Rated 4 out of 5 by Summerwindnc Toasty, waterproof,perfect for the Coldest weather
This coat allows you to venture out in the worst weather snug and dry. Unlike other down coats, you have room to wear a warm sweater, or fleece as it is not snuggly fitted.
Down inside the hood will keep you warm, deep fit allows for a knitted hat to layer up for the best protection from the worst weather winter has to deliver.
February 16, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by sorryinohio Disappointed in Ohio
I do not write many reviews about products that I purchase online. However, I feel this coat needs a review to warm other would-be buyers not to purchase this coat if they are looking for a really warm coat. I purchased this coat right before Christmas. I had looked for a new down coat for over 2 years to replace one that had gotten quite ratty-looking. Unfortunately, I did not read very many reviews on this coat and thinking because it was from LL Bean of which I have always heard good things about, I thought it would be the perfect coat for me. It was rated one of LL Bean's warmest coats. Upon receiving it, and pulling it out of the box and trying it on, there were several features about the coat that I was not really happy with. The fabric was stiff, I did not like the 2 way zipper because it was difficult to get started, I did not like the elastic pulls all over the coat, I didn't like the fact that the fur zipped off, although I loved the fur; and it wasn't the most stylish of coats, but it felt as if it would keep me warm and that was the main objective. We get very cold temperatures here in Ohio and I needed a very warm coat. When I first wore the coat in January, my arms got a little chilly but I wanted to give the coat a chance, so I continued to wear it. However, when the temps dropped into the teen, single digits and then below zero, I nearly froze in this coat. I got out my old ratty coat and compared it and it was so much warmer. I then read a lot of the reviews on this coat to see if I was the only one that was having this problem with this coat and discovered that the majority of the reviews stated that this coat did not keep them warm. I decided to send this coat back for a refund since it was an expensive coat and I really cannot afford to buy a coat that does not do the job I bought it for..
The only thing warm on this coat is the hood. And I do like the little flap on the hood that allows you to adjust it, front to back, for fit. But other than that, there really is nothing about this coat that makes it worth keeping and I would have to buy a new one next winter. Sorry, LL Bean, but you really dropped the ball in rating this coat one of your warmest.
March 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ConsumateShopper Big Bang for the Buck
This parka is a GREAT value. I shopped around and anything comparable starts at $600 and must be imported from Canada or Iceland, for instance. Yes, those brands might be a little more flattering. But if it is that cold out, my first priority is warmth. And this coat stood the test on a trip to Iceland in February. Sure, temperatures in the 20s and below with a wind chill might require you wear a wool sweater and long underwater. But come on'. It's winter. I would have given this a 5 Star review, but the fur is hideous. Going to more upscale ski resorts and in Nordic countries like Iceland...it is an embarrassment. And I would happily pay more for a real-fur (Racoon or Coyote) option. Luckily, the hideous fur zips off and you still have a warm (plain) hood. For anyone who wants a more artic-warm or less boxy style....you're looking at between $700 and $900. If you live in a climate that requires such an Expedition-quality parka...spend the money. (Also, those higher-priced brands are very narrow in the hips and even a large did not fit me upon a personal try-on. I am a U.S. size 12, and could not even zip them up.) So I suggest you put your money on the Baxter for cozy warmth and value if you are a frugal person -- and be happy about it. Because it is quite up to the job to about 0 degrees I would say (with layers underneath). P.S. I am a petite...and the fact that LL Bean offers this fit is a real godsend. Even if I could wear a more expensive brand, the sleeves were down to my knees.
February 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Googee Glad I purchased it.
I purchased the Men's State Parka in 2013 & purchased wife one in 2014. We have field tested these coats during this very cold NYC area winter. Delighted to say we have remained toasty even on the coldest days.
February 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by titansmom Warm!!
I bought this coat for walking the dog in cold weather and I love it! It fits perfectly. I live in Massachusetts and our winter has been extremely cold this year. The parts of me that are covered by the coat are never cold even with -12 temps and a wind chill that makes it feel like -25! I love the hood, it really keeps the wind out. I wear a petite size and the sleeves and length are just right.
February 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by PeggyJag Baxter State Parka #4
This is my fourth Baxter State Parka, because I love them and they are the warmest! This last one doesn't quite feel and stuffed with feathers. I do like the slippery lining as apposed to the fabric, which made it difficult to pull the coat down after riding in the car - nice change. Getting the zipper started is giving me some grief, so I hope I get better at that. I love the products and service.
February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NativeYankee Ideal for Iceland and horrid winters stateside
I'm originally from New England, but haven't lived there for several years, so I no longer owned any hefty winter coats when I planned a trip for Iceland. I knew I would need a serious jacket to keep warm over there and tried several on in the store. This one was a winner due to it's warmth, outershell that's water and windproof, and the length. I'm happy to report that after coming back from Iceland, this coat kept me warm and dry the entire time (combined with base and mid layers of course) and I saw all kinds of winter weather over there- 40-60mph wind gusts, rain, snow, sleet, and temps ranging from the mid 30s to low teens.
The jacket is also durable as I wore it in some unusual conditions (crawling about a lava tube, glacier hiking, etc) and it never tore or frayed. The detachable hood is nice- used it a lot over in Iceland but took it off for use back home.
Since coming back to the States, it's been even colder here than it was in Iceland, so it's come in darn handy when walking my dogs or shoveling out the car. This coat is a WINNER, which is good, because it's expensive, hah.
February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLbeanFalllover The BEST Winter Coat you will EVER own
We have had the worst winter in the North East since 1967 and I have never had a warmer coat in my life. NOT ONCE was I cold. I thought the coat was a bit pricey but after this winter I would pay at least $350 for the same coat and I live on Social Security but this was the best investment I have ever made. If you need OR want to be warm in bad weather THIS IS THE COAT TO BUY. Nothing comes close or ever will. The best money I ever spent in my life. It's a 10 star coat
PS I bought mine in Sept and they were sold out in Oct. If your going to buy one do it in late summer or you will never get one
February 17, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by agiraffe Not what I expected
The navy heather does not look like the color in the picture. It's more of a dull grey in person. The fur trim was sparse, flat, & looked very cheap; It doesn't look like it belonged on a $249 coat. The arms were way too short. The hand pockets were placed too low. I knew there wasn't going to be much shape, but it was boxier than I expected. It might be a warm coat, but everything else is so disappointing that I'm definitely going to return it.
February 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MtGoat33 The best coat I've ever owned
I was so pleased to find this coat has everything I was looking for. It's warm, waterproof, breathable, long (but not too long), and looks nice. The removable fur on the hood makes it easy to go from outdoorsy/rugged to stylish in seconds. It is perfect for skiing, shoveling, and playing during the cold and snowy New England winter.
February 11, 2015