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 alaska888 Excellent, HIgh Quality Parka for my 16 year old!
Ordered the parka and here in two days! I am so impressed with the high quality of this item! Stuffed to the brim with tons of down, substantial weight and not cheaply made. Reminds me of good quality coats we had years ago when things were made properly, and you used your coat for years until it sadly wore out. I was worried about sizing, this is for my 16 year old son who is 6'1" and weighs only 150 pounds. Got the Large and it's a perfect length to the hip and with the handy waist cincher, it can be adjusted so it's not bulky at all. Sleeves are perfect, and a bit longer than most coats, which is great to cover up mittens or gloves and there is a velcro adjustment at the wrist if you want a tighter fit. He loves the faux fur trim and up to date styling with all the pockets. He will be warm and dry on his school trip to Quebec where he is going dog sledding in February (and shoveling our driveway here in New York the rest of the winter). Absolutely worth every penny. Buy with confidence!
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Awesome
Received this jacket today.
It is way more than I expected.
Love the red.
Will be using it for my upcoming western Canada trip in places where the temperature is on or near -40.
This is the second Baxter State Parka that I've owned, the last one just wore out, it was about 15 years old when I retired it.
Thanks LLBean, for making a really great product.
December 4, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Nickster12 Not Warm Enough
I have had earlier versions of Bean's "warmest" jacket, and this one is clearly lacking. The old jackets were packed with down; this one has very little down--and what little down there is, is sewn through; no double box design, no overlap. The text says it is rated to 45 degrees below zero. I live in South Dakota, where we have very harsh winters and extreme wind, and I would rate this to about 20 degrees above zero. I think anyone using this jacket in -45 degrees would probably die within fifteen minutes. On top of this, the hood does not wrap around the face. Very strange. If I had been able to find my receipt, I would have sent it back.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by rhynorob Best Winter Coat Ever Made
Bought this coat last winter. Kept warm and comfortable each time out. Walked to and from work in -35c to -40 in cold Ottawa winter. you can't beat this coat for warmth.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Abbie63 As cozy as a hug
This Baxter jacket is just the best jacket I've ever worn. I've had one (women's) for several years, and bought this for my son for Christmas. The zippers are tight, the hood is as warm as toast, and I even have to unzip it a bit in super-cold weather. This jacket saw me through winter in Oregon and the mountains of northern Arizona, and it is superb quality.
November 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by happybeaner2 Very nice times two
I purchased this Baxter State Parka for the winter months in nothern Michigan as we live one block from Lake Michigan. The wind off the lake is very cold during nov. thru april. The coat is very warm and looks nice also. My wife used it the other night to walk the dog, had to buy her one for Christmas so I could get mine back.
November 25, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by 2CoonHounds cold weather
2 things I found disappointing - first, the drawstring on the hood isn't meant for anyone to use unless they have petite fingers. Secondly, the fur on the hood itself is rather disgusting. I had a similar coat for 20 years and retired it but the fur on that hood was far, far better than what is on the new coat. I was going to return it but since I'm only using the coat with my snowblower in my driveway. It serves its purpose; howver I would not buy another.
November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BrianD12345 Almost Perfect
I wish they would use a different type of fabric around the collar instead of some catchy polyester. Other than that I love it.
November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SpartyHiker Warm, stylish and functional
I've worn the Baxter State Parka (BSP) several times on 5-mile hikes and it lives up to its promises. I'm 6'1" tall with 35-inch waist. My shoulders are broader than average and I take a 35-inch sleeve in dress shirts. The BSP I ordered was X-Large Regular and it fits me perfectly. The ends of the sleeves fall about an inch beyond the ends of my wrists, providing a nice overlap with my gloves. The bottom of the BSP is even with the ends of my slightly curved fingers when my arms are hanging down loosely. There's plenty of room inside the coat for wearing a sweater or sweatshirt without feeling constrained.
It hasn't gotten below 20 degrees yet so I can't comment on the coat's resistance to very cold weather. However, with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, I stayed positively toasty while walking at a normal pace. A few times I needed to unzip the coat front to avoid overheating.
I'm not a fan of the fake fur trim around the hood but it can be unzipped and removed completely. As another option, the fur can be left in place but folded backward along the sides of the hood. When this is done, the fur is nearly invisible to the wearer. With the fur fully extended toward the front, you have the feeling of looking out through a tunnel. I expect this to cut off any cold-air flow from the sides but haven't had the conditions to test it.
The front zipper appears robust and up to Bean's usual high standards. I appreciate having two tangs on the zipper so it can be unzipped from the bottom if you need more freedom of movement in the lower part of the coat. With the zipper fully up, there is a nice collar protecting the throat area. That collar has fabric on the inside to prevent chafing against the throat or chin, a nice touch.
The coat has more pockets (12) than I need but they don't detract from the appearance and I may find a use for some of them. Overall the appearance of the BSP is stylish but conservative. The coat is physically heavier than I expected but not so heavy as to cause fatigue when walking long distances. And the BSP is a bit puffier than my old coat but you won't look like the Michelin Man.
Only time will tell if the coat is durable but the construction appears sturdy and I have never been disappointed with the quality of LL Bean merchandise. Count me a satisfied customer.
November 21, 2013