Rated 5 out of 5 by veryslowrunner Great parka!
I am petite and female...the small is perfect; I have long arms for my height. I purchased this as a survival parka(must drive to work regardless of weather). When we have substantial snow and ice, the odds of getting stuck without heat for 24 hours or more is not trivial(despite AWD, winter tires or chains....the traffic
blockages cause it). I've been to Everest base camp and I wish I had taken this there...though not lightweight, it is so warm. The green color is beautiful. In case other women want to try this parka, I'm 36, 27, 37. This parka seems better insulated and better made than my other name brand women's parka, and love the pockets...great if one has to hike out of most anywhere in cold and wet conditions.
October 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by activeoutdoorsylady WOW parka
Giving this 5 stars and it's not even cold out yet. It fits perfectly (female, 5'7", 140 lbs - got the small) and the materials and workmanship are superb! I have and love 2 of the older model Rugged Ridges and love them. Bring on the cold, would rather be out than in....I'm ready! Also love the green.
October 1, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by wigg Bad Zipper
The design of this jacket / parka is very good but the use of the #8 ykk zipper is not a good idea. I think it should be a # 10 ykk zipper which is a heavier zipper especially with such a heavy coat. Use a different insulating material like primaloft or lamilite thus reducing the bulkiness and weight of the coat but keeping the same insulation value and not effected by moisture. I use coats for every day use and sometimes all day or night not just going from the car / truck to the building / office and back again.
September 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by WisSnowOwl Great parka for light and extreme winter!
I've owned this parka for 4 years now and it's been a good tool. I wear mostly the down liner except when I'm outside for extended periods like ice fishing or blizzard conditions. I love the many open & concealed pockets and the zipping sides make easy access to pant pockets. The complete parka is great for -30? or worse weather, especially high winds but way too warm for 20? as the whole set. Because the sizing is pretty normal but designed to fit over winter clothing, I find the goretex shell to be too big for wear during non-winter by itself. So I use the down coat in the fall & light winter and then the down coat + goretex shell in deep cold/wet snow. My only suggestion would be to use heavier materials on the down coat as I occasionally find down feathers everywhere I sit, maybe this is normal but I've never had a down coat before.
September 19, 2015
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