Rated 5 out of 5 by 1tjk Delighted with Warmth and Lightness of Garment
I purchased this jacket 2 or 3 years ago in a bright red. Can't praise the warmth and comfort of this wind blocked fleece enough! At 20 degrees F this is still warm even with the wind blowing. The zippered pockets are a great place to stow the car keys. Even with the hood folded down it covers enough of my neck to keep it toasty warm. Sleeves are long enough (I'm 5'2") to be able to scooch my hands up into them when I don't want to bother with mittens. Launders like a dream and is just as bright and beautiful as when I first bought it. This is a must have for women who don't like heavy garments but like to be comfortable and also warm is cold weather. Great for warmer weather too. Moisture beads up and shakes right off. You'll love it!
February 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wornstones Warm, light-weight jacket; excellent wind-breaker
I bought the vest in this same line and really like it. I decided to get the full jacket, and there was one on sale ($30 difference). The sale item came in only one color, and the photo on the website looked like a dusty purple -- sort of heather colored. It arrived today and it was a bright, vivid purple -- like a dinosaur. I wasn't happy with the color and considered sending it back, but I don't want to pay $30 for a different color. Then I read some of the reviews, and saw that it ran small, so I tried it on. It is tight across the back (something that wasn't a problem with the sleeveless vest). This would make it uncomfortable for driving. The hood is tight around the face, which isn't flattering, but it's a good design feature on a windy day; it will keep the wind out. I wish they had more colors available in this jacket.
February 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Iminthegarden Very Snug Hood
I ordered a size small with the hood and returned it as the hood fits very tight around the head and face. It's goofy looking for one thing. The other is it won't fit over my long hair as I usually have it pulled back, in braids, or on top of my head when I'm hiking or going for a walk. I need a hood that is roomy enough to go over my hair and also over a beanie if the wind picks up and I need a little extra protection. I have the same jacket without the hood in XS and it does fit closely so thought I'd try this in a small. I returned it. Wish I'd ordered the Mountain Laurel 3:1 but it's sold out. Will wait till next year and see how these jackets are styled before trying again.
February 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by llbeansavestheday Favorite Fleece
The wind challenger fleece's (new?) look is extremely attractive. Some reviewers say it runs small, but its Small is much roomier than Smalls from other competitor companies. Also very good against strong winds. Please never discontinue this highly practical and attractive item!
January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DawnD Best fleece I own
It's comfortable, truly is more windproof than any other fleece I've owned, and is great in drizzle, too. This jacket is a staple of my wardrobe, even wear it in winter with a down vest over it for all but the bitter cold. Wouldn't change anything about it - except maybe offering it in more colors!
January 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by AndoverChris Too small for a "regular" sized woman
I don't like a sloppy oversized fit, but I was surprised at the snug - and skimpy - fit of this coat. The bottom of the large barely reached my hips (I'm 5'7"/size 12 and the sleeves ended an inch above my wrist. I've had a wind challenger fleece before, and it was a very warm coat - good to 20 degrees in a strong wind - considering that it is not at all bulky. If you are between petite and regular sizes #perhaps 5'4" then this will fit beautifully. But those over 5'5" should probably make another choice. I returned this coat after one wearing because the amount of exposed skin means that it simply wasn't warm enough.
One other nit - given the price, I'd like a metal zipper pull please, not a cheap plastic tab.
December 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FrustratedNicknameChooser Runs small
Good jacket for cold, windy autumn days (temps 40 and above for around town, lower temp range if being active). Blocks the wind well. Very compact so good for traveling. However, it definitely runs small. I get a size L in every other blouse, polo, jacket, etc. and the sizing chart measurements indicated I should get a size L, but the L was so snug I could have only worn T-shirt under it. So I got a size XL and it fits fine - definitely not overly big. Also originally got the blue one and found the pocket liner was white. So when the jacket was zipped and the pockets unzipped, the white lining showed. I got the black one in the appropriate size (no blue in that size) and the pocket lining is black so it is not visible.
November 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Twostatesover Not the former style
I got this thinking it was the same jacket I'd purchased a few years back in orange. This is different. I got a medium, just like last time. I have recently lost 10 lbs. I put it on over a thinner (LLBean, nice) dress turtleneck and it just fit. Before, I could layer a sweater and a turtleneck under it, no problem. This one is too body-hugging to do that even having lost the weight. The hood construction is also different. And you can't get it in orange. I need bright something . . . orange, yellow . . . When hunting season comes, I don't want to stop walking. That orange jacket was a workhorse. Wore it constantly and so sadly wore it out. This one will not take its place . . . It's being returned.
October 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by EdnaM magic jacket!
I bought this jacket last winter, so it's gotten a lot of use in a variety of temperature ranges. It is very light yet extremely warm, and does a great job blocking wind and rain. I wore it most of last winter, and on the coldest days (0-15 degrees) wore a down vest underneath and stayed warm. It was enough by itself when the temps were around 25-30, and I'm very cold-natured.
It also went to England with me in June -- I was afraid it would be TOO warm, but it was perfect. The temps were in the high 50s-low 60s most days, and the Magic Jacket was just right. It was also a perfect jacket for the plane-- light enough to roll up and stow away easily.
It's held up very well. The first one I bought had a faulty zipper, and I got to experience LL Bean's excellent customer service. They overnighted a replacement to me immediately so I had a new one the next day. This one still looks like new despite lots of wear.
October 29, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by FanOfBeanLL Puckered Construction
I love this jacket. The Wind Challenger fabric is exactly what I was looking for. It is not easy to find a hooded jacket made from wind blocking fleece. The fit is large enough to layer underneath, but not too baggy or dowdy. The Collegiate Blue color is nice. However, the construction of the jacket is defective. The fabric is puckered along the front where the zipper is sewn in. I have tried two size small blue jackets, and both have similar problems. With such a good price, I considered just keeping the jacket, but I think it would continue to bother me. I'm disappointed to have to return them. LL Bean customer service was fantastic.
July 19, 2013