Rated 1 out of 5áby kayscomment If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
I had bought my first Bean rain jacket at the home store while vacationing in Maine 5 years ago and LOVED it, but the material became worn on the sleeve, and I exchanged it (per Bean's lifetime guarantee) for a new one. What a disappointment! The stowaway pocket on my old jacket was horizontal so it didn't pull down when something was inside it, and it was set higher inside the jacket making it easier to access and still stay dry. On the new jacket, I find the collar to be bulky feeling around my neck when the hood is stowed and too high against the back of my neck to truly be comfortable with the hood out. The rip stop pockets on my old jacket were much better than the mesh also; I have found the mesh pockets to get caught on key rings and jewelry. Also, the pockets now zip up rather than down allowing water to get in easier, and without the rip stop inside the pockets, the water goes right through. The new jacket seems to be about 4"-6" shorter than my original; the new one comes to about mid hip whereas the old one fell just below my hip covering my rear end... more like a parka. The zipper on the new model tends to catch on the material inside the jacket when zipping it closed, AND my original jacket had a yolked back and vents under the arms to allow for better ventilation while keeping me dry. Far too many changes, and NOT for the better!
July 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby AliOpps Gorgeous and Truly Waterproof
The Cherry color is a gorgeous bright pink tone and am so pleased with the fit (XS, Petite fits perfectly with being 5'2). I like that it isn't a thick jacket and can be layered if needed, but walking around a campus or at work this coat keeps me dry :)
March 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby gitter Rain jacket
This is the second one I have purchased. Love them both but the most recent one needs to have a two way zipper as others have recommended. It would make it much more comfortable while sitting. Very comfortable and packs easily. Like the improvement of the soft collar lining against the neck, good one there. The hood fits me perfect which is unusual as most hoods come forward too far for me and are blinding. Overall a great jacket but I deducted a star because of the lack of a two way zipper.
March 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Trabehasko Feels good to be dry!
I've been looking for a jacket to keep me dry that I can layer if needed and this one is perfect! I usually buy small and the small for this jacket looks good worn by itself yet is roomy enough for a fleece layer without feeling restrictive. I selected the teal shadow color and it's just right, too. This jacket is everything I expected: lightweight, comfy and I'm dry!
January 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby DataCzar Good value for the price
I tried both Stowaway and the Pathfinder jackets at an LL Bean retail store before deciding on the Stowaway. Truth be told, I just got it a few weeks ago and haven't had much opportunity to wear it, but here's my feedback: I found the Stowaway fabric more substantial and I thought the zippers were better constructed. If you intend to layer, I recommend getting a size larger. In my case, a medium would have fit but been snug with a bulky sweatshirt or fleece. (This comment applies to both the Stowaway and Pathfinder.) The Stowaway misses the 5-star range because the Pathfinder had an additional pocket, and pockets always seem to be in short supply in women's clothing. My aquamarine jacket is really kind of a green/blue, like teal. Finally, both have a "noise problem," as I suspect all GoreTex products do. While I can see this as a problem if you're birding or attending the opera, I suspect it's not a deciding factor of many of us.
December 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby BeachLoverinDelaware Great Jacket!
To be honest, I wasn't sure about this jacket because it was "noisey". It's been over a year and I have to admit that the noise has subsided and it has quickly become my favorite jacket. The Velcro closing is a nice touch to quickly close the jacket...especially for my arthritic hands that have difficulty with snaps. It always looks good and packs well. You'll love it!
November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby domom will keep you dry
Bought this to replace the one I bought 12 years ago. Wore that one all the time, and eventually it was no longer waterproof. This is almost the same, but there are 2 differences I do not care for.
1. hood is stowaway now. This is a rain jacket, how often will you wear it and not use the hood? When the hood is out but you are not wearing it, the collar stands a little funny.
2. Stowaway pocket is now vertical and not horizontal, so the mesh fabric of it is pulled down by gravity and it benches a bit. It seems like it should be tacked to stay up, but then of course you could not fold the jacket into it.
October 17, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5áby DaleIsInNorway Sub-standard gortex stowaway jacket (woman's)
My third stowaway jacket since the 1980's. Ok-models change, BUT: no two-way zipper, Velcro closures not snaps, material is stiffer, inside pocket inconveniently located so back pack belt/dog belt must be undone, pockets no longer lined with rip-stop nylon and flaps over pocket are on bottom so less protection against rain. Enough said? Oh, and the "royal blue" is more dark blue. Nothing "royal" about it.
September 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby quesolover This jacket is amazing.
I hiked up a waterfall and remained dry. I stayed perfectly comfortable in 50+ mile an hour winds, hanging off a ravine, with water gushing down. I sweat much more than the average woman, but this wicked my sweat and kept me dry. Staying dry is really important to me with rain gear, I don't want to sweat buckets in rain gear, cause whats the point of using it, I may as well get rained on:). I'm impressed with how comfortable and dry I stayed. Even in rock climbing, no tears, it's very durable. Packs down small and light. I will continue to purchase this jacket for athletic activities; sailing, hiking, backpacking, etc. I think it may be overkill if you are just wanting an everyday raincoat, unless your gonna be sweating like crazy. I use the trail model for everyday, but the stowaway goretex for sports. I purchased my usual L.L.Bean size. It fits perfectly. I will want to layer with it for late fall hikes. I'm a 34D, between a 38-39" bust, with a 29-30" waist, and I went with a Large. A medium also fit me, but it only would've fit a lightweight fleece under, like a fitness fleece and a thin tee. I wanted to fit a very heavy weight fleece under, in late Fall to early Winter, so I went with my usual size, it is sized for layering. I bought the Navy, a pretty Navy that matches other Navy's, but isn't so dark it doesn't go nice with black or Brown. If you do not want to layer, just want an everyday raincoat for summer over a tank or tee, maybe size down one size, I would've went with the Medium if I wanted it for spring/summer only.
September 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby aprilkeefe Love it! Want in every color!
I love this jacket. I bought it after my roomie ordered the long version (which I also plan on buying soon) and I do not regret it! I got the cherry, which is a gorgeous color (more pink than the name suggests) and with the Gore-Tex, it is truly a waterproof coat. It's perfect for a college campus when you don't want to lug an umbrella around. It fit true to size and I'd definitely recommend it!
August 29, 2013