Cyber Monday may have come and gone, but there are still deals to be had on high-tech outerwear. For example, the L.L. Bean PrimaLoft Packaway Jacket — one of my favorite alternatives to the legendary Patagonia Nano Puff — is 15% off as part of Cyber Week savings. This makes it a full $120 cheaper than its flashier counterpart.
Men can grab the PrimaLoft Packaway Hooded Jacket in “Vibrant Red” for $169 from L.L.Bean, down from $199. Women’s PrimaLoft Packaway Hooded Jackets are also $169 from L.L.Bean, with more colors to choose from than the men. For reference, a full-price Patagonia Nanon Puff Hoody sells for $289.
This style of jacket is great because it can be worn as either an outer layer or as a mid-layer under a heavier coat or rainshell. The PrimaLoft Packaway is extremely lightweight yet incredibly warm and comfy. It’s also weather and wind-resistant and can pack away into its zippered chest pocket for easy storage.
PrimaLoft Packaway Hooded Jacket (men’s): was $199 now $169 @ L.L.Bean
Full disclosure: I picked up my PrimaLoft Packaway, also on sale for a similar price, while my Nano Puff Hoody was being repaired by Patagonia. By the time said Nano Puff returned, I was sold on the L.L.Bean version. Beyond being more affordable, it offers the same amount of synthetic insulation and a similar design to its rival. You also get a bonus chest pocket on the front of the jacket, in addition to an internal one, which I appreciate.
PrimaLoft Packaway Hooded Jacket (women’s): was $199 now $169 @ L.L.Bean
The women’s version of the PrimaLoft Packaway hoodie is more fitted than the men’s, so if you prefer a less restrictive jacket, go with the latter instead and size down. Women can choose between Foggy Blue/Pale Sky Blue and Sugarplum/Bramble Berry (who came up with these names?). Both are classy, but I have to admit that I like the men’s Vibrant Red the best.
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Dan Bracaglia covers fitness and consumer technology with an emphasis on wearables for Tom's Guide. Based in the US Pacific Northwest, Dan is an avid outdoor adventurer who dabbles in everything from kayaking to snowboarding, but he most enjoys exploring the cities and mountains with his small pup, Belvedere. Dan is currently training to climb some of Washington State's tallest peaks. He's also a big photography nerd.