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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by AdirondackGrayFox Superb Warmth and Comfort
This is a very nice parka and I expect it to last for a very long time as the quality seems excellent.
Warmth: The coldest I've tested it is -8deg F, not including wind chill, and it indeed kept me warm. I didn't even have the hood attached at the time and was still warm. It's totally impervious to wind. The down is sewn into squares so it won't shift all around on you.
Hood: It unzips off the jacket and the furry part unzips off the hood. The furry part isn't real fur so it looks a little cheesy and isn't too full. I plan to take mine to a tailor and have real fur put on it. The hood is fully insulated with down, like the coat.
Collar: It's tall and insulated with down. Fleece on the inside and feels good against the skin.
Pockets: I counted 12 of them! They are all over this thing. 8 on the outside and 4 inside. They vary in size from small to large.
Drawstrings: There are 2. One mid way down from the top and one at the bottom. The middle one takes out the slack to make it more form fitting. There is no waist skirt. I have another parka with a waist skirt and they are very nice indeed when the temps get crazy low.
Sleeves: Velcro at the wrists so you can snug them down. On the inside there are fleece cuffs that are so soft. They stop the wind from going up your arm. I love this feature.
Size: The large is true to size. I'm 6'1" 190lbs and it fits great.
Color: The colors on the LL Bean website are not accurate. I got the blue coat and it's an entirely different shade than the picture. I would describe the color as just a touch lighter than navy blue. I was glad however because I like the actual color better than the picture.
Zipper: It is a color matched plastic, heavy duty zipper. Works great and it's reversible so you can unzip it up from the bottom if need be.
Snaps: 7 up the middle and 5 on the outside pockets. They are large and seem strong to me.
So, in conclusion, I love the parka. I think if they added a good waist skirt they could get another 10deg colder on the rating but that's it's only flaw, (if you can call that a flaw.) Keep in mind that you won't get the color of the picture, it's a bit of a gamble in that respect.
March 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ForwardBuffalo Super duper warm, could use some modernization
Im about 5'6" 165 lbs athletic build and have a medium which fits me comfortably with plenty of room to wear a bulky sweater underneath. It could actually be a tad bit more "slim fit" to flatter my physique a little more. This is an awesome jacket that kept me warm all through the harsh Buffalo winters. When Im out digging myself out of the driveway or walking to dinner, this jacket never lets me down which is no surprise coming from LLBean. I swear by it so much that I made my gf get one too. Whenever I would take it off upon arriving at a friends house they would always comment on how "heavy" it feels which leads me to a few points. This isnt some lightweight technical jacket that you would plan on doing laps around the park in, its heavy for good reason. Now- my one gripe about this jacket- would the masterminds at LLBean PLEASE make this jacket a little more appealing in regards to its appearance? Tweak a few things and make it look a little more "hip" for the younger crowd (Im 28). I love the jacket but I wish it wasnt just plain blue with no accents to make the jacket "pop". Try a colored liner, or colored stitching, maybe different color fabric on the zipper pulls or a redesign a logo to make it recognize the heritage of this jacket. Little details can go a long way- I can totally envision how I would tweak this jacket it if I was on the design team. Otherwise keep up the great work Bean masterminds.
March 18, 2014