Rated 5 out of 5 by eschwebach Cool/cold weather fleece jacket
Buy this jacket now! I've owned it for less than a year but that includes fall, winter and spring here in MN and I wore it all three seasons. It is very warm and cuts the wind about 90% I would say. We had a pretty mild winter so I wore this jacket more than any other. If you are being active you can wear this jacket with a decent layer underneath well below freezing (about 20 deg F). IMO it is too warm for anything over 50 deg F, but I get hot easy. The coat is also very well constructed and shows no wear so far.
May 18, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 Very lightweight
I have an LL Bean wind block pullover fleece, which I love. I thought this would be the same product but in jacket form. It's not. My pullover is heavy weight and quite warm. This jacket is very thin. It's made to block the wind but not provide any insulation. If you're looking for warmth and not just wind protection, look elsewhere.
February 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by donkey153 Excellent mid layer
*The XL fits me well. Not too baggy and not too tight. It fits well underneath a marmot softshell which has an athletic cut. (I'm 6'1" and 210 lbs)
*Exceptional warmth to weight ratio. Polartec 300 is not this warm and weighs more.
*Windproof as advertised. I think this makes it feel much warmer than it otherwise would be.
*Got it on clearance for a great price.
* Very soft/comfortable finish on the fabric.
*The cuffs aren't adjustable.
*Sleeves are just barely long enough. I wear a 36 sleeve, so when I get another, it will be the tall version of this.
* I don't own two of them
February 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Allfieldnohit Winter Layering
First of all, I love the sizing. When Bean says large, it's large. So Many of the overseas manufacturers are smaller than what you want.
I use this all winter, usually as a 2nd or 3rd layer. Most of the time I'm fine down to about 15-20 degrees F. If it gets colder than that I'll throw a down jacket over top of it. And maybe a shell, depends.
I just ordered one of these with the hood...I've waited better than a year for a sale on it! They have it right now for $59 (blue only).
February 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 Warm & Wind-blocking - Colors Don't Match Images
I just got wind challenger fleece jacket, and while it's rather stiff for what I expected from a fleece jacket, it definitely blocks the wind and keeps me warm. Don't expect to cozy up in this one, but if you're out for a run in the cold weather (especially if it's snowing or a chilly rain), this will certainly meet your needs!
Be cautioned though: the colors, specifically those of the black-spruce/graphite version, don't match the images on the site. The "black spruce" is more like a forest green than it is a black like the site seems to show. It's still an attractive fleece jacket though!
December 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by moione excellent fleece jacket
ordered tall xl for my son who is a tall xl but with broad shoulders, the sleeves are a tad too short. other than that, the jacket is warm when the cold wind blows.
November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SMAT WARM IN NEW ENGLAND
I can't believe how warm this jacket is. I am in sales and this is my main winter coat. I spend a lot of time in So. Portland ME and this jacket has never let me down. When it gets less than 10F a fleece vest is a good idea. Bottom line this is a great jacket!
November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Goodhue An Outstanding Fleece Jacket!
I own 3 of these,plus 3 with the hood,and 3 vests.They are light weight,stop wind cold,and look good! Slide on easily over a sweater and more comfortable than a windbreaker.I use them year-round and always pack at least one when I travel. The newer ones have the very useful drawstring at the bottom. ~ .Most useful outerwear that I own!
November 21, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by kcbrady bad zippers
This jacket is watm and stretchy, but a little snug. However, one of the pocket zippers came apart after only two months.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FrequentBrowser My husband loves it
I was looking for a good light weight "winter" jacket for my husband. He is very hot natured and hates winter coats. I was so happy to find this jacket. It looks great on him and he has been wearing it every day in 30 degree weather and bragging on how wonderful it is. I'm very happy I purchased it.
October 26, 2013