Style meets function in L.L. Bean’s new Ultralight 850 Down Sweater. For enhanced style, a streamlined silhouette of narrow horizontal quilting is paired with bold colors. Two zippered hand pockets, a chest pocket with internal media port and an adjustable draw cord at the hem are featured. The slim fit allows the sweater to be worn under a shell. Function comes from the 850 DownTek fill and the windproof, water- resistant, soft-to-the-touch nylon shell. DownTek’s nanotechnology creates surface tension on the individual down fibers, which allows the treated down to repel moisture and dry faster than untreated down. The Ultralight weighs 10 ounces, features a built-in packable pocket and is rated to 30 degrees.
L.L.Bean was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean as a one-man shop with the guiding principle of keeping customers satisfied, which still holds true today. Built on the site of the original location in Freeport, Maine, their flagship store has no locks on its doors. None are needed, since the store never closes, being open 24/7, 365 days a year. Still family owned, they offer free shipping with no minimum purchase and guarantee that if you are not satisfied with a purchase they will make it right.
The author field- tested the Ultralight 850 Down Sweater for several months during backpacking trips, hiking, traveling and everyday use. Functional aspects were severely tested during a backpacking trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where winds of up to 70 miles an hour were encountered. The sweater was comfortable to wear with a backpack and did its job of holding off the chill winds until shelter could be found. The nylon shell looked like new even after the abuse of the backpacking trip. During traveling, the sweater’s light weight, packability and style meant it was a constant companion. By the end of the first week of testing, the LL Bean sweater had become the go-to outwear whenever the author left the house. It’s light enough to always take along but also warm enough for cold days or nights.
The LL Bean’s Ultralight 850 Down Sweater fills the bill, by combining a stylish outer garment with performance features.
- Colors: Black, Deepest Blue, Gunmetal Gray, Hemlock
- Size: Small- 2XL
- Price: $179.00
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.