Rated 5 out of 5áby 3
Rated 5 out of 5áby tourmalineblue Versatile Jacket
Super jacket, the previous reviewer was so thorough, I don't have anything more to add. It is amazingly lightweight for keeping warm below freezing and it's not constricting and easy to layer with-very comfortable.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Goffer Sizing
To reinforce the comment about sizing, I almost always buy medium coats and jackets, but with this jacket it's the XL that fits. Buy big.
Just bought this jacket and live in Western NY. The coldest I've worn it so far has been about 28░ with cotton underneath and it was fine. Just walking around, no exertion. Very light and comfortable, and excellent at blocking cold wind. Very curious about how it will work in the far lower temperatures that will come.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby HawkOfTheNorth2 Bean's Primaloft Cloudlight Jacket
I just received this jacket and was in for quite a surprise. The reason was that I already own Bean's Ascent PrimaLoft Hooded Jacket and by the description presumed it would be quite similar, just with a different hood,front body styling and cuffs but that was not the case.
The Cloudlight Jacket is considerably lighter with a far different shell
made of an ultra soft but tough nylon ripstop material that is dual coated to fend off rain and wind. The jacket also features 80 grams of PrimaLoft's new Silver Hi-Loft insulation as opposed to the 200 grams in the body and 100 grams in the sleeves of PrimaLoft One insulation in the Ascent Primaloft Hooded Jacket. This allows the Cloudlight to be considerably lighter while maintaining the same warmth level.
I have not been able to test the Cloudlight in -30F yet but have been able to wear it in -10C (+14F) with a wind blowing with nothing but a thin t-shirt underneath and was sweating profusely. I am confident in their coldest rating assessment because of past purchases from Bean's and am sure with the proper layers i.e. Ascent Polartec Packaway Fleece jacket, Mountain Hoodie, or Sweater Fleece Jacket (all of which I own) that this jacket can be worn in -30F.
As I said at the beginning of this review the hood on the Cloudlight is different than the Ascent PrimaLoft jacket and in my opinion better fitting with a larger brim to fend off rain and wind and draw cord adjustment on either side. The same can be said for the Cloudlight's gasket cuffs made of Lycra which are sleeker and form around you're arm better than the cuffs of the Ascent PrimaLoft which are almost inside the jacket leaving the main material to be exposed to what ever you are handling which could lead to a shorter life for the material on the arms. The Cloudlight also has a much sleeker outside shell giving you a more slimming look.
The PrimaLoft Cloudlight Jacket also has a very smooth and soft internal material made of nylon that easily slides on over any layers and is very soft on the skin. The jacket has an internal stretch mesh pocket on the inner right hand side that is 7 inches wide by 8 inches tall capable of holding my Rubbermaid 10 inch tall 1 Liter water bottle or whatever else you want to store in it. On the inner upper left hand side is the zippered pocket with media port hole for music players or big enough for you're wallet. On the outside of the Cloudlight jacket you have 2 external pockets 7 inches wide by 11 inches tall accessed by a 9 inch zipper for plenty of extra storage for clothing etc.
The hem has a one handed drawcord adjustment to keep wind out and for a better fit.
I wanted to be able to layer easily and to have a little more coverage with the Cloudlight Jacket so I did the same order size as I did for the Ascent PrimaLoft Jacket, I ordered the XL Tall even though I am only about 5' foot 10" and usually take a large 44"- 46" inch shirt.
This gives me coverage to just about the bottom of my bum.
I ordered the Cloudlight in the Crisp Lapis color which is a light blue but not verging on an ugly neon shade like some lighter color jackets can be.
All in all I highly recommend this jacket for anyone who want's to go outside for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing and want's to be as light as possible. This jacket can compress very easily and so can be carried in a variety of situations and as an all year round emergency jacket. Matter of fact if you already own the PrimaLoft Packaway Hooded Jacket as I do, the Cloudlight is like literally only a regular chocolate bar heavier. If you wanted to, you could easily carry both jackets in you're pack with no problem whatsoever.
Thanks L.L.Bean and Rep's (Mark, Jerry & Roger for all the great customer service) and another high quality product I will enjoy using this winter and years to come.
October 29, 2014