Rated 1 out of 5 by Sikuq Returned it same day.
After but 15 minutes outside in 5 F. degree weather and over my wool sweater I decided to return the jacket. Too little fill and too loose wrist elastics for me.
November 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PTMike Super Warm and Great Fit!
First things first this jacket is excellent. The build quality, fit and finish are all top notch. I'm a very active person in the NYC area. I wear this jacket ALL winter in the most severe conditions and I stay super warm and dry. How's that? Because I LAYER!
For those that are complaining take note: this jacket is ultralight and super warm. On its own it's fine down to about 25 degrees. At that point you can't expect it to act like a super thick parka. It's meant to be ultralight so you can move easier and stay active.
So at the 25 degree and below point all you have to do is add the proper layers and you're money!
I have to stay active, even in the brutal NYC snow storms which are becoming more and more prevalent every year. So I'll wear an undershirt...performance thermal...(maybe a sweater) a light fleece and then my ultralight 850 on top. I wear that out into the freezing cold brutal winters and it looks like I don't have anything major on because it's all very thin. People will ask me if I'm cold but I'm standing there burning up and have to peel some layers before too long. My point is, if you don't like bulk and are a more active person this jacket is perfect. All you have to do is layer and it will be perfect through the entire winter. No need for a bulky parka. Learn how to layer and you'll be money.
October 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ibupnorth01 "Ultralight" 850 Down Hooded Jacket
Purchased this jacket for a lightweight alternative during mild winter weather activities in northeast China last winter. The weather was remarkably similar to northern Michigan - minus abundant lake effect snow.
This is a very good jacket for traveling when you don't want to be lugging around a heavy winter coat. It can easily be compressed into its own stowage pocket and carried on board a plane in a small backpack. So when you go from fall to winter weather in a matter of hours it is ready. Just unpack and shake - good to go. It seemed to repel light rain and wet snow well and if you wear a mid-weight sweater layer it is warm enough walking down to about 15 F - if the sun is out and there is no wind. I tried to avoid my much heavier serious weather coat a couple times and regretted it. Don't expect this to be comfortably warm much below 25 F if there is a stiff breeze, opt not to wear a sweater layer, or you're not snowshoeing in 2 feet of snow. There are no extremely warm "ultra" lightweight jackets for light activity in low temperatures or use in high wind. I have a serious goose down coat for those conditions.
I have read some remarks about the lack of quality but I think they somehow relate quality to heavy, thick material which this coat is void of to make it so lightweight. I wore this coat almost every day for over 3 months in all sorts of environments and, except for a few lost feathers (normal for most new down coats and vests), it looks no worse for wear. About the only thing I would suggest to make this a true 5-star lightweight jacket is: 1) make some sort of hood fastener to keep the hood from catching wind and blowing down. 2) I have a 46 chest yet an XL is tight across the shoulders and top of my chest. In fact, it is difficult to zip the last 2 inches (you would not want to do unless wearing the hood) yet the stomach area seems much too large. So, increase the shoulder and top chest area at least an inch and take away three inches from the stomach and it would still fit all but the most obese and fit those with broad shoulders better. Other than those two issues, it is a very good ultra-light jacket.
October 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by teacher2257 Great jacket, if you have the right expectations
I've had this coat for a year and like it a lot. It's extremely light-weight, water-resistant, warm, and looks great.
Some reviewers say it doesn't keep them warm enough on extremely cold days. On such days, who wears just a coat? You wear a good sweater, maybe even thermal underwear. As long as you're prepared to wear a sweater on extra cold days, you'll be fine.
That said, if I could only have one coat to wear in the winter, it probably wouldn't be this. It would be a waterproof parka with inter-changable zip-in liners. I'd use a down liner for super cold days, a fleece liner for mildly cold days, and no liner on normal fall & spring days.
August 16, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by midwestconsumer Update to prior review
I wanted to post an update to a review I had left regarding my dissatisfaction with the quality of this jacket. L.L.Bean made it right. They stood by the guarantee and accepted a return of the jacket even though it had been worn. It restored my confidence in L.L.Bean?s goal to provide high quality products.
April 28, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by midwestconsumer Not the quality I normally receive with LL Bean
I am not one to write reviews, but always read them. In this case, I felt I needed to leave feedback. This jacket lasted less than 1 season due to loss of feathers, which led to small holes, including one noticeable hole and another that developed into a sizable tear. Feathers were routinely poking through the outer shell. Given that this was not a cheap jacket, and LL Bean typically stands for quality, we were disappointed. In fact, we chose this jacket over an alternative even though it was more expensive thinking it would pay off in quality. The concept is great, but it isn?t durable.
March 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LAXMom4 PERFECT WARMTH!
Bought this for my son because of this awful winter this yr and was complaining too cold at college. He likes a HOODED jacket, and the salesman at LLbean said the 850 fill is the way to go. Its THIN, and not puffy, but it REALLY IS warm! It fits nice, but NOT "fitted" as description, I would have gotten him a MED, but since said "fitted" got him a LG. It fits normally on him. He normally wears a Large Tee, or hoodie, since broad shoulders. (20yrs old-5'8", 160lbs). He cinched the toggles @ bottom jacket and that keeps the cold out and makes better fit. & He likes the elastic at wrists! I bought it when its been hanging at 7 degrees, and since we rec'd it its been teens and up. But he said its REALLY warm, and LOVES it! He wanted RED, but Large wasn't avail, so backordered the Navy (for ship June 1!), but then on chance a LG appeared in Molten RED online and I grabbed it. He would have liked RED RED, but this Molten he said he could live with! (its more orange red, than BRIGHT RED RED!)---Happy w the quality, and I think he'll actually wear it since it has a hood too! (even though he wears a hoodie underneath it anyway, he likes Jacket Hood in addition!. Don't hesitate to grab this coat! Its REALLY worth it!!
March 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by beanie4lyfe cheap with the down fill
firstly, i love ll bean, especially for its quality down products. truly, this is an amazing company and i consider myself loyal to very few brands. that said-- while i was sold on this jacket for its hood and the 2 tone coloring of shell and interior (really fun ideas), ll bean was rather cheap with the amount of down fill. i understand the idea of 850 fill down holding more heat and all so less down is required, but i also own the predecessor to this version (the one rated #1 by backpacker magazine that came without the hood) and there is undoubtedly an obvious decrease in the amount of down packed into the jacket from that to this. if you're in the northeast and are not made of ice, then this is more of a sweater type warmth. i don't know if this was to manage production costs to compensate for the hood but ultimately i am dissapointed. ll bean, do you plan to correct this in your next manufactured batch? because if so, please let me know.
March 5, 2015
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