Rated 2 out of 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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
Rated 2 out of 5áby Beaner1234 too many mistakes
I wear medium petite, which mine is, but this is WAY too long.
Also- the light tan color ("pale straw") is too green, and the zipper is backward (starts on the wrong side). If the color didn't have such a greenish tinge I would probably keep it anyway, but putting it all together, back it goes!
January 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby BicoastalMV Size inconsistencies--for the second time
I have this vest (and many previous incarnations of it) in two other colors and just received a third one in red. The first one that I ordered in Petite medium, my usual size, was way too big so I exchanged it for a Petite small. It fit fine, and I ordered a second one in the same size. The new, red one, also a Petite small, is too small, as it is 2+ inches smaller around than my other two Petite smalls.
Once the vest is the right size, it's fabulous (and I've reviewed this vest previously), so this rating is less about the vest than it is about quality control at LL Bean. This didn't use to happen, and every time it does--with increasing frequency--I'm surprised and disappointed. If I weren't getting free returns, I'd be doing a lot less shopping at Bean's. I really do expect better from LL Bean. What would Leon do?
January 15, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby NMDreamer Weird fit
I used to love these vests. I have a black Bean fleece vest that is in danger of falling apart - I wear it all the time in cold weather. I don't often see bright reds like this for women at Bean, so I was really excited to get this. But what a disappointment! The vest is cut very narrow in the shoulders and hangs weirdly. And although I bought petite, it comes down to the bottom of my hips - and I'm 5'8" tall. The regular sized vest from years ago is mid-high hip.
Bottom line - this is going back and I'm probably not going to be able to buy another one unless they do a major redesign.
January 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby greatcanadianlovesllbean not what they used to be
I wrote a review last year about how happy I was with these but I began to notice a change in them to the point, I just sent the last 2 back.
The zipper on the pockets does not reach the material and as such, there is a space causing the zipper not to reach the top.
I hadn't noticed that before so I went to the closet and took out my other 5 pair. The zipper is much heavier in last year's and the zipper reaches the top. My last 2 pair the zipper is lighter and not placed in its proper place [if that makes sense].
Zoom in on the zipper on the pocket, if you are happy with it below the material. .. and I note it is far worse than the picture shows then get this, if not don't buy this and wait until they put back the heavier zipper.
Sadly these last 2 are going back.
January 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby UmbrellaWoman Color WAY off
I like the vest because it is warm, made of good fabric, has pockets, and the pockets are zippered. I might order it again, but I am currently VERY annoyed because my "deepest violet" vest showed up and it's more like crayon purple. I only paid this much for a vest because I wanted the color. I can get polartec for less elsewhere, and zippered pockets are not really necessary for me. I don't even really need pockets per se, I just like them. I have not decided whether to return this, I kind of desperately need stuff to wear due to size changes, but color matching is critical. The photo should match. I know that's hard, but the photo should match.
December 21, 2013