Rated 4 out of 5 by ExpectQualtiy Getting Older
I've been wanting a full length winter coat to protect my legs from the cold/wind of winter. My wife bought this for me as a Christmas present. I love the weight, length, and warmth. I'm concerned about the quality of the zipper. It seems a coat of this cost/quality should have had a zipper made of "stouter stuff". I'm surprised when it works for me on the first try. And the "pull" that separates it from the bottom, allowing more freedom for leg movement/in and out of vehicle movement...it often "sticks". Wondering about some form of "zipper wax", but am hesitant to tinker with it for fear of voiding the possibility of return. I wouldn't even be considering a return if it weren't for the zipper concern.
January 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLGeorgetoon Wonderful Winter Coat!
I purchased the Nor'Easter Khaki coat for my father as a Christmas gift ten years ago. Dad really wore this jacket. So much so, it started to show some wear. When the jacket found it's way back to me, I decided to have it cleaned and make use of it. After all, it fit. It was warm, a nice length, great zipper and snaps, deep pockets, warm hood. It's perfect for those cold days when you're in and out of the car going to church or the grocery store. However, there was a stain on the backside that dry cleaners have not been able to remove. It's Nothing unsightly. You'd probably miss it if you didn't look for it. Long story short, I decided to buy a new coat for myself and either exchange the old for a credit, give to a nephew, or simply hang on as a spare to kick around in.
The new coat arrived on time as promised and it's a wonderful improvement over the old! First off, the Gortex is a terrific addition. It adds so much more warmth. The Khaki color is much nicer too. It's a bit deeper. (The Khaki color was on sale!) The outer shell also has the appearance of being able to repel any and all dirt. Whereas the old one had more of a cloth feel, this new coat has a water repellant shell that really looks nice and will be much more functional than the old when the wet snow and sleet flies.
The pocket design is also different. Zippers and clasps have been added instead of relying on buttons and folds. A zippered pocket along the edge of the main zipper line, on the left hand side, has been moved to the inside, over the left hand breast. It now has a clasp instead of a zipper. I liked the zippered inside pocket, but this inside pocket is just as nice. Perhaps a zipper would have helped make it more secure and accessible. It's not a large complaint bese the two upper outside pockets are zippered and easily accessible. So, a cell phone can be placed easily in any of the three pockets (two upper outside zippered pockets or inside left-hand clasp pocket.)
I also like the large lower pocket on the lefthand side. I can see this being used in any number of ways from storing a smaller 7-inch tablet to miscellaneous papers or perhaps even a small collapsible umbrella.
"Commuter Coat" is the correct description. I can understand why folks living in Chicago or Manhattan would purchase this coat. Walking is the man method of transportation. Anyone wearing this coat on a cold winter day would actually enjoy taking a walk. the cold and the snow will be held at bay.
Add a pair of LL Bean's snow sneakers (which I own), and you'll be nice and warm from head to toe.
And the old Nor'Easter coat? I'm hanging on to it. It has plenty of wear left despite the wear and tear. It's hard to believe it's been ten years for this coat. Just shows you how LL Bean clothing holds up.
January 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by rgsrgs Fantastic coat
My wife bought this for me to replace an older (17 years) model from LL that was goose down instead of Gore Tex, I loved the old one but, time caught up with it. This one seems to be a little longer, which I like. I think if you have to be out in winter weather and "warm" you can't find a better solution. This Gore Tex version is as great as its predecessor. I use it for cold winter dog walking and snow blowing. If you're buying this to be warm there is NOTHING to criticize. Zipper issues, the weight, the fit? Just give me warm when it's 5 degrees and the wind chill is lower and the dogs are taking their time or the snow just keeps coming.
January 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by marmax Great Coat, but....
In 2001, I bought this coat and for the past fourteen years I was very satisfied with it. This year I replaced it and overall, I'm pleased - - with the exception that it's tight across the upper body and the arm holes need more material, particularity if you are wearing a suit / sport coat.
January 20, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Button5 BIG COAT
This coat is okay for men if and only if you live in snow country/mountains. Very bulky and had to return. Not what husband wanted to wear.
Great coat, very warm but not in Virginia.
January 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by RockyMtnDude I swapped it out.
Nice coat. Honestly weighs 6lb. I bought it anticipating trip to Alaska in winter. Returned it this year and exchanged for Baxter parka.
This coat is heavy and long. Very warm - good for long walk to my office where the distance is nearly 1/2 mile outside in Colorado winter with cold and wind. But tough to get me and the coat in the car for drive to work or home. Have to take it off.
Have worn it over sport coat & tie.
December 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by rsgcalifornia Great Coat
I got this coat to go to Boston in Dec 2015. Of course it was warmer than expected, this coat kept the wind and the cold air out. I ordered the large and I'm not thinking I should have got the Xtra large coat. I'm right in between the two sizes and when I sit down, its a big snug. My only complaint is that the coat is heavy. I would rather have a heavy warm coat vs. light and be cool. In any case, its a great coat
December 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BeanEagle High quality and well designed
This is the ideal coat for an NJ to NYC commuter. The weight is not nearly as heavy and burdensome as some of the other reviews suggest. I find that the coat is reassuringly warm -- akin to the nice feeling of being under a comforter in the winter.
The outside fabric has a soft hand and is not noisy, which lends it a more professional look than some other coats. There really is not another coat like this.
The pockets are well designed. Even the lower bellows pockets are heavily insulated.
My one improvement would be to make the collar stand up taller. But, I am used to the protection the collar on an issue pea coat offers, which is rare to find in any other type of coat besides sailing foul weather gear. I suppose that this collar is a compromise for fashion.
You should not hesitate to buy this coat if you are on the fence. This is a true greatcoat.
Also, other reviews express concern about the zipper, but I have found the zipper to work flawlessly and without any difficulty.
December 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JewishEngineer Haven't had to brave cold weather yet, but ...
After a long backorder, I finally received the coat. The weather hasn't been cold enough to wear it yet, but here are some first impressions after trying it on.
It's heavy, but no more than you would find with a good wool coat of this size (I have the XXL Regular, Knee Length).
Range of arm motion is somewhat limited, but I don't expect to be playing football in it ... It's a walking coat.
Zipper is a bit sticky, but it may just need to get worked in a bit, or maybe have some wax rubbed on it.
I like the fact that, although the coat is knee length, the zipper starts below mid-waist, not all the way down.
Feels quite warm.
December 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Heavycoat Nor'Easter
Great coat just purchased, I have wanted this coat for a few years, just not cold enough yet for me to wear it
December 9, 2015