Rated 5 out of 5áby BostonNative Another Wonderful Product
This coat was a gift for a teenager - and that teenager could not have been happier with it. We spent time examining the coat, too. From the overall look of the coat and the softness of the water repellent fabric to the snaps, zippers, pockets, velcro fastenings.. even the little clips in the pockets meant to hold key rings and whatnot.. all were first-rate design and quality materials.
We purchased a Misses Size XS, and it (perfectly) fit a teen who can also wear a 14-16 in children's sizes. The sleeves were not too long, and the length of the coat itself was not quite mid-thigh. Perfect.
If a 15 year old loved it - in a region of the country where LL Bean isn't an instantly recognized name - you know the product is something special.
LL Bean continues to exceed expectations.
December 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Taotaosmom Warm but not my favorite coat
I know I shouldn't buy coats and jackets online but with the spring sales I couldn't resist. Now it is winter and I have a chance to try out this coat.
It is very warm and has been comfortable at -33C windchill last week. The fit is pretty good, with no restriction of the arms when I move them in any direction.
The color, grey and black, is ok, but not great... it is just the color still available in my size. I wish that there were more regular colors for women, like red, black, navy blue, instead of these weird raspberry, purple, teal colors that don't go with any of my regular red and black wardrobe.
That said, grey is ok. The sleeves are JUST long enough, could be longer, for when you reach out and you are in the snow, so you don't get snow in your mitts. The cuffs are very soft and comfortable.
So, why is it not my favorite coat. 1) the hood said fully adjustable, and between my son and myself we have at least 5 LLBean raincoats, windbreakers and winter coats, and most of them have an adjustment that goes vertically down the back of your head, so that the front of the hood can be adjusted forward or back. This is great, so it doesn't hang in your eyes (this hood definitely covers my entire eyes) but can also be loosened to wear over a helmet. Perhaps this would be ok over a helmet, but as is, I cannot see with it on. It DOES have a side to side adjustable elastic (ie from ear to ear behind the back of the head), which would allow great lateral vision if skiing, but since I want it to cut the wind while I walk or use the snowblower, I don't need this adjustment. So 1 star for no adjustment to the hood from brim to back of neck.
Also, the waist elastic adjustment is in the upper chest pockets. This means if you tighten the waist, it bunches the chest down towards the waist in the front and looks very strange. Also, it means you have a large loop of elastic, plus the plastic toggle, in your chest pocket, getting in the way when you are searching for keys or tickets or whatever you keep up there. Impractical, and I have never seen this design before.
All the pockets are not deep enough. When you unzip them enough to get your hand in, the zipper is at the bottom of the pocket, so everything can fall out. There is no depth to the upper or lower front outside pockets below the bottom of the zipper, and the openings are not large enough to keep them partially zipped up and still get inside them.
The inside mesh pockets are very large, but I am not sure what I'd ever use them for. As is, I have keys, notes and kleenex falling out the outside pockets.
And finally, I wish that the front attachments along the zipper flap were snaps and not velcro. My scarf and mitts get caught on the velcro, and if I leave it open, so does my sweater. I have an older winter jacket with snaps and when it is a bit warmer, you can just do a snap or two up instead of zipping it, which is great, and nothing gets caught on snaps. The zipper itself is a bit iffy sometimes: you must make certain the pull is absolutely at the bottom or it won't start zipping up. Takes some time to do up.
That said, it is a very warm jacket, sheds water well, the back is lower than the front and covers my butt which stays nice and warm. It has gone through the wash, like all LLBean coats I've had, and come out looking brand new. The fabric is nice and rugged.
I just wish for a better, adjustable hood, better pockets, and better adjustment elastic that doesn't bunch up the coat weirdly.
December 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Joshkosh Lose the velcro closure-put in snaps over the zip!
I have had a Rugged Ridge Parka for years and love everything about it, except I have always wished it had strong snaps--such as those at the neck--all the way down the front over the zipper. Some times I want to just quickly snap up when it is not too cold, especially just for trips to take my dog outside. The velcro rectangles are pretty wimpy and don't hold together at all without zipping the coat. And velcro wears out over time, whereas snaps keep working well.
I love the non-fleece inside lining that goes on easily over sweaters and fleece, I love all of the pockets--and the waterproof finish is decent. Keep all of these great features, and add strong snaps, and this is the coat I will buy forever!
