Rated 4 out of 5 by Darin Quality Parka Runs Large
The color and quality are very nice. The coat runs big so I got a L and usually get a XL in coats and most shirts. It still is very big through the middle area so it doesn't have much of a fitted look or feel. For reference I am 6ft. 210#. It is very comfortable and high quality.
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beanhook Comfortable and warm!
I read the reviews before I bought the jacket so I was expecting it to be a little big. Besides being slightly big, it's a fantastic jacket. I had the sleeves shortened 1" and the mid section is big (as stated in other reviews), but the jacket is comfortable and fits well with a sweater underneath. It seems to be designed for hunters because of the ease of movement of the jacket which is a quality I like. I would classify this jacket as more functional than dressy, however, that is a matter of opinion. Five stars!!!
January 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by dogmamasue Nice Jacket, but Huge
This jacket is HUGE. I first searched the site for a Men's Maine Guide jacket , when it came up I clicked on Lg and ordered. I later checked my order and realized the site had given me a women's jacket. I reordered making sure the jacket was a Men's large. When it arrived it was huge. I returned the jacket and ordered the same Men's Main Guide jacket in Medium. When it arrived it was huge. I have returned jacket #3 and ordered a Men's small. My son hasn't worn a small in any jacket in 15 years and has some XL jackets. Obviously, we like the jacket and hope this one fits. Sizing reviews were not available on the jacket site.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by StLousGetsColdToo Fine heavy wool
My tailor remarked on this coat--said it was like "Irish wool." I gather that for her that means that the wool is fine in weave and very heavy. It's a warm coat dressy enough to wear as an overcoat. The construction, as is usual with LL Bean products, is first rate. I'm highly satisfied with this coat.
January 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TKgj Great but could be improved
Maybe the best designed and constructed coat I've ever owned -- I use the game pouch when walking around this cold Colorado town instead of a fanny pack -- papers, magazines, take-out lunch.
There are many advantages to this combination -- wool and Primaloft -- over the more popular nylon/goose down parkas. Mainly, more durable, not flammable, and retains insulation when wet. The Primaloft layer is quite skimpy -- just the bare minimum to advertise it, it seems -- but it is not bonded to the shell, which I've found increases the warmth of all such garments, whether the lining is insulated or not. An extra layer of air is trapped.
Any top-quality parka must have heavy metal zippers AND snaps -- this one does.
This is a very warm parka, but not subzero warmth without adding layers. To that end, an extra inch circumference in the lower sleeves would help (I cannot comfortably maneuver my arms with my heaviest wool sweater underneath). Beefing up the Primaloft layer, and adding a zip-off hood would be improvements on almost perfect parka. I'm not a great fan of hoods, but in heavy snow or rain they do keep the back of your neck dry and add a layer of warmth.
Unless you have very short arms, I recommend getting the Tall version -- extra 1" in sleeves (I like the sleeves going to my big knuckles), and 2" extra hem length.
I got the camp version -- I'm more of a practicing survivalist than a hunter, but this camp pattern is very nice -- it it weren't for the hunter/military connotations, you'd just say it's an attractive multi-color pattern, more interesting than solid.
January 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by JeremyB Too big!
I have a size 30 waist. Small is SUPPOSE to be 28-30. It's way too big. It seems like a quality jacket but the sizing is way off.
January 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DensElke Amazing Jacket
So I looked everywhere for a wool jacket for my husband for Christmas that came in Tall sizes and was sophisticated enough to wear for casual dressing while still being warm here in Montana. He is 6'6", lean athletic build, and is an XL Tall. This jacket/parka is PERFECT. Fits him perfectly, is the perfect weight, good longer length, sleeves are perfect and the quality is amazing for this price-range. It has all kinds of pockets and a game bag in the back, drawstring waist (which does not detract from the styling at all). It's light weight enough for travel but definitely the wool warmth. The color we received is more of a "hunter green" so if you are expecting more sage it is not. But still a great color and classy. He put it on and said "This will be perfect for hunting and fishing!" I said "No, I will order you one in Camo for that" which I just did! We think the Camo parka will actually match the wool pants he ordered from LL Bean earlier this season. We'll see, if as other reviewers say, he has any restriction when mounting a rifle. Should still be a very versatile jacket.
December 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CrankyYankee5 Just like my father and grandfather's Bean coat
Rugged; an old product that has not been"improved" upon. Because it can't be. And that's comforting.
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Elway Very warm, blocks out wind.
This product is noisy as others have stated, but you can't hunt when you're freezing! I wore base layer fleece under it, to cut down on the noise. It is by far, the warmest clothing that I have worn (8 degrees). After spending hundreds of dollars on stuff that didn't work, I finally got it right,
December 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by slmfromhanover Tweak the fit?
I purchased the maine guide parka, first in medium. I thought it may be too big (description mentions "full" cut) but since everything else I get from LL Bean fits great in medium, that's what I ordered. TOO BIG! I looked like I had my big brother's hand me down that I hadn't grown into yet. Way too much room in the shoulders, and the arm length covered my hands down to the middle of my fingers when I had my arms down. And this was with a sweatshirt on as a layer.
So I ordered small. Still too long in the length of the arms, IMO. I guess the intent is to provide coverage over gloves? The fit is now good except for the arms. Guess I'll see how I wear it this winter, and if it really bothers me I'll have the sleeves taken up a bit.Right now the sleeves come down to the top of my fingers, covering the whole upper portion of my hand.
Construction really nice!
November 19, 2013