Rated 5 out of 5 by VillageDude Well made!
Appears to be a quality garment that meets my requirements. As it is a cold weather garment, I really can not judge the effectiveness until I wear it.
October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mbags Perfect
This jacket is perfect in every way. It's light but incredibly warm and sheds rain well. It also fits well and the stretch fabric is great for freedom of movement. The hood is also a real plus. Great three season jacket.
September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lassy45 Wind Challenger Jacket - The Best for N.E. Winter
Love this jacket - I have one and my son has one - he's had it for the last several years and loves to wear it to the bus stop when the weather is at it's worst.
I love the way it blocks the wind even when
it is biting cold - I use a wool sweater under it and am good to go for
the entire season - also have worn it when visiting Freeport in December and was glad I had it with me
September 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MikeL77 Loved my tan color, no colors I like now . . .
I had my Wind Challenger hooded fleece in a tan color. It looked great with my green LLBean Goretex shell. I wore these two for layering. Fantastic pairing! I wanted to order another fleece, but the two-tone color selection does not suit my taste at all. No tan or forest green color is available as of the writing. The only possible choice was black. I ordered it and tired it out. It sucked up dust, lint, and any animal hair like a magnet. Looked horrible. I returned it. So now I am doing without, and looking for an alternative.
April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Flyguyskier Functional, Great looking, Great fit.
Couldn't be more pleased right out of the package. Just beautiful, soft, luxurious, well made and sooo functional. Hood actually does stay on in a stiff wind when zipped up but will flap a bit when facing head on into a gale. Incredibly well constructed and wind proof. Bought the long because it was the only large available and it is fine. In fact it is probably better with a little more length. I am 6ft.and 175lbs. with 34" arrms. Never disappointed with LLBean but this one, is the best purchase ever. Get one or two!
March 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JimmyDH Love it!
I love, love, love this jacket. It is becoming my all-time favorite piece from LLBean. Lightweight, soft and comfy, but still blocks heavy wind. I'm 6'3" 280 and the Tall XXL fits nice, with plenty of room for a light layer underneath. Awesome!
March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Weedo Light but very warm
Performed exceptionally in 18 degree weather. I'm 5''-8" with broad shoulders and the XL fit perfectly. Plenty of room where needed and very comfortable fabric. A friend recommended this jacket and I agree with his comments; "awesome". This jacket is great for layering if very cold. I run warm and don't like heavy jackets while driving. I found this jacket to perform very well as most LL bean products do.
March 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by appalachiangirl The Perfect Jacket
I bought two of these jackets for birthday gifts for my sons-in-law. Both said it's the best jacket ever! The actual weight of the jacket is very light, making it perfect for my son-in-law who detests wearing heavy coats. Yet, the jacket keeps him warm in very cold weather. Both say it is comfortable to drive in because it is light weight. The hood is a nice feature, there when needed, but not bulky on the back. The wrist design of the jacket allows for movement, yet keeps cold air out. We have had over 6 feet of snow in Ohio this winter, and both sons-in-law say that this a great jacket to shovel snow in because it doesn't weigh them down and they have good shoulder movement in the coat.
March 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by OnlyPercale Not as soft and fleece like compared with others
I am a big fan of LLBean and purchase here very often. It is very obvious to me that there is a great deal of thought that goes into each garment they sell. (See my review of the primaloft jacket and trail model fleece).
This challenger fleece jacket, like other garments by LLBean, is pure quality. From the zippers to the fitting, it is well constructed and with a good fit.
I returned it because it was just not soft enough like other fleece and had a boxy look that just did not look good on me.
The positives are the quality of material, the good fit, the ease with which you can slide your arms through (vs other fleece), and the wind blocking ability.
The major negatives are the boxy look on me and, as one other person noted, the "crunchy" feel which is likely from the windblocking layer but which defeats for me the purpose of the fleece which is to provide extreme comfort and warmth, and although the fit is quite comfortable, it doesn't match, for example, the softness of the trail model fleece or the crestal 200 fleece.
March 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Dendrites I have had better
This jacket has some shortcomings. First the material is thin and crunchy. In otherwords the material is not quiet like other fleece. Maybe after it is washed. There is no draw string on the hood. There is no Mp3 player port in the upper pocket. The lower pockets are made of mesh which my winter rough hands catch on badly. When you put the jacket on over a long sleeve shirt the jacket fleece drags and makes it tough to simply slide over your arms.
I like that it fits well and is somewhat warm even though it is thin material. The waist draw cord is helpful. I like the inside pockets of which there are several but again made of rough skin catching mesh. I probably would opt for another style of jacket next time.
February 7, 2014