Rated 2 out of 5áby JerZBeaner Great jacket! FIX THE ZIPPER, PLEASE!
I have bought plenty of LL Bean products over the years, and this is my third Stowaway. I love the way it fits, looks and protects against the elements. But the new zippers - up the front, and on all three pockets - are impossible to use without some considerable degree of effort with both hands. It seems the zipper teeth get caught on the material so I am always struggling to open and close the darn things. While I am a big fan of the Stowaway, I would not recommend spending $200 for this product until the zipper is fixed.
December 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5
áby BobM10 Probelm with Zipper
Longtime fan of LL Bean?s merchandise, 100?s of satisfactory products and service over the years. Was surprised to have a problem with the zipper on the Stowaway Jacket with Gore-Tex. The interlocking teeth of the zipper are constantly getting snagged on the inside material. If you look at the attached picture you can see the snag. The problem is inside and only on one side where the material (noted by the arrows) is edged very close to the teeth and jams inside the slider. The occurrence is so frequent I had to return the jacket. LL Bean actually sent me a replacement to test but this seems to be a design flaw since the replacement experienced the same problem. Other reviewers have noted this as well. I do hope LL Bean can remedy this problem because the rest of the jacket is awesome and I would purchase immediately.
Note: their Pathfinder Rain Jacket does not seem to have the zipper problem when I tested at the store. I may give that model a try although the material is a bit stiffer than the Gore-Tex. Hope this helps
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Montanero I always count on LL Bean quality
I bought this jacket as a replacement for my original "Stowaway" jacket that I bought at least 15 years ago. It held up well but was beginning to show signs of wear. The replacement is a slightly different design, particularly in the hood. I like the new map chest pocket, the nicer zipper and sense of high quality overall. The fit is perfect with adequate room for layering.
The only downside is that the fabric makes an irritating noise as one walks, the original did not do that and Im hoping it will disappear as it wears a bit.
November 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby toedancer2014 great jacket
easy transaction and great seller.
November 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
áby BigJiminME Awesome jacket
This past June I participated in a 180 mile 3 day bike ride here in Maine. The first day was a 70 mile ride and it rained and rained all day long. However, I had my trusty Stowaway Jacket and I not only stayed warm and dry but I stayed comfortable as the jacket breathed and wicked away my perspiration!! I couldn't have finished that ride without this coat!!
November 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby emt911 Bad News Zipper
I like the jacket concept - GorTex, light weight, relatively quiet. Lg is good fit for me (6'2", 175#).
HOWEVER, the zipper is very sub-standard for an LL Bean product. I bought the jacket even after reading the many reviews re the zipper sticking. Next time I will pay more attention the reviews and not just hope my purchase will be different. The zipper gets caught on the left hand inner flap at the very bottom, about 1/3 of the way up, and near the top.
I ended up rolling the flap back and hand sewing it down. Didn't expect to get a "do it yourself" product from Bean. May get a little wet in the zipper area, but at least I will be able to get the jacket on in time to keep the rest of me dry.
November 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TomSF Outstanding water protection
Outstanding water protection excellent fit seems sturdy
One major negative is how noisy it is. Second minor negative is no underarm/ side vents with zippers for better temperature control
Number of pockets good but not the best in the market.
Overall excellent product!
November 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Colorman Great coat but....
I should have heeded the review regarding the zipper issues. It sticks in several places (in the lower third and about mid chest). I gave this coat a 4 star because the coat does perform well and the stow a away in it's own pocket feature is nice. I have been wearing LL Bean products since the early 1950's and I trust them to remedy the zipper problems in the next release of this jacket.
November 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby TQL6 Suggestion for a better jacket
I like the jacket and I would like to suggest:
1. the stowaway pocket SHOULD be made of the same goreTex material as the jacket. Currently the fine mesh material used is too FRAGILE therefore subject to TEAR and WEAR.
The size of the pocket could be 15% large to accommodate the jacket better. It would be nice not to have a bulky stowaway once the jacket is folded inside.
Thanks for reading this suggestion. A long-time customer
October 31, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby slammedspaniel Zipper got stuck at the top
I love LL Bean. I've bought its products for almost 30 years. I've never written a review of an LL Bean product. However, difficulties with the zipper on my raincoat prompts me to warn other potential buyers. The zipper repeatedly got stuck at the neckline when I tried to raise it. Otherwise, the jacket was great. I wanted to keep it.
October 29, 2014