Rated 4 out of 5 by TrailSlogger Runs true to size or maybe a bit larger
I bought the XL thinking I needed the extra space for underlayers; wrong! I am returning it for a Large (I'm 6'1", 205, athletic build); the XL was huge on me. The coats looks like top quality construction and will wait to give it more stars once I get the Large and test it out in cold windy conditions to see if it lives up to its billing.
November 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by chovil feels like a great fit
I too, really like this coat. I put it on, go outside, and I'm completely comfortable. I have complete freedom of movement using my arms any direction,and there is nothing that gets cold, like my neck or my stomach, etc. I wish it had armpit zips, instead of unzipping when I warm up too much with activity. I thought it was a bit pricy, but it's definitely worth a lot more than the cost. It fits me like it was professionally tailored to fit me. I've never experienced all the good things I have to say about this coat, in one product. It's lightweight, compressible, warm enough for just about anyday here in Southern Ontario, windproof, and extremely comfortable. Now I can wait to see how many years it keeps those qualities. This is only its second winter.
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by photohistorian excellent fit
I am very pleased with this purchase. The coat fits perfectly and I am looking forward to using it this winter particularly when I visit friends in Vermont in the dead of winter
November 6, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by NCBeanner Not as advertised
The jacket is nicely made and warm as advertised. My reason for giving it 2 stars is that it is under the Gore-Tex section of jackets but it is not a Gore-Tex jacket as advertised. I purchased one for my wife as well as 1 for myself and was very disappointed to find out after I had received it that it was not Gore-Tex as its advertised. I dont mind paying for a nice Gore-Tex jacket as I expect they will be more than a regular waterproof jacket but this is over priced for a knock off Gore-Tex garment. I live on the coast in NC and its usually rainy and cold in the winters here so waterproof is important to me and I know I can trust Gore-Tex. We will see how it holds up in rainy cold conditions. In short its over priced for what you get.
August 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanFan40 Quality Construction
I received this item and admired the construction of the garment. Well put together. After I received it, I put it on and went outside and shovelled the snow. Trust me...its a cold Canadian winter. To compare this to my other winter jacket, I would ave to say that my other jacket is much heavier and did not block the cold like this garment did. It's a good design. Everything I get from LL Bean is 5 star all the way. i fully recommend this product. Also, the service is great too. Hmmm...I imagine that's why I am a repeat customer. Well done LL Bean.
February 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gloukus Excellent
Nightly one hour walk by the ocean, coldest has been 12 degrees with a 40mph wind. This jacket with a light layer underneath is all I have needed. Excellent
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by jnsdelucia almost a 5
very well - made jacket, decent size pockets, plenty warm and very lightweight. My sole complaint in design is the wimpy little zipper and a small pull.
If I was to design a winter goose-down coat where the likelihood of wearing gloves was high, i would attach a heavy duty zipper with a large gripper.
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by ChgoCommuter Warm and comfortable, but not for extreme cold
I bought this coat for my winter commute in Chicago, which is a 15 minute walk to the train and then a 10 minute walk from train to office. This week we finally got some cold weather to put the coat to the test.
The most important thing to me was warmth. This coat is warm, but not warm enough for extreme cold. I tested a couple other parkas you'd climb a mountain in and this parka is not in that class (although only a bit less expensive#. With a dress shirt and T-shirt I was warm at 9F with no wind. At 5F and 20 mph winds #about -15F wind chills) I was chilled and needed to add another layer. So the coat is not as bullet proof as I might like, but for all but the most extreme cold it is great.
Probably the best thing about the coat is the hood. It covers your neck, chin and cheeks and really keeps your head warm; it is easy to put on/off and is very comfortable to move in.
The coat is very light and comfortable. Its not too bulky for the train and not too hot on a 30F day. I'm 5'9" 160lbs and the Med fits me perfectly.
Overally I am very happy with it and recommend it. I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 because I think it could use a little more down to make it a little warmer, and because I would like it to be an inch or two longer to cover a bit more.
January 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DaveEA Technically outstanding and remarkable tailoring
Bean or otherwise, this is, I believe, the finest-tailored jacket of its type I've ever owned and it performs exactly as-advertised. Yesterday the winds were about 30mph at about 30 degrees F and, although I didn't cinch the bottom tight, I felt no wind coming through (I was wearing a long-sleeve Pathfinder shirt underneath, which is fairly light material). It's also the first jacket where the hood fits perfectly without fidgeting with cords and those little "stoppers" that are typically used. Just put on the jacket and go outside confidently that it will keep you warm and dry...I like that. Although I have a Rugged Ridge park in size L regular, I ordered the Ascent in an XL regular because of the trim fit and I'm glad I did; for those preferring a tighter fit for active sports, ordering their usual size would be OK.
One caution: the shell material doesn't look particularly rugged, but this was designed for light weight and I expected that.
January 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by DCTCJT Somewhat surprised
I was a little surprised when I received this jacket. As a couple others have already noted, I too was expecting to see a little more down in the jacket. However, after wearing the jacket a couple of days, I've found it to be quite warm, and yes... very light.
If you have normal sensitivity to cold temps, the temperature ratings seem to be accurate. I'm very cold sensitive. I wore the coat yesterday over a flannel shirt at 25 degrees with a stiff breeze and I was comfortable. So, the Windstopper feature works! I would say that below 20 degrees I will need additional layering, but again, I am cold sensitive.
Normally a large fits me just right but I like to buy an X-large to allow me to add an additional layer. I purchased this coat in X-large, and it will work out great... just a little big, and it will allow me to put my light down sweater or down vest underneath. So, I would say the sizing and the slightly fitted description is very accurate too. Some competitors X-large coats are just way too big. Anyhow, that additional layering should keep me warm down below zero, and I can still wear the coat in warmer temps without layering without the coat feeling way too big.
All the pockets are nice. The fleece lined hand-warmer pockets are good sized and well placed (underneath the down instead of sewn on outside of coat). I would like to see a Velcro closure on the inside mesh pocket... but it's not a big deal. The other zippered pockets will come in handy. Plus, all the zippers, including the main coat zipper seem to be excellent.
The hood for me is just right. Not to big... not to small. With a little adjustment to the drawcords on the sides and top of the hood it conforms to your head and still allows decent peripheral vision.
All in all, a nice coat. I would have given it 4 1/2 stars if available, but the lack of a little more down, especially given the price, would not allow me to give it a 5 star rating. Maybe the 700 loft down will make up for slight lack of it... we'll see.
January 5, 2013