Rated 2 out of 5
by Lovemycanvasshirts Hemlock is an awful color
I purchased this as a replacement for a fleece I bought several years earlier from LL Bean - a heavier fleece than this Wind Challenger. I'm disappointed that LL Bean does not still carry a heavier fleece (and I know this Wind Challenger fleece, as I already have one.) My gripes: this hemlock color is awful, just awful. Not anywhere as dark as online. More like a lime green, and surely the nastiest green I've seen in a jacket. It was an immediate "NO" - and will be sent back for return. Secondly, this Wind Challenger is just not heavy enough to offer "complete protection for cold, windy weather" as advertised. It does have a nice windproof lining, but this fleece is not a cold weather garment. It's just not that beefy. I had hoped that that had made this jacket heavier wince I last purchased it (5 years ago?) but it really is just not a full "cold weather" fleece. Best for spring or fall.
I've got other Wind Challenger fleece jackets. And they are high quality. Just know what you are getting: not a beefy jacket and apparently you need to beware of the color accuracy as listed online.
October 16, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by dbelling Very poor zippers
I purchased one of these several years ago and it has performed well. No problems so far. I purchased a second one in a different color a year or so ago, but they must have cheapened the jacket because it is no longer of the same quality. A few months after I bought it the zipper on one of the pockets broke. There was no way that I could repair it so I sent it back for replacement. I have worn the replacement very little, but now one of the pocket zippers has broken on that one as well. I have purchased many LL Bean items in the past and I have never had this problem before. It is not as if I stuff the pockets. The only item that I had in the pocket that broke yesterday was a piece of kleenex. If this is how fragile the zippers are I am not sure that it is worth it to send it back for another replacement.
April 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bemused How to make the zipper last
Love Bean windbloc fleece! Darn near perfect Wyoming coat. This is my fourth windbloc item.
Problem is, the zippers fail. Have had zipper problems on 3 out of 4 windbloc items.
But I've found a solution. Take a candle and run it up and down the zipper. This will stop the binding for a while.....then do it again.
This is a good interim solution until LLBean starts incorporating better zippers.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rayday 5 Star Jacket
Ordered two years ago liked it so much ordered another colour this year. As I'm 6'5" ordered the XXL Tall and it fits like a glove. Great for fall,spring and warmer winter days. You won't be disappointed.
January 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by joweisen1 Light weight and effective
Yesterday was -2 degrees F and very windy. I wore my new LL Bean Fleece Jacket with a sweater and I could not have been more comfortable outdoors.. Joe
January 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tontoon Great Jacket - More Colors Please!
This is just a great jacket and is everything Bean says it is and more. I just wish Bean would offer it in other colors as well.
January 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NoahB Warm and fuzzy
This fleece jacket is very warm for its weight, very comfortable to wear. It is by far the best light-weight jacket I own.
December 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by cecilandbeanie Wind Challenger Fleece Jacket
Another quality product from LL Bean. Does what I want - low profile warm wind protection (haven't tested the DWR properties).
I'm assigning 4 rather than 5*s only because - IMO - LL Bean's sizing is off lately ... and by 'off' I mean not consistent. I'm pretty much a typical 'Medium' in everything - but in this jacket - I had to exchange the Medium for a Small - which fits perfectly. I could have fit a puffy down vest under the Medium jacket. I think a lot of folks will want to order one size smaller than normal - which is what I did.
On the other hand - Bean's fitness fleece - which is described as a 'regular fit' - is the opposite - and was smaller than the ones I purchase a couple of yrs ago - and the medium is too tight around my 40" chest. I tried the large in the fitness fleece and the arms are too long - so had to return both.
But then some things are still a perfect Medium. For example - I just bought some layering Tees in a medium which are described as 'trim fit' and they fit perfectly - even after washing - minimal shrinkage.
So - what I'm saying is that it's hard to know lately what size to purchase from the Beanie boys. That said - always good quality from the Beansters and customer service - free shipping and returns are TOP NOTCH - which is why I keep coming back.
December 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ole72 fleece jacket
not comfortable, stiff, not very warm.
thought i would be happy, my down jacket is much better.
December 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by alleycat1 Colors are not true
Wthis jacket fits well and feels good, the colors are radically different from what is advertised. The "coral" contrasting color is really bright orange and clashes with the blue of the jacket itself.
December 17, 2014