Rated 3 out of 5 by travelingwalker2 Why no more 2-way zipper???
I have owned an older generation of this coat for almost 10 years, wearing it for everything from a nor'easter on the coast in New England to a windy beach walk in N. Cal, and it was perfect except that it has gotten a bit narrower (or I have gotten a bit wider). So I happily ordered a replacement, and found it now only has a one-way zip. That two way zip is essential for fast walking, heat release... So I have returned the coat I bought and am now hunting for a coat elsewhere. Dear LLBean, PLEASE rethink this one.
October 6, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by mingsushi Needs a 2-way zipper
Many reviewers have commented on the lack of a 2-way zipper on this coat so I hesitated for a long time before buying it. I finally caved in and bought it because the previous model I have worn for several years (which had the 2-way zipper) was getting ratty looking. The other reviewers are right, the 2-way zipper adds comfort. Also the fabric in this jacket is a little different and sounds crackly when you move around in it. It's an OK jacket, it IS waterproof, but given the two faults I find with it, I think it is overpriced.
September 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cordelia667 Woman's Stowaway Jacket
As a passion, I have always studied severe t-storms, and more specifically tropical cyclones. I am an avid Hurricane Storm Chaser, even after surviving Hurricane Katrina. I have my own Business FB Page (non-profit) called US Virgin Island Tropical Hurricane Weather Station, which I run, forecast and report on tropical cyclones, while out in the storm. I always "had" my "Weather Channel Hurricane Stowaway Coat" on when I was out in the storms reporting. I can safely vouch that this Coat is totally waterproof, wind-proof! It is comfortable, easy to move in, and really gave me an added protection, mentally too, when wearing it during tropical cyclones. It was my good luck Stowaway Jacket. I had it in aqua and loved it. Never reported during storms without it. But, someone stole it from me last year, and now cannot just yet afford a new one. Hoping so soon, since it is now Hurricane Season and I need to report for our US Virgin Islanders. I cannot imagine my reporting without my Hurricane Stowaway Coat. Hopefully, I can afford to buy one soon. Still, I highly highly recommend the Coat and/or jacket to purchase. It is the best Severe Weather Coat I have owned and I have been through 21 Hurricanes/Tropical cyclones.
So, for any of you who have any doubts as to purchasing the Ladies Gor-tex Stowaway Coat, do not give it a second thought. It is well worth it and last 5 years for me, until it was stolen.
Thanks LLBean! cordelia667
June 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by DiehardDes The Velcro has got to go
I so wanted to own this stowaway jacket. However, the velcro closures are a show stopper. The velcro snags on sweaters and other clothing and ruins them. I have ruined to many clothes with jackets that have velcro closures. No more. I so hope LL Bean starts using snaps instead of velcro so I can own one of these jackets.
March 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by giny Light weight
I own a couple of Gore Tex jacket and coat from LLB. I love the light weight.I got a special day offer so I pick this rain coat. I am normally petite size Large but this one I received is tight. I missed the two way zipper also. Sorry, it is going back.
February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewfieMother Stowaway Coat
I love this coat! It keeps you dry and is easy to put on. The only thing I would change is that I would make the zipper the kind that can open at either end. Being able to unzip the bottom makes it easier to climb in and out of a vehicle and sit in comfort.
December 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ouzel Nice lightweight raincoat
The medium petite size is just right for me (5'4"). I got this in cherry so it would be visible on rainy days. I have had difficulty with L.L.Bean's two-way zippers in the past, so I'm happy that the zipper on this coat is one-way. There's a snap at the top and one at the bottom; the other fasteners are hook-and-loop, which add to the coat's light feel. I like that the hood folds into the collar. Because of our drought I haven't had a chance to wear it in the rain yet, but I'm sure it'll be fine.
November 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 2Fancy Love my coat!
This coat is everything I expected. It replaces my 15-yr-old Gore-Tex raincoat, also purchased from LLBean. I do have to say that I miss the 2-way zipper that my old one had, but so far I've not found it to be a major problem.
This coat keeps me dry, there's no body-heat condensation on the inside, and it's light as a feather. And I LOVE the Cherry color; very cheerful and easily seen by motorists as I'm walking along my country road.
I know LLBean probably doesn't want to hear this, but I'm hoping this new coat lasts as long as my old one! :)
November 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by chmherri Nice coat, but zipper upgrade needed!
This coat is a very nice quality, but because the zipper is not two way, or there are not zippable side flaps, I felt like a cannoli when sitting down with the coat on. The price point dictates this coat should have ALL the bells and whistles!
April 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Webfootgal Glad I Didn't Spend My Coupons
L.L. Bean is my default for active wear, as I think they offer good value and the convenience of petite sizes. I already own two well-used old Bean Gore-Tex jackets, including one around thirty years old. It's about as good as the day I bought it, even though it's had a lot of "disrespect." But I was looking for a breathable coat-length I could grab for speedy walks without having to bother with rain pants. I had high hopes for the Stowaway but it just didn't fit the bill for me.
This coat is well-made and very light. I would have preferred something more substantial, but for travelers it's convenient to have an almost weightless full-featured waterproof garment. The sleeves were not too long, which has been more of a problem lately with some Bean petite items I've purchased. The fit was generous in my regular MP, allowing room for layering and a comfortable fit in the shoulders.
But the coat missed in two regards. First, I had terrible trouble with the mesh lining. I just could not adjust it over my clothing so that the coat hung straight at the bottom. In fact, I guessed it might have been defective. If that were the only issue, I would have just exchanged it, but the lack of a two-way zipper was a deal-breaker for me.
How tall a person is may make a difference, but I'm only 5'2" so the zipper extended down far enough to impede my stride. I felt as if I were walking in a kimono and it was a continual frustration. I seem to remember the Stowaway used to have a two-way zipper and why it's been eliminated I cannot imagine.
Sadly, this coat just didn't work for me. I need the breathability of Gore-Tex or comparable product, so I'll either have to resign myself to a jacket and rain pants combination or wait to see if next season's model is more suitable.
April 24, 2014