Rated 5 out of 5 by nibranam1 Ultralight 850 Down Sweater
I bought this product to serve as a light weight layer while backpacking. I already have a goose down vest. I am 6' 5" tall, 230 lbs. with arm length of 37 inches and chest measurement of 43 inches. I purchased the extra large, tall and the arm length is adequate. The sweater length hits me just below the belt line where there is a draw string. The elastic in the cuffs could be a little tighter. My vest fits nicely under the sweater. Pretty happy so far
October 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Windriverjoe Warm and comfortable
Excellent jacket. I ordered a tall and the sleeves and body are long enough, true to Bean tall. It has been too warm to test it for cold weather. It appears it should work very well as the one day it was cold and windy, the wind did not come through at all. In Wyoming we know about cold!
May 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ProAstronomer Great lightweight jacket
I haven't used this on the trail yet, but since spring has been late in arriving, this has served well as an everyday jacket. Very comfortable (and ridiculously lightweight), it has served well with temperatures ranging from mid-30's to high-50's. I've used it a couple of times as a layer under a rain coat or heavier jacket - it has a trim fit, so an outer layer fits over it smoothly. I'm not sure if it would be warm enough to wear by itself in much colder temps unless you were on an active hike.
May 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ashman Too small.. For a big guy.
Love the company and products, but dissapointed in the sizing. I am 6'6" 235 lbs and the XXL Tall was way too tight across the chest and armpits. I have a 46" chest and muscualr shoulds, the fit didn't even come close. Had to look to Mamut gear for a true XXL Tall fit.
May 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nanodog perfect layer
Others report as not very warm...but for minimal layering down to an active 10 degrees it worked perfectly... breathed well and didn't bind.
April 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stampoutthecoldwind Ultralight 850 Down Sweater
This is the 1st disappointment I've ever received from LL Bean. The sweater was cold, it regularly "molted", the wind went through it, but it was warm indoors. The quality of the workmanship is at fault here, not the company. This sweater had small "pin holes" in it when I got it. The down literally leaked out of it & I had to repair this, since this was my primary secondary layer for my Ski Patrol Outer shell. The zipper allowed the cold to come through & the stitching started to come apart on the upper arm. I had to put "duct tape" over the tear that developed to prevent the total loss of down. The 850 rating "isn't" as warm as you're led to believe. Who ever rated this, rated this wrong. I've returned this & wouldn't recommend this sweater for anything more than around the yard in late fall. It doesn't match up with the higher quality products that L.L. Bean has grown its reputation on.
April 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by HikerEd Very nice 'sweater' but not as warm as expected
Pros: Light (good light item to throw in backpack), nice looking jacket (got the black), comfortable, works well at 'top' layer and works well under a shell, and appropriately advertised as a sweater offering reasonable warmth.
Cons: Slightly difficult to zip without removing gloves and glove liners due to very small zipper. Not nearly as warm as the llbean rep suggested (down to 35 degrees F with moderate activity).
More details on warmth: Clearly everyone is different. I find myself to be pretty average when it comes to sleeping bag ratings... so here are my observations. I also have a 650 down jacket from LLbean which I love. It is about 24oz (v.s. this 10oz). This sweater doesn't come anywhere close to the 'standard' llbean down jacket. In my tests I've tried: 1) Jacket in 38 degree weather with a light wind and a shirt and thermal underwear. Result. Surprisingly much too cold. 2) jacket in 45 degree weather with the same. Perfect... but I wouldn't expect anything less since I am just as comfortable with a light llbean pullover fleece and a wind jacket. 3) jacket in 25 degree weather with shirt, thermal underwear, llbean light fleece and my marmot wind shirt underneath. A bit cold until I started more than moderate activity climbing a steep section. Then it was perfect.
Conclusion: I like alot about it. I'll probably keep it given it's weight and versatility and because it's backed by llbean. Otherwise there seem to be better down sweaters out there. If LLBean ever gets more of their 850 down jackets back in stock (which are better rated), I might consider returning this and getting one of those.
P.S. I indicated I would not recommend.. but that is based on my expectations as suggested by the llbean person I spoke with before my purchase. If a jacket with performance as I stated works for you, then I would recommend it.
March 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by blkdog333 not as warm as I had hoped.
I've been shopping at L.L.Bean since 1959. It's the first item that I must say I was not impressed with.The first down coat that I bought from L.L. bean was A orange goose down jacket in 1959.
that was USA made and that lasted for 30 years. This will not last three winters.Poor stitching,feathers are coming out.needs A zipper backing(improper term) Needs to be redesigned.
This will extend A goose down coat/jacket by an extra 5 or 10 degrees or so.Nice on A late spring day.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by travelingagainsoon Great for layering.
My DH wears this sweater nearly every day to work. It has been down in to the mid-teens lately in No Virigina. When it's really cold - he wears this over the micro-grid fleece, with a rain coat/wind breaker on top. It keeps him comfortabley warm down to 15 degrees outside walking. By itself, he can get by with a T-shirt underneath and be comfortable in the mid 40 degrees.
The outer material is very thin so it occasionally loses feathers. He the sweater for traveling because it packs down to an envolope size in one of the pockets and he can then stuff it away into his backpack.
March 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by classicclothes Men's 850 ultralight down sweater
The zipper on the jacket was difficult to open when the sweater was removed from the bag. When it was tried on, the zipper stuck again in the closed position and the sweater had to be taken off over the head. I have returned it.
February 26, 2014