Rated 5 out of 5 by Agingcyclist Light weight and warm
I was delighted at the weight of the jacket when I received it. There were some mixed reviews which I read after I bought it, that object to -30 degree rating. I was skeptical as to its warmth. NYC in February has been quite cold, single digits and teens. I tried both my old parka and the Ultralight on the same day. Neither was perfect, but the Ultralight was as warm as the puffer. With a fleece I was as comfortable as I could be in the low teens with eyes and nose running.
I think it is a great coat. No problem with cuffs or hood. I bike all over NYC and the bright color may keep me from being hit. It runs high up on the neck and in this weather more coverage is better. Moreover I adore its lightness and its stuff-ability. I imagine it will be comfortable most of the year.
February 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Alohaguy packs very small, but extremely fragile
There are some good things about this jacket. It's extremely small and light. The way it stuffs up small and weighs so little means you can travel with a jacket without too much bulk -- and can even use it as a pillow. The deepest blue color is beautiful.
But the jacket is *extremely* fragile. So, it has no value for any outdoor activity. I was in the office and a coworker suggested a walk to a frozen waterfall.I just brushed up against a tree and I got three holes with the down coming out. The material would not be easy to repair. So, it's a light 'emergency' jacket, but if you have to use it in an emergency, you'll probably wreck it.
If you want to stay warm going on walks on sidewalks or going from car to buildings, it's great.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ssSAXON1 Outstanding down jacket
Super warm at zero degree with only t-shirt! Will be ordering the hooded version soon. Great product!
February 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by virginiasteve great , light jacket
Really like the ultraliight 850 down jacket,so much so that I bought a second. One I use for hiking and flyfishing, the other for around town. With just a long sleeve t shirt I was warm down to 15 degrees. anything lower was pushing it. With a light fleece top and a tee shirt under it, I was able to fish and hike comfortably in close to 0 degree weather . I think the - 20degree rating they have for this product is way too generous but something as light as this working down into single digits is fine by me.
February 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Moondog56 Suprised
Was pleasantly surprised when I received the jacket within 2 days since the weather report was telling us that the wind chill would be -15. Wore it for two days now and as light as it is, kept me very warm. I did wear a pullover shirt and sweatshirt underneath, so it can be worn with layers. My only regret is that I should have bought the hooded version.
February 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by RVD2475 Exaggerated promo
Saw jacket in catalog said -30 degrees
NO WHERE CLOSE
It's a nice jacket very over priced @209.00
Above 30 degrees very nice very light weight
When it was 20 degrees I had on 3 layer under jacket
Wasn't warm especially in the wind
February 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Rick4398764 Sadly Unacceptable
I bought this jacket before a trip over the holidays to New Jersey. I thought it looked great and fit very well. However, after a week of fairly mild, wet weather, I found it was a total bust as far as warmth was concerned. I think it was well made, but sadly lacking in down. I could hold it up to the light and see through it! Good in the airplane and airport, but useless in the wind outdoors, This is the first piece of LL Bean apparel I have found totally unsatisfactory. I went to the Paramus Park Mall LL Bean store and exchanged it for the Goose Down Jacket, which is really great. The staff at Paramus Park Mall were great and the store was a gem.
February 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Melkie Through snow, rain, and fifty mile days
This jacket has been with me on every one of my recent adventures. I have put it through blizzards, temperatures that would make the Canadians cry, and moderate rain.
My most recent use was in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. I completed the entire Black Forest Trail during blizzard conditions and wind chills below minus 65. I owe my life to this and LL Bean's Goretex rain jacket. I immediately slipped this jacket on whenever I took a break from walking and found it to be a godsend. Keep in mind, this is not a coat designed for the conditions in which It has been submersed.
If you are looking for a single layer jacket that can fight off temperatures near zero, this is not it. However, given the products weight and compressability, I have no problem stacking on the necessary layers while still maintaining maneuverability on the trail.
This jacket and my other equipment allowed me to complete the 45 mile Black Forest Trail in under 30 hours, while still remaining comfortable.
If you are a backpacker that values saving weight while still getting a superior product, look no further.
January 31, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by TheRidgeRunner Ultralight, but not ultrawarm...
I purchased this jacket in Dec of 2013, so I'm into my 2nd winter using it, size XL Reg, and I am 6', 190". I bought this jacket for backpacking and hiking because of the warmth/weight and compactness, and to wear under a waterproof/windproof shell in severe weather. Here is my experience with the jacket.
1. The description says: "Slightly Fitted Closer fit with a slightly slimmer waist." I disagree. I found the waist was apparently cut to allow for some men's large bellies. I thought this was for active people who probably don't have a large gut, so unless the 2014 model has been redesigned, it's BIG. I did have in mind layering up when I ordered, so the extra girth is sort of handy if you are wearing a down vest (which is probably necessary to really stay warm--keep reading.) I might add that the rest of the jacket fits me fine, so I feel I ordered the correct size.
2. I wish the front zipper were a 2-way, so that I could partially unzip from the bottom when sitting down. Otherwise all that extra girth in the belly area just piles up into an obnoxious flap of down and nylon and zipper, especially since the belly is cut so large in the first place.
3. The extra girth could possibly be accomodated by an internal drawcord around the waist, rather than just the one at the bottom, to allow a better fit. I feel like I'm wearing a balloon sometimes when I have the bottom drawcord cinched up against the wind, and all the extra space in the belly acts as a bellows to push warm air out and pull cold air in. A waist drawcord would work perfectly with a 2-way zipper.
4. Here's the kicker, and why you might need an extra down garment underneath. The down in the kidney area of the back of my jacket has nearly completely migrated toward the sides, probably as a result of sitting, getting in/out of vehicles. There is now almost NO insulation in that area, making a very cold spot in an important area. The problem is that there doesn't really seem to be any extra down near the sides, even though there should be if the down in the center ended up there. It leads me to believe that either this jacket wasn't filled properly, or there was some skimping done. All of the other issues mentioned aside, this is the one thing that makes this particular jacket unacceptable to me and I am returning it.
January 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by RojoFromMaine Pleasantly surprised!
I bought last year's model of the Ultralight, and I am impressed with the coat on many levels. I was skeptical, and did not think that this super light jacket would keep me warm without all the bulk and size of other jackets. It is very warm, as long as you layer up properly for the temp, and stay active. It is very comfortable, and true to size... I bought a large for my 6', 197 lb. frame, and I can comfortably layer up underneath. It is also made with very good quality. I like!
January 18, 2015