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby bjh52 New Parka ... Feels so comfortable and warm :)
This jacket holds true to its word...so comfortable and warm, just what I wanted for the upcoming winter. Well worth the money.
The only negative I have is the picture looked like more of a green color than being Teal but that's really not a bad thing in my book...Thank you LL Bean for another great product!
November 14, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby taliana great?but not
I've had this coat for three years now and it's GREAT??.. except the sleeves are a bit too short. If I hold the sleeves down they fit perfectly, but since the coat bunches up the arm (not in a weird way) the sleeves run up to hit me just above the wrist. This problem could be solved with a great pair of gloves, but since this coat has so much velcro (and has already damaged a few pairs of gloves) it's completely impossible to make it work. I've already cut off the top few velcro closures, by the neck, to keep my scarves saved, and I'm thinking about doing the whole coat and putting in buttons snaps in it's place.
Despite the sleeve problem (which llbean seams to have with many of their coats), and all the velcro (which some people may like), it is an attractive coat. Although it is very roomy, there's two drawstrings that cinch everything up nicely. I also like the patches on it, I think they're flattering. It's very warm (except for by my wrists). I also really like the collar, it goes up pretty high and is soft. I appreciate the number of pockets it has. All in all, it's a great coat?. but the "except's" are enough of a problem to give this coat only 2 stars.
sizing: I'm 5'4, 110 lbs. I got the petiteS. When I called to ask about the sleeves and sizing, I was told that the regularS would have the same sleeves, just roomier in the waist. The mediums did have longer sleeves, but would have also been far too large in the body. If only I could get the sleeves of a M coat, and the body of a petiteXS this would really be the greatest coat of all.
November 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Natala Rugged Indeed
I have owned this coat for 8 years and I live above the arctic circle where winter lasts about 8 months and this is the best coat I could have hoped for. Winter camping, skidoos, snow shoeing, setting off fireworks in January, travel to remote locations...it does it all and has survived. Yes my zipper is on the way out and needs to be repaired but that's okay because it gets a lot of wear and tear. I love that at the end of the season I can throw it in the washer. All the pockets mean that I don't have to carry a purse. Thank you for my coat.
November 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby melliemel love love love!!!!
i have bought iteams from ll bean in the past but not clothing. i would find them to out doorsie for me but i went in store and was looking and tryed on the jacket and really liked it. i saw how much it was i was like $200 for a jacket ill wait and see for a sale. i know there products are worth the money and last for ever just wanted to see if they had a sale. im glade i waited even thou the 10% they had wasn't a lot i saved $20 fits really well love the color i got the raspberry it is really pritty and how the fleece around the neck and all the zippers curve with the pocket instead of an awquard stick out is grate!!! love it a must have.
November 8, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5áby Shopsalotonline Not as advertised!
Ordered teal/dark teal. Got Kelly green/grey. Not even close to picture online. Very hard to zip. Waist cord in awkward pockets. Not happy at all. Returning this tomorrow.
November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Cebakes Replaced last years "model" with new Rugged Ridge
Do love the LL Bean 100% satisfaction guarantee. Bought my wife a Rugged Ridge parka last January. I must say I was concerned about the reviews on the parka's zippers. Low and behold, after a month the zipper broke.
Spring came and we put the jacket away. Now that it is getting cold again, my wife needed a new jacket. Looked online and saw the new parka. I exchanged the old jacket for a new parka.
The zipper has been replaced with a metal zipper for this year. Customers should note that there are Rugged Ridge parkas on sale now that have the old plastic zipper. I would be concerned about buying the sale items.
The new jacket is the same high quality parka of old, except there does appear to be some slight alterations in length and possibly the sleeves.
November 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby LLBeanWI Wonderful parka - sleeves are too short
I ordered this parka in Elderberry color, This is in many ways a wonderful parka. The color is gorgeous. It is very WARM. It has a lot of nice pockets and fits well overall. I really wanted to love this parka and kept it for a while hoping I could forget its one drawback: the sleeves are TOO SHORT. They need to be 1-2 in longer. 2inches would make it perfect. I am really so disappointed to have to send this back. This parka would have had 5 stars (and more) if the sleeves had been longer. I am sad to see it go, but it is going back to LL Bean and I'll have to look elsewhere for a winter jacket.
November 4, 2013