Rated 5 out of 5 by japperdog great fleece!!
I received this jacket as a gift almost ten years ago and have loved it from day one! Perfect for layering over a sweatshirt, under a jacket, or by itself. I will not go back to non windproof fleece after having this jacket. About three years ago I bought a windproof fleece from Duluth thinking that it would be a good second fleece to have when my bean one was in the wash. The Duluth one, I found to be infuriating to wear for doing barn chores (which was the reason I bought it!) hay and bedding sticks to their fleece like none other, which means I need to wash it after every wear! Ugh! Nothing sticks to beans fleece! Fantastic!! I bought another one just recently in a different color and was thrilled to find that the design has changed only ever so slightly in the past decade. The pockets are made of a different material and that is the only change. I would buy ten more of these jackets! Would love to see them come in a wider variety of colors
January 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shelbybiggirl Great
Have worn my jacket about five times so far. Each time it gets softer and softer. The fabric is kinda "spongy", I guess because of the waterproofing. The sleeves have enough room for my large upper arms which I really like. Even when I'm driving the sleeves aren't tight. The sleeves are long enough for me but if you consider yourself to have long arms don't purchase! The only thing I can criticize about this jacket is that the pockets are mesh inside. I would prefer the fabric inside the pockets instead so my hands could be warm whereas the mesh offers no warmth. Good length, not too long. Plan to order the teal color when I can. Hood is not bulky. Well made and looks expensive.
January 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by CarmenSandiego absolutely blocks wind!
I purchased the hooded Wind Challenger jacket in color Regatta Blue and size XS for a clearance price of $68.
The material is noticeably different from regular fleece: it's stiffer and makes a bit of noise. But neither is distracting and the jacket is still comfortable. Polartec Windbloc fabric is sturdy, mid-weight fleece that does indeed block the wind. As such, it feels warm, but may not be enough in very cold weather.
I like the elastic wrist cuffs and prefer it to a toggle closure. The zipper is sturdy with a large, grip handle. The pocket lining is white mesh when it should match the blue of my jacket. The mesh also lets wind thru if you leave your pockets unzipped. This is the only flaw in an otherwise perfect jacket.
I love my color?a deep, ocean blue with turquoise trim. The Polartec and L.L. Bean logos are the same dark blue color, so you're not a walking advertisement.
The cut is Bean's usual boxy cut, but this works for a wind-blocking fleece jacket. I'd say you can layer slim-fitting tops, but nothing bulky underneath.
In light rain I was completely dry?without an umbrella.
Overall, this functions as advertised and has a nice colorblock look. On sale, this was worth my purchase price. Highly satisfied customer!
December 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by LanieC My most favorite jacket ever
I love this jacket. It completely cuts the wind. It keep you warm but not overheated. When it's really chilly I put a sweater on underneath. It also repels that rain.
I did not give it five stars only because it attracts my white dogs fur and is impossible to remove even washing and the sticky roller. But I have just ordered another in a lighter color. Now I can never get a black dog!
October 19, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Lovingdc Going back
I really wanted to love this, but I just can't. Although the fit is fine, thanks for making a fleece that you can wear over regular clothes, the fabric is just awful. The hood is so stiff that it stands way out from my head. So, it will keep the elements away, except those that can get in through the open spaces...
I really wish Beanwould bring back some of the great fleeces they used to have that had elastic at the cuffs and bottom and you could wear as a jacket. It feels like they have just gone cheap.
October 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by zmissy Runs a little Big, comfortable, color beware!
I really like this jacket so far. It is very comfortable and I really like the hood. It seems like good quality. I was surprised by the color. I chose the green. It is bright lime green! Not the softer green I was expecting. I really wish they had more choices of colors.
July 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by smkhaury Best light jacket ever
It is thin, yet warm, and it breathes. The hood is very functional, and the pockets are equally good for warming your hands or carrying your keys, (they have zippers for security).
It is perfect for spring, fall, cool summer evenings, boat trips, camping, you name it! The material it is made of is almost miraculous!
My only beef is that the colors are so limited. I would LOVE to have this in pure white, to go with all my summer outfits, and pastels would be great also, especially if there were no contrast piping.
When this jacket is solid colored it looks nice enough to wear with a skirt or even a dress. I wore my black one to church today.
This jacket is the most used item in my entire wardrobe! It also washes well and looks good for years.
May 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mockturtle3 Perfect!
This jacket is exactly what I wanted! It blocks the wind, is warm and has a cozy hood. The bright green with navy trim is pretty and just what I expected. It's roomy, leaving a lot of layering space and yet the sleeves are just right in length for me. Wore it at the beach and it was ideal for the cool, windy weather on the Pacific NW coast.
May 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NeedToLookProfl Loved my first so much I got a second
Seemed like I never took off the black one I got a year ago, which still looks new. Got a second in a different color. Warm, windproof, casual alternative to a business blazer.
April 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Montanabeanfan REALLY BLOCKS WIND!
Of my MANY light weight coats and fleece jackets, this Wind Challenger is the BEST for blocking the wind. I live in one of the top 5 windiest places in the USA so I am fighting wind all the time. I am 5'4" 150 lbs. with a 38D chest so I wear a large. It's roomy enough for a sweater underneath, but is still OK with just a turtleneck. People who said it's stiff -- hey, that's the whole point -- this is a performance jacket, not a little cuddly fleecy sweater. Not warm? Again, this isn't meant to be a winter coat (that's why you buy the LL Bean Ridge Parka!). This coat keeps the wind out on a chilly to moderately cold day (20-60 degrees). It's great for going on walks, running to the grocery store, playing outside with kids or dogs, or as a layering piece on a hike. I also love the hood, pockets, and ability to tighten at the bottom, and that it repels water (even thought it's NOT a rain coat).
March 30, 2015