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
Rated 4 out of 5 by Yeti OK for a Fall Jacket, but not Winter wear
The jacket is soft, lightweight, and pretty (I got the Plum Wine color). Me: 5'2", 110 lbs. I ordered a medium, and I like the fit.
To test how well the jacket would keep me warm, I wore it in dry, non-windy weather that was 15 degrees F. I wore it with thermal underwear and a sweatshirt. Still, I felt chilled. Not freezing, but not comfortably warm either. The LLBean rating of 'Warmest: to -30 degrees' is an exaggeration.
The fabric seems to be on the thin side. So, I don't know how well it will hold up over time.
I like the jacket. This is a light down jacket that I'll wear for fall dog walks and running errands.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by October11 LOVE THE HOOD!
Aside from the flattering cut and extreme comfort, the hood is the most amazing feature. Zipped all the way up, the hood stays up and fits nice and round around your head. Plus it covers the bottom half of your face to keep the wind, rain and snow away. Adds to the feel of warmth. Awesome coat LL Bean.
February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Foxyw Warm and incredibly light weight!
This is a great jacket - very warm and light weight! I am 5'6", ~ 140 lbs and ordered a medium. I have plenty of room for a fleece underneath. Fits well through the shoulders and arms but is a little looser than I would like in the body. In spite of the looser fit through the body, it doesn't look too bulky. The hood is perfect and also very warm. This jacket is a good investment. I am truly amazed at how warm and lightweight it is!
February 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Vermontbeanfan Warm, comfortable but hard to clean
I love the warmth without the bulk. It needed to be washed, I was carful to follow their instructions but it came out with the down in clumps instead of evenly distributed. It was suggested that I rewash it again which I did but same results. Unfortunately the color I love and want is out of stock until June :( I really would like another but im toren since I'm sure it will launder the same and it's just not realistic to have an expensive coat and not be able to clean it.
January 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by SandraK Bit big in the shoulders, but a great jacket
I'm 5'3" and about 165 lbs, so I ordered the petite in a L, as I wanted to make sure it fit around my hips. It fit well in the hips, but was a tad too big in the shoulders. However, if I were to order a M, it would be too small in the hip area.
No big deal, I still kept the jacket, and it's kept me warm during some cold snaps up here in Canada. Love the red color that I ordered.
January 20, 2015