Rated 5 out of 5 by GradStudentOnABudget Love this beautiful and soft fitted fleece hoodie!
This was my favorite fleece of several that I ordered in my last shipment from L. L. Bean: I found this one to have the most flattering fit for my figure (an hourglassy smallish medium: 5' 5", broad shoulders, and 34C bust - 27" waist - 38.5" hips). The Small fit me best: snug, stretchy and curve-hugging, with room for a tank top or t-shirt underneath but no more. The Medium was larger (especially in the waist and hips), and if I had wanted to layer underneath this hoodie, I would have kept the Medium. I could get the XS on, but it was too tight for me, especially around the bust and shoulders: broader-shouldered and/or bustier women might want to consider sizing up, even otherwise petite ones. I would say that the fit was about a size smaller than the other Bean fleeces I received in my last order (specifically, the Ascent Power Stretch Jacket, the Pathfinder Softshell Jacket, and the Wind Challenger hooded fleece). The Medium in this fleece fit me like a Small in the others. I liked this as I don't think this fleece is meant to be worn with layers underneath, like the others are. In fact, the Small in this fleece fit well underneath a Small in the Pathfinder Softshell Jacket. The fit of the hood was great, the thumb-holes fit my arms/thumbs perfectly, and the smooth outer surface doesn't seem to pick up pet hair like normal fleece does. Additionally, I love the fabric of this hoodie: it is extremely soft, supple, and velvety inside, and is smooth outside (almost like a bathing suit). The hoodie didn't feel at all stiff, and felt like it really moved with me: it's something I definitely see myself wearing when I exercise in cold weather, or just out and about on a chilly day that is not cold enough for a real jacket. The colors are beautiful as well - variegated and saturated. And perhaps the best thing about this jacket is its shape, which is feminine and fitted rather than boxy - very flattering.
I only have a three complaints about this jacket. The first one is that the printed logo on the bottom left of the jacket looks cheap, and I anticipate it