Rated 2 out of 5 by Kris2 Quality has gone down and fit has changed
My husband has had a few of these sweaters over the past several years. The quality has gone down considerably since his first purchase. He just received three new sweaters as replacements due to holes under the arm and in the neck. The fit of the new sweaters has changed for the worse. He wears a Medium Tall. The new sweaters fit great in the sleeve length but the body of the sweaters are HUGE. He swims in them which was never an issue previously. They fit much more like a sz L or XL. When you order a Medium Tall, you want a slender fit with long sleeve length. Unfortunately, these sweaters are going back. Such a disappointment.
October 24, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by qustr Fatally Flawed
I too have two of these sweaters wear small holes have appeared in the back and front.
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BigRed43 Light and lively
I haven't had this long enough to test other reviewers' claims about holes wearing through, but I very much like the thinness of the material. I run hot, and can almost never find a sweater that doesn't make me sweat in most overheated American buildings. This one layers perfectly over a t-shirt--and it's soft enough to wear next to the skin. "Dark kelly" is much brighter than it appears either online or in the catalogue, a very refreshing change from the much darker green typical in men's sweaters--perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
The fit is generous, which is fine by me, except the sleeves, which are a bit skimpy. Yes, I have long arms, but if you wanted to cuff these, forget it--even uncuffed, they barely cover my wrists. Bean touts the British mill for their wool, but I have a true British sweater from elsewhere with longer arms even after being cuffed.
A couple years ago I bought a "lambswool sweater" from Bean that was completely different--thicker, and almost too itchy to wear next to the skin. I hope they persist with this newer, better version.
January 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by DFuller Good quality overall
I own one of these in charcoal and wear it almost daily. The material is of excellent quality, used also by a well-known British sweater maker whose similar goods sell for twice the price (even if they're actually made in Madagascar). But I do wish that the cut were slimmer in the waist, for a dressy material like lambswool, to be more flattering and easier to layer with. And I can't understand why it isn't made with a saddle shoulder like the V-neck version, one of which I own in navy. It would be both more comfortable and more stylish that way.
To sum up: comfortable, good quality, adequate fit, would benefit from a saddle shoulder.
December 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Toddski Fatally Flawed
I've always liked these sweaters, and own several. As previous reviewers have noted, however, the quality is below expectations for a sweater at this price. In my experience, they develop small holes in unusual places (in the cuff, in the back, near the neck) where wear is minimal. This has occurred in every one of these I've owned. While they're very comfortable, be aware that they're really only good for one season.
November 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by AJOutdoors Poor quality
I am very disappointed in the quality of this sweater for the price and am returning it. The material is very, very thin and I don't believe it would last more than a couple of seasons compared to the other wool sweaters I own(or have owned in the past). It is more like a $20 sweater, not a $69 sweater, Disappointed that Bean would even sell it at this price.
This review is for the ;ambswool crewneck, not Buffalo (for some reason the system won't let me write a review for the exact product that I purchased) but I imagine both sweaters are the same construction.
October 5, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NYCGirllovesclassics Thin and disappointing
This bears no resemblance to LL Bean's sweaters I've purchased in years past. Neither soft, thick nor warm. Further, the cuffs and waistband were totally stretched out after a couple of hours wearing....and this is not due to the size of my husband as I purchased the sweater a tad large for him---but due to poor knitting and/or a poor grade of wool..
February 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LeotheTrumpetPlayer Fabulous, Versatile Sweater
I have owned one of these sweaters in dark brown for several years and love it. For my birthday this year, I asked for one in navy and received it as a gift from my wife. As a graduate student, I am constantly looking for versatile clothing that looks professional but is comfortable enough for long days that include a wide array of activities. These sweaters are perfect. The fit is trim and flattering while remaining very comfortable. The wool is extremely soft and smooth, and a perfect, highly breathable, medium weight. (I wore one of these under a lab coat and a lead x-ray apron for over an hour and didn't get too warm or sweaty.)
I can't recommend these sweaters highly enough. They look great with everything from nice jeans to dress pants, and they are offered in tall to assure the right fit. I just wish that they were still available in dark green and charcoal grey. If they were, I would order another today.
January 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ElConquistador Best fitting crewneck
Very happy with the fit of this sweater. I would describe it as a semi-athletic fit. Makes me look in-shape. For me it looks best with a pair of jeans and a light layer t-shirt underneath.
December 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pshaw Great fitting sweater
I bought this for my 17 y/o son, who's 6'3" and weighs about 140 (yeah, "bean-pole"). DW is a schoolteacher and told me, "None of the kids wear wool sweaters...don't even bother. And he's tall and thin; you'll never get the size right." Well, I went ahead and bought him a medium tall sweater, hoping for the best.
Outcome: Better than I could have hoped. It fits beautifully. He wore it all day and thanked me several times for his new favorite sweater. The sleeves are just long enough and he loves how soft the fabric is...no complaints about itchy/scratchy fabric.
December 26, 2013