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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ihike4fun Love this jacket
I purchased this jacket for hiking and bike riding during the winter in PA. For as thin and light as this jacket is, I couldn't believe that it would be so warm. The first time I wore it was for a bike ride on a 23 degree windy day. With a thin sweatshirt underneath I was actually too warm. The outside and inside pockets are great for carrying a phone, camera, gloves, etc. while hiking or biking. The hood does a good job of protecting the neck from cold winds. I usually purchase lower priced jackets but this one is well worth the price.
January 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by activeoutdoorsylady Ultralight 850
Glad to have the men's version (female - got a Med for 5'6", 140 lbs, slender build). The women's clothes are too short in the sleeve and too wide in the body. This is roomy enough for a thick layer underneath for colder weather. Wore this jacket today for a brisk walk with a big dog for 2 hrs - sunny, but only about 10 degrees, no wind, with a cotton turtle neck and thin poly shirt over this, hat and mittens. Was comfortable, then got hot, un-zipped, then even took it off for a bit. Love the comfort, so light, but warm. I was doubtful at first, but gave it a good try and now love it - have ordered another in a different color (which was sold out), but great customer service at LL Bean found one for me in a store. A top company, with top service and merchandise!
January 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PhilinMidland Warmth and lightness defy belief
I live in Michigan and have been doing a lot of traveling, in and out of the car, walks through parking lots, etc. Today, it was 11 degrees with a mild wind. I wore a tee shirt with a light, poly long-sleeved shirt over it. The jacket completed the outerwear, and I was comfortable, especially with the hood on. The hood makes a difference, as it keeps your head heat from escaping. I don't like the placement of the top left pocket, since I routinely pull the zipper for the pocket instead of the coat. Love the inside pocket near the waistband. Even an inside slot pocket for a pen. Well-designed and very warm, yet so light. Lucky to get the gray one with the green lining. Lots of compliments on it.
January 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by MrMrsNoah Drafty jacket
After reading the description in the LL Bean catalogue, I believed that a 850 down-fill coat would be superior to a 500 or 650 down coat. I was sadly disappointed. The jacket should have been perfect for walking dogs in temperatures as frigid as -30c with windchill. Even after layering with a heavy fleece and a thick woolen toque, the jacket was just too drafty. Unfortunately, the hood coverage is loose and baggy. There are no features that allow you to tighten the hood and sleeves to keep out the cold, the wind and drafts. The hood itself is very shallow (not wide enough to cover your cheeks).
January 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrSnuggles BEST. COAT. EVER.
I?m in Canada, where cold is real. (As you may have heard we live in igloos for 11 months of the year.) We have just emerged from three days of -30 to -40 degree (Celcius) windy weather, so my coat got its first real test this week. Happy to say it passed with flying colours. This coat is simply amazing. It is so thin and light, yet impenetrable by cold and wind. Yes, you need to wear mitts and a scarf or neckwarmer to keep the breeze out. This should be a no-brainer.
Today it was a balmy -10 and I was too hot. Got to work after my 20 minute walk and I was roasting. The coat not only keeps out the cold, but it seals in your bodyheat. So impressed by this coat. The people who say it isn?t warm enough must be going shirtless under it and not zipping it up, because it is quite simply the BEST. COAT. EVER. In fact, my wife wants me to stop telling her how warm it is, as she feels I?m getting annoying.
January 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by dharmaeye great jacket
I live in Buffalo, NY and it does get cold here sometimes...not as much as you probably think from the news. But, this is the warmest, lightweight jacket I have ever had. The hood and storm collar make it versatile so you can wear it up and zipped on the coldest windiest day and still be toasty warm as long as you wear lined pants. And on those not-so-cold days leave the hood down, the zipper up-zipped and still be comfortable. Lightweight, packable and waterproof. What more do you want? Great product.
January 8, 2015