Rated 5 out of 5 by YellowOrangeRed Excellent technical jacket
I have been using this jacket for about six months, mainly spring/fall for hiking in rainy weather. The main reason I chose it is that the Petite XL sleeves are short enough to fit properly. True to size. (Thanks for Petite, LLBean!)
The stretch fabric is excellent, pockets are easy to use, length is good, and the drawcord at waist is flattering and keeps wind from blowing up the jacket. The pit zips are very useful and easy to open/close. Front zip is smooth and zips up high for good neck/chin coverage if needed. My one hesitation is the hood. It is very large, apparently intended to fit over a helmet -- I found it quite difficult to adjust the three drawcords on the hood for comfortable use without a helmet. Chronically annoying. Finally this week I think I have it right. Yes, I recommend this jacket!
September 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Coco20 Nice quality but fit could be improved
The jacket material and weight are nice, and the blue is a great color...but the sizing is way off (though this is a common problem across LLBean). I really wish this had fit. The petite XS is really big. I'm 5'3" and swimming in it, so I'll have to return it.
April 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Foggedin Wondering about the sleeve cuffs..
Have a feeling the cuffs were designed to fit over heavy ski gloves. They seem big and loose to me, and wind-driven rain would go right up them if you were out hiking with poles. Anyone have this experience? Otherwise, very nice jacket.
March 29, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by kbfsc Men's zipper pull
Online information separated out a cheaper darker blue jacket (which I bought) from the remaining colors, and I am not sure whether these comments also apply to the latter. I like my jacket except for two things. As usual for petite articles from LLBean, the sleeves are much too long and have to be rolled up. Second, the zipper pull is like that on men's clothing (on left side), rather than the right-side pull on women's clothing. Could the sleeve length be related to this actually being a men's jacket? I don't know.
March 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by westcoastoutdoorlover Great new design
I have been waiting for several seasons to replace my goretex ski jacket. This is the one. In comparison to the last few years, this jacket is a bit longer but still, fitted. For the last 6 weeks I have been wearing it alpine skiing , show shoeing, cross country skiing , and just hanging out at Whistler. on the west coast, which can be very wet and cold. I have been totally happy with this jacket. although it was quite a bit more expensive than many others I tried. I usually wear petitie large, but chose to keep the petitie XL so that I could layer enough extra clothes for cold ski days.
My only complaint is that the rest of the Ascent wear does not cooridinate well with this jacket in the light aqua ( a lovey colour) . It goes ( just ) with the pine colour of the ascent packaway jacket, but I think it actually looks better with the gunmetal grey (the inside of the jacket is silver). More disappointingly, the power stretch ascent jacket in algiers blue, which looks like it mgiht go with this ascent jacket, looks terrible with it.
It would be helpful if LL Bean identified what would go with a jacket like this and if a series like the Ascent series actually cooridinated., But the jacket iteself is fabulous.
February 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by KristenVT Great shell.
I've had this shell now for about 2 weeks. It was a gift, my dad picked it out. I have the purple which is a really pretty color. I wasnt really excited about the jacket when my father first asked me about buying it as a gift. Mostly because I like WARM WARM jackets. I live in Northern VT afterall! And this jacket wasnt insulated. But I ended up settling on the Bean's Insulated Fleece jacket to go under it. And now I am really really warm! The shell has plenty of pockets. I Like that they all have zippers to close them up. The hood is really nice and big. I'm not worried about getting wet at all.
Originally I ordered both the Large and the Petite Large. I am around a size 10-12. The Petite was the size for me. I am 5'2" and often can go either way in tops. But this time the Petite was better. The sleeves were shorter and the overall jacket was slightly shorter. I got the Large so that I could fit a warmer layer under it.
December 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by oceanus You need to make this in plus sizes!!
My husband has this coat & it's truly superb. Well made, great fabric, comfy practical design. If this came in plus sizes, I'd be raving about how much I love mine right now. [hint hint]
Actually, that goes for many of your other product offerings, too.
December 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SAMTinMN Chose over other big name vendors
I've been looking for several years to replace the worn out technical shell I've been wearing from one of the high end outdoor gear vendors. All of their women's shells currently have sleeve lengths in the 34 - 35 inch range. Way too long for me. This one from LL Bean includes most of the high end features I require - numerous useful pockets, hood, venting, and waterproof / breathable. So far this shell is meeting my requirements.
The styling is nice and looks good on me. The fabric is a bit stiff right now, but not to excess and I expect with wearing and future washes, it will soften.
Someone else commented on the shoulder fit. I fall between a medium and large with a 39" bust at 5'6" tall and 145 lbs. I order both a medium and large and kept the medium. I can fit a fleece or down sweater underneath. When layered, it does feel a bit close in the armpit area, but I think that's due more to the pit zip than the sizing.
Overall I'm very happy with this shell. Have yet to wear it skiing, but have worn it regularly in temps around 20 - 30 with only a long sleeve top or sweater under it and been plenty warm. It's very windproof. The hood is good too. It has an adjuster that holds the hood back so when I'm not wearing a helmet I can see beyond the brim. As someone else commented, the zipper can be a bit tricky to get started sometimes, but once I got the hang of it, its working better.
I also expect to wear this sailing when the weather is unpleasant, but doesn't warrant full foul weather gear.
December 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Summitchallenger The Best Bombproof Coat You Can Buy
I bought this coat for myself (the man's version# and was so impressed that I got the women's version for my wife. These are her comments.
She loves it because it is waterproof, fits well, looks great, and has great features.
Waterproof: yesterday we were skiing in the Wasatch Mountains and it was snowing up high, raining down low, and some of both in between. Others were getting soaked in their coats after one run. We were dry and warm in ours. My wife had her pit zips open and still stayed dry. I've never seen this before on any other coat.
Fits well, looks great: she wears her coat to work, on our trip to Zion Park last weekend as a wind breaker, and for skiing and hiking. She looks great in it no matter what. She likes it so much that it's hung on the rack right by the door and is easy to grab. I think that shows how much she likes it.
Good features: pockets where you want them, easy to adjust hem cord, nice hood that she was able to get over her helmet #and worked), nice details, and best of all a great price and value.
A real winner from LL Bean. In the interest of disclosure we have the 2011 models; the new models we've looked at and are more improved...if that is even possible....
November 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CanadianColdFront Not cheap, but an excellent jacket
This is a jacket that makes you want to get outside, no matter the conditions. I have been wearing mine for about a month, and so far it's made it through bicycle commuting in soggy weather, walking to and from work, and many trips to the dog park. This jacket is up to the challenge of wind and rain - even during Hurricane Sandy it kept me warm and dry. I'm excited to see how it will handle a northern winter (with a fleece jacket underneath). The material is a bit stiff and crinkly, but not excessively so. The best feature is the hood -- it's very adjustable which leads to comfort and good visibility, even in very wet weather.
October 31, 2012