is extremely light (850) fill and compresses easily, so it fits into my pack without taking much space. I would, however, pay even twice the amount for this jacket if LL Bean could guarantee that the down jacket was made in a factory that paid fair wages and provided a safe environment for the workers, and used humane practices in obtaining the down feathers.
November 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HetEngeltje Updates: Discoloration Vanished, Fit, and Warmth.
It didn't bother me one bit that there were some faded "black/grey" spots upon opening the package, as my intention was to wear this under a wool coat/windbreaker, or in the woods where fashion wouldn't matter. The "spots" have vanished. Perhaps it was just buildup of treatment on the feathers that has broken apart, or a chemical reaction that faded away with use. Who knows?
The fit is amazing. Bottom cinches to your waist with adjustable compression straps, zipper doesn't choke around the neck, and the hood is flattering with elastic. Plenty of room to move limbs and head comfortably without sagging. I don't even need to wear gloves in the city because down feathers surrounding the pockets keeps hands toasty. Primaloft gloves fit inside interior coat pocket without bulk.
Stowaway pocket is misshaped, but will use when traveling since I only fly with a carry-on.
As I've said before, it's extremely warm. No need for another coat as long as I'm wearing a thin fleece hat beneath the hood. I'm just crossing my fingers for a good sale on this coat Black Friday since I'm purchasing one for my mother and boyfriend.
November 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HetEngeltje It has already snowed!
It has already snowed, and I was prepared to wear this with my fleece zip up beneath it, and a wool peacoat on top; but to my amazement, this made me sweat with just one Coldgear Under Armour performance top beneath it! It feels very well made, doesn't retain wrinkles (I keep it stowed away in my EDC and it unravels without wrinkles), and is very flattering as it is thin (no puffiness). I'm super tiny, at 96 pounds, and only 5 ft. tall, but the XXS Misses' fits much better than the "Petite's" because my upper arms are too big for the petite's cut. I wear this hiking in the mountains and walking around the city so far. Worth every penny.
October 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by JustWannaBeWarm Not warm enough.
I spent a pretty penny on this hooded jacket hoping that it would be a good lightweight solution to keep me warm in cold weather. I was tired of feeling like a snowman wrapped up in layer upon layer of clothing. Unfortunately, this jacket rated at 35F/-15F did not deliver the warmth. I wore it outdoors in 50F weather and caught a chill on a windy day just walking from the parking lot into a store. One week of under-the-weatherness for trusting that this jacket would keep me warm. It's great for 60 degree temerature, but anything cooler will require wearing another fleece jacket underneath. I should have returned it for a warmer coat.
October 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CKJ1 Could you believe....
...that if I had to live in a extraordinarily frigid climate I would be more than delighted to continuously wear this amazing coat all the time. This coat is super soft, super comfy, breathable, lightweight (extremely light), and a great color. Every year I look forward to fall and winter so I can wear my puffy.
August 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by hw49 Very warm, very lightweight.
I purchased the ultralight 850 down hooded jacket just before a 5 day backpacking trip in Yosemite. During 30-40 degree evenings in camp, I wore the jacket with a shell and a wool base layer and was perfectly warm. While obviously not waterproof, the jacket had enough water resistance that I could brush the tent's rain fly or wet trees without worrying about losing warmth. The jacket is very packable.
I'm not giving the product a 5 start review because I did notice a few nicks in the fabric after only two days when I wore a shell at all times. I had to resort to duct tape patching, which is a little frustrating on a brand new jacket. I contacted LL Bean regarding patches for their down products, and I'm hopeful that they'll have a solution for a jacket that I really do want to keep.
I did a lot of research before purchasing the ultralight 850, and I found that it's very appropriately priced for its specs. I would love a pull cord around the hood and on the back of the hood for wind protection, but for this price, the ultralight 850's warmth and packability can't be beat.
I do recommend sizing down -- I normally wear a small, but had to return for an extra small in this jacket and it's still a little roomy. I'm in my mid twenties, 5'7'', around 125lbs.
June 1, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kiowai Not warm, nice color
I bought this jacket to wear around town in Whistler during my ski trip (25-35 deg F). I usually really like LL Bean, but this item did not live up to expectations. It is not warm. It's light; it's puffier than I would prefer; the red color was nice and all the zippers worked fine.
I have an old Marmot jacket that I bought on the street in Kathmandu. It was fantastic! Warm without bulk but breathable. This jacket just doesn't compare. I'll probably just give it to my mom who lives in the South with mild winters.
May 3, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Atlantacustomer Not warm
There is no way this jacket would keep someone warm at -30 as the LL Bean write-up suggests. I ordered this jacket based on the product description, because I was looking for a warm winter coat. After two months of winter wear, I have found that at any temperature below 40, this coat is insufficient and leaves me feeling cold. I can't imagine why LL Bean chooses to promote this coat as a good option for freezing and sub-zero temperatures. It feels more equivalent to a heavy fleece or a lined wind breaker to me. It is satisfactory for wearing at 40-50 degree temperatures, but not for true winter weather.
February 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by yoganana Down filling needs some quallity control
Ok, I'm now on my second one of these jackets, and this one will go back, too. I ordered it in Fresh Lime over a month ago, size PM. Loved the jacket and got lots of compliments on it. Then I began to notice some grayish-black something on the fabric and thought I had spilled something on it. Upon closer inspection, it is actually black down feathers showing through the light, exterior nylon fabric. While most of the down is apparently white or light colored, there are a few random black ones interspersed, and they show through, esp when it got a little damp skiing one day. So I told myself it was a fluke, sent it back and ordered again, same color. This time, the black feathers are clearly visible in several places, and will only get more pronounced with time, as did the other one. So this one is going back, too. Perhaps the darker colors would be better, but now they are all sold out! At $219 for an expensive coat, there is no reason for this. I'm more than a little annoyed at LL Bean for continuing reduced quality in their merchandise.
February 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by HappyMainer Good fit
Comparing this to your last year's version the fit is much better but it is not as warm. The material used on the outside is not as durable and sometimes the fabric appears faded. I have worn this skiing as an under garment but wish you would combine the quality of the prior year's parka with the fit of this year's. Especially like how it fits nicely over a ski helmet and zips up well around the neck area. I find myself using this jacket more around town than the ski jacket it should be.
February 21, 2015