Rated 2 out of 5áby VanWilder2 Not very warm
Bought this vest a year ago as a lightweight winter vest.
Pros-it is light, windproof, fits great, good pockets, and is very comfortable.
But-it is not very warm. Mine has spots where there is no insulation between the outer and inner shell. I can feel the insulation in some spots, in others there is nothing. Held it up to a very strong light and you can see at least half of the vest has no insulation.
Explains why it is not real warm
Kept it anyway as a cooler weather/windproof vest as that works.
Might get another if the insulation thing gets fixed.
April 13, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby Appyfive Attractive looking vest but not very warm
The vest is very attractive looking but the Primaloft is too thin offer much warmth. After wearing it a few times I have gone back to my down vest for a warmer layer at colder temperatures.
The three pockets on the chest and sides are sized well and easy to zip up with the attached pull cords. An excellent feature to keep items safely secured.
The elastic pull along the bottom of the garment is also useful to keep what little warmth there is intact.
The nylon material feels comfortable to the skin and I will probably wear the vest on cool summer and early fall days only.
February 9, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby Mongoose123 Great color but poor fit
A light, thin, portable, warm, and well-fitting vest was what I expected from LL Bean. The vest delivers on thin and light but not warm and well-fitting. The vest is not warm like a layer of down would be nor does it fit well in the areas around/under the arms. A bit of a diappointment.
February 8, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby Acemoose Not That Warm....but......
It is thin, it is quilted and it is not that warm (for Winter anyway) BUT it works FINE when I put it on over a sweater, then layer my windbreaker and then a jacket over it. THEN I am warm and comfy and -- Full Speed Ahead, Wind be darned -- I can handle 14 degrees Out There at the Wild Bus Stop, with no problems whatsoever..
January 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby KuptanaSite Cute, but needs a LOT more
This vest is stylish (why I bought it). As thermal protection, it's irrelevant. The garment has zilch insulating value.
-- Sizing tends to run rather large (true of other L.L.Bean sizes), so as a measured "Large" I plan to take the sides in at least two inches.
-- The zipper is tricky to get engaged. The zipper is one-way, so if you want to open the zip from the bottom end, you cannot.
-- About the mandatory "Would you recommend this... to a friend" question, I wish L.L.Bean would allow an indefinite answer. If The Corporation allowed, I'd say, "it depends." For informal dress style purposes, this is a nice toy in the closet. As an "insurance" layer to stuff in my daypack in case the thunderstorm hits at 10,400' in Yellowstone again, this would stay in the car. -- It's not bad for a whimsy, but for survival -nope.
January 23, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby NYC13 Beautiful but very thin.
I got the kelp green and it's a beautiful color. The vest itself is nice too but its very thin and not as warm as I thought it would be. This vest would be a 5 star for me if L.L. Bean would at least double the amount of insulation in the vest.
January 13, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby peakhound warmth is overstated
The vest is thin, its material is very soft and comfortable to the skin, but I would not call the vest "warm".
It's "cool room in your house" warm, but not "chilly morning in the backyard" warm. Nevertheless, I am happy with it: it is so comfortable that I wear it all day, and layered with a fleece and under a raincoat it works very well.
December 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TeddyK Field Tested
I wore this vest pretty much non-stop on a cross country road/camping trip. Climbed a few peaks in Glacier National Park and the Sawtooth Mountain Range. It kept me warm and regulated my heat excellently! Packed small very small when I wasn't wearing it. Great product!
October 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby CJ017 missing features
Nice vest, but I was only able to get a true trim fit by ordering a size small, when I normally wear a medium. I'm about 5'8" 170lbs. I got both small and medium, depending what goes under the vest.
I like the drawcords for the bottom hem, but they could've hung those things on the inside so they don't stick out and look so sloppy.
It would be nice if the vest had the same features as on the jacket - zipper garages at the neck and for the side pockets, since it costs almost as much as the jacket. For only ten dollars more, I'll stick with the jacket.
August 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Mconn Very good lightweight vest. Could be improved.
This vest earns its 4 stars from me based on the fact that it is surprisingly warm for its weight and packability. I would suggest 2 changes in the future production line though. The nylon material against my neck is very warm and makes me sweat more there than usual. Some thin fleece or similar material to keep the vest collar from sticking to someone's neck would be nice. The other change is that the nylon material of the vest is very slick and backpack straps slide around and off easily. An alternate material on the shoulders would help stop that.
There are nice color choices, good pocket design (including a headphone port in the chest pocket) and the sizing is true for me. Overall, I recommend this vest, with the above mentioned changes it would be a no-brainer for anyone looking for a packable, lightweight vest.
August 20, 2014