Rated 4 out of 5 by nightgale Greatest vest for comfort and versatility
This fleece vest has got to be the greatest ever for classic fit, comfort, all-season warmth, durability, lightness, ease of movement, soft fabric, quality design and details, such as a good zipper and nice high collar. No wardrobe should be without one. They also look good enough to wear to real-life events, not just outdoor stuff.
Too bad the one problem is color. Look at these bizarre options, season after season: orange, neon green, yellow straw, and such. Who invents these tones that don't fit in any wardrobe or compliment any complexion? I got black and violet.
This vest (and jacket) are great LLBean style. Produce it in 20 colors - NORMAL COLORS from pink to red (normal red, not weird fire), ivory, tan, beige, sky blue, and such - and they would all sell out.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RobinD Warmth without bulk
I love vests because for spring and fall because you get warmth without lots of heavy layers. This vest is the perfect example. You can really feel the difference Polartec makes in warmth, this vest is as warm as a sweatshirt. And I have dressed it up with a scarf to make it perfect for casual Fridays in the office.
Glad LL Bean brought back Polartec for this line.
March 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CosmicBlue Zippered Pockets....YES!
I really like my trail model fleece vest. I especially like the secure zippered pockets to carry my cellphone and keys. Since it has no sleeves, it doesn't limit my shoulder and arm movement or feel bulky if I wear it under my coat. I have L.L.Bean comfort fleece and trail model fleece in other jackets but prefer the weight of the trail model fleece. I also think after multiple washings that my trail model fleece looks better than my comfort fleece. The comfort fleece pockets do not have zippers. My usual medium fit well.
March 16, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Alice68 Color name and picture on website misleading
I loved my first Trail Model vest so much I ordered a second in 'daylily'. "Day glow orange" would be a better description. I seldom wear it because I feel it is more appropriate for working on the highway.
It's still a great vest, but I will be more careful about colors in the future.
March 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chiki Love this vest! More colors please!
I live in New Hampshire and chose this vest because it's warm and sturdy, and I like that it has zippered exterior pockets (it has interior pockets too!). I love that I can layer it under my winter coat, or wear it alone over a long sleeved shirt in warmer weather. I also wear it at work when my office is chilly. I could pretty much live in it! The only drawback is the limited color selection; I have three of these vests (Teal, Charcoal Heather and Violet) and now I'm kind out of color choices. It would be nice if this was available in a wider range of colors. Would love to be able to get it in some nice pastel colors.
March 11, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by KatMama Ain't What It Used to Be
Last year I purchased a couple of these vests in large. I loved them. They still fit and are wearing well. This year the styling has been substantially changed. The arm holes are large enough for an elephant's foot. I first ordered a large as I had last year. Fit terribly. Way too big and the arm openings were huge so I sent that back and ordered a medium. Arm openings are still too large to be wearable. They gape unattractively. Also, the fleece in this vest is stiff and coarse to the touch. I'm really disappointed. I expected a better product.
March 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by GAMOMTO4 Love the vest, but really fitted.
This is a great vest, and I love it, but it runs a bit small. If you want it to be comfortable and roomier then plan to order a size up. If you want a more fitted vest, than it runs true to size.
February 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanGroupie My favorite fit!
I love this vest! I keep buying the Trail Model in various colors. I now have about five of them and wear one every day in winter and fall! I wear an X-large and love the length and the comfortable fit! This vest is equally good indoors or out. It is not at all too bulky under a coat, nor is it too hot indoors over a turtleneck! I am always looking for new colors!
February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mnemochan Absolutely the best fleece vest hands down!
I got mine in purple and teal. They are plush, soft, warm, not too thick (I hate thick fleece) and quite fit for LLBean style (other LLBean vests - I had to return because the torso area was cut too big, no waist line!) I might have liked it even more if this vest was cut narrower in the waiste line, but, I can live with this. I am 5'4" 125Lbs and usually wear size 2 to 4, or XS to S in department store brands. These vests are so versatile and I literally live in these. They are bit pricier than most vests but they are high quality. They wash well and I love the pockets. I wish they are a bit longer to cover my hip for warmth though. But, I love these so much and am thinking of buying more colors. I am addicted!
February 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Macite1971 Delighted with first purchase
It's been COLD here in Wisconsin this winter, and I needed a few extra fleece vests to vary my wardrobe. Finally made my first purchase from L.L.Bean: Vibrant Red and Teal Green Trail Model Polartec vests in XL Petite. Received them quickly. LOVED the colors, but, to my delight and surprise, the XL was too large. Ordered the L Petite in both, they came quickly and the fit was perfect. Appreciate the convenient return option. I have numerous fleece vests and jackets of another common brand found in retail stores, and the fabric simply doesn't compare. These colors are vibrant and have depth, the Polartec is wonderfully warm and lightweight, and, best of all, it is holding true to not pilling and not collecting pet hair. With 4 large shedding dogs and 6 cats in our household, that last feature is especially wonderful. I was also impressed with the overall quality construction: binding around the armholes, the pieced body for better fit, the cord zipper pulls. Great introduction to L. L. Bean. I'm sure I'll be returning in the future for other purchases (if anything ever wears out).
January 30, 2014