Rated 5 out of 5 by PlaidMavin Nearly 20 years and still going
I sometimes image the women and men, sitting at home on Innishmore, knitting these sweaters.....I have owned my Bean fisherman's sweater for nearly 20 years. I loved how I could smell the lanolin in this for about the first 5-7 years. It is my go to sweater when the temp outside dips below -5 or so. In any temp between freezing and 10 degrees, it can be worn outside instead of a coat. It washes well year after year and continues to look nice. No pilling. Water resistant in fog, drizzle, etc. (not so much in a Michigan downpour). I figure at this point that it has been pennies per wear over its lifetime. Doesn't appear to have risen much,if any, in price. For those that care, it is a bit bulky, but less so than a wool coat.
October 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ncgeezer It's WARM!
not the most attractive sweater I've ever owned, kinda looks 2 me like they cleaned up all the remnants off the floor 2 make it, but my objective was 2 stay warm during the frigid winter.
Sleeves are 2 long 4 me but I think my arms have shrunk because everything I've bought recently the sleeves are 2 long.
Would definitely recommend even if you're not a fisherman in the North Sea.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mefa68 If I could give this 10 stars I would!
Just arrived in the mail today and I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! this sweater! I bought it for my husband as a gift. I may order a small/medium for myself. Was a bit worried after reading all the reviews. To address some of the complaints; No funny smell, perfect fit, great quality, arms a little long but that's just the way my husband likes it. Just an overall, great quality product.
January 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lindyhop66 The warmest, thickest wool sweater...a great deal.
This sweater is very thick, heavy and well-made and gets lots of compliments. The only problem is with sizing. My medium wears like an large. It is keeping me very warm right now as I write this review. I've taken long walks in cold weather in this beautifully woven sweater very comfortably.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sere A happy man
My husband loves his new Fisherman sweater, and the medium is a perfect fit for his slim build..
January 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by tphilbri Irish Sweater
If you are looking for this type of sweater and want to buy online with free shipping along with LLBean's merchandise guarantee (which is why I bought it) I recommend it. I am giving it only 4 starts instead of 5 because it did come a little big for an XL and it does have a slight oily smell to it. But I think they use oils on real wool when they make these the traditional way so I think it's almost a good thing. But I will put it in a garment bag with a few dryer sheets until I wear it and I think it will be fine.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by wildpursuit Irish Fisherman's Sweater
Great quality but runs a little large. Since none of the women's sweaters are cut straight and are fitted and tight, I sent for a men's large and am now returning it for a men's medium which should give ample sleeves and traditional cut. This is not offered in women's. The weave is looser than I would like as I was hoping for a heavy weight, real Irish sweater, but it is medium weight and fine for the price.
January 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jancey Great
Great sweater! Gives me a warm fuzzy when I wear it... :-)
December 31, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by SkiApache Smells like a barn
This is a beautifully made sweater. The quality is excellent; the cable stitches are beautiful; it is made in Ireland - authentic. All of that is wonderful except for one small detail: The sweater reeks of sheep dung. It smells exactly like a pungent barn. Also, when one follows the washing instructions on the tag, the sweater felts. The first time I washed it, it did not felt. The second time I washed it (as it still reeked of barn) exactly by hand (in cold water) as instructed on the label - the thing felted so that now it will fit a 4-year old. It will fit a 4-year old AND it STILL smells like a barn.
December 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by marksbean A most excellent CABLE Knit Sweater
The LL Bean sweater is made of fine wool, and the knitting is truly a CABLE Knit Sweater. : a CABLE Knit style sweater is one that you
could really gently slip a blunt pencil through the Cable design!
December 17, 2014