Rated 3 out of 5áby Ohmmoose No way this coat is suitable in -15 weather
I bought this coat for cold Nebraska fall days. I was a bit dubious about the comfort rating of -15, but bought the coat because I needed something warm and dry. I have a non-lined version of this coat that I bought several years ago. Like many other reviewers, I like the old version better.
While well made, the lining is only insulated on the top. The arms are only lined, not insulated. From the waist down the lining changes from a quilted puffy insulating material to a single layer of what appears to be suiting weight wool or similar material.
I wore this coat to work this morning, it was 25 and no wind. From the short walk from my car to the office my arms were getting cold. I cannot imagine that this coat will offer much in the way of warmth/protection in a bad storm/strong wind or bitter winter cold.
I'm keeping it, and give it a rating of 3 stars, as it will suffice as an early fall raincoat. But I would ask LL Bean to reconsider their comfort rating of -15, as I feel it is extremely inaccurate and misleading. If you are looking for a warm winter coat, this isn't it.
I've been a fan of LL Bean outerwear for years. I have a down filled coat I've had for 13 years that is still in good shape, despite being worn daily during the winter, but it seems as if their quality is slipping in recent years.
November 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby kegrev Excellent Stylish Coat for Rainy Climates
I live in the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada, and like to walk and take public transit so I was looking for a great water proof coat that was also warm and yet stylish. I loved this coat from the outset. The material has a great texture, and is lightweight with a handy hood. I like to pair it with a gortex hat. The beautiful wool lining of this coat zips in so can be optional depending on the temperatures. I am able to wear it until the bitterest cold days. But best of all, it has proven to be 100% waterproof even in the heaviest of downpours. I've had it for three years now and it's still going strong. Did I mention you can take the lining out and wash it in the washer!! Just a fabulous addition to your outerwear
October 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5áby Mysticwannabe Disappointing
The coat feels like is more vinyl. It might be a good coat for rain but it looks cheap and not worth the $215 I paid for it. I expected more from LL Bean.
October 18, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby fuschia13 It used to be the perfect raincoat
I'm writing this review with the hope that the perfect raincoat will come back. The new version is fine, but most of the changes make me miss my old coat. The old coat's high collar worked very well with the hood, was stylish, and comfortable--the new shirt collar style flips up when the hood is up and doesn't stay down well at other times either--very annoying. The hood design on the old coat had more of a bill definition and stayed on well due to the high collar w/o having to use the closure ties--the new hood is not as nice. The old coat had nice deep pockets with a pocket opening that closed in on itself so it was harder for items to fall out--the new coat pockets are much shallower and the pocket isn't as low profile on the lines of the coat. I even preferred the original back--the coat hung nicely and was roomier for wearing blazers and bulky sweaters underneath. The zipper on my new coat doesn't work as well and doesn't seem to be as high of quality as the zipper on my old coat. I'm pleased the hidden pocket inside still exists, but the glasses pocket is gone which is something I also used on the old coat. My hope is that by the time I need a new raincoat many of the features of the old raincoat will have reappeared.
October 6, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby TexasJayhawk2 Bring Back the Old Version of This Raincoat
The raincoat arrived yesterday afternoon so I have only had time to try it on and look it over. It fits well, and I like the color, mallard teal. The price was right. It was on sale, I got an additional 15% discount because I have the LL Bean Visa card and a $10 gift card went with this purchase. If I had not got such a good price and if I knew where to buy a better raincoat, this one would be on its way back to LL Bean.
The reason for my dissatisfaction is I bought two of these coats in 1997. One was the mesh-lined version and the other has the wool zipped lining. I would give both of those coats five plus stars. After 16 years and many trips through the washing machine, the coats no longer repel rain. Otherwise they look like new. As noted in other reviews, so many details have been changed that cheapen the new coat. It is still the fine H2Off fabric and they are still made in Thialand but the stitching is not of the same quality. The seams pucker. The zip out lining is much thinner and the sleeves are not insulated. There are no buttons sewn on the inside cuff to hold the lining sleeves in place. The large collar does not work with the hood. The cute little bill on the hood that keeps the rain off my face is gone. The old coat with the lining had a caplet effect that was not sewn down in the back. The upper back of the nylon lining of the old coat was mesh so some air could get into the coat while the insulated zip lining still keeps me warm. There is no ventilation in the new coat and I am afraid under very humid conditions the inside of the coat will get much too steamy.
The snaps on the new coat are hidden inside the placket on the front of the coat. This makes it difficult to quickly close the coat. The zipper pulls and fasteners on the hood drawstring are of much lower quality. The big button snaps on the sleeves, at the neck and at the little belt on the back are ugly. There is a very small vent at the bottom back of the coat. The old coats had an inverted pleat on the back of the coat that went from the bottom to the caplet. This gave the coat a fullness that made it easier to climb steps.
Contrary to some of the other reviews the new coat does have a zippered inner pocket. All I can add is my wish that LL Bean will heed the comments and bring back the quality raincoat of old. Its styling was timeless and so functional.
September 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby susanaskye perfect for my needs
I am 5'9" and an XL. the length and size is great. I was very waterproof in a freezing rain while watching soccer. My arms were a little chilly, but not bad. Hangs just over rainboot length so I was completely dry. Very Happy!
May 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby SonjaR Perfect
I am so pleased with this rain coat. It is a perfect fit and does the job as it should. Excellent quality.
May 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Lilymaid Just what I was looking for...
I bought this coat last fall and have been thrilled with it. I live in the rainy province of British Columbia and wore it all winter in very blustery conditions. Because of the wonderful length (thank you, LL Bean), I didn't get soaking wet when taking long walks. This has helped me keep my weight down because I felt 'safe' heading out in this item, knowing it would keep me warm and dry.
I know some people have complained about the length but this is precisely why I bought it. Here's hoping the kind folks at LL Bean leave it as is!
My only minor complaint is the lack of a zip or snap pocket. Sometimes I want to walk without a bag or purse but without a secure pocket for car keys, I couldn't do that. Add that feature and this will be a well-nigh perfect coat.
April 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby speedwell2 Excellent coat
I have several of these coats--both the old and new style. They are well made, feature interesting colors, and wash and wear well. I get a small (as a 5'-7" size 4) so that I can put a suit jacket under it and find the newer style a little more fashionable than its predecessor, certainly not childish with its back half-belt.
April 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby nancytheshoelover disappointing
First off, maybe I'm stupid or cannot read but NO PLACE on that jacket read the word WOOL. It was all polyester. I was disappointed due to that. And the strings to hold the hood on to your head, they are pretty useless as other reviews have stated. I enjoy my older mesh lined coat and I will continue to use that. I hope Bean will go back to the old design with the elastic in the hood and really use wool as the liner, no polyester, and I'd gladly pay $250 for a coat that works for warmth and protection from rain.
April 4, 2013