Rated 3 out of 5 by jaman Good shell, but collar is too tight to zip up.
I got this shell on sale for $125, so I am happy with the price. But, I got if for use as a waterproof layer over an insulating layer for skiing. When skiing into the wind I want to be able to zip up the jacket all the way to keep the wind and snow out of my neck, but this jacket is too tight for that. I have to tuck my chin in tight to get the zipper up, and then the stiff collar sticks into my face awkwardly. To complicate things, I have a beard, and I have to be very careful not to get it caught in the tight zipper.
So, I think I will be returning the Jacket, but that is the beauty of LL Bean I suppose.
February 22, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by JonathanH Apparently I'm missing something...
I can't mention what I paid for it but its a glorified rain jacket for a lot of money! I purchased it to use when I downhill ski but the amount of layers I would have to wear underneath to stay warm would be ridiculous. I get that it's a hard shell but for the cost it's not worth it - soon as I opened it in the mail I knew I was sending it right back where it came from. Would keep it if it was significantly cheaper in price.
January 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Aredub Dry with a Nice Feel
I am very impressed by this jacket. I have had more expensive rain gear from some fancy outdoor places, but this is at least the equal and maybe better. It sheds water nicely, even in a downpour. The fabric feels very soft, almost ultra suede (but not nearly so) and this makes it comfortable when it rubs your chin or neck. This is a great product and great value
November 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Traveler1300 Excellent rain jacket
Great quality and real waterproof jacket. I stayed completely dry walking in heavy rain.
November 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by scrapking Well designed outerwear
I love my shell. I would have to say it is a "sport" fit, as many other jackets were roomier for wearing with a sweater, but this fit has its benefits too by not being in the way. The zippers and seams are done with great skill and care and the jacket performs as advertised - I haven't had a drop of rain on me. I would also say it fits close to the waist, so for serious weather, pants would be absolutely required as this does not fall over the waistline by more than a few inches. I'd actually prefer this jacket if it did, but again, this has the benfit of movement, so it's a toss-up.
November 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by sea2summit Truly Waterproof
I bought the Pathfinder to replace an old Mountain Stretch series shell. It's quite a bit lighter than the Mountain Stretch but, so far, the lighter fabric is just as durable, just as waterproof, and just as good in wind.
At 6'3" 190lbs, the men's Large Tall is a great fit. It's a trim fit but comfortable with enough room for a slim thermal layer. If you need to be warm, you will need a thermal layer with this shell.
It is truly waterproof. Three days of wind and rain on a recent backpack fly fishing trip and it never leaked a drop. That the Pathfinder can be compressed and packed so easily is another plus.
I miss the detachable hood of the old Mountain Stretch series and there's only one interior pocket in the Pathfinder (two would be better) but I'm very happy with the purchase.
October 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Evgeniy Good
Good thing for our windy spring-summer-autumn. Strong protect from wind
September 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tommie65 I am impressed!
What a great jacket and color, Blue Jay. Fits great, looks great and so many extra features including two large pockets inside. Sturdy and comfortable. All kinds of new tech in fabric and design. Very happy. So is the wife! Goes with me to the Baltic in a few days.
September 2, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by theMJF Way to big and boxy
This is a nice, well constructed jacket, but the fit is awful. I'm 6'5" 170 lbs so I ordered a medium tall. This jacket is so big, loose, and boxy. Typical wide fit for the masses. Why do so many American manufacturers produce this fit for activewear? I was very disappointed and returned the jacket. Not recommended for slim guys.
July 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanFan40 Fantastic Jacket for hiking.
I received this jacket in the mail today. Overall, the jacket's fabric feels quite durable and the seam tape construction is well put together...great build quality. Kudos to the designers on the pit zips, oversized pockets and layout of the coat. It's well thought out. Best purchase I could have made.
March 25, 2015