Rated 5 out of 5 by CMOBoston Great jacket (and info on fit vs down sweater)
I bought my husband one of these for Christmas and now bought myself one. They are very lightweight yet so warm and toasty.
Some info on fit for those considering this and the down sweater as I ordered both. The down jacket fits a little more closely than the down sweater (the LLBean photos are accurate) and has a nice hourglass shape. The down sweater is a little more "boxy." I am 5'2" and 100lbs but have long arms so I don't wear petite jackets. The Misses XXS in the down jacket fits me well with a light layer underneath but might be snug with a medium weight layer. The Misses XXS down sweater is more roomy but looks boxy. The Misses XS down sweater was way too big for me. The down sweater is also *very* light. I am usually cold and I almost felt colder with the sweater on than off (due to the fabric), and that was in my kitchen.
April 28, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by nickyp603 Super cozy, great fit
I love this jacket. It fits well, maybe a bit short in the sleeve but a medium would be too big. I keep it in my pack in summer for above treeline travel. Packs into its own stow pocket. Love the red. My only issue, you can see the dark down feathers through the red material. I'd order a darker color next time.
It also layers well under a waterproof shell.
April 7, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sammie80 Comfortable but NOT warm enough
I was looking for a light weight down jacket that I could wear to work and that wasn't bulky. I originally got this in XS but and it was too big so I exchanged it for the XXS which fit better. It seems to run a bit large. I like the purple color. I have to agree with the reviewer from Wisconsin that this jacket is not very warm. I wore it to work one day over a mid-weight top. I went for a 30 minute walk on my lunch break wearing this jacket and I was cold. It took most of the walk until I started to get somewhat warm. The temps were in the teens so not extremely cold out that day. I was disappointed that this jacket wasn't super warm. I like the jacket because it isn't bulky and ended up keeping it but I only wear it when the temperatures are in the upper 20s or above. I just revert back to my older LL Bean parka from a few winters ago when the temperatures get cold now. No big deal. Overall not a bad jacket, just not as warm as I had anticipated based on the description and temperature rating.
February 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by fiddlesister Corrections to prior review
Hey....Siri autocorrect sure got in the way of my review. There should not have been a question mark in the title and I never typed "mother" or she'll in the paragraph. Guess I need to spellcheck the spellcheck! Suffice it to say that I love these coats and wear them daily. I also love Bean customer service, who fully back their products and adjust a receipt when you order within a day or a few of a sale price you don't know is coming.
February 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
by fiddlesister Always a winner for warmth and style?
Wow. I love these jackets. I pretty much live in the short hoodless jacket version and just purchased the knee length coat and also ordered a hooded jacket.
I also want to compliment the customer service department for crediting my account for the difference in the purchase price of the coat and the sale price that went into effect the day I received it. Mother didn't hesitate to make it right.
Later when the coat developed a small hole where a feather "stem" pierced the nylon she'll and feathers began coming out, they were happy to send me a replacement and extended the new coat long enough for me to return the defective one.
All of you at Bean are wonderful and I will remain a loyal customer. I have worn other down jackets and am warmest in Bean 850, the puffy down pack able jackets and coats that are lightweight, warm, and don't make you look like a marshmallow person?
Thanks, L.L. Bean.
February 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by BrooklynNY Among best in its category
I bought this jacket for my wife a few months ago. The ultralight 850 down jacket belongs in the ?packable down jacket? category, and as such, the jacket is not expected to be a stand-alone in temperatures below 25 or 30 degrees, depending on mid-layer and activity level. Therefore, this jacket?s warmth is not competing against the likes of the Baxter State Parka or the Wind Challenger Down jacket. Packable down jackets are designed to be extremely light, packable, and work well with activities like hiking, backpacking, and camping. They are also liked by city folks like my wife who wants to wear a jacket comfortable enough in temps above 30 without the bulk. The jacket can also be great to wear under a parka, in temps below zero. The jacket is stylish, and looks very nice on her.
Although the down in my wife?s jacket do leak from both the seams and the shell (almost exclusively from the seams) the amount is acceptable and in-line with the best of the competition. I believe that this is due to the Jacket?s Pertex Quantum shell and liner and due to tight stitching. When I see down coming out of the jacket, I pull it back in from the opposite side of the jacket - doing this has prevented more down from escaping from the same vulnerable spot.
The ?packable down jacket? category faces fierce competition, and L.L. Bean does very well in it, especially considering its price. The jacket is super light, stuffed with very high quality down with the right amount of it ? not too little, not too much. The down is treated so that if it gets wet, it will do a much better job of staying lofty than down that are not treated. The back of the jacket is longer than the front, which is nice. The hem has a pull cord to tighten the bottom of the jacket, which is an excellent feature, as it does a great job of helping to prevent the warmth from escaping and the cold from entering. The zippers have worked flawlessly
The end of the sleeves do not hug my wife?s wrists closely enough, and this slightly reduces the warmth of the jacket, unless she wears gloves to cover the gaps.
Overall, my wife is very happy with the L.L. Bean ultralight 850 down jack. It is effective in keeping her comfortable in temps 30 and above with no mid-layer, and it has a flattering look to it.
February 3, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by heliskimom Change in quality
I have 3 of these jackets, each bought at a different time and each one different from the other 2. The newest version, bought in the fall 2015 is disappointing because it has much less down in it than in the others and also no longer has the microfiber lining around the neck.
This is not the first time that I've been disappointed by an unanticipated and non-disclosed change in an LL Bean product which has resulted in a lower quality item.
January 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kat58 Not warm
Ordered this coat in Brilliant Blue. While I love the color I am only keeping it for warmer weather! This coat is definitely not for -25 weather! How do I know? It has a test at -8 with a windchill of -25!! Yes I live in northern Wisconsin and I tried it yesterday with layers and I was COLD!!
January 19, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by pacificNWlady Perfect jacket....EXCEPT
I received this as a Christmas present and it is amazing...how can I be so warm wearing it outside, yet not be overly warm wearing it in a store? Perfect fit as a large regular - I am 5'4" and 140 lbs - and allows me to wear another warm layer under it, if needed.
BUT feathers started coming out after only 1 week. I made the mistake of pulling one out and a whole bunch came with it. I ended up using a round toothpick to carefully push them back in and closed the hole with a tiny dot of clear glue. A major hassle! More feathers are coming out, as well.
For an expensive jacket like this, I expect much better of the outer material in keeping feathers in. I hope LL Bean, one of my favorite places to order from, takes this issue on right away. I would love to have another one.
January 17, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by qwe456 beautiful but not warm
I ordered the brilliant blue jacket. The color is beautiful. Fit is nice. Good if it's 50 degrees or warmer. I have to wear this layered under another coat, with long underwear and a wool sweater. And still not warm.
January 12, 2016