Rated 4 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 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