Rated 5 out of 5 by UltraWoman SUPER COMFY AND THE SIZE WAS SPOT ON!
I bought this item for a winter hiking trip to the Grand Canyon as a layering piece. I was uncertain as to what size to get, since, according to the company size chart, I am technically a Medium--however, because I also run and am extremely active, I prefer my clothes to be body-skimming (though not skin tight). I was leaving for my trip in a matter of days, so returning and exchanging for a different size was not an option. Based on the multiple reviews I read here on the LL Bean website, I ordered a Small and then held my breath...
The Small fit PERFECTLY. I am 5'9", 140 pounds and typically wear a 4 or 6 blouse. The sleeves are long enough, the shoulders fit extremely well and there's still room for a tank or a silk long john underneath for colder weather. I ordered the Purple #hesitantly, because some purples are too bright for my taste# and it is an elegant shade #not too loud or obnoxious# that matched my hiking boots perfectly. The fabric is warm and there was no chafing or rubbing anywhere during the hike. It is a versatile top that will be multifunctional. I will be wearing this top around the house and doing errands, it is so comfortable. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
November 21, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5
by Breezeforspeed Bummed
I really wish I had better things to say about this shirt. I have loved Polartec for years, but I have literally had this shirt less than a day. I'm wearing it for the first time today and I already have pulls in the fabric in several places on the arm. Not to mention, it looks like the seams were sewn so that it gives an inside out kind of look. I'm not at all impressed. I really expect more from Polartec.
The shirt is warm. It does wick. But it doesn't appear (given the pulls I've already sustained in just a few hours of easy wear) that this shirt will hold up over the long term.
November 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by wagsandwiggles Nice looking shirt
I bought this to wear for cooler weather bike rides here in California. As it's now summer I won't be wearing it for a while, but I did try it on and the fit is great. I'm 5'2" at 115 lbs and the small petite is perfect. I love the purple color with the blue accent stitching. It feels very soft and comfortable so I expect to wear it often with my new carbon fiber bike!
July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SewGirlCrestview great top!
Love the color. Fit is spot on. Sleeves are long enough even for my gorilla arms! Love the thumb slit in the cuffs. Since it's the middle of the summer here I can't testify to it's warmth but based on all my previous LL Bean purchases, it will be wonderful. Can't wait for it to get cold enough to wear this beautiful top!
July 7, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by purplecrone Fabric catches easily & not very warm
I own several shirts similar to this. Decided to give this brand a try but was disappointed for 2 reasons. 1) the fabric catches on almost anything and snags. 2) not nearly as warm as my other similar tops. (I use them as layers for skiing and winter hiking). But the styling is nice. Wish the fabric was better and warmer.
February 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by llbeanershopaholic One of my favorite purchases.....out of many....
I really love this shirt, I have worn it regularly this winter on its own, not as a layer. It is super comfortable, washes well, dries fast, and just all around a winner. I am size 12, and went with a large. It is one of those shirts that I grab when I don't know what to wear. I've used it for snowshoeing (fabulous warmth and functionality), and casual wear. I highly recommend.
February 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by elezli Comfortable~Cute
Excellent fabric,thumbhole placement & comfortable top! Wish it came in more colors!!
January 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beezeus Gave as Gift
Gave this item as a gift and I noticed it quickly became part or her go-to everyday cold weather gear. She loves the thumbholes and swears they help keep her hands warm during outside activities.
December 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by eurekabeaner Love the new fabric, . . .
. . . love the shirts. I bought the midweight zip in berry (last year's color?) and the lightweight zip in smoke. Also have a lightweight and midweight from a couple years ago in the old fabric. All in Medium Reg except berry is Med Pet. (Thank you LLB for the petites!!) I'm 5'0", 145#, about 38-32-40. If you are familiar with the old ones, the fit is virtually indistinguishable - the stretch fabric hasn't changed that. If not, fit is pretty true to size (I usually get Med LLB tops, occasionally Lg depending on styling and intended purpose - Lg was too big in these), relatively speaking maybe a bit more ease in shoulders & chest and trimmer through waist & hip (but still not too snug or clingy over my clearly plump middle). Back length of the Med Reg is about 26-1/2 - 27 inches and the Med Pet is about 1 - 1-1/2" shorter - pretty long but good for maintaining a substantial overlap between top & pants. Sleeves are about 3" too long on me of course, probably long enough for most everybody though the longest arms might not be able to comfortably use the thumbholes (which I used to think I didn't care about but use more & more when gloves might be overkill but hands need a little cover). Pet. sleeves are about an inch+ shorter than Reg. One fit anomaly (I almost don't want to mention it, so it doesn't get changed!) is that the sleeves seem to be cut somewhat generously- a pleasant surprise for those of us who frequently struggle with sleeves that are too tight in the upper arm.
Love the new fabric - soft, cozy, less "stiff" more drape-y than the old but not clingy, stretch lets you pull up the sleeves if temps (or you) warm up. Unlike other reviewers, I found the flatlock stitching to be reasonably soft, certainly not as scratchy as in this year's Beansport tops.
I use these shirts almost exclusively for moderate to vigorous hiking & snowshoeing Fall through Spring, temps as low as10 and as high as 55 degrees, so the wicking, drying, insulate when damp properties are crucial and these shirts seem to perform well - and breathe/vent well if you're warmer than expected. (Of course, I haven't yet used the stretch ones in all temp ranges - I'm assuming the bit of stretch is not going to change the fabric performance.) In the top part of that temp range, I can wear them mostly alone, a light 2nd layer for lunch stop, top of ridge with wind, not working hard coming down. At bottom of temp range, a light to mid down or fleece layer and mid-weight shell will probably be enough. I understand another reviewer's questioning whether these are "base layers" - they are substantial pieces, NOT thin & tight, not going to "hide" under anything but the bulkiest sweater.
November 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MtViewGardener Very flattering fit
Nice weight for a jacket on the West Coast. I wear it over t shirts. Love the fit.
October 24, 2014