Rated 5 out of 5áby BushidoWalker Like a suit of armor against the blades of winter
The winter of 2013-4 was quite brutal in NYC/NJ and with this coat I was able to withstand the wind and snow with ease. The large inside pocket for my gloves and scarf is a clever design, and the only time I had any need for the detachable hood is when I was visiting the WTC site or any windy areas near the water. The Hem-to-hip side zippers make driving or sitting comfortable. A friend used to joke that I was wearing a sleeping bag, keep in mind that he was shivering at the time, he now owns one in black.
November 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby UpperMidwestOutdoors Totally Awesome!
I have gone back to school, yet again, this time to the seminary. I take a train into Chicago and then a second train down to Hyde Park with multiple walking segments (3 miles of walking round trip). I ordered this coat early because they seem to sell out before Thanksgiving. With this early winter we have had a few mornings in the single digits. I have worn this coat for four days and I know that it is the right choice for me. Heavy? Yes, but what do you expect for a coat rated for -45? Bad zipper; well, no. I had trouble with the zipper the first few times that I tried them. However, once I took the time to carefully look at the zipper I was amazed at its design. Take a good look at the zipper and see how it has to come together and you'll be fine.
This is a fantastic coat for its stated purpose. It is urban technical at it's best.
November 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby MNpadre Heavy but warm and windproof
Let's get the negative out first: this coat is heavy and sometimes can restrict movement. But it's not meant for skiing. It's meant for ultimate protection against the worst elements. So, that's why I give it 4 instead of 5 stars.
Having worn this coat over eight winters as a go to for walking to work in the worst weather, I decided to donate it to a local Goodwill store. Am retired and don't have to get out in severe weather. But, for anyone who does have to face the elements: snow, sleet, wind, etc., this coat is for you. And, after eight years, it's as good as new. It provides complete coverage from hood pulled tight around the face to hem falling at the knees. And you don't need to layer. Wear over suitcoat or light sweater, or just a shirt, it's plenty warm.
November 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby Kirkside Gore Tex Knee Length
The jacket was too heavy and the zipper was difficult to zip
November 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby DocRobes No room in a big coat
It is with great sadness that I cannot keep this coat. There is no real room in the shoulders and sleeves, even though the coat itself is enormous. The xl was too tight in the shoulders & arm area so no hope at all for wearing a sport coat or a sweater underneath, and socially, I can't show up in just a tee shirt.... : ).
The xxl was simply too big throughout the overall garment, and the shoulders still were not very roomy. The problem is my brown-bearesque physique.
November 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby reluctantMainer some issues
Typical LL Bean zipper issues, I ordered a Tall Large, arms were remarkably short for a "Tall" size. I am returning for next size to see if any better. Seems heavy weight. Full length warm Men's coats are very hard to find. I hope this does the trick.
November 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Mally2 Winter coat
The coat is almost too heavy, and because of its weight, the zipper is almost impossible to use, but then we always have trouble with Bean's zippers. The quality is wonderful however.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby MidwestTailgater Nor'easter Commuter Gore-Tex over coat
LL Bean should change the name from "commuter" to "tailgater".
That is what I use it for. The long length covers your backside while sitting at the stadium and the Gore-Tex envelops you in a cocoon of warmth and dryness throughout the long day. I have one for myself and have given one as a gift to a fellow football fan. The pockets are large enough for anything you may need to carry. The flannel lining is just what you need close to your body.
Keep up the good work.
October 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby 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 5áby 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