Rated 5 out of 5 by ThomsReviews L.L. Bean Fleece Vests - An Outstanding Product
Outstanding quality - exceptional for layering in cold weather. I wouldn't be without one. And that is why I ordered two more in different colors to give me some flexibility in mixing and matching layers. And for the early Spring weather, they are great alone to keep the chill away. Also a very nice item for people who work in air-conditioned computer spaces that have to be kept cool for the equipment. As a former naval aviator, I would have loved to have had these for wear underneath my flight suit when flying in cold climates. An exceptional value for the money. They are also very good for those of us who engage in concealed carry because they have inside the vest pockets.
February 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by mtnwalt GREAT Vest...BAD Zippers
I love the Polartec fleece vests a lot! However every single one I have ever had has had zipper problems after a year or so. I have returned 4-5 vests due to the zippers separating, usually it will be the front zipper & I can get it going again but as time goes by it just keeps separating with the slightest pressure. Finally in disgust I will pack it up & send it back...Thankfully LL Bean stands behind their products & they send me a new one right away.
I feel guilty however for doing this over & over...but if only Bean would put quality zippers in them! I have another brand I use for work that has a metal YKK zipper that has not failed in 15 + years! So it can be done. C'mon LL Bean!
The vests are so darned good that I cannot be without one even with sub par zippers! It is my everyday wear in winter here in Southern Oregon. So as long as you keep replacing my vests when the zipper fails I will keep wearing them. They are warm but light & non binding, shed a light rain, make a great underlayer if needed & even look good going to church.
I upgraded to the Wind Challenger vests but the same zipper problem came to pester me!
My favorite feature is the large double inside pockets that can carry most anything! Along with the outside chest pocket that is perfect for my cellphone...not all brands have these features... they keep me coming back every time.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by tomjw217 Ordering a Seond
I ordered this vest because my granddaughter purloined my other fleece vest (not Bean). I love it. I can't imagine a brighter Husker crimson. The XXL fits well (I'm 6'3" and about 240#). The XXL is true to size. I decided I need another one, so I'm ordering the spruce. Sure wish the loden was in stock in my size -- I'd order both. The zippers are sturdy and the three pockets really come in handy. It has become my standard outer wear at temperatures down to freezing -- sometimes below. Comfortable in cool weather with a short-sleeved shirt or T-shirt.
February 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MerryTexan Handsome and utilitarian
Got this for my husband in the forest green color which is very handsome. He says it's toasty and he likes the pockets for cell phone and other gadgets. We were pleasantly surprised to find the handwarmer pockets constructed in such a way that they create 2 pockets on the inside, too. Very nice. Highly recommended.
January 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GrysBaard Excellent Value
This vest is everything a fleece vest is supposed to be... Warm, lightweight, and comfortable. It is machine washable, which is a plus. The L.L. Bean logo is discreet and subtle, so you don't feel like a walking billboard when you wear the vest. All of the zippers seem to function well, and the garment is constructed so the main front zipper is easy to start, even with cold fingers. The fit is tailored. Mine is true to size, and I am very pleased with the way it fits. The pockets are constructed in such a way that you actually have three inside pockets in addition to the three zippered outside pockets. I was happy with the available range of colors, and had no problem finding one I liked. The price makes this vest a "best buy." I hope Bean will keep this item just as it is, and not make any "improvements!"
January 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by BobfromArizona A tight XXL
For a number of years, I have been buying most of my casual clothes from LLBean. I believe this is the first item I ever sent back. I ordered an XXL vest to give me a roomy fit. This vest was a tight XL at best. Sorry LLBean.
January 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dieselxdan great, high quality fleece
wow.. It feels snug and warmth! Can't believe the high quality of this fleece for under $50. I tried the other brand "pat" $100 vs $50. I felt the LL BEAN was better. Now I wear it all the time under layer.
January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JWBasser Hansome Dude
As vests go, this is a very welcome addition to my wardrobe. It provides that little extra warmth to wear around the house without turning the thermostat up. It fits well under a medium weight jacket to keep the shivers at bay from the house to the car and into the grocery store. It looks nice enough that the wife suggested I add another to the closet while this one gets a good washing as needed. I really think she has designs on it for herself, but don't tell her I know. If you like vests this is one you'll be proud to own.
January 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Duck2832 Vibrant Red - Yikes!
I love LLBean and have ordered many items - always have experienced top quality products and satisfaction.
I received the vibrant "red" Trail Model Fleece Vest for Christmas, it's what I thought I wanted, but this vest is not red in anyway. It's a very ugly orange color. This color looks more like a cheap discount store color that a highway flag person would wear, no offense, to make sure s/he is visable to oncoming traffice. I would reconsider advertising this color. I dont feel it represents your top quality garments.
December 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Goodhue Great for Layering
Warm and cozy,this vest works best as a layer under my coat.I also wear it when driving and making stops around town. It does nothing to stop the cold on a windy day though.
December 17, 2013