Rated 5 out of 5 by ralphe Better Buy NOW!
This is the third review I have written for this coat. I have been through three hard winters with it and quite simply, "IT WORKS". It still looks good even after considerable wear.
Again, I have read the complaint that it is not warm enough out of the box. Usually that complaint is written by someone that purchased the coat "within 1 month". One month is not a fair trial period for this coat. It needs to be worn and shaken around a little. It will then be too warm for anything over 30 degrees out side and I suspect complaints concerning warmth even down to -30 will go away.
I would strongly suggest if you are interested and have the where-with-all to go ahead and purchase it. Mr. Bean has sold out of this coat for the last two years running. Remember, you can always be lke the 1 month wonders and return it. I sincerely doubt you will.
May 21, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by NEgal Zipper issues
As far as the coat goes for warmth, it is very good. It is the perfect coat for cold, frigid ME winters. However, the zipper failed and this is the second coat that has done this. I now have a two-hundred and fifty dollar coat that cannot be zipped. The zipper is plastic. I will try to see if LL Bean will fix it.
May 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shackelton long lasting
I purchased this coat in 2001 and its now 2015! I wear it a lot and it has finally begun to give up the ghost by wearing through the elbows by sitting at my desk. It turns out there is a coat inside the coat - a lining of sorts. There is the actual lining too. In all these years it has never shed any down from its' insides. It is the warmest and snuggliest coat I have ever had. I'm writing this in admiration for my 2001 model which is essentially the same as this new one. I'm on the page because i intend to get a new one as soon as they are no longer back-ordered. This is the longest lasting and finest garment I have ever had in terms of quality and thought out design. I'd buy two but at my age it will outlast me - so one's enough ;-) You won't go wrong with this coat; I recommend it wholeheartedly.
April 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 10SnBikingNut Great coat!
I am always a bit skeptical of claims made by companies about how well their products perform in adverse conditions like cold weather. In my part of the country (northern Wisconsin) it is cold - really cold - most of the winter. I finally decided to buy a coat that I hoped would make it more tolerable. This coat did the trick. It is well constructed and has lots of nifty features, like a hood that has two points of removal - the entire hood and the front part (the furry strip). It also locks in nicely to the coat so it does not flop around when not in use. It is warm - really warm. I still hate winter, but it is more tolerable now.
February 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RichN56 Great Winter Jacket
I needed a winter jacket and this one seem to fit the bill. It is super warm and comfortable. Lots of pockets for storing all your supplies. The jacket was a bit stiff but now that I have worn it every day for the last 6-8 wks it is much more flexible. I purchased the tall version and the sleeves are just right and it covers my backside very well. I do believe the tall size places the pockets lower and walking around with your hands in your pockets is a little awkward. We have had sub-zero weather here in New England and I have been toasty warm with this jacket. I highly recommend this jacket if you will be spending any length of time outdoors.
February 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bob1954 Three Years Later and Still Doing Its Job . . .
I bought this parka February of 2012 to wear when I walk our dog. I live in New York City. I am thrilled I got this parka. The weather here for the last month has been unusually frigid for us here in the northeast with plenty of snowfall. At night and in the early morning while walking the dog, the temperature with the windchill has been down in the low single digits. Wearing just a tee shirt under the parka has been all I needed. While the parka does an excellent job of keeping one warm down to the mid thighs, I did find the need to order an LL Bean Union Suit so that my legs from the mid thigh down would stay warm as well. I wouldn't think of ordering any winter gear to wear from anyone else other than LL Bean. You have a customer for life!
February 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Gagan close but no cigar
I had bought a Maine Warden Parka and had to return that as it was way too big. Instead I opted for the Baxter State Parka and got the size right this time round.
As I do a lot of work outdoors I have to constantly use the four external pockets to store stuff. One of the biggest peeves is the absolutely poor placement of the slash chest pockets. You literally have to have the flexibility of a gymnast to access these pockets. It would have been really great if the chest pockets could have been copied from the Maine Warden Parka.
Otherwise the Parka delivers as advertised
January 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by nrodr1 Incredibly Warm In Chicago Winter Weather
This coat allows you to venture out in the worst winter weather Chicago can throw your way. Waiting for the CTA train or bus to arrive, if you didn't time your travel correctly or if the CTA is running late, has never been a pleasure and perhaps still isn't, but this coat certainly has made it much easier on those coldest of days. Definitely recommend getting this coat if you're looking for something that is going to keep you dry and warm. Sizing is pretty standard with other LL Bean products.
January 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Realbiscuit Finest winter coat I have ever owned.
This parka exceeds in all categories. Fits are smaller a bit, so order a little bigger than usual. I purchased an Extra Large when usually I would need a large. The Ex.Lg. fits like a glove. Never cold again.
Have tried the jacket out here in Northern Michigan with 30 mph winds and -7 degrees. Wind chill -25. Ain't nothin but a thing with this Baxter State Parka. Love it!
January 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jackadoodle Great "Lost in a Blizzard" Coat
Bought this on sale 2 years ago. It is an extremely warm and blizzard proof coat. I find that for most of the winter on the coast of Maine it is too warm but inland and during some of our worst cold spells it is more than adequate. Don't find that I need so many pockets most of the time. Not sure it needs a waterproof shell because it's really for weather so cold that there should be zero chance of getting it wet but what the heck, it's an extreme coat! Just wore it through our recent cold snap with -15F cold and felt quite toasty. I am 6'3" and 190lbs and wear a large long. Fits like expected with room for a heavy fleece jacket underneath. Comes to mid thigh so sitting on the frozen car seat is much nicer.
January 9, 2015