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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hikewithdogs Mountainman
I highly recommend this winter coat. I have worn it hiking in very snowy and icy cold weather. The Gore Tex outer shell has been remarkably efficient in protecting me from snow and snow changing to ice or rain and back again on very cold winter day hikes. I have used it on very cold nights with wind, this coat has kept me warm. Particularly, if you have to stand around a bit, this coat is excellent. I wish I had this coat when I was a Mounted Park Ranger.
In addition, the inner lining is removable, which I wore during a four day backpack in the White Mountains for Mountain Leadership School (June 2014). We had three days of steady rain with breaks but mostly rain. Therefore, I covered the liner with a LL Bean Gore Tex rain jacket and the gear kept me warm at the campsite. Again, the standing around feature proved invaluable.
On the move, I used synthetic layers and reserved the liner for the campsite. When breaking camp to proceed to another site, I compressed this garment into my sleeping bag compression sack. This liner withstood the unpredictable weather of the White Mountains in New Hampshire very well during this backpack. It was to warm to wear while in my 25 degree LL Bean sleeping bag but the bag came in handy in the Whites, even in June.
Another feature is that I could use the outer coat layer as rain coat; it is more substantial than the Gore Tex rain jacket. I would most likely use this outer coat during a fall or early winter when I need something a bit more substantial (depending on the temperature relative to exertion and my base layers).
Finally, I use this coat when the winter weather is truly a challenge and I am pleased with its ability to keep me warm.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Maine Warden 3 and 1 Parka
Everything is Right about the 3 and 1 Maine Warden's Parka! Sizing fit and finish is great. Dollar for Dollar this is a true value!!
October 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Delany Wardens Parka
The quality of this parka is outstanding as we have found this to be true of all items that we have purchased over the years. My husband couldn't wait to try this parka on but sadly it was not a good fit for him. He found that the hood was very bulky and covered his face impeding his ability to see out of the hood. the fit through the sholulders is snug and he is not a large man.
October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by DanangDoc Excellent, minor glitches
I'm reviewing a parka I purchased 6-7 years ago and wore to death. Excellent warmth, weather protection, waterproofing, functionality, durability. Well thought out and well fitting (I'm size small - 5'7", slim, 150#) with appropriate articulation at the joints, adjustable hood and cuffs, functional skirt, hip and below the waist coverage with zippered side vents that allow rigorous movement when opened and heat conservation when closed, slightly stiff, snag free outer shell that sheds water, snow, branches and brambles, lots of pockets (too many?). The removable down liner is a fine if slightly delicate coat by itself. The shell without the down liner is an excellent 3 season rain/wind/general purpose garment and is extremely quiet and light absorbing. The colors are what I consider appropriately subdued for forest use and hunting but that's personal taste. I disfavor looking like a neon sign when in a natural setting, don't mind when falling down a ski slope.
Best garment of this sort I've ever owned and I've owned many.
I just bought another and, hopefully, I'll wear this one to death also.
1. Opening on some of the pockets, on the size small parka, are too small for use by my gloved hand and tight for my bare hand.
2. Front zipper, though top quality, was always a problem to get started.
3. The two main cargo pockets are not bellows gusseted, limiting capacity, and close with a stiffly covered zipper (too short in length on size small) that renders them difficult to use with a gloved hand. A simple storm flap, perhaps over a folding top edge, would have been better.
October 21, 2014