Rated 5 out of 5 by WHPH Banish winter
Years ago, after a brutally cold winter, I was determined not to be cold again. The answer then was in a Bean Rugged Ridge Parka. After several years of solid and dependable service, it was time to replace my old parka.
After looking again to the Rugged Ridge, I decided instead to upgrade to full down and an even better temperature rating and went with the Baxter State Parka.
It's hard to believe you can improve on perfection, but this parka is even warmer than my last, and worth every one of the few extra dollars it costs.
The Baxter State Parka is the warmest coat I've ever worn. It's got all the features one expects in a parka, and every detail is nearly perfect. It is roomy enough to allow for layering, including chunky sweaters, without allowing any chilling updrafts. It fits perfectly as sized and without being too long at the bottom as some parkas tend to be, and all while being lightweight.
The only feature that could be improved upon is the faux fur trim on the hood. I'd rather real coyote fur as are traditional on arctic parkas, but this is a minor point of personal preference.
This winter has been a mild one so far, but the Baxter State Parka has proven itself during every cold snap. I'm confident next winter's normal temps will be no challenge.
February 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ReluctantOutdoorsman When they say tall they mean it!
I recently moved up north to MI from the South and knew I needed a big jacket. Having enjoyed LLBean products in the past I thought I would give this jacket a shot. In short, its a great fit!
I am tall and thin (6'4", 175 lbs, 42L in jacket size) so it is rare that I find clothing that actually fits. The length is pretty important here, so I ordered a large tall in charcoal. The tall size really is tall - the arms hang slightly below my wrists and the body of the jacket falls to my thighs for a ~3/4 length. It would almost certainly be too long for anyone even in the 6' range - for them I would suggest the regular length. My wife is 5'2" and it goes to her calves! The hand warmer pockets on the front of the jacket are also quite low, and a shorter person could definitely not reach them on this jacket.
The large size allows for good room for layering without being too huge - anything larger would be wayyyy too big. The drawstrings for cinching both the mid-portion and waist are a nice touch to further improve the fit.
The construction feels well done - the down seems substantial and the outer layer is tough enough to take a beating. Despite the 'fake' look of the faux-fur hood attachment I actually like the way it extends far beyond the hood itself (another 2-3" out) - without it I would be concerned that the hood wouldn't cover my face very well. There are tons of pockets on this thing - outside, inside, flaps, zippered, etc. I particularly like the small breast pocket beneath the main zipper flap - great for storing important items (wallet, phone) for easy access.
The charcoal color is great - I haven't seen the others in person, but the charcoal seems to have more 'texture' to it. It is fairly true to the color in the stock image.
All in all I am loving this jacket - I looked at many other jackets and I find the features here beat out many other, more expensive jackets I tried. I can't wait to try it out in the cold!
September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OTTOtheKind LL Bean Requested a Review
LL Bean sent me an email requesting a review of this Item, so here it is. The package arrived on schedule and at the correct address. A+ for LLB!
I was replacing an older Baxter State Parka with this purchase and wanted to have the same green color as my old one. The old color was not available so I chose the blue. I can change with the times and go with the flow because the blue color is quite attractive. A for LLB.
I tried it on and the fit was good as expected. A+ for LLB. It was very warm, but it was 70 degrees outside, and very warm is to be expected.
Starting at the top and working down. The hood is very well made and appears to be well insulated. It should keep my bald head nice and toasty. Interior stitching crosses in 5 inch squares which should keep the down inside from clumping or settling. The "fur" is easily removed if you don't like the look or are allergic. The hood is removable also and has the ability to be tightened or loosened around your face. A+ for LLB
There is a soft and warm lining on the inside of the jacket collar which should be quite comfortable in the cold. A+ for LLB.
The left sleeve has a 5 X 4 inch snap flap pocket for carrying some of your "stuff." There are 11 X 9 inch vertical zippered slash pockets on both sides at the breast level for carrying more of your stuff. The zippers are almost under the armpits, so you will have some difficulty getting your "stuff" in or out if you are wearing the parka at the time. C+ for LLB.
Below the breast pockets there are 9 X 9 inch horizontal two flap snap button pockets. Behind the pockets are vent type pockets where you can put your gloves for easy access if you need to take them off while you are out in the cold. Easy in - easy out, no snaps no zippers. A++ for LLB
Imagine you are wearing the parka with the front zipper zipped. At the breast level on the left side is a vertical zippered pocket just to the left of the jacket zipper and under the snap flap storm flap. Great spot if you want to conceal something that measures 5 X 6 inches. Now open the parka. There is another vertical zippered pocket like the one on the left. This one is accessible only when the parka is unzipped. A+ for LLB.
