Rated 3 out of 5áby 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 5áby 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
Rated 3 out of 5áby lijm Well built, but too short in the body
I've purcahsed and been extremely happy with LLBean Gore Tex jackets since Gore Tex first came out on the market (1990's?#. I bought this edition last summer to replace an older coat #at least five years old) that I left on an airplane. For the first time, they cut this coat substantially shorter. Prior versions hung well below the waist, nearly to the hip socket. This meant that my rear end kept dry even in very heavy rain. The current version barely hangs over the waist of my pants, which means a wet rear end. What's the point of a gore tex rain coat? The sleeve length is still plenty long, they've only shortened the body.
I could get the extra long version, but those are too long and take up too much space. I spoke to a customer service person and she said all their coats are now cut this length. So, this appears to be a considered design change, not just an oversight.
Maybe I am out of step, but I definitely prefer the longer waist. First, it keeps my rear end dry in the rain. Second, the added length let me carry a backpack or messenger bag under the jacket in a storm without exposing my torso. Third, the added length made the jacket very flexible for travel because I could wear a heavy fleece and again, the jacket still hung low enough to protect my torso. I managed several hikes and trips to northern climates in winter with only a heavy fleece and this jacket.
While I am ranting, I'll also note that the new collar is too heavy. Makes the jacket unncessarily bulky, in my #admittedly, probably not humble) opinion. I take this jacket for rain and wind protection. If I need warmth, I'll pack additional stuff.
My suggestions. I don't know if the LLBean folk review comments from codgery crackpots or not.
May 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby jiw71 poor fit & inferior zipper
First I purchased the "trail rain jacket". (I have a review on this jacket also) I was very disappointed in the Trail jacket with both the waterproofness and breathability. So I decided to "double down" my money and purchase a supposedly better quality jacket. Out of the package the fit was horrible - bulky, shoulder pull and baggy sleeves. Went to zip it up and the zipper stuck just below my neck. I never could get the zipper to zip all the way up. After struggling with the zipper to get it to come down I finally succeeded. Back in the original package and off to the post office to return. About 5 minutes total with this jacket. (By the way, because I live in Canada, I'm responsible for the return shipping costs. So returning both these jackets cost me $25.00 total...............and nothing to show for it. Now the wait is on for my refund.
May 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Ventures Zipper
Why is zipper tech so retrograde in the 21st Century? Not the first Bean coat to sabotage its worth by a balking zipper. I bought it a year ago and have used it infrequently on two continents. Graphite on the zipper teeth does little. $189 and a plastic zipper. The most frustrating and predictable balk is a few inches below the chin, where warmth is most coveted in rain. Coat's design otherwise effective. Hood is medium depth. I prefer deeper for a foul weather garment..
April 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Jaga Waterproof
Bought this jacket in the winter to wear over my jacket to keep me dry. It kept me very dry. Now it's warming up and it's very light so it's good for warm wet weather. It's breaths well enough to were during the summer. This is my first goretex coat and I love it.
April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby LetItRain913 Truly a Waterproof Coat - An Excellent Garment
Recently, I decided that I should walk to work and back each day. It's an hour each way. To deal with the rainy days I began a search for a waterproof rain coat and pants. I've had other rain coats and pants that leaked around the seams and wouldn't really keep me dry.
Today, I was able to test this Gore-Tex Stowaway Jacket and Gore-Tex pants and I can confirm they definitely kept me dry. The coat itself is very light, the design must be well thought out for it to perform the way it did today, the seams are extremely well constructed. They don't leak at all. The hood tucks away around the collar so when you don't need it, it is out of the way. I am very impressed with the design and manufacturing of this coat. It certainly has surpassed my expectations and it was a pleasure to walk home in the rain today. I was completely dry when I arrived at my destination.
Thanks LLBean, you have provided the garment I was looking for, need and wanted. This jacket combats the rain better than any jacket I have ever worn. I am more than confident that this coat will stand up to the heaviest of rain.
March 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby MInCincy Nice but a little short.
I read the reviews that said this jacket was a little short and ordered the tall version. I'm glad I did. The tall seems just right. Great in the early spring time wind and rain.
March 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Manhattoe Nice jacket, but be careful
I purchased this in yellow/gold and wish I had gotten a darker color. The light color shows dirt quickly and it's difficult to get it clean once stained. This leads to more frequent washing and,over time, the jacket has definitely changed color, becoming less vibrant.
March 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby sparkoo no double zipper is a bummer
I have an older model of this jacket with the double zipper which I find to be a necessity and was very bummed with the new version which is shorter - unhappily and has no double zipper.Boo hoo. Beans is usually very good a not messing with success so the shortened length and single zipper are unhappy changes that will make me take even better care of the old model. The newer model is not an all year round jacket like the old model can be with enough clothes under it. I'm disappointed.
March 13, 2014