Rated 4 out of 5 by BlueHiller A Monster
"Monster" is apropos in many ways: $$, weight, warmth, and bulk. First, I got mine on sale at an outlet and ended up paying about $100 so for the money I paid I am very happy. I only use this beast when it is in the teens or lower and blowing. Due to its heavy weight and constraining/cozy (depends on my mood) fit, don't plan on running any races or doing active chores. This is a stand around in the cold jacket, maybe watching the kids or walking from point A to B. But is a VERY WARM coat, which under the right circumstances is a beautiful thing. Exterior pockets are oddly placed and at best used for non-relevant items (tissues, paperback, etc.) The chest level pockets are the nice ones for your hands, and they are lined for comfort/warmth. Interior pockets are numerous and adequate. Lower, outside zippers allow you to create an even tighter/warmer fit. Hood is comfortable and adjustable. Bottom line is that this is a jacket to wear when you want to really stay warm, but know that comes at a cost (but beats freezing!)
October 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by db2121 Know what you are getting
Some have asked what this coat is for- it is not for Florida or Seattle. It is for Chicago. Or maybe Minneapolis. In January. This coat kept me nice and warm through last winter when we had 84 inches of snow, temps to -20F with wind chills to -37F. The zipper is tricky because it is long. The larger sizes are for gorillas like me who have 54inch chests are way over 6 feet and 200pounds and wear shirts with 36inch sleeves and 18inch necks. If you can't handle the zipper chances are you have the wrong size and don't have the wingspan needed to manage it. The XXL comes down below my knees and I am tall and long legged. And yes it is heavy - its a long parka. It is also a nice looking parka that you can wear to a business meeting or to the hospital. My only gripe is that it wore out along the edges in less than 3 years, and when the lining wears it leaves fibers on your white Oxford shirts. But it is a great coat for the great frozen North. Even here, you don't take this baby out until November, maybe December, and you put it away in March. If you are from south of the Mason-Dixon don't bother, heck if you are from South of Ohio this isn't for you - go away. If you root for any team in the NFC North or the Patriots this may be for you, or of course if you are a Canuck, this is good to go.
October 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LostinNYC Finally Arrived!
The coat is great and what I wanted. However, it took 3 tries to get it, and I finally had to go to a UPS facility late on a Friday night to retrieve it.
September 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by oldtexan excellent buy
this was given as a gift and he absolutely loves it.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jere Warmest coat ever
My winter job requires that I often stand outside in high winds in near zero temperatures for up to 8 hours continuously. This coat is the best piece of clothing I have ever had for extreme cold. I have an extra large so that I can wear it over my regular ski clothing.
The hood fits over my helmet too.
I have had no problems with the zipper.
May 11, 2014
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