I have the same jacket. It's possible that none of the SL Bedales have the elastic cuffs, but I haven't been able to confirm one way or the other. As for the jacket not being as "heavy" it's made from a lighter weight cloth (4 oz. as opposed to the usual 6). It has been said that this is for milder climates (such as Japan). I'm in LA so it's perfect for here. Not really a winter jacket unless you're layering.