Rated 4 out of 5 by Papjo Great Nor'Easter Protection
I haven't worn this coat that often prior to this year and as others have said it is heavy, but in nor'easter like conditions ( cold, wet, windy, raw ) this coat excels. We've had plenty of those days this winter. Like its' shorter version which I also have it is extremely warm. I tend to collect coats and jackets, and very few of my down parkas are warmer, if any at all.
I generally wear mediums in coats, I'm 5'11" 165lbs., and this coat in medium fits well. However if I needed to wear a blazer or suit coat underneath I would probably need a large. Since I rarely if ever need those items the medium works very well for me and even with just light clothing underneath I'm quite warm in harsh conditions.
The hood could be better designed, I generally wear a goretex cap underneath it so that the brim of the cap will block more of the wind blown rain or snow. The hood doesn't come far enough forward or have a brim to block the precipitation when driven by the wind. Even though the zipper does not run the full length of the coat, you'd have a devil of a time zipping it up if it did, the snaps have worked well for me in keeping the lower part of the coat closed around my legs. I haven't had any problem with the zipper on this or its' shorter version. One thing I read frequently in reviews of many jackets/parkas is a complaint about zippers. I found one manufacturer that actually includes attached instructions as to how to use the zipper. So they see the complaints as well. I've found that sometimes you will need to develop a technique to smoothly use the zipper on some of these coats but rarely has it been enough to dim my satisfaction with the item.
Again because of the weight, length, and insulation of this item it should be considered a true storm coat. The way our climate has been this year it has seen more use than in the past.
April 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Delegate725 Nice Coat!
Too bad it was way too long for me. I'm 5'6", Large/Regular coat fell to mid calf of the leg. A little heavy weight for Seattle, so it's too bad it does not come with detachable hood or liner. Very nice coat.
March 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by SCTraveler Great Quality BUT
This coat was well made and obviously a quality product BUT that is where the positive ends. This item would be well suited for someone who does not move about a great deal in the coat as it is extremely heavy. It would not be appropriate for the mobile traveler who not only must be concerned in airline travel weight but also must contend with the extreme weight of the coat while moving about throughout a day with the coat being worn.
This coat would be so much more attractive if it utilized a light-weight insulation in its construction, which would make it extremely enticing to those who require the same in severe weather conditions.
March 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by RRCommuter Good but issues
This is a heavy coat (weight) which is as long as advertised. It's warm, but no where near as warm as listed. The zipper only goes part way down the coat, and the bottom part is snaps, which as you walk easily unsnap. Having both an up and a down zipper (up for better walking and down from the top for getting in/out) might have been too much trouble to use, but would keep it closed better.
Sleeves are generous and easy to get on/off.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JuiceHim Excellent Commuter Coat -- DC Winter of 2014
I live in metro Washington DC and commute on the Virginia Rail Express (VRE). Standing on the platform this winter has been brutal. For Washington, we have had a harsh, cold, winter. This coat has kept me warm and dry.
Many reviews say it's heavy, it is somewhat, but it stands up to the winter weather like a heavy weight boxer. I can easily take the coat off on the train and place in the bins on the upper level.
Some have complained about the zipper, I have had no problems with the zipper. The first few times I wore it, it was tough to get the zipper inserted and going. But over time is has "softened" and I've gotten better at getting it connected.
The coat has a bunch of pockets and 1 on the left side of the zipper at chest level -- perfect for a cell phone.
I also wear a hat like the Stormy Kromer (mines from llBean but an older model), pull down the ear covers on it, flip up the hood on the Commuter coat, and my head and neck is warm and dry.
For the nasty snowy/sleaty/wintery mix days, I pop on my LLBean winter boots (Maine Hunting insulated), and off I go to tackle the commute or shovel the drive.
Thanks LLBean for getting me through this winter.
March 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by NYOldBuzzard Very warm and practical coat
This is a good looking, warm and practical coat which can be used just as easily for commuting and snow-blowing the driveway. A little long even for a tall man but on bitterly cold days (of which we have had a few) is a major plus.
Unfortunately we had to return the coat after almost a month as we discovered that a grommet was missing below the side zipper - obviously a factory inspection issue.
February 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by rogermf Nor'easter Commuter Coat
i commute by train every day to Philadelphia, i saw the coat & determined it was time to stop being cold, The customer service people have been excellent, I received the coat before I went into the hospital, I tried it on the other day & determined it was too tight, called customer service & an larger size has been ordered & mailed.
Wearing it briefly I know I made the right decision excellent quality,
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewEnglandShopper777 Excellent quality; warm; durable
My husband, 6ft tall, has this coat and loves it. I recently also ordered this coat in medium (as a female) because my winter coat was ruined and I need something to get me through the rest of this cold, snowy winter. We both like the long length trudging though 3 feet of snow when taking out dogs out back. It has been consistently negative 20-30 here in northern WI this winter and we can go out with just a thin shirt on underneath. The gore-tex is a must, especially when snow blowing our driveway. Very durable and warm, well made coat. The zipper takes some getting used to, but that is the only negative.
February 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BuffaloGroveBill Major Zipper Issue and Hood Design Problem
Thought since I'm a handy person that I could get beyond all the zipper problems I read about; not to be so. I spend at least 5 minutes each and every time trying to zip up the jacket. My wife's a school teacher who zips children's clothing up constantly and she has a heck of a time also; tells me it's broken.
Hood is a wrap around type, so even when the pull strings are drawn tight, you can never achieve a small gap to enclose yourself from winds particularly in the cold windy days. With a small beret hat with hardly any brim, the seal becomes even worse and the wind whips into the jacket. The only solution is not wear a hat and to wear a ski mask to protect one's face since you can't produce the small gap mentioned above.
I can't find any other jackets similar to this on the market, but redesign of the hood and a new zipper supplier would give this jacket a 10+_ rating. I will probably return my jacket for a refund and hope that next year's model will repair, at the least, the zipper fiasco. Bill from Chicago
February 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DownEastMainer Nor'easter Commuter...Incredible Coat!
This is by far the best investment I have ever made in a coat. Very comfortable and amazingly warm! The very cold, windy weather we've been having this winter hasn't even phased me when I'm wearing this coat...it's like I'm not even outside. Wind doesn't penetrate at all, and I love that it covers my legs. I would strongly recommend this coat to anyone who has to be out in the cold. LL Bean has done an amazing job on this one :)
February 22, 2014