Rated 5 out of 5 by BuckeyeInMichigan Incredibly lightweight,incredibly warm!
When I felt how lightweight this jacket was, I figured that it couldn't be very warm? I was wrong!!! It has become my primary jacket for winter use this year. I usually wear only a long-sleeve t-shirt or light sweatshirt under it, and it is perfect for running errands and getting out in temperatures down to zero. It blocks the wind wonderfully! I LOVE the hood! No zippers or snaps or velcro, it's just always there when I need it, and the elastic around the face holds it perfectly in place? no drawstrings to mess with! I haven't worn it for "extended" outdoor use - skiing, hiking, and such - but it's perfect for "everyday" use. I can't think of a thing I'd change!
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by AdkCampingGuy Best jacket
Worn it comfortably in below freezing temps with just a t shirt under layer. Best part of this jacket, and I had no idea till I bought it, is that it weighs less than a pound. To walk around grocery shopping, pumping gas, walk the mall in the winter and not feel the weight burden of a heavy wool coat is more than worth the price. Also washes and dries easily.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by adkguide4 best yet
Jacket was purchased for mid layer during search and rescue in winter [10 to -20 deg. F] in Adirondack mtns. of NY. During breaking in around town at 10 to -20 deg. F jacket worked so well it is now my every day go to even without an outer shell.
February 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by WouldbeBeanloyalist Warm In Boston
Great jacket, nice style and great colors. Love this jacket. Very warm.
February 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by mutatio A Bit Small
I really liked the look and feel of this jacket when I first saw it at the local store and took it home. The hood fit great, loved the cinches, and the napoleon pocket on the front. Regrettably, the fit is a bit snug for me. I wear an XL in Bean's Chamois and Flannel shirts without a problem and an XL in this was much too tight in the shoulders. As I've seen with some other reviews, I went with the XXL and while it's a better fit, I still get some tension across the shoulders. Anything too active in this jacket and I'd probably be pulling the seams apart at the shoulders. Wish it had more material around the shoulders (gussets?). Probably good for someone just wanting a warm jacket for walks, but not so much for anything where you're really moving your torso and arms. e.g., cross-country skiing. Had to take it back.
February 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by gplayer01 Bean's 850 DownTek-Warm, Light & Wind Resistant
I did a lot of research on a jacket that would fit my main needs. I wanted the jacket to have a hood, be warm and not bulky, wind and water resistant, light and packable and/or compressible. I do a lot of hiking and cycling here in eastern PA.
I read lots of reviews here on Bean's site for this jacket and also read reviews on other jackets that were highly rated for hiking and backpacking. This jacket by Bean wasn't on that so called "Best" list, interestingly enough. The other brands that were top rated were all sold out in my size. I was bummed out...so went looking again on LL Bean's website.
Bean's Ultra-Light 850 DownTek jacket came very close to what I was looking for on other manufactures websites and so I decided to make my purchase on Bean's.
My chest is a 40 1/2 inch, 5'9" and 165-170lbs. So I went with the medium...not a large. It's normally best (according to customer service) to stay in your closer range. Considering my activities, my base layer is usually an Under Armour compression layer or LL Bean's Cresta wool (which is also amazing). So the medium was my order choice.
When the jacket arrived, my wife said it looked a little small, but it does not feel small with any body movements. The jacket is meant to be "slightly fitted", so I feel that the jacket fits me perfectly. Raising my arms straight ahead, overhead or keeping them at the side, the sleeves stay at wrist and do not pull up to the forearm. Plenty of free movement. There is elastic around the end of the sleeve to keep the wind out.
The jacket is a little longer in the back, similar to cycling jerseys and jackets. This is a great feature for me, not only for cycling activities, but just hiking and keeping the air from going up your back.
The hood makes a HUGE difference in keeping warm. Though there is no draw string to tighten it, the elastic around the hood provides a perfect fit.
The month of Jan 2015 here in PA has been in the single digits and super windy. The wind resistance of the jacket is really amazing. The Pertex fabric really works great. Having the water resistance is a big deal on my hiking adventures...so a big plus.
I really am amazed at how warm I am with this jacket being as light as it is. I have an old Coleman Down parka and it is crazy big and bulky. I feel as warm in this new ultra-light as I do in my old parka. The technology of today's fabrics can't be beat and LL Bean hit the nail on the head here!!
The pockets are nice and roomy. I really love the idea that I can take the jacket off when I'm too warm and compress it down into it's own pocket and stow it away in my backpack.
Special thanks to the other customers here who took the time to make a review. I now own a true favourite made by LL Bean.
Hope this helps.
February 1, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Oldprofpu Warm but not durable.
The jacket fits well, is very warm. The hood lacks a drawstring, which renders the jacket less desirable for non-helmet activities. I am very disppointed with the durability of the outer fabric. I have worn the jacket as my in-town errand outerwear for about two months. It has already torn, both at the seams/baffles and just through the fabric: I have been leaking down. I cannot imagine using this jacket for snowshoeing, skiing, boarding. The jacket will be returned for refund, not exchange.
January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adventure21L Extremely Warm
this jacket is very warm! Took this to the high peaks of the andarondicks and wow I had it take it off when walking and only ware it when we stopped. I see some reviews saying it couldn't possibly be rated for -30 well that is because it's not a jacket you just throw on over a t-shir, It's meant to be warn with layers! Also great wind blocker and after my camel packed leaked all over the jacket, it still kept me warm even soaked!
January 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by VAHiker20 Warmth to Weight Ratio
I was looking at this jacket and the Arc'teryx Thorium SV jacket and I went with this one because the price tag was more than $100 less. I have not been disappointed. This jacket is warm! Walking around the pond at our apartment complex in 15-20 degree (F) weather, I have been plenty warm. I will say that LLBean's -30 rating is incredibly optimistic unless you're planning on wearing this as a mid layer for outdoor aerobic activities like snowshoeing or XC skiing (where your physical activity will generate most of the warmth). If you're using it for lower key activities in temps below 10 F, you will probably be cold. I will say the one time that I got cold wearing this jacket, I had forgot my hat; I put on the hood and was warm within a few minutes. I'm glad I got the hooded version.
The jacket fit me a bit open at the bottom. I guess it's cut to accommodate folks who are bulkier than myself, but the elastic pull tabs fix that without difficulty. Simply pull them taught and the jacket seals around my hips. I love that this jacket has an external chest pocket, an internal storage pocket and a internal mesh pouch for gloves / hats. It's a great combination that works well.
The only thing I wish is that the jacket had a slightly higher denier rating on the external fabric - it seems a tad too fragile for rugged hiking through brush where this jacket could get snagged by thorns / branches / etc. You probably need to protect the fabric a bit if you want this jacket to last.
But let's be honest. I'm probably 90% of the time going to be wearing this around town - walking the dogs, commuting to work, or going to the grocery. For those endeavors here in Virginia, this jacket is perfect. For hikers, if you put this under a hard shell you will be super toasty and your shell jacket will protect this jacket from the pricklies.
January 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by activeoutdoorsylady Ultralight 850 times 4
LOVE this jacket so much, I have just ordered my fourth, all different colors. Lots of cold weather in these Adirondacks and this jacket really WORKS ! Fit is right on, men's coats are slimmer and fit me better. Thanks LL, once again!
January 25, 2015