Price doesn’t always denote quality, but in down and synthetic insulation jackets, it can give you a pretty good clue as to how warm, packable and durable they’ll be. Usually, the lightest and warmest are the most expensive. But in the case of L.L.Bean’s PrimaLoft Packaway Jacket, that rule deflates.
The Packaway is a synthetic jacket, so it’s a water-resistant and sturdy alternative to down. The fluffy fill inside these types of jackets is sometimes seen as inferior to down because it doesn’t provide as much warmth for its weight, but thanks to manufacturing advances, synthetic insulation is catching up. Inside the Packaway is PrimaLoft Gold insulation with Cross Core technology, which was initially developed for NASA and uses aerogels to increase warmth without doing the same to weight.
For comparison, Patagonia’s highly-favored Nano Puff Jacket relies on PrimaLoft Gold too, but doesn’t include Cross Core. That jacket costs $199, but L.L.Bean’s Packaway is only $159. Today you can pick one up for $119 when you enter the code SAVEBIG at checkout. The discount applies to lots of other items on L.L.Bean’s website, just in case you need a new pair of boots or an ultralight sleeping bag.
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