Rated 1 out of 5 by TravelClock Changes Made Did Not Improve the Product.
I do not like the design and material changes that were made to the stowaway rain jacket from the previous model for the following reasons. Mine was bought about three years ago. I was going to order a new model but customer service said that no changes have been to the product that would address my concerns.
1. The front zipper placket is not as firm. Consequently the zipper gets caught in the material behind the zipper when zipping up especially near the neck or where there are bends in the material.
2. The velcro closures are difficult to close compared to the buttons used previously. They are too small and difficult to find and line up.
3. The slide closures on the hood do not hold their positions. The push-button type used previous held their position.
4. The side vertical opening of the stowaway pocket is not easy to access to put things in compared to the horizontal top opening used previously.
Will these design and material issues be addressed in a new model? If so, when will it be available? Do the people who make design and material decisions read these reviews?
September 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Thefishman great wind breaker, not waterproof
Stowaway jacket is a great wind breaker. But, in anything but light rain, it leaks through. On cold days this is a problem. The jacket is light weight and comfortable to fish in.
September 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Grandfuzzy Zipper issue
Comfort, fit waterproof was all great but zipper gets stuck in a couple of places. Otherwise 5 stars
September 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Delcust Zipper issues
My wife and I got the jacket and we are both quite happy with them. The men's jacket, however, has an issue with the zipper. There is a strip of fabric in front of the zipper that continues to catch in the zipper when I try to zip it up or down. This is annoying. I called LL Bean and a representative told me that he hasn't heard this complaint before. So he agreed to send me another jacket and I returned the first one. The second jacket also has the sticking problem, but not as bad. So, I think I will keep it, since I like everything else about it. My wife has had no problem at all with her jacket.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MAinNJ well worth it
I needed some rain gear for a trip to Alaska this summer. The design kept me dry and worked great with a fleece underneath. The layers worked much better than folks wearing winter jackets in the rain.
August 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FluffyinVA Great jacket!!!!!
Item was delivered promptly and much quicker than expected. Jacket was a perfect fit and looked stunning on my friend.
August 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RLo1 Great Jacket
I'm 6'3" and 200 (chest 43") so I wasn't sure which size to get. I ended up getting the large-tall, which was perfect. I've had no trouble with the zipper. There is an additional vertical outside pocket over the chest near the zipper, so three outside pockets in all, not counting the inside storage pocket which has been displayed. I plan to use this jacket for 3 seasons in Idaho. I have a winter coat with a zip in fleece so I won't need to wear this coat when it gets cold. I've used Gore-tex before so I'm confident this coat will keep me dry.
August 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LeicaMike All the amenities...
My old Gore-Tex parka disappeared and I was force to replace it. The new one has all the amenities that the old one lacked. It is more comfortable (especially the nice collar), lighter in weight, and I got it in red to be visible on the road in an emergency. Summer rain protection can be a problem. This is the solution.
July 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Runner123 Zipper Must Be Upgrade or Lose a Customer
Why is the zipper always getting stuck at the neck? Not the first Bean coat to have a zipper that is cheap that destroys the coat.. The most frustrating and predictable place were the zipper gets stuck is a few inches below the chin. The longer version of the coat the zipper gets stuck at the bottom. With all the bad reviews about the zipper not sure why LL BEAN wouldn't just fix the zipper issues
July 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Eugeria Good for all but salt water
Generally really like this jacket. Durable, light, good Gore-tex, but the zippers are metal and corrode if they get wet from salt water.
June 4, 2014