Rated 5 out of 5 by FigureFourShopper Perfect Fit, Looks Great
The jacket arrived within a few days of ordering, folded in a plastic bag and not ready to wear. I didn't expect it to be. A trip to the dry cleaners for pressing only, don't dry clean. I used the size, 46 Regular, from another sport coat to order and the Tropic-Weight Explorer Blazer is a perfect fit and it looks great. I'm very happy with the product.
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mojoon Cuffs and Sandstone color
A much earlier reviewer noted that the cuffs could be fairly easily tailored into "working button cuffs" or "surgeon's cuffs" so the cuffs can be easily unbuttoned and rolled up. This is not the cheapest alteration, but for traveling in warmer/hotter climates, this could be a nice feature, especially with the jacket being cotton. Since I live in the hot, humid South and I purchased the jacket on sale, I chose to use a qualified tailor to make this alteration. For how I plan to use the jacket, it's worth it to me to keep cool while wearing the jacket. For many people, this would probably be an unnecessary alteration, but the option is always there.
The Sandstone is a very nice color, but just a shade too light for me to use for travel, so I'll stick to my Dusty Olive jacket. If Bean still had the Dark Khaki on sale in my 40R size, I would have purchased one of those also.
Some reviewers said the jacket was too boxy. As a previous reviewer noted, "since it's cotton, it will probably shrink over time due to regular washing in warm water as recommended". If you're using the jacket for travel in warm weather, you probably don't want the jacket to fit as closely as a blue blazer usually does. But, a wash in hot water, followed by a rinse in warm water, followed by just enough time in the dryer for the jacket to dry will cause some slight shrinkage if you want it. I'd only do this if I felt I had enough "wiggle room" overall. I had some "wiggle room" overall and I did it to tighten the jacket up a touch more and was pleased with the outcome. I can still comfortably lift and put bags into overhead bins and racks. Again, since the jacket is cotton, it's probably going to shrink over time due to washing it in warm water and throwing it into the dryer, so that's a fact to keep in mind before a hot water wash.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mojoon Great jacket
I'm 5'8" & 166 lbs. I've wanted one of these jackets for awhile. I bought one of the last, if not the last, 40R in Dusty Olive. I would have preferred the Dark Khaki, but those in 40R were sold out. I had to take my sleeves in one inch with my 40R, but otherwise the jacket is a great fit and excellent quality, especially at the sale prices. I first tried a 40S in Sandstone and while the sleeves were perfect, the jacket was too small. I usually wear a 39-40 Regular/33 sleeve. If anyone is looking at the 40R in Sandstone, I hope this helps.
December 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chuckles48 Great Fit and Details
I am broad shouldered and this jacket fit me perfectly! I love the detailing and the relaxed look and feel. Just wish the sleeve length was a little shorter so I could avoid paying a tailor to shorten the sleeves. I learned that this model is being discontinued. Too bad, if other colors were available I would definitely buy another.
November 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by offhegoes Great Jacket For Travel, Order a Size Smaller
Bought this for an upcoming personal trip as I needed something I could wear with jeans or business attire that had substantial pocket space. This was a great pickup, I would have paid full price but lucked out and got it while on sale. Read some of the reviews and decided to order a 40 reg instead of what I usually wear which is a 42. I am 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. Was worried about the size, but it fits great. Glad I went a size smaller as a 42 would definitely have been too big. Fits well but not snug; plenty of room to layer underneath in cold weather.
August 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by goose OK
I don't understand all the hoopla about the fit. I ordered a 42 Tall as I do with all my suit coats/jackets and it fit perfectly well. I am 6'2" and 170 lbs, and it fit nicely. Nice attention to detail, button flaps on the external pockets and zippers on the internal pockets, one fabric, one mesh. There is a mesh lining in the upper back, which will probably function to help keep cooler. Four buttons on end of sleeve are decorative, not functional (too bad, for it would have made it easy to roll up the sleeves a bit). Elbow patches seem to be awkwardly shaped ovals, and just seem out of place. Not sure how it should be done otherwise, but awkward, not bad though. I guess that I don't think of this jacket as a "tropic weight explorer blazer", but more a cotton blazer for the summer, not so much for exploring.
July 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 10Rita Topic weight blazer
After reading reviews I had difficulty deciding what size to order. I'm 5'8" and weigh 166 with a 32 inch sleeve length. I normally buy a 41 Regular or 42 Short in sport coat. I decided to go with the 42 Short and the fit was perfect, except the sleeves were about an inch too long. My tailor charged $24 to properly shorten the sleeves, and I'm now quite happy with this blazer!
May 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HorseSoldier Comfortable Jacket for Travel
I chose size only after reading a number of the previous reviews. I am 5'8", 170 Lbs, and normally wear a 42 jacket and a 15 1/2 33 shirt. Because of the reviews, I ordered a 42 Small when I normally would have ordered a 42 Regular. It fits perfectly. Sleeve length and skirt length are just right. It is true that shoulders and upper arms could be roomier, but for summer with light shirts, it will be just fine. Pockets are good for travel. Great summer jacket to throw on with jeans or chinos to dress up a little or to ward off air conditioning.
May 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mucker This is a Slim-Cut Jacket
Looks sharp, nice light-weight but sturdy fabric for those Early Spring days. Only problem I have with this jacket is that it's slim cut for the string-bean fellows out there. I got a 42 Long, and even the sleeves feel a bit snug unless I'm standing up straight with my arms down. I wouldn't know how to resize the arms. Keeping this one. That's the biggest problem with buying online. Can't try on a few sizes. (Had that happen with LLB shoes as well.)
April 7, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by rchev Snug!!!
I am 6-2, normally wear 44-tall...which is what I originally ordered. It was waaaay too snug, sleeves were quite short. Seemed designed for guys with a six-pack--not me, but I ain't a fattie.
So--back to Bean, which handled the return, I must say, flawlessly. Let's try 46-long...oops. Just barely long enough in the sleeve, still pretty snug...and being almost-all cotton, I dreaded washing this item...forget the "straight out of the dryer" stuff. Be a miracle if it doesn't shrink.
Problem is--it's a really great-looking and useful coat. So--it's back for a 48-tall. I'll update.
February 28, 2014