Rated 2 out of 5áby NYCBeanBabe Very sad...
What a nice looking vest. Really! It looks fabulous on me with my LLbean cord skirt and sweater. Ha! I bought this at full price as my old vest was shredding apart and I got tired of looking for suitable bargains. Sadly, I did not realise even though I had seen some of the reviews how useless it was, so I ordered a medium thinking (unwisely) that it would be roomier. How disappointing. Even without a thin sweater, if I want to reach the inside, presumably safer pocket that does not cover my phone completely, I would need to unzip and unbutton the vest. The slash pockets are indeed too narrow to easily get your hand in or out of. The inside pockets are too narrow, placed too low, shallow and the safety of the velcro is lost for anything larger than a few cards. If I took it off with my cell inside and wasn't careful it would fall out. Actually I know this as it did fall out. The outside pockets are too shallow for my phone to be safe except for the patch pockets but then I have an issue when I bend over and my phone jabs me. The lower patch pockets are barely gusseted so that the lens cleaning cloth creates a lump in a pocket that is too flat to look okay with a lump and it gets tangled in anything put in the pocket. I forgot it was there and put in change for the bus since the side pockets are so narrow as to be a joke and pulled out the cloth for my glasses and all the change went everywhere. I am not sure where I am supposed to put my glasses without them getting scratched since the upper pockets are shallow as well.There may be eleven pockets but in name only. Yes, if I don't put keys or my slender card case and my folded bills (money) and my reading glasses anywhere in the vest, I look swell. It is a miracle of bad design. Looking good with poor function is not good design. I got a medium for a thicker sweater and a handy place for things when I go shopping. I am 5'1' and 138 lbs with a small, pear shaped frame. My weight is coming down but this vest will never work even if I weighed far less which is too bad. I have tried, believe me. Did I mention the short side vents? I could go on but it will be easier to just return it. I may try a man's small but I will read the reviews most carefully.
October 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby earlablue L.L. Bean Traveler Vest
I conceal carry so this vest is a great asset. It doesn't wrinkle heavily so I don't have to worry how I look if I just throw it on and run out for an errand. I'm really glad I purchased this vest! A great investment.
October 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Chatty13 Meets my needs
After considering several travel vests, I chose the Bean vest as it appeared to be the best suited for my needs. It has secure pockets on the outside as well as interior pockets. Some I looked at had pockets in inconvenient places or they were overkill with too many pockets for my purpose. Also, it is a good fit. I plan to use it while traveling but also for everyday errands.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby MissOxnard Traveler vest, both men and women
The vest is very well constructed with many, many pockets.
It was extremely hot to wear in hot climate, even thought it is made with breathable cotton and had a mesh backing. Perhaps a lighter weight sturdy fabric can be substituted for the cotton.
I would have preferred two fewer outside pockets and two more inside pockets. Unfortunately, pickpocketers are so skilled that they can unzip or unbutton pockets with ease, so outside pockets are not safe for valuables.
Fewer outside pockets in the women model would look more streamline.
September 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby PecosDolly Nice Vest - Not for Me
This seems like a very nice, well-made vest. The fit was very loose. The pics online make it look more fitted than it is and I returned it because of that.
September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Gavismom My second vest
I found the Traveler Vest in green earlier in the year. I wear many vests and wanted something lighter for spring and cool summer days. The vest is well made and perfect for many purposes, not just traveling. I bought a second vest in khaki, as I couldn't find anything else I liked as well!
July 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Valleygirl Fabric is too heavy for the Serengeti
I wanted a vest with lots of pockets for an African safari last February but this version was just too heavy and hot. Space was at a premium in my carry-on luggage as some of our flights on small planes in Tanzania only had room for carry-ons, and this was too bulky to merit taking up space at the expense of necessities. I may use this in the fall for hiking in North America, but it just does not work on the Serengeti. That said, I saw a photo of Princess Catherine wearing a similar vest and thought it made a functional fashion statement!
May 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby SophiasGrammie Zipper needs rethinking
This is a nice vest for outdoor activities. I don't really see myself using it as a travel vest because of the zipper issues. The zipper doesn't unzip from the bottom which you need for sitting. At the very least, if the zipper wasn't sewn down to the bottom, ie: vent at the bottom of the zipper, that would help. Some deep side vents would be welcome, too.
May 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby LaWho Great vest
Great fit, very feminine. Am tired of carrying a purse and this vest has lots of pockets.
April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby KerryyrreK Wonderful travel vest!
I have had this vest on Dark Loden for a year, and I absolutely love it. It is very nice fabric, well made and very well thought out. There are lots of secure pockets, but the vest still looks nice and not too bulky or frumpy. Pockets for cash, credit cards, phone, tickets, lip gloss, camera, just about anything one might need in travel. I also wear it when at home, walking my doggies, room for the necessary p**p bags! It may be a bit too warm in very hot climates, but fine in just about anything else. The side buttons give a little shaping that helps this look great. I give this an A+ LLBean!
April 9, 2014