Rated 5 out of 5 Best Dad Coat Ever!
Best Dad Coat Ever!
If you have kids or are planning on having kids soon, this review is for you. I am a father of two small children, but I really do not like carrying a diaper bag or having my hands full with kids? stuff. Herein lies the genius of the shooting coat turned into the Dad coat. I wore my last shooting coat to playground outings because it was the right weight for fall, but I soon found out that I could get a packet of wipes, a few diapers, a portable changing pad, assorted snacks and other sundry items into the coat?s large billow pockets designed to hold a full box of shells, yet no one was the wiser looking at me at the playground. This kept my hands free and me more mobile than a bag-toting man, which freed me up for a variety of Dad-related things, such as playing with my kids. Then I realized what I needed was a full on upland hunting coat with a front loading game pocket for all that extra stuff kids are always giving you to ?hold?. It adds up: a sippy cup here, a milk bottle there, a hat when your kid get hot from playing, a toy or two, not to mention your own coffee cup (if you are smart).
So, the ?kids? bought me this L.L. Bean coat at my request in the solid brown color. On the coat?s first outing, we all went to a lantern parade where the kids had their own handmade lanterns from milk jugs. After the parade part was over and it was time for playing with the other kids, the boys gave my wife their lanterns to hold. I took those lanterns and put them into the front loading game pocket with no problem. They just disappeared and were saved for later retrieval, but I wasn?t left ?holding the bag? so to speak. I was also able to carry our stainless steel coffee cups, diapers, wipes and changing pad, not to mention my own personal effects. The small zipper pockets are great for my wallet and keys, while the inside pocket keeps my phone safe. Plus, there are two sets of lined hand-warming pockets always available for my use even with a ton of stuff in the coat. The coat is comfortable, easy to clean, rugged and looks great. The best part is you can basically put whatever you need to in the game pocket. Because the pocket is designed to carry dead, bloody birds, you can easily clean it out after you put something dirty inside or something leaks (like that sippy cup). The whole time, you have both hands free and the coat basically looks and feels the same as if it were empty, yet it is surprisingly easy to ?magically? retrieve individual items as requested or needed. If you are a mother reading this, get this coat for Dad and tell him how to use it. He will thank you! If you are a Dad reading this, get this coat for yourself and employ it in the way described. L.L. Bean should be marketing the coat as a dual purpose hunting/Dad coat.
January 2, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by jetdog Not what I Expected
I purchased this coat to replace my old LL Bean upland coat that has worn out over many years of use. Apparently a lot has changed over the year...
The fit was a bit different, boxy in the body and the sleeves were quite restrictive ( too narrow). The lining throughout add weight and with all the pockets for gadgets, gear and what not add more weight. The game bag has one entry, not the best option in my opinion. The material is heavy enough to withstand brush but the coat would be just too much of a sweat box to be comfortable on all but the coldest and windy days afield. It appears to be well constructed.
I returned the coat as it just is not what I had expected. Too much coat... sometimes simpler is better.
July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by bendaco No Dissapointments
I was initially concerned about warmth of this unlined coat but I have been quite comfotable in 18 degree outings with just a flannel shirt underneath. Love all the pockets, especially the game pocket. It is a vast storage space easily accesed with your right hand. Mail, books paperwork can be easily carried here unfolded. Extremely water repellant. No sweating as of yet. tommorrow I will ski in it and tell you more.
I think it is also pretty good lookinge and a cut abouve a workaday coat.
January 14, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jbirder Poorly designed
This coat is very disappointing. The shell loops were made to hold 50 caliber anti aircraft shells, not shotgun shells. The sleeves are too narrow to fit over liner jackets or shirts needed for cold weather. Birds can only be put in game compartment from one side. Whoever designed this coat knows little about bird hunting.
November 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thorbjorn Very Good Coat
The fabric glides through brush more easily than anything I've ever worn before. It also sheds water very well. It is a little stiff, but that's a fair trade-off for it's performance in the woods.
The pockets and game bag are more than ample.
The fit is a little too loose through the abdomen, but that is more about me than the coat. I bought an XL because it fits my shoulders, but it ended up being baggy around my stomach. I'd like to see a "fitted" size option available.
October 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WTarzia Good jacket!
This is a nice design and well executed. I don't hunt, but I like lots of pockets for different functions, and I like a tough exterior. I am medium build and height and bought a large to ensure freedom of movement and room for a fleece jacket under it, and this seems about right. It is reasonably warm in cool spring weather without anything under it, and reasonably cool in late spring (it is well ventilated#. With a sweater/fleece, it will take you into an average mid-New England winter pretty well. The pockets are perfect combo of zipper type and button type, smaller size and cargo size. The ginormous game-pocket #from front to down around back) is overkill for me, but I have found a use for it: dropping my camera inside for secure carrying but rapid deployment. The fabric seems bullet proof, and though very stiff, the stiffness makes it quieter in motion than you would think. The ventilated lining is just right. I would prefer a zipper instead of the buttons, but for a jacket being used while walking/hiking, the button front probably helps ventilate it.
April 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by nhtool Great coat, fits well.
I like the fact that the fit is somewhat oversized and will fit over a heavy shirt or fleece. The construction of the coat make it very easy to do any type of work.
January 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by 30WCF Good Coat
As with all LL Bean products, the quality is very good. I wish the sizing went to at least XXL; as I like some extra room for cold weather layering. The front load game bag is nice, but at least one side access to the game bag would help for water bottle carry and access. I find myself leaving the rear game bag access unzipped for the canteen I carry for myself and the dog. The front side pockets work well for gloves and the dog's collapsible water dish. The front shell pockets could be "puffer" to make that reach for shells a bit easier. I do like the coat, but the improvements I've listed would help.
December 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by okmike A size too big
This coat is great, I love it, but I wish it was not a full size too big. I also would prefer a zipper. I plan to sell it to my brother who is bigger than I. Even the sleeve length is long enough for him, he is 6 foot 7. I am only 6, 3.5.
There also seems to be a spare button inside the lower left section of the front of the coat, but I cannot get to it at all. I went into every single pocket, but the button appears to be inside, never to be retrieved.
I also wish this coat came in Medium, or was only a little roomy and not a lot roomy, since this is not the case, it means I will not get to enjoy this coat. Too bad.
October 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by amythntr Great quality & sized right!
Just received my Upland Hunter Field Coat. Quality is unbelievable and worth the cost! Everything fit perfectly! Cant wait to put it into service next month as New Jersey begins its pheasant season! Would highly recommend this coat to anyone looking for a well made, good value for the money coat that will last for many years!
October 8, 2013