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 TxBillyEd Baxter Park State Jacket
My new Baxter Park jacket arrived today and I am thrilled.
I purchased my first Baxter jacket over 30 years ago, and wore the heck out of it. From rounding up cattle in a snow storm on the high desert of Nevada to living in Alaska for several years the jacket was my constant go to coat when weather got bad. . I have honestly worn the jacket in about the worst weather conditions you can imagine and always stayed dry and warm. I finally outgrew the jacket and have passed it down to my stepson. The jacket is still serviceable and in good condition, a few scars and stiches but still warm and holding on.
To say I was worried about ordering this new jack put it mildly. I didn?t think that it could replace my old standby but boy was I wrong. This new jacket exceeds my expectations. The pockets are plentiful and large enough to carry just about anything a person needed. Just putting the jacket on was like putting on an old friend and was warm and comfortable to say the least. The jacket is extremely well made, the stitching is great, and my only complaint is the zipper is plastic. If it ever fails I will have a metal sipper installed.
I work on a shooting range where it gets real nasty weather wise, I can hardly wait until the weather turns and I can really try the jacket out. I am sure it will perform just as well if not better than my old standby.
Thanks L.L. Bean for bringing this jacket back.
October 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BIGGUY836 TRUE TO SIZE
The coat is spot on as in the description and arrived at a timely fashion.
October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Eglide88 not exactly what I thought it would be
It's a great parka, but I thought it would be a lot lighter in weight.
October 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nipper2014 Mistake
I made a mistake last year when my daughters boyfriend required a winter jacket. I gave him my Baxter State parka. We had an extremely cold winter and forecasts indicate this years is to be worse. So the only thing to do is to order another. And that is what I did. Great jacket and warmer than mom's homemade pie. Can't beat the price either.
October 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Winter1 Waiting for Winter
About 2 weeks ago I received my Baxter State Parka via UPS. I get cold easily and travel often, sometimes to very cold locations like Alaska and the Great Lakes where temps are -10 to -20 F with wind chill. I'm tired of being cold and my thick peacoat doesn't keep me as warm as I'd like. I also wanted a coat that wouldn't look silly in environments not so cold. The removable hood on this parka fits the bill. For sizing, I'm 6'3" 190 lbs. (16 x 35 shirt size) and the Large Regular fits perfectly!
Before purchasing I spent hours online looking at goose down coats from the major companies, even calling several to compare how much down was in the coat. The Baxter State Parka had nearly double the amount as most others and, in some cases, nearly triple the amount. This coat appears to be made well. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to test it yet. But I'm certainly looking forward to!
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by gardiner336 Top notch parka
this is a solid 10. you get what you pay for, this has comfort, workmanship, looks, everything you want. now let me tell you any possible negatives if i had to find one. i wish it had a big llbean logo on it, it doesn't. it is heavy because it has all the right materials in it to do the great job it does. that might not be light enough for the women. you won't want to wear alot under this coat, it is great without heavy shirts and sweaters, but when you arrive somewhere inside and you take it off, you may not be dressed warm enough there. in other words, this is a cold weather parka, not just a multi-season one, you may want to keep your other lighter winter jacket for the warmer days. this parka will last for many many years. it is quality all the way. and as in many cases, you may want to go a size up, i sure did and glad i did that. steve.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by annie183 long lasting
I bought the same coat 14 years ago. Definitely got my money's worth. I hope the new one lasts as long or more.
October 4, 2014
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