Rated 3 out of 5 by WaltS Nice Jacket but........
I have had this jacket for 5 years, wearing it more or less daily in the cooler months. I like the styling and the fit and it keeps the wind out. However, the lining and inner breast pocket need serious rethinking. The inner breast pocket, the one where you put mail, your checkbook, and clip on a pen is constructed of the same thin satin material as the lining. Worse, the pocket is supported solely at the upper edge by the surrounding lining with no leather or heavy fabric attachment to the interior leather. Predictably, the pocket is now tearing away from its flimsy support fabric, ripping out several inches of lining with it.I love Beans return policy, but as a customer for decades, it is dismaying to see such a decline in quality.
April 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by oldbeefguy Tough, warm and "cool"
I am now using my third Flying Tiger insulated jacket. I purchased my first over 20 years ago and wore it as a stylish go any where jacket for three winter seasons. It began to show a bit of wear so it became my work jacket when tending to cattle and farming chores in cold weather. A new one replaced it for "dress up" use. After four additional winters of very hard farm use my first jacket was given a respectful retirement and my second was moved into farm use. Itself being replaced by a new replacement.
My new, recently purchased, jacket is as comfortable, warm and stylish as its two predecessors. The second is protecting me from snow, rain while calving cows and fighting snow storms.
I have read other reviews about the worn linings and sleeve cuffs. I will agree that the lining and sleeve cuffs are where "wear" will become evident. That is only because the body of this jacket seems to be nearly indestructible. Even upon the retirement of my first jacket from farm use, the leather was still supple and intact. My thought is that it would be impossible to find a fabric that would be as tough and long lasting as this jacket's leather.
I suppose that my opinion is that if you want a jacket that will keep you very warm, look great and last for years of hard use, this is your jacket. If you want a jacket to literally last for ever, you might need to keep looking.
April 3, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sparky47 Large & bulky
This Leather Jacket for being a size "M" look awful big. I returned it back to the L.L. Bean store in Burlington Vermont.
March 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLBeanmakesitright Lining is a problem
My husband loved his first jacket like this, and he wore it for about 15 years. When he bought this new one in a Tall size, the other jacket was still in excellent condition, so he gave it to a friend's son. He loves the new jacket, BUT--the lining has frayed at the neck, underarm seams, and pockets in about two years. I'm sending it back for replacement and hope the lining in the new jacket is a better quality. Thank goodness for LL Bean's excellent customer service.
March 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bob3535 Best Jacket Ever
My first Flying Tiger Jacket lasted thirty years. I had the zipper replaced once. When the zipper failed the second time, tearing the lining, I decided to buy a new one. The lining of the new one was very thin and wore through in 12 months. Bean replaced it for free. My new jacket is better than my first. The lining is good. There is a good bit of leather between the lining and the zipper to prevent snagging, the zipper is substantial, the jacket is comfortable and looks Great! I wear it daily. Love it!
March 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by KrazyKayaker Perfect Fit!
When ordering this Jacket from LL Bean I knew the quality of the product would be excellent, but I worried about the fit. I ordered an XL and the fit was spot on! The arm length, shoulders, and across the chest were perfect. A good leather jacket will "break in" as you wear it, and conform to your shape. This jacket has done just that!
Looks good, comfortable, durable and warm.
February 21, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Upstate12345 Good product
The jacket keeps me warm in below freezing temp. A good quality product.
It would be nice if the hand-warmer pockets are lined and deeper.
February 10, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by lfleisch Great fit but beware fragile lining
This jacket is very warm and fits great. The leather seems to be durable. BUT the lining if extremely fragile. It seems to come apart and tear with minimal wear. llbean needs to get on this issue as it does not enhance its reputation for quality clothing. I've had several other jackets from other companies for many years and the linings have never ripped. I'll say this however, llbean's customer service is top notch and has dealt with this issue quickly and painlessly.
February 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by btyty7yj67uju my favorite all-time jacket
I bought this jacket about 25 years ago and i still have it and I still wear it. I think it was about $200 back then, which I thought was expensive at the time. The leather wears well and looks better as it fades, especially since it is already slightly faded when new. The jacket still looks great; in fact, i think it looks better now than it did when it was new. If you want a coat that will stand up to the test of time then this is the one. The thinsulate lining keeps you warm as long as the temperature isn't too extreme. .
February 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by nyorganist Super warm jacket
This jacket laughs at the cold. I took a long walk to work in 6 degree winter weather and didn't feel so much as a draft with this jacket on. This is my super-brutal-cold winter jacket. Alas, not 5 stars for two reasons:
1. The lining, in spite of great care and gentle use, does not hold up well. Mine is not so far gone as to need replacement, but it is annoying to see the first signs of shredding on a jacket that is only two years old.
2. The leather is think and not very pliable. I guess that is what really keeps the cold and wind out, but it feels stiff to wear.
So, I don't wear this every day. In fact, I only wear it when the temperature drops to the 20s or below. It really is that warm.
January 18, 2016