Rated 5 out of 5 by NeedToLookProfl Loved my first so much I got a second
Seemed like I never took off the black one I got a year ago, which still looks new. Got a second in a different color. Warm, windproof, casual alternative to a business blazer.
April 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Montanabeanfan REALLY BLOCKS WIND!
Of my MANY light weight coats and fleece jackets, this Wind Challenger is the BEST for blocking the wind. I live in one of the top 5 windiest places in the USA so I am fighting wind all the time. I am 5'4" 150 lbs. with a 38D chest so I wear a large. It's roomy enough for a sweater underneath, but is still OK with just a turtleneck. People who said it's stiff -- hey, that's the whole point -- this is a performance jacket, not a little cuddly fleecy sweater. Not warm? Again, this isn't meant to be a winter coat (that's why you buy the LL Bean Ridge Parka!). This coat keeps the wind out on a chilly to moderately cold day (20-60 degrees). It's great for going on walks, running to the grocery store, playing outside with kids or dogs, or as a layering piece on a hike. I also love the hood, pockets, and ability to tighten at the bottom, and that it repels water (even thought it's NOT a rain coat).
March 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NeedToLookProfl Great for windy, chilly conditions
I love this jacket! Light enough to wear indoors; heavy enough for outside esp. when windy. Fabric is "a little stiff" as some reviewers noted, not typical soft hand of regular fleece, because of the windbloc membrane. But that stuff really does work, and very much worth the trade-off. Long enough in overall garment length (where some Bean tops are on the short side) as well as long enough in the sleeves. Simple & classy enough styling that I can wear as a jacket to work on casual days. My only beef: about an inch of the top-stitching on the place where sleeve meets cuff elastic came loose, but easily enough repaired with a few stitches. Has held up to a number of washings over nearly a year, still looks new.
March 7, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by MJPS Runs small, short in body length and sleeves
I normally wear a medium but went with the large for layering purposes. The width was okay, but length of jacket and sleeve length too short. I am on the medium tall side, so this jacket would work for short to regular height people. I might try the men's jacket, since there is no tall in this jacket. Also, the fabric is stiff, haven't tested the warmness, but that looks fine.
February 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PossumLady Exceeded my expectations
I've lived in Florida for the last 60 years and I get cold watching snow on TV. My husband and I are full-time RVers and get into all kinds of weather, but because of space and weight limits, don't carry my bulky cold weather clothes. This jacket is what I've been looking for - the fabric is not bulky, the jacket is a bit large, which makes it perfect to put several lightweight layers beneath, and it does an admirable job blocking the wind. It's a jacket I wear from 20? to 60? with varying layers. I also bought the matching gloves which I wear with and without liners and love them as well.
February 22, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by YRreview not great
This jacket runs BIG, I wear a Medium (5'2" 125) I was swimming in it. Def order size down.
I thought this jacket would be good in the wind as it is called wind challenger...nope. I tested in 20*/25* ish temps, I froze. Might be good for fall days, not winter days.
February 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JaneBr Nice addition to my outerwear
I have fleece jackets, but none with hoods. My hooded jackets are more the type for rain, and are heavier or longer. Sometimes when it's just a little chilly & windy but not raining, I want a hood on a fleece jacket, to keep my hair in place. This does exactly that. It is something I've been looking for, for a long time. The fit is nice (trim, not baggy), and the hood works great incorporated into the zipper.
January 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by cat9383 Nice fall jacket
Its a nice jacket. Little thinner than I expected. It does run small. but is does stretch a little. Love the hood.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by hairydogowner Perfect jacket for the Northwest
This jacket is exactly what I was looking for. It keeps me warm. It repels water. It even keeps dog hair to a minimum. I love it!!!
January 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MistyGreen Walkin' in the Rain
This is the go to jacket in my closet! It works for me as a single layer or backed with a sweater or vest when it's colder. I love that it does not swish and it breaths well when I jog. Nicely falls at the hip, and sleeve length is acceptable. I do wish this came with a reflective trim as I am often outside on the road in winter when it's still dark. Over all I love this jacket!
January 14, 2015