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 5 out of 5 by saw716 Nice and warm
I live in Upstate NY and wanted the warmest possible winter parka with down insulation and a flattering but roomy fit. I found through trial and error, that a down coat with exterior puffy channels was not the best look for me or for most people unless they are stick thin. I searched every retail source for the warmest parka that would still be flattering and decided to purchase the Baxter State parka. I appreciate that the jacket is cut large enough in the chest/shoulders/arms so that you can easily layer it over sweaters, and that it is warm and also waterproof. I also like that I have the choice to leave the jacket boxy looking or to cinch in the waist a bit. Because I am overweight, I leave it boxy but even so, it is still attractive and I don't feel like I look like a refrigerator. I am 5'2"/165# with hourglass figure and the Petite Large fits very well. The cons -- the faux fur collar quality.. parka length..and creeping zipper. The fur collar is essential because it helps block wind and snow. The quality needs to be improved for a jacket this price. The fur collar was matted right out of the box. So, I used a slightly damp cloth to rough it up, then fluffed it up as much as possible with my hands to make it look better. The hood is nice and warm and I've used it a lot this winter. You can snug it around your head without it being too tight and it doesn't fall over your eyes. The fur ruff should be longer to extend along more of the hood and to shape nicely around - unfortunately it doesn't. I would be happier if the parka was 2-3" longer. I do not have a long torso and the parka length when standing is mid-hip. Like a man's parka, I believe that a woman's parka should be thigh length. There is extremely little jacket length that reaches under your rear when sitting. This is a problem when riding in a cold car. The two way zipper stays closed unless you purposely unzip it. However it creeps up just a mere fraction when sitting so that when you stand and try to unzip the jacket, you cannot successfully unzip the jacket until the zipper is totally closed at the bottom. The zipper operates very well once it is fully closed. If people are having trouble operating the zipper, that's probably the reason why. It would be great if LL Bean would post the product specific dimensions so customers debating the proper size could compare dimensions against their own unique physique. I received these dimensions for the Baxter State parka from Bean's customer services (they aren't posted): Petite Large sleeve=33 1/2..ctr back=29 1/4..chest=49..sweep=50. Petite Medium sleeve=33..ctr back=28 3/4..chest=46..sweep=47. I had ordered the PL but considered returning it for the PM until I compared jacket dimensions. It then became an easy decision to keep the PL and to not waste my time ordering a different size. I would like to see the jacket offered in deep loden, dk. brown, and charcoal grey. Black and jewel tone colors are nice, but I think this is a great product and should be offered in additional colors. Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend this product. Thank you LL Bean for making my winter more bearable!
March 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Constructionsite I would recommend with reservations!
I have had many Baxter State parkas over the years. I was thrilled last year when Bean came out with a waterproof outer shell. I was totally disappointed the first time (and since) I was out on a windy day and the wind went right through the hood where it attaches to the jacket. There is no insulation (or nowhere near enough) around the zipper area! Please, Bean, keep this front-and-center in your designer's minds when you all revisit changes (improvements!) to this coat!! Thank you.
March 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Yooper62 Great cold weather coat
I have had this coat for about 3 months and it got me through one of the coldest Michigan winters on record. I took my dog to the windy dog park almost every day and the outer material helped repel the snow and block the bitter wind. The inside kept me nice and warm and I used the hood every day. Length of coat was great and I liked the zipper that would open at bottom if needed. I read all of the reviews and looked at a lot of other coats before I purchased this. I agree with the other LLBean reviews here - the arm length needs to be at least an inch or two longer, but I did like the inner cuff. The faux fur around the collar wasn't great, but I could ignore that since the hood blocked out the cold so well. I mostly wore a hat under the hood when I was out due to the cold temps.
The coat was stiff when I first got it, but after a few weeks of wear loosened up. I purchased a Women's Large, and was wondering if perhaps I should have tried an XL, as the inside, upper arm / chest area was a tad tight. The coat fits better when I wear only light or mid-weight clothing under it, like a long sleeve tee or microfiber fleece. I'm 5' 6", and wear a 38-40C bra, carrying more extra weight on my upper body, if that helps you understand the fit. I didn't want to swim in the coat, so got the L, and it fits well everywhere else. I would not wear this coat for heavy exercise, like snowshoe or x-country ski, since it is heavy and bulky, but for the dog park, snow blowing driveway, getting some firewood, or a short/slower walk in 25 degree or under, it was perfect! I tested it to about -15*. Also, I liked all of the pockets, including inside pockets; which seemed to be well placed and fit the function; i.e. carried keys, sm. wallet, tissues, phone, dog treats, and warmed hands, etc. Really like the outer shell material; more durable, and not likely to tear if you brush against briars while walking in woods. Liked the inside material, too - doesn't get hung up on your clothing fabric. Overall, glad I got this, and good for its purpose, but still wear a lighter down coat for warmer temps and when I am more active.
March 18, 2015
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