Inside the parka there is the same 5 X 5 inch stitching to keep the down from settling. At the left breast area there is a horizontal zippered interior pocket about 5 X 5 inches.At the bottom of the inside there is a 9 X 9 inch light weight kangaroo pouch on each side.
Inside the exterior breast slash pockets are cords that can be used to tighten the parka around your waist. There are also adjustable cords at the parka hem to tighten the bottom of the parka around you. The adjustment points are inside the parka, about 14 inches from the zipper. A for LLB.
As I mentioned earlier I haven't had the opportunity to wear it in the cold. If the warmth this parka provides is any where near the utility and quality of construction, it will be a great value. Overall, A+ for LLB.
September 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CritterLad Like walking around in a sleeping bag.
Bought this last Winter in Boston. Was looking for something super warm, hard wearing, and not costing an arm and a leg.
Was able to walk about during the infamous 'polar vortex' with just a t-shirt on underneath. Have also used out at sea where it kept out the wind and protected my face. .
My only gripe is over the cut of the coat which is very boxy in the body and can let wind in if you don't over tighten the drawstrings. I suspect that this is so you can layer up, however layering up with anything when it is over -40 degrees will leave you sweating/uncomfortable. I have the medium (I'm 6'0, 40" shoulders, mid 20's, with athletic build). The small fitted a little better on the body but sleeves were way to short.
The faux fur hood also looks a little bit cheap (subjective opinion) but is useful when it snows and for keeping in heat. When the fur strip is detached the hood doesn't extend fully and wont keep the rain or snow off of your face.
That being said, I love this coat and highly recommend it for utility and value. Would definitely buy again.
September 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GoodStuffSeeker ALL THEY SAY AND THEN SOME!!
My Baxter State Parka arrived today (88f and humid outside, haha) but this is due to I tried to order it last year in November and my size and color choice were gone for the season. Waited it out until this August as I was advised by the wonderful customer service people and I "Assure" you, it was worth the wait! I have owned down parkas before (last one eaten by my dog. careful) but this beats anything else I have seen out there. Everything it claims to be. Very well made, good stitching and quality materials. Fits Very nicely and is true to size so remember that when ordering. I got lucky and had a 20% off coupon from their catalogue, it was tax free week here, and FREE shipping! The jacket is a high fill goose down remember so it has "some" weight to it but the warmth this coat will bring (knowing from past experience) makes every ounce a pleasure to wear. Nice Looking, Well Made Parka. More pockets than you will know what to do with, inside and out. (If my dog eats this one, I will buy another!) I recommend this jacket to anyone who wants a serious winter coat. When I want outdoor and quality, I usually check L.L. Bean First!
August 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yinkgo Great Parka
Temperature dropped to -15 F (actual) with windchill approaching -40 F last winter. I decided to go for a hike to test my BSP. I was out for over 2 hours and never cold.
My only complaint - the sleeves around for forearm are tight. However, I have an athletic build and big forearms.
August 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WmRG Baxter parka
I have not worn this yet in cold.
LL Bean has been great so far...no problems.
My only complaint about the jacket is the fur across the hood is a little tacky...pressed and thin.....fake...etc. would have much preferred it to be real and thicker and more plush.
The jacket appears to be very well made. I wear XXL shirts and XL reg coat fits good. 5'9" 240. (All muscle... Ha!)
August 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ralphe Two year plus follow-up
I have used my BSP through two winters including last years awful one. It was unusually cold for West Tenn. and for longer than usual. The BSP did it's job perfectly. It still looks like new even with considerable wearing time.
I have noticed reviews by other people complaining about it not being warm enough right out of the box. You need to wear it and shake it around a little and let the down get fluffed. It get warmer as time goes on. In fact when the temp hits 30 degrees F or above you will be coming out of it.
I still wish there was a "real ruff" for the hood and have encouraged Mr. Bean to offer one post purchase several times.
It is my go to coat when the weather gets really cold!
August 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chowbell Great parka
My husband likes the parka a lot and is happiest because of the removable faux fur and hood since he tends to be more hot-natured and does not like any frills. It will be perfect in colder climates when we travel. Oh, he also loves all the pockets!!!!!
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EternalStudent44 The Best Coat I've Ever Owned
If I had to evacuate my home and spend time in the wilderness, this would be the first thing (along with some Bean Boots) that I would grab. It has more pockets than I know what to do with; it keeps out rain, snow, sleet, and all kinds of gross weather; and it's super comfy. I love wearing this during the coldest days of the year and laughing at all the people wearing fleece jackets and pea coats trying to stay warm. Was that too cruel? Probably. Whatever. I plan on keeping this jacket till the day I die.
May 8, 2014