Rated 5 out of 5 by karen814 Great jacket!!
The leather jacket is high quality leather. It's a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Nice and warm....I highly recommend this jacket!!
December 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by changethinsulate Poor Quality Lining
My husband loved his LLBean bomber jacket so when it was time to replace after 14 years, I upgraded to the thinsulate. Within one season the thinsulate lining started to wear out. By the middle of the next season, it progressed to at least 10 different wear spots. We returned it to purchase the old style bomber with no thinsulate. Not nearly as warm. Very disappointed with the thinsulate. This is not LLBean's standard of quality.
November 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DWHart Looks better and better
I have two of these jackets, one insulated and one not. I've had the uninsulated one for at least 25 years and wear it more than any other jacket. Just ordered one for a friend.
November 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LILMAR back in my closet
Years ago I had one of the originals. I wore it to death. Now I have it back again! I look forward to - again - wearing it to death.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by BillyCrash You won't find a better bomber jacket
The quality of this jacket is amazing. No doubt the best materials available. I purchased one about 1996, and have worn it since until recently when the zipper broke. The jacket is still in great condition, it wears great over time, and just needs the zipper fixed. I'll be sending back to LLbean repair and will see what they can do.
I just now purchased another jacket, and the materials appear even better - leather is a little thicker than the 1996 model, thinsulate seems thicker too and feels warmer, and the zipper has been upgraded, it's more heavy duty. I plan on having the new one last me the rest of my life.
Picture below is 1996 purchased jacket recently after owning/wearing for almost 20 years, still looks/feels great!
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by holmeslt Incredible jacket.
My wife gave me a brown thinsulate insulated goatskin leather fighter pilot's jacket for Christmas in 1992. It looks much as it did today (11/13) as it did out of the box 21 years ago. Absolutely, without question, the very best and most versatile jacket I've owned in my 67 years. The problem is, the jacket has shrunk in my closet. I've only gained 40 or so pounds in those 21 years and my 42L is now somewhat snug in the waist.
SO, I decided I'd get another exactly like it in size 44L or XL Long, but after reading the reviews, it appears there may be a problem with the lining in the new versions. I'd like to hear from LL Bean what they have to say about this. If I can get one EXACTLY like my 21 year old jacket, only in the larger size, I'd order one in a New York minute. (New York minutes are faster than our minutes here in the South. Time and speech are both slower here.) :)
November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by popg quality & fit
To find the quality of this jacket you would have to pay over $500 ! and they don't have the LLBean guarantee and free return in case it doesn't fit !! I found out the hard way,bought one online great price they sent a small instead of a large.....the return cost to India was $10 less than I paid for it ! So I bought the LLBean jacket that I always wanted and gave my mistake to charity !
November 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Eddieo Very warm, nice fit .....
I like the jacket very much...great price , and i love the fact that the collar covers the neck while most leathers wont .....would like to have seen bigger side pockets and fleece lining but no biggie ....
November 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by JoeHSV Jacket is great, lining is falling apart
My wife bought the Flying Tiger Jacket, Thinsulate, for me a little over two years ago. It fits well, is very comfortable, stylish, and the perfect weight for North Alabama winters. The leather is of very good quality. I have been very easy on my jacket, trying not to do anything which would abuse or damage it. However, after my first season of wear, I noticed that the lining was falling apart, exposing sections of the Thinsulate randomly throught the inside of the jacket. Thanks to LL Bean's excellent return policy, I exchanged the jacket for another. Well, the scond jacket has done the same thing after only about three months of wear. In fact, it looks a bit worse. I would exchange it for another, but I am afraid of a repeat performance. I really like the styling, and don't want to trade for a different model. LL Bean needs to find another lining vendor, or more durable material. Until they do so, you may wish to wait on getting one of these.
November 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RayFromIL Good Jacket With Some Issues
I bought the jacket to replace an old leather jacket. The online fit guide was very accurate, the jacket fits great. The leather is soft and supple and the Thinsulate insulation makes it nice and warm. However I have two issues with it that others might want to know about.
First; the collar. It has snaps that attach it to the jacket and on me at least the collar is way to tall so I had to undo them but that really didn't fix the problem. I measured the collar on my old jacket, 3 inches, and on the new one it is 3.5 inches. That half inch makes a big difference to me. In the car the collar pokes me in the cheeks all the time so that I have to unzip it and stick it under the seatbelt so that it is pulled away from my face.
Second; the side pockets. They are not very deep and they are too parallel to my waist. I put a thin pair of gloves and my keys into the pocket and I'm always concerned that my keys are going to fall out. I bumped against my car mirror in the garage and my keys did fall to the floor.
If you can live with these issues I can recommend this jacket. If you can't then I recommend looking at the jacket with the sheepskin collar instead.
November 16, 2013