Rated 4 out of 5áby MidnightBlue pros & cons
I ordered both this and the fleece-lined fitness vest. Will review the latter separately. Not sure which I will keep--wish I could combine the good features of both. Re this one:
Pros-?love the color, fabric, warmth, lightweight and longer length (than some in the past?I'm 5' 51/2", and also longer than the fitness vest). Great that it's recycled too (some previous versions of the recylced fleece haven't felt right).
Cons?no 2 -way zipper (fitness vest has) which is really needed since it's trim fitting in the hips. Would really help comfort when sitting down (it bunches up a lot of zipped up) or if one just wants a looser fit a the bottom over layers. Most all my Bean jackets & vests (even shorter ones, where its not as necessary) have a 2-way zip, and this one really needs one. This may be a deal-breaker for me. Armholes are very large so gap, even over a sweater.
I'm size 8-10, so between a small and a medium in Bean clothes depending on the style & cut. I got a small in this. It fits trim in the hips though I'd prefer an extra inch or so, especially wearing over sweaters and without a 2-way zip! It's perfect in the midsection and length, and chest is roomy but okay. I couldn't size up to a medium as armholes would be way too huge and chest too big as well.
December 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby StabilICer Warm and Cozy
I placed my order online on Friday and Monday morning my vest had arrived. It is exactly as pictured and described. Solid construction, sturdy zippers, good shape and strong seems. I ordered the green teal and it looks exactly as pictured. I am vegan and have a winter coat which is synthetic wool with no lining. I bought the vest to add some warmth for my torso without adding bulk. I live in Upstate NY and winters get very cold here (mostly below 20 F). I was able to wear the vest today, zipped up over my suit jacket and was still able to button my coat as the fleece is thin and fitted. I should also note that I ordered the 3X and normally wear a 2X. There is just enough wiggle room without being tight but not too much. I was also elated when I read on the tag that these vests are made from 50% recycled materials. I didn't see that in the listing but felt so good about my purchase after reading that. Thank you LL Bean for considering the environment and that your customers also want to make eco-conscious purchases.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby fidalgoshopper Great vest and earth tone: more, please, LLBean!
It's very hard to find women's outerwear in warm earth tones, especially from LLBean. Black-gray-navy-purple-burgundy-blue-white (or bright primary colors) are the usual offerings. So I especially appreciate this warm, spicy russet. "Cayenne" is the perfect name for it. Good fit, well made: I'm going to be wearing this a lot! LLBean, please give us "springs" and "autumns" more warm, earthy color choices!
November 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby superlady Super Vest
I was so pleased with this vest! color, weight, & fit were perfect--I need another color--thanks LL Bean
November 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby DeeDee67 Very warm, but.....
Ordered the black vest and it's very warm. However, it says relaxed fit, which it is not. I normally take a L or XL. I ordered the XL because I wanted a little room inside. This XL vest is more like fitted. With one thin layer underneath, it fits very snug against the body, with no room left at all. It also zips up like a Men's garment, not a Woman's. That is a small thing, but the fit is not. If you're thin, or you like a tighter fit, I'm sure this would be perfect for you. Under the arm fit is quite good.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby riverslakesoceans good fit, color, style
A lot of LL Bean products seem to be less well made than they used to be, but this one measured up! I generally wear a medium -- and the medium fit me perfectly. I like the medium weight, and I liked the color I ordered (dark violet) and in fact would order another one if there were other colors I liked. So please work on your color selection, LL Bean, and please bring back the women's trail model fleece pullover for women!
October 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Oceanpacific Trail Modl Fleese Vest
Vest arrived yesterday and I just love it. Excellent quality. Sizing is perfect. . Ordered char Heather, fleece but light weight. I will be watching for more colors. I wear vests with my slacks all year round. Temp here on coast in Oregon is mild all year round.so I always look for different weights to wear in each season.. Love LLbean quality.
October 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Cam1st Hmm...
Not sure why this didn't work for me.
I love fleece, and I love the heavier Polartec fleece for serious cold and wind (which we have plenty of in this area for much of the year!). The color I ordered the vest in--teal green--was pretty. But I found the vest just didn't do anything for me. It felt pretty clunky on, and I looked clunky in it.
In the past, I have found Bean's light weight fleece vests to be too light. But this weight, for what would be for me an indoor garment, felt like too much.
Perhaps the same vest in a 100 weight, rather than 200 weight, Polartec might hit the spot?
September 20, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby teatotaler returned already
I've just returned my size Large, Petite vests..First off I can not see how someone could rate these "light" or "lightweight"...They were quite heavy actually....I live at the ocean and we often need a little extra warmth from the cool breezes, even in the summertime....These vests were more of a winter type gear. Plus quite long for a Petite. And too large under the armpits..I did LOVE the Charcoal and Teal Green colors though! I'm bummed out about having to return them both....I am a true size 12, 5 ft. tall..
August 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Run6014 Will last for years
I own multiple fleece vests in different colors. These fleece vests look great even after years of wear. Wash well; no shrinkage and no fading.
Price is higher than some stores but this is an example of "you get what you pay for." Other fleece vests I've purchased do not last; pockets start sagging and material pills over time.
August 31, 2014