Rated 3 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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
Rated 2 out of 5 by StillGettingWet Very Disappointed
I bought this jacket despite the fact that it doesn't have a two-way zipper. Big mistake. And, after wearing it a few times, I finally gave in and decided to take it back. I just couldn't deal with having to unzip it to get into the car while standing in the pouring rain. Also, not being able to unzip it at the bottom to give a little more flexibility while walking, was irritating - particularly since the jacket was oddly narrow. I'm not a particularly big person and i felt very constricted in the medium (I often wear a small in jackets). I'm sorry because i loved the yellow color, the length of the jacket and how waterproof it is. This was meant to be my rainy-day dog-walking jacket, and I'm back to wearing an old short jacket (but with a two-way zipper) from Beans from many years ago. Please please put a two-way zipper in this jacket and i will definitely buy it!!
April 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OutdoorsAllDay Windproof, Nice Length, Attractive
I was really looking for a longish and lightweight windbreaker more than a raincoat - and this coat is perfect. Because of its length (comes to just above my knee in medium - I'm 5'6"), its completely windproof fabric, and the light lining, this coat fulfills my wishes perfectly. I wasn't looking for fashion, but it's a nice-looking coat. I haven't had the problems other reviewers have mentioned, i.e., the need for a two-way zipper. I've driven in the coat, and ridden a bike - with no problem. The sleeves are roomy and plenty long enough, and the hood fits very nicely. I got the Bright Royal Blue - and like it very much - it's dark blue with a hint of purple. The coat is roomy enough to wear over a fleece jacket, so I've worn it for walks at 40° and been comfortable.
April 25, 2013