Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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
Rated 2 out of 5 by ArmchairTraveller Disappointing
I expected this vest to be as warm as my ancient, but very warm, down vest. It is not. While it is handy and compact when stuffed into its own pocket, the filling seems skimpy, particularly compared to the loft of a down vest, and it does not duplicate the warmth of down. It is a great disappointment, particularly for the price. Because it is so compact, I may keep it for summer-evening wear while traveling.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by hummingbirdfan Beautiful quality, Gorgeous price...
This terrific vest is feather light. The combination of black and blue is stunning. It is very comfortable, has great pocket placement, and is very reasonably priced for the quality. Love it!
April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kyuplandhunter Super Lite
The PrimLoft fill is almost in-perceivable making the vest a near liner or running vest. Cut a tad wider than I expected through the chest but that provides a good range of movement. I'm 5'9" and 152 lbs so I ordered my standard size medium, which fits well. The cinch cord at the waist allows a tailored fit. The vest is very comparable to other high-end PrimaLoft vests. The color is exactly as I had hoped because I plan to wear it bird hunting.
April 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mojophat Great
Nice and light weight. Alone, it can be used comfortably with temperatures down into the 50s (assuming you're moving around). Due to it's light weight and thinnest, it layers extremely well when temperatures drop even more. Also, the material is water repellent, so it works nicely if it is misty out (of course, not too useful in a downpour)
A medium fits me great -- I'm 5'5" with 42" chest and 32" waist.
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by VirginiaHiker2 Really hits the mark
This vest really hits the mark. I fly most weeks for work. Most sites are business casual, meaning pants and a dress shirt. Between the shirt, this vest, pair of gloves, and a gore-tex shell, I'm really quite comfortable going to the plane on the tarmac, or walking to work from the hotel 90ish% of the time. It's only when it gets to around 10 degrees do I need more insulation in the arms. Now I'm moving around and not standing still for long periods of time in the elements. I got it in black which is corporate acceptable.
For sizing, I'm 6'1", and wear a 42L. The large fits me well.
Slips easily over any shirt, which my polartec vest did not do.
Backpacking, I typically have a long themal top, polyester t-shirt, gloves, this vest, and a goretex jacket with pit zips. That's a lot of thermal control when it's cold in the morning and warms up.
Packed in it's pocket, it's a permanent part of my day hiking kit. Definitely in my Essential 10.
It really is surprisingly warm.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OnlyPercale Best vest for almost anything
This vest is a perfect fit. It is slightly narrower at the waist than the previous version and slightly more slimming. The fit may actually be better, but I love both versions and both look great. They are constructed with attention to detail. Compare this primaloft vest with another offered at retail, and you will see the difference that LLBean gives to small details like the slightly stiffer zipper line which reduces risk of zipper catching. I have been wearing the vest over my Ascent power stretch jacket, and it looks great and works just as well, keeping the core warm in 30 degree weather while maintaining ease of movement. I have also worn it over my Katahdin Heavy Weight Sweat Jacket, and it makes that jacket even better (it can be a little tight here, but leaving the vest open doesn't seem to affect it's ability to block wind from getting through the sweatshirt). It can be used over a light 100 weight fleece sweater as well, again keeping the core warm yet not detracting from movement, and looking great all the while.
It is so comfortable that I always forget it's on. It essentially becomes a part of the layer it's covering.
March 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mariel1951 OMG what great vest!
I ordered the tall XXL for my husband and it arrived yesterday. Today he wore it at 6:00 am to walk the dog, all day to work on the yard and garage and now at 4:00 pm he still has it on. He said he forgot he had it. So comfortable, so soft and so light. He loves it!
February 21, 2014