Rated 5 out of 5 by smokymountainhiker7 High quality fleece, good stretch.
I had wanted a charcoal grey fleece vest for a couple years, and decided to buy this one because L.L. Bean's quality never disappoints. This vest is no exception. The fleece is high quality (i.e. soft, not too furry, is not pilling) and there is a good amount of stretch, which is nice since I wear it hiking and while doing manual labor. I think it looks nice enough for a day out shopping and sightseeing because of the careful attention to the fit and finished seams. I just received this less than a month ago, so I cannot yet speak to its longevity, but the seams are all impressively well sewn and reinforced, and the fabric is thick and luxe, so I don't foresee any problems. The vest is thoughtfully designed with zippered pockets to keep your keys from falling out, a hook to hang it by the door to dry, inner drawstrings on the waist for a windproof and snug fit, and durable rope pulls affixed to the zippers. It seems like a lot of care went into this vest's creation. Note: I hang mine to dry, so while it hasn't shrunk in the wash, I don't know how it would do in the dryer. It dries fairly quickly when hanging because it is a synthetic fabric. This also makes it excellent for hiking and outdoor activity, because it will keep you dry and reduce risk of hypothermia in a cold and wet environment. A very functional and attractive piece.
October 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by slee Perfect!
Short and sweet - I bought 2 of these last year and am back for 2 more. If I could figure out a way to justify buying 1 of each color, I'd do that!
October 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BostonRose Trail Model Fleece Vest
I love, love, love this vest. The weather is changing in Boston and I didn't know what to wear today., This vest is perfect!!! I am thinking of getting one in charcoal and probably the green color that is on special pricing. You cannot go wrong. Very coimfortable. Looks dressy if you add a scarf. Now to decide if I want to get one color or two!!!!
October 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NN4CR Top quality
I have 3 of these vests (gray, black, violet) and I've given 2 as gifts over the past year. The fleece material is warm, soft, and lightweight. It's thicker than most fleece out there, but not bulky.
The cut is excellent for women of all shapes and sizes. It's not too short and has a classic look, not too tight. The design is well cut in the arm holes, collar, pockets, and overall fit. All the zippers are sturdy and easy to use.
This vest seems to me a "cut above" the other types LLB offers for women. This is a great looking item that's easy to care for. I am a size XL and this vest feels comfortable and natural. I don't feel self-conscious in it. Some years ago I bought these in a size small when I was 115 pounds, and that size also looked and felt terrific.
If you are considering this particular vest from LLB for the first time, do try it! There's none better.
September 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by riverspirit just what was needed
I've been wanting a vest for some time, and with so many choices it was hard to know what would work for my needs. I love this vest. Living in a cool, damp climate means dressing in layers.
The vest is lightweight and has plenty of room for a sweatshirt underneath. The deep violet color is perfect.
One additional benefit is that the fabric is made from recycled materials in the u.s.a.
September 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JDonova2 Love this vest!
I wanted something durable, warm and comfortable, and this vest has it all! I live in this vest during the cooler months, and not only is it SUPER warm, it's really easy to move around in, especially when riding horses and cleaning stalls at the barn. I find that it fits true to size and is a great option if you don't want the bulk of a coat. I've worn this vest with the Under Armor longsleeved Cold Gear top (also found on this site), as well as the LL Bean Women's Henley tee and this vest only enhances the warmth and comfort of those tops. I'm definitely planning to add another one of these vests to my collection!
September 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanNJFan warm and comfortable -- great fleece!
I just played golf wearing a fitness fleece under my new black fleece vest. Not only was I warm, I could swing the club easily -- the fit of this vest is perfect for activities. It's not glamorous but it's super functional. My only complaint is that the size is blazoned on the inside. I know I am not petite but having a large white 2X conspicuously displayed on the vest is annoying. Who wants to be sure she is hanging the vest over a chair in just the right way to avoid the display of maker, size, source of fiber etc. That said, the vest is a keeper, and I recommend it highly.
September 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by PaCm Too long for me.
The material is wonderful, but for me the length was uncomfortable. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a longer vest (check measurement before ordering). I hated to send it back but didn't like the long look or feel.
June 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CentralFloridaWalker So Practical!
I love this vest. I got the deep purple, which is a beautiful color. It's a perfect layer for winter in North Central Florida; cozy, comfortable and flattering.
April 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JC1469 Perfect in Every Way
I always have high expectations of quality from LLBean and this vest meets them all. The fabric is soft, the fit is perfect and the garment is well made. I especially like the turn down collar and the generous size of the zippered pockets. Finally, pockets where I can safely carry my Smart Phone! I walk dogs at a local animal shelter and this vest will be perfect for chilly days.
I ordered Small Petite and the fit is perfect. I like this vest so much that I'm going to go back and order the long sleeved version.
April 23, 2015