By Amos Kwon
on 9.17.12
Photo by L.L. Bean

Fall officially starts in less than a week, and it’s time to get prepared. The L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down Jacket ($180+) is perfect outerwear for cooling days and frosty nights. The jacket’s 850-fill down is both warmer and lighter than the 650-fill down used in other jackets, and its DownTek treatment resists water in case of a surprise shower or snow squall. L.L. Bean increased the ripstop nylon’s shell to protect against those stabby feather quills, yet still managed to avoid uncomfortable bulkiness. The jacket even stuffs into its own pocket for easy carrying — but seeing as how it’s ultralight, the only heat that should force you to take it off is that of a crackling fireplace and some hot cocoa.

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