An inexpensive jacket with high fill quality down, the L.L. Bean Ultralight is a surprisingly good deal. If it weren't for the unnecessarily dense and heavy nylon material from which the Ultralight 850 is constructed, we would really love this jacket. As it is, we still think it is an excellent piece if you are looking for a down jacket without a hood. The fit and the quilting pattern is flattering, we love the fleece-lined pockets and collar, and we like that it stuffs into an interior stow pocket.
We are intrigued by the Down-Tek treated hydrophobic down, but are unsure how durable the treatment is and what affect it has on the life of the down itself. Hopefully after more use we will have more definitive conclusions.