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
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