Rated 2 out of 5 Not what they used to be
I've loved my Bean whipcords for probably 20 years. Inevitably, they are no longer suitable for dressy use, which is a shame because they drape beautifully and have worn like iron. I ordered a new pair, but they are not the same product, and I have returned them. Old pair: Cut and tailored like dress pants. New pair: Cut like jeans. Old: Hard twill on the outside, soft inside. New: Hard twill inside, soft outside. (What were they thinking?) Old: Brownish color with green undertones; goes with anything. New: serious loden green, goes only with a park ranger's shirt. I am SO disappointed!
March 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DavidMarch Great pants
Thick, warm, great quality. And had a minor issue with them called LL Bean and they mailed me new pair right away and with no hassles. This customer service cannot be beat.
March 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by doctordoctor Almost returned them
They are not real old fashion whipcord. More like a machine knitted fabric. Not even sure one would call them twill. Their green color makes one look like an unemployed park ranger. Not even warm when its -20F outside. But instead of returning them, which i was going to do, I wore them and found them surprisingly very comfortable, warm in all but the coldest weather, and very dry on damp days. We live on an island off the coast of Maine so that is important. The pants attract dog hairs beyond imagination., but with several passes of a leather glove, the hairs bunch up and can easily be removed. So they have gone from the worst to the best pair of pants I have bought from LLBeans in a long time.
The cut fits well, unlike a lot of Asian clothing.The pockets more than generous. The fabric is somewhat elastic which means the legs do not bind up when squatting(important when picking up wood from the log pile). I wear a 40x29, and the pants were sized exactly as requested.
BTW: I prefer to buy American made and tried on some wool pants made in Vermont. They cost about twice the price, fitted poorly, and seemed indifferent in construction. Returned them; kept these.
January 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Conak Great, despite a few
Let me start by saying that I own whipcord pants. I have Filsons and I have the LL Bean in grey when they were offered in the signature line. I would recommend these, and say they are well worth the price, despite a few issues:
1. Compared to the Filson, the weave is a bid looser, feeling a bit stretchy. This is odd, because the LL Bean signature whip cords I have actually were somewhat superior in fabric to the much pricier Filson. The grey LL bean whipcord was as tight as the Fikson and actually thicker (and looks great too). These green ones are still worth this price but a bit lower on fabric weave
2. The other reviewer (and I'm surprised he's the only one) is correct in his observation that the fabric is inside out from the typical whipcord construction. And I know I'm not crazy here, because not only are the Filsons with the ribbing out, but the LL bean signature whipcords I have are too!
3. Not really a problem: in the picture the pocket trim seems to be brown. It is actually grey. At first that put me off, but then I thought of the several pants I have with brown leather trim like this, and how it makes black footwear clash. grey should work with black and brown footwear, so actually I think I prefer this. An issue though is that the faux suede is supposed to make that part of the pant more durable but instead of putting it on top of a layer of whipcord to reinforce it, they sewed the faux suede by itself. Faux suede is probably less durable than whipcord alone, so I don't get it.
4. The fit of my 34 is closer to a 35. The Signature line version fit very well. Roomy enough for being active in but not so roomy that your belt was required to keep them on. This is a bit roomier than it should be
Overall though, solid construction and as someone who always has to retuck his shirt, I think I'll come to appreciate the inner waistband design. I would recommend at the price I paid with coupon.
December 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by historyteacherrugbyc Great wool trousers like Colin Fletcher carried
I have a pair of grey wool whipcords when LL Bean offered them in their chino pattern. They are great, but I like the loden green color of my new ones. In sub-freezing temps, I wear them without longjohns and they are perfect for winter morning/evening walks with my dog, fishing, camping, and yes, backpacking. Great buy.
December 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OhioUplandHunter Washable Wool Whipcord Pants
I like these pants. The pants hang nicely and the length is true. Comfortable even after all day wear. Like others, I would like to see some different colors but other than that I have no complaints.
March 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrewM Must-have mid weight worsteds!
So glad LLBean offers these. Mid-weight whipcords are among the most versatile trousers you can own. I ask that you provide them in grey as well, so I can wear them to work. However, I don't understand why the material is REVERSED? The whipcording is on the inside, which is not how they are on any other whipcords (like Filson's). If this is an oversight, please correct it!
October 11, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Topstoner disappointing
unlike a similar trouser purchased 3 years ago, this one is made of inferior wool not likely to stand up to cold weather. Indeed the fabric may not be woven but only assembled
There is an unfortunate trend at Bean to trade on its fine reputation by now delivering imitation apparel of a quality below its former high standards mb
September 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by fcd123 Wool Whipcord Pants
Look good, fit well, look durable. Weight appears correct. Only comment is that the pants may be slightly longer than anticipated. Since I haven't worn them [ too warm], it is difficult to say much more. I am pleased with my initial opinion after receipt.
September 5, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by John1059 UGLY
I wanted a heavy, winter weight pair of wool trousers and ordered these. I did not want lined jeans or khakis. The one color (olive drab) as well as design provoked one word comment from my wife "UGLY."
They have been returned.
July 11, 2012