Rated 5 out of 5áby texanviamaine Great Hunting Gear!
I bought the entire big game system (technical jacket, pants, mid-weight liner and the heavyweight liner. I have now used all the pieces to this system since we had a cold spell and it got into the 20's. I have a medical condition that makes me get a lot colder than most people and have been looking for years for something I could easily change out the pieces for varying degrees of warmth. The jacket liners zip in and out with quick ease and attach well with the small snaps at the sleeves and neck area. The pieces are very well constructed and comfortable. There is lots of pocket space and they all have zippers that work well and are easy to access for hunting gear. You can pull the hood tight around your head and there is a small soft "bill" like a ball cap that slightly sticks out to help shed rain from your face. I was very warm in 20 degree weather with the heavy weight liner and the rest of the system. I did also have on a base layer and secondary layer underneath the jacket and pants. I am female and bought a size M knowing I would wear a base layer and a secondary layer underneath it a lot of the time. It is true to size and gives you the movement you need when walking, stalking game or just trying to get in and out of a deer blind. All pieces are soft and quiet. The jacket has good non-slip material on the shoulders so your rifle sling does not slip off and stays in place. I am very happy with this system and it has made my hunting season much more comfortable. Thanks LL Bean once again!
February 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby VTMan Good Jacket with a Caveat
I have now used this jacket for the majority of Vermont?s deer and fall turkey seasons. I had originally purchased the basic shell for spring turkey season but returned it because I was not satisfied with how it performed. I decided to give the Technical Shell a chance with the hope it could perform better for me. First and foremost, this jacket is cut generously. Every other LL Bean jacket I own is a tall large (including the basic shell that I returned). I had to go with a standard large on this one and I probably could have gone with a medium. (I?m 6?-2? 210 lbs and wear size 36 pants).
If you have a moderately strenuous hike to get to where you want to be, you?re going to find this jacket is too warm. The nylon on the inside of the sleeves does not breathe. The other morning I had my sweat freeze inside the sleeves. I?ve found that the problem is exacerbated if you wear moisture wicking layers underneath the shell. The designers attempted to alleviate the issue of breathability by providing vents on the sides of the jacket. These help slightly, but would work better if they were in the armpit, not along the side. Opening up all the pockets also helps, but doing so will run the risk of losing anything you put in them. With that being said, proper layering goes a long way. I?ve resorted to removing the jacket if I know I?m going to break a sweat on my hike in or out.
Despite breathability concerns, I think LLBean really nailed some of the features on this jacket. I?ve sat through torrential downpours as well as some snow and I stayed completely dry. I haven?t had any issues with wind either. The black rubber on the shoulders is a nice touch and helps to keep your rifle sling where it belongs. Overall, you won?t find a better jacket at this price point. This is a huge upgrade over the basic shell and is well worth the extra price. My hope is that Bean can address the breathability issues in a future upgrade.
November 19, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5áby FishingFreak Works well, but has weak main front zipper
Layering works well so buy a size up if it fits snug. The pockets are very handy but zip stiff and are unmanageable with gloves on. The zippers could use bigger tabs or draw leads a little more substantial. The system has an excellent UV profile (I tested it with UVA and UVB) but tends to 'shine' a little on a bright day and definitely shine in sunlight, so it needs several washes to dull it, then a couple more with de-scenter soap.
The downside though: during my third trip out with the Technical Shell this November (2012) the main front zipper blew out 5 teeth while i was pulling back my crossbow. That left me all day in the woods at -5 deg with an open jacket. It's now a heap on the floor waiting to go somewhere to get a new heavier (hunting-rugged) zipper added to replace the skimpy city-dweller zipper it came with.
November 16, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5áby Sirhuntsalot I really wanted to like it...
The jacket is comfortable, relatively warm, has great pockets and looks good. However, I found the rubber padding on the shoulders just to darn noisy to continue wearing the jacket while bowhunting in a treestand. It bothered me every time I turned my head or moved my shoulders. For this reason the jacket (and matching pants) are being returned. I'll buy the jacket again in a second if they fix the noise issue.
November 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
áby Moosehunter Bean Bg Game System Shell
I just returned from Newfoundland on a moose hunt and used his jacket as a raincoat, windbreak and outer layer. It worked great. The best features included the large rear pocket, attached hood for rain, internal pockets to keep passport and Canada gun papers dry, rubber shoulder cap to hold rifle sling in place while walking the bogs and generous size while layering over wool provided an excellent product.
October 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby Adirondackhunter Excellent
Unbelievable jacket at an amazing price. Wore on opening weekend of deer season in upstate NY. Easily handled temperatures ranging from 25 to 60 degrees and pouring rain. Couldn't ask for anything more from a coat. Stayed bone dry and comfortable. Jacket is light and easily packable.
October 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby Ultrarider Nice product
Have not had any cold or bad weather to really put it to the test, but appears to be as advertised. Fit is good.
September 19, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5
áby Twoarrows Tested on Alaska Caribou Hunt
This shell failed me on a recent self guided, drop-in, Alaska Brooks Range caribou hunt. It worked fine when I was hunting at a slow pace, but when the real work started, like packing out the meat and hiking up-hill, the nylon lined sleeves would not pass the body moisture and got soaked. Bean needs to use the same lining in the sleeves as they put in the rest of the shell.
September 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby llennok new purchase
I needed some over clothes that would keep me dry in November/December upstate NY deer hunting. Have not hunted them yet but the construction looks solid. All seams are sealed, no stiching loose or lacking thread. The weight seems right and the fit is good. Didn't take long to get rid of smell either.
September 5, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5áby Alaska02 Alaska Tough-not
I reviewed this jacket on October 19th and said, so far, the jacket seemed like a good one. After using it this deer season, I am returning it and continuing my search for a good all-around hunting shell. I packed out three deer and when I got back to camp, each time, the inside sleeves of my jacket were soaked. For some unexplained reason, they used a nylon liner that does not breath and collects moisture instead of evaporating it as it should. It was waterproof from the outside and I really liked most of the features but it was not satisfactory from the inside. Also, the hood is very heavy and the rubber on the shoulders rubbed against the lining and was pretty loud. It could be a good jacket if they changed just a few of the features.
January 26, 2012