Rated 5 out of 5áby Ouzel Nice lightweight raincoat
The medium petite size is just right for me (5'4"). I got this in cherry so it would be visible on rainy days. I have had difficulty with L.L.Bean's two-way zippers in the past, so I'm happy that the zipper on this coat is one-way. There's a snap at the top and one at the bottom; the other fasteners are hook-and-loop, which add to the coat's light feel. I like that the hood folds into the collar. Because of our drought I haven't had a chance to wear it in the rain yet, but I'm sure it'll be fine.
November 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby 2Fancy Love my coat!
This coat is everything I expected. It replaces my 15-yr-old Gore-Tex raincoat, also purchased from LLBean. I do have to say that I miss the 2-way zipper that my old one had, but so far I've not found it to be a major problem.
This coat keeps me dry, there's no body-heat condensation on the inside, and it's light as a feather. And I LOVE the Cherry color; very cheerful and easily seen by motorists as I'm walking along my country road.
I know LLBean probably doesn't want to hear this, but I'm hoping this new coat lasts as long as my old one! :)
November 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby chmherri Nice coat, but zipper upgrade needed!
This coat is a very nice quality, but because the zipper is not two way, or there are not zippable side flaps, I felt like a cannoli when sitting down with the coat on. The price point dictates this coat should have ALL the bells and whistles!
April 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Webfootgal Glad I Didn't Spend My Coupons
L.L. Bean is my default for active wear, as I think they offer good value and the convenience of petite sizes. I already own two well-used old Bean Gore-Tex jackets, including one around thirty years old. It's about as good as the day I bought it, even though it's had a lot of "disrespect." But I was looking for a breathable coat-length I could grab for speedy walks without having to bother with rain pants. I had high hopes for the Stowaway but it just didn't fit the bill for me.
This coat is well-made and very light. I would have preferred something more substantial, but for travelers it's convenient to have an almost weightless full-featured waterproof garment. The sleeves were not too long, which has been more of a problem lately with some Bean petite items I've purchased. The fit was generous in my regular MP, allowing room for layering and a comfortable fit in the shoulders.
But the coat missed in two regards. First, I had terrible trouble with the mesh lining. I just could not adjust it over my clothing so that the coat hung straight at the bottom. In fact, I guessed it might have been defective. If that were the only issue, I would have just exchanged it, but the lack of a two-way zipper was a deal-breaker for me.
How tall a person is may make a difference, but I'm only 5'2" so the zipper extended down far enough to impede my stride. I felt as if I were walking in a kimono and it was a continual frustration. I seem to remember the Stowaway used to have a two-way zipper and why it's been eliminated I cannot imagine.
Sadly, this coat just didn't work for me. I need the breathability of Gore-Tex or comparable product, so I'll either have to resign myself to a jacket and rain pants combination or wait to see if next season's model is more suitable.
April 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby Stop100 Too tight
Coat needs a two way zipper or a slit on each side along the bottom hem. It's difficult to get into my car with the coat zippered I have to pull the coat up to swing my leg in the drivers seat.
April 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby WendySue it's ok
The jacket probably performs well under water but it's too noisy, shiny, and expensive... it's also shapeless (boxy). It doesn't even have a double zipper. I found another one with the competitors at about the same price and it looks much nicer and doesn't make the dreaded noise.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby smalltownprofessional .....a keeper
I read the reviews and must admit I was concerned about the two way zipper complaints and comments about the velcro versus snaps, noisy fabric, boxy cut etc,.....
I ordered it in black, then saw it on sale in the stainless steel (light grey) and thought that the light color might be better for my planned trip to Florida. It never occurred to me that I might be tempted to keep both when I ordered the light grey. But the cut is flattering, and will allow a heavy sweater for cooler weather. It packs into it's own little pocket pouch. As a deal-breaker, I packed the black up in the pouch just to see how it would look when I unfurled it from its scrunchball....it was a little wrinkled at first but not bad. A perfect traveler that will span seasons with its layering capacity, hood, and waterproof goretex.
January 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby thepennypincher Little oversized
This is a bit large on me. I always order x-large, but this is very large on me. When I walk this keeps me dry.
I could wear two large sweaters under this. Will be ordering the size large in the stowaway gortex jacket. Hopefully it won't be so big.
This is made well. A bit overpriced though.
October 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby Rainrshine Not for hiking
Where's the old Stowaway with the wonderful 2 way zipper and fabulous deep pockets inside and out? You can't stash water bottles and snacks in this version. Looks like LL Bean is removing quality design we used to count on.
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby SR2012 one improvement
This is a great raincoat for walking my dog, but a two way zipper would be helpful for sitting comfort. (Rainy day football games)
September 27, 2013