Rated 5 out of 5áby seschmith Best jacket for mild/moderate winter weather
I would probably give this a 4.5 rather than 5 stars but I am probably too hard a grader and I don't want to sell this jacket short.
Warmth: I wore this jacket today with just a dress shirt and it was in the low 40s/upper 30s. I would say that it definitely is good for the low 30s with something more than a dress shirt on. It definitely is warmer than another LL Bean fleece jacket that I own that doesn't stop the wind. Yes, the other one feels warmer, until you get outside. If it gets much colder I will put on my LLBean down coat, that I like considerably less (maybe a 2.5 rating#. I have not been in the rain much with this but I can see how it would resist water from what water did get on the coat.The coat is really thin and light and can pack really well which makes it a good coat for almost the whole year in northern Virginia.
Pockets: The pockets are great. They could be in something else than mesh but then you would have a coat that was bigger so that is a tradeoff. The outside pockets are large with enough space for gloves and a hat #they are bigger than my pockets on the down coat). Importantly, the openings are big enough for your hand and whatever you are putting in the pocket to enter the pocket at the same time.There are two pockets inside that will let you put a lot of additional gear. The pocket on the top left is excellent for a phone or a radio.
Fit: I guess I knew that this was a relaxed fit and I did buy a medium to allow for another layer, but I still wish it tapered a bit at the waist. That said, there is a chord at the bottom that will allow you to adjust the waist size but if it is really cold you will find some cold air slips underneath. I wish the arms were a bit larger as I have to pull down any lower layer after putting the coat on.
Hood: I have used the hood for a few weeks now and I think it would be nice to have a cord, but I have only really felt this to be necessary about once out of 10 times. If you have a lot of wind #15mph?) you will want some help but just putting the hood on has meant I don't have to put on a stocking cap and I don't get hat hair for work.
The only other negative point I have is that if you zip up the coat all of the way you might be uncomfortable with the roughness of the fabric against your throat. LL Bean might have put some softer fleece here.
All In all, I would definitely buy this coat again, especially when it is on sale.
December 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby sixthree Outstanding jacket for New Jersey fall and winter
I think this is one of the best products I have ever purchased at Bean and I have been shopping there since 1955 when I bought my first pair of leather top rubbers (which I still have). I walk the dog two hours a day in central Jersey and the weather can be cold, windy and damp. Although I have other LL bean winter coats (deep winter weather coats) I needed something that was light enough to use in November with temp in the 30s and 40s with cold wind blowing off the shore. (I have the warm up jacket, but wanted something with a hood)
Well, I am here to say, I am more than pleased with this jacket. I usually wear a tall, but the regular fit me perfect (as some have said the sleeves are long, but this was perfect for my long arms). I wore this a couple days ago when the morning temperature was 23 degrees and the wind chill factor had real feel at 15 degrees. I wore a River Driver and a ll bean chamois shirt underneath and walked for an hour with the dog. The jacket was a huge success. The wind gusts did not penetrate the fabric and I stayed warm the whole time. Yesterday, in the 34 degree drizzle and wind, I again stayed warm and dry with this jacket. I love that the zipper goes way up to the chin and I have no problem with the hood. (others have mentioned they wanted to tighten it, but I just wear a baseball cap and it works fine for me.) Also, those of you that are thin will appreciate the cinches at the bottom that allow you to tighten up the bottom and keep the wind out. On top of all the practical aspects of this jacket, it also looks good even when not being used to fight the elements. This has now become my "go to" jacket.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby HikerScott GREAT Jacket
I have had a Wind Challenger Fleece for 4 years and it is GREAT!!! Yes, it is wind proof. I love the jacket so much I just ordered a Wind Challenger with a hood ... I ordered a size larger so that it will fit over my 300 fleece pullover. New hooded jacket has the same exceptional workmanship.
November 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby MomScout I LOVE THIS JACKET!!
I LOVE this jacket! I bought it for my teenage son, but borrowed it for a day raking leaves. Temp was 40 with strong wind but I never felt cold. I was disappointed when I first received this jacket thinking something this lightweight wouldn't be warm, but boy was I wrong! I LOVE this jacket. Even though it is light weight, it's totally warm and wind resistant. You don't feel tired or weighted down like when wearing a heavy coat. I'm ordering 2 more for my husband and me for Christmas!
November 14, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby pigflipper Nice fit, lousy hand warmer pocket material
I was looking for a wind proof light weight hoodie type jacket as both a stand alone and a layer piece when fishing or at the beach in the winter. I thought I had found it with this jacket. I was happy when I tried the jacket on until I put my hands into the hand warmer pockets. Game over. The mesh lining tends to snag on the skin of my hands which stay chapped and rough all winter. The pockets are simply not comfortable to me unless I am wearing gloves which in North Florida in not as common as further North. The fit and weight is good, although a bit short in the back, but the mesh lined hand warmer pockets and no draw string on the hood are a deal breakers and I am returning the jacket.
November 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby FurryLewis My favorite lightweight jacket
I was a little concerned about this being polyester, since I usually prefer natural fabrics, but to my surprise, this fleece hooded jacket is the one I always grab to take with me. It's somewhere between a heavy hooded sweatshirt and a winter jacket in functionality, but I never bother with the hooded sweatshirts any more, this is so much better. It's decent looking, so it fits in almost anywhere, and much warmer than any of my heavy hooded sweatshirts. it does a decent job of blocking the wind on those morning beach walks with crisp air and early winds, and if you get caught in the rain it resists water enough to get you back warm and comfortable, where a cotton sweatshirt would be soaking wet.
The elastic at the sleeve ends and adjustable elastic at the bottom of the jacket holds up very nicely, keeping the wind out. While there is no drawstring around the hood, the front zips up so it's fairly tight around the face and is fine unless perhaps you're headed directly into the wind. The lack of a drawstring is probably the one criticism I have, but it's not nearly as significant as I thought it would be...given a choice of a heavy jacket, my heavy sweatshirt with hood drawstring, and this jacket, when headed out down the beach on a windy morning, I'll ALWAYS choose this, it's so much better.
Plenty of pockets, inside and outside, zipped or not zipped, with never a problem with any of the zippers.
Looking at the few one and two star reviews of this, I noted that most had returned it immediately without really trying it. I think if they'd kept it a short time, they'd have discovered that what they thought was a big issue really wasn't. Through over a year of use, I like this well enough that I want to buy another one, even though this one looks like new, and I plan to get some as gifts for family. There is no pilling of the fabric after a lot of use, and the slate grey is rather dark and really doesn't show dirt,
When it gets really cold, I can put my down vest under this, and it keeps me warm on snowy winter Yosemite mornings; as the day warms, I can adjust to it without having a heavy jacket to carry around.
October 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby LLBeangirlw2boys Great fit and feel
Brought this jacket for my hard to please 20 year old son. He put it on and just loved the feel of the jacket. Lots of pockets and also a hood which he really liked
October 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Naturegirl7712 What an awesome jacket!
I just purchased my second jacket, after all these years. I have had my jacket for at least 8 or 9 years now and it is still going strong! The only reason I bought a new one is because my old one was dingy and well-worn. This is a worthy, long-lasting investment that I wear year-round, even living in New England and working outside year round! A+++++
April 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby BLKuffda Nice warm windproof wrap
This is a great hooded jacket. The green color is nice. It is pretty thin and easy to travel with, but that doesn't take away from its warmth. Nice pockets. Seems well made. I originally ordered an XL figuring I would wear other layers under it, but the XL was still too big. I exchanged for a large. The large for me is big enough to wear layers, but small enough that I could grab it on my way out the door while wearing a t-shirt. The water repellency is good, and water just beads up on the surface. I would highly recommend this jacket.
March 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Vermonter4Life My 70 year old Dad's FAVORITE Jacket EVER!!
I can't tell you how much my Dad loves this jacket. I really thought I had already written a review on this because EVERY time I see him, he tells me how much he loves this jacket.
He lives in UP, Upstate NY.....(almost Canada). They get alot of snow and he uses this jacket in the fall, winter and springtime. I actually witnessed him using this jacket to snowblow. He says the snow doesn't saturate the jacket and it just rolls off. He loves everything about the jacket, especially the hood and the large pockets. I bought him a tall. He's 5"10 and he'd rather have things a bit longer. You can't go wrong with this jacket!
February 27, 2013