Rated 4 out of 5 by OutdoorPro Outdoor Guide Review
As an outdoor guide, I rely on my gear to perform at all times and allow me to focus on the clients. This jacket has several great features and has quality manufacturing. I really enjoy the thought that went behind making this jacket. I have used this jacket fly fishing in Montana in the fall, Utah desert, and Colorado. The Gore Tex is incredible as always and I felt warm and dry the whole time. Although, it is a bit bulky, its primary use is standing still while fishing.
December 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by trouthog88 Great Value Great Features
Enjoy the Jacket, comfortable tough and easy to pack. Thew many features make it a smart choice for any condition.
I did return the jacket, I needed to force my right hand through the wrist opening and it was just a matter of time when it would tear or fail. I must be blessed with bigger than normal hands? Actually the material grips so well it has little give for water tightness, just to tight on the right. I would recommend giving this item a try.
October 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by RecentPurchase Awesome Jacket - Top-of-the-line Gore-Tex
The zipper designs on this jacket do not allow water to get thru. In wind and heavy rain, I find the two larger fly box pockets will eventually get wet by water seeping thru a small opening due to use of velcro closure (should have been designed with zippered closure in this area). The cuff design is better than other brands costing more by using a dual neoprene/elastic design (the inner cuff fit snug against your wrist and the outer cuff with velcro ensures a tight gasket like fit to prevent water running up your arms. Jacket designed slightly longer to allow use with or without waders. I purchased the jacket mainly due to the fabric construction and desire to keep my entire body dry (those who have fished in cold, wet and windy conditions truly understand the importance of having proper gear).
Pros: Pro Shell is the top-of-the-line fabric made by Gore-Tex and found on the Simms G4 jacket costing $499. The Simms G3 jacket and other brand jackets costing more than the LL bean Pro Shell jacket uses inferior Gore-Tex material. If you get a defective jacket, LL Bean and Gore-Tex will offer free repair or replacement. I purchased the jacket when it was on sale so it added to the value.
Cons: Poor design in the large fly box pockets that will allow water to seep thru small openings near the velcro closures (water will only get thru in heavy rain and wind conditions). The inner sleeve cuff should have a tighter fit taking away a need for a second cuff design, i.e., cuff designs found on high-end kayak jackets are 100% waterproof since the neoprene is tight against the skin (wrist). The cuff design I mentioned would have cut production costs considerably and work better without any snagging areas near the wrist. This jacket does not have air vent design on the hood for boaters in high wind conditions like those found the new Frabill Storm jacket that recently won a best apparel design from ICAST.
January 18, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by troutking1 Areas of jacket not water tight
I like everything about this jacket, except it leaked the first day out of the box. It was a really windy rainy day. Lots of driving rain. It was about 42 degrees, but kept me comfortable with light long johns and a light fleece underneath
It is designed and constructed similar to the Simms G4, G3 jackets, but on sale at $180.00 less
My fly boxes got wet on the bottom two inches in the front pockets before I opened the flaps to change flies. The back pocket also leaked and the contents got wet, even though the zipper was closed. It seems items that were in direct contact with the fabric, somehow transferred water inside???
I called customer service and they are replacing the jacket. Maybe it was defective fabric. I hope this is a fluke, because I will keep the new on if it doesn't leak like the first one.
I will spray it with the hose in my yard before I take it out fishing to see if the problem has been fixed.
January 13, 2012