Rated 3 out of 5 by Daniel196 Good but not comparable to the old version
I inherited an old version of this sweater from my father. It was a 80/20 wool/rayon blend. Probably made in the 80s.
I have also bought a few of this modern updates as well, both for myself and as Christmas gifts to family and friends.
Let me just say both the modern and old versions are nicely woven, warm, and good looking. However, when you compare them side by side, you can sadly observe the general decrease in quality --- the old version was far, far thicker. The wool strands in old version is almost twice as thick as the new one. Therefore, old version was substantially heavier and warmer.
bottom line: it is a good sweater, probably better than most other options on the market. However, it is not comparable to the old version.
February 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SebasV96 A timeless classic
This is a classic sweater that almost everyone recognizes. I get complimented on it almost every time I wear it. Most importantly, the warmth is akin to that of a wool overcoat, and I've been able to wear only this with a shirt underneath it in temperatures as low as the mid-40s. (and I'm not a cold-lover, so that is a real miracle!) This is one of my favorite pieces in my whole wardrobe. Like any L.L. Bean sweater, it runs a little on the boxy side, but a slim person can wear it loosely and still look good.
January 7, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by JustOnePerson Warmth for a Woman
Late last winter I bought the navy blue version of this sweater for myself (a small woman) and felted it. Felting is basically washing a wool garment in a washing machine until it shrinks and gets denser. So you need to start with a garment that is too big for you. In this case it worked well. The sweater now fits and is even warmer that it was to begin with. It is, however, fuzzier, but too much so for me.
If you might want to try this, read about felting first. Until nice, thick, warm wool sweaters like those that women could buy in the 1980's return, this is about the only option. Women tend to have lower body mass than men and we get cold!
October 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Seve2125 Fit is off
A warm and thick sweater, but the fit is a bit off on these sweaters...specifically in the neck and shoulders. The arms on mine have stretched out considerably which doesn't happen on other sweaters I own. A nice sweater, but it isn't overly practical for much other than standing still in the cold.
January 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by milescoverdale Classic
I've got 2 of these from the 80s, and they still look great. Recently I bought a new one, and, despite seams on the cuffs and a smaller neck-opening, it is really quite similar in comparison. I haven't even washed it yet, though, so only time will tell if it will retain its quality in 20 years.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RadRay Terrific
Warm, soft, and stylish. This is a great sweater that elicits many positive comments. And it was on sale at a great price.
March 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by DowneastDavid Good try, but not quite there.
The quality of the wool was good. 100% fairly heavy wool, just as I remember these sweaters used to be before they started using a synthetic blended in.
However, the XL was both too tight and too short (I'm 6'4" and 220lbs) even though I am usually between an XL and a L in Regular Bean sweaters.
Also, the sleeves were attached strangely at the shoulders which made the shoulders there appear slightly upwardly pointed (sort of like a mild case of the boss's hair in Dilbert). This may have been a defect just in this particular sweater.
Unfortunately for me Bean does not carry this item in an XXL otherwise I would have exchanged for a re-try.
Had to return it.
I am rating this sweater 4 stars mainly for the quality of the wool.
February 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by pktsqr This Sweater Coverted Me.
I had never purchased anything from L.L. Bean before deciding to order this sweater. Thanks to its high-quality construction -- and the unprecedented customer service backing it up -- I have already been back for more.
Simply put, this sweater is a BEAST. I've read reviews that complain that it isn't as sturdy as versions from decades past, but I honestly have trouble grasping the idea of an even thicker, more robust garment. The present iteration is extremely warm, quite substantial, and precisely woven. I am surprised and pleased to find such an excellent sweater at a larger-scale, mainstream manufacturer. It's like I found a time machine, or something.
Before pulling the trigger, I also agonized over the conflicting fit assessments; some reviewers griped that the sweater is "baggy," or that the fit is "weird," while others maintained that it's merely a good, traditional fit. Allow me to humbly submit that the latter camp is closer to being in the right. Folks, you WILL look funny if you wear this thing with your painted-on hipster jeans. While it is indeed closer to a traditional cut, it is by no means a "billowing" one. It is clearly intended to allow for layering and movement, just like many (if not all) sweaters circa 1900 -- 2007. Get thyself to the google, and check out any classy dude wearing a heavy sweater during that period. If you want a super-slim look, then stick to thinner options (cashmere, merino, cotton, etc.). If you must go slimmer, sizing down could work, but -- depending on build/body type -- I suspect there is only barely enough length in the arms to allow this and it might not hit the waist correctly. I found that ordering true-to-size gave THIS kinda-athletic (Med/40R, 5' 11"/185#) guy a sweater with a truly classic profile.
Overall, I feel confident that this is a sweater that will provide years of sturdy warmth. It has already been a godsend during the extended cold snap of 2014 (it has tackled the typical -20 to -50 degree temps of my region with ease). It looks great, fits well (again, "classically"), and is built like a tank. (An additional perk of the thick weave is that there is virtually no annoying stretching, unlike other sweaters). I am immensely pleased with this purchase, and it was a great introduction to the L.L. Bean brand.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by axejacks Warm.
I've been buying this sweater from L. L Bean forever ( when it was offered). I'm glad it's back. I nabbed one the first week it was issued.
First: it's a classic, and for that I will buy it.
Better: I love that it is now 100 % wool! THE most important thing is that it keeps you warm!!! Yes, the fit is generous, that's the intent so one can layer underneath it. So many sweaters are not this generous and one cannot layer underneath it. Yes, the fit is awkward at first; it's new! It will take awhile to fit to your shape. Yes, it will just like an old favorite pair of jeans; it gets better with age. It gets softer, and will fit your body better.
I'm glad it's back.
January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Texastrad Excellent Sweater
This is an incredibly well made and incredibly warm sweater. I get cold very easily, but the weekend I received it I wore it outside in temps hovering around 20*F with only a button down shirt underneath, and was perfectly warm. Reviewers have mentioned the weird sizing, but I'm 5'11"/178 and wear a 16/34 dress shirt, and the small fits me perfectly. In terms of quality, I get the impression this thing will last for years. Very highly recommended.
December 24, 2013