Rated 5 out of 5 by SETennOutdoorsman Great all-purpose coat
I bought this coat several years ago and have been pleased with it ever since.
A plethora of pockets - all of which (except for 2 lower ones) are able to be closed with zippers
I am a CCW permit holder and the chest pockets are very good for a j-frame or other small defense tool, offering quick access & discreet placement.
Internal felt-like zipper cover to keep that ice-cold zipper off your lips
Ripstop Gore-Tex shell makes walking through thick woods a breeze.
Billed, insulated hood!
Great-looking down jacket can be worn by itself.
When zipping all the way up, the area around the neck & chin is very tight - almost uncomfortably tight. After wearing it for over 3 years, I have gotten used to it and can kind of see why it's tighter: if it wasn't, I suspect cold breezes would find their way in.
It's a little noisy in the woods - but this jacket was not designed to be silent, so I'll give it a pass.
The pockets on the bottom front of the jackets - the ones designed for your hands, are not placed well. A previous LLBean jacket I had, had the pockets angled upward so your whole hand and wrist were able to be covered. This jacket, with its symmetrical and uniform square pockets invariably leaves a small portion of each wrist exposed, making it a bit uncomfortable.
Rubber zipper tabs tend to pull off the fabric ribbon.
If you plan on wearing just the outer shell, expect it to be a bit large - it will not fit right as it is designed to fit with the fluffy down liner.
Overall, this jacket while costly, definitely offers a lot for your money. The old adage is certainly true for this one - "you get what you pay for". Combine that with their world-class guarantee and customer service and you've got a great, warm coat for life.
January 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrN8PhD The Perfect Winter System, Sized As Indicated
As stated in most of the other reviews, this coat is wonderful in most every aspect....so I have little to add on that front. I am writing this to help with sizing. Several other reviews imply that this coat runs small. While this may have been true of other years/iterations of this parka, the Winter 2014 version fits exactly as indicated. I am 6'2" and 210 lbs, and the size large/regular fits me perfectly.. Perhaps the tall sizes run small, but if you're buying a regular size, the sizing chart is spot-on for this coat.
January 12, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Whatnot Good But Not Great
Shell is fantastic. Wind and waterproof. But there is something off about the down liner. My core is warm, even in the North East and the recent single-digit temps, but it's like the arms haven't got as much fill (even in above freezing temps). Not my first parka or winter down jacket and this is the first one I can remember that felt this "uneven." Usually, a good down coat that is toasty without layers at "some" temp is consistent throughout. But this one leaves me having to toss on some fleece or a sweater to keep my upper and lower arms warm even when the rest of me is OK. Baxter might have been a better choice for me?
January 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by arcticman A Beautiful Parka
This is a well made, solid construction garment. Colors are good. It looks good too. Some suggestions for future: I normally fit an XLT in any thing I get from LLBean. I had to get this in the XXLT for it to fit. Maybe when the liner switched from thinsulate to down the added bulk in the insulation was not accommodated for in designing the shell to be a little bigger. Thus the fit is snug for me even in the XXLT even when I normally fit an XLT. The pocket openings after you unzip them are a bit small, hard to stuff leather gloves in etc. But otherwise I enjoy wearing this good looking well constructed parka.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MNHunterAngler A coat that actually holds up in the cold
I'm in my second winter with this coat, and so far, its the best I've owned. The liner is great on its own, and I often wear it alone in temps down to 0F with no problems. When it gets really cold out, I zip the liner into the shell, and I'm ready for anything. Last year I did some small game hunting in January. Here in MN, that means sustained temps of -20F for hours on end. This coat kept me nice and warm. If you live in a warm area, you may not need a coat this serious, but for those of us who live in colder climates and like to get outdoors, this is one of the few coats I've owned that will actually keep you warm.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LikeTheMaineWarden Lives up to its name.
Great cold weather coat.
When I first tried the coat on with the liner installed it felt snug and too small and I wanted to get a larger size. Inside the coat it also has an elastic type band at waste level which aids to that snug feeling. However when I took the liner out it was quite loose and roomy. I wore the coat without the liner with temperatures in the teens and it's still a warm coat. I haven't worn it with the liner installed yet nor have I worn the liner as a jacket.
I really like it.
November 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bob117 Fantastic
Keeps the weather out and the warmth in. I am 5'9" 165lbs, and I got the Large. The sleeve length is perfect for me with room to wear a nice sweater and not restrict movement. This was replacing another LLBean coat that I had for 16 years that the water repellent was not longer water repelling.
November 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Buckinhard Maine Warden's 3 in 1 parka
I gave this parka a 4 star only because I didn't use the parka with the down jacket inside since our weather didn't support the extra warmth. I minimally used just the shell in the early morning, I could feel the coolness of the air on my arms. The shell doesn't have any lining or padding in the arms, just the shell material which would force me to wear a sweatshirt, fleece jacket under the shell in colder weather. This isn't quite what I wanted out of a parka for my particular needs. I wanted to be able to just have a shirt underneath the shell. So, I don't think this is the right parka for me at my temperatures, but it's probably the warm cat's pajamas with the down jacket and hood in colder temps. The quality is excellent and a very comfortable fit with the down jacket and with the shell plus sweatshirt underneath. My hands couldn't reach very deep into the pockets so I would prefer an addition of some hand warmer pockets at the chest level. With the shell zipped up, the neck collar opening was huge and would require a hefty neck scarf to keep the cold out. I've read some people have difficulty with the zipper. I think that's due to being a double zipper on the right hand side and loading the single piece into the 2 zipper gizmos on the right and/or not being precise when holding the 2 zipper pieces together. I think it may just be a matter of practice. The zipper gave me no problem and seems like a quality strong zipper. Would recommend this parka.
November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by nbellblue Great Coat-nice and warm
Haven't had a reason to wear the coat yet, but here in New Hampshire it will not be long before the wind and snow arrives. This coat is warm and it appears to be well built as advertised. I like the zip out part, it is like having another jacket for free.
I own the wool Maine Wardens coat and it has been great for 3 years. I expect this Parka to be the same, only waterproof too. You can't go wrong with this one. Buy a size larger if you plan to wear sweaters or sweatshirts under it.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lonewolf1369 Exceeds all expectations
I've been eyeballing this parka for the last few years but it was a little more than I wanted to pay. When it did go on sale or I finally decided to buy, it was sold out for my size. This time, I received an email from LLBean for 20% off and my size was in stock! With the 20% off and free shipping, I decided not to wait. I am really happy with my purchase. I've always liked parkas with removable jacket inserts but ones I've had in the past were fleece liners. Can't believe how much warmer this parka is with a down liner! I love the numerous pockets, side zippers for accessing your pants pockets or to go over your gear on your waist, and the Gore-Tex which is what we had in the Army. The medium fits me well (I'm 5'3") and the down lining in the hood is a plus. I'm sure I'll remain toasty this winter. This is just what I wanted for the times when the weather is extremely cold AND wet. I'm happy I decided to go ahead and buy the parka.
November 5, 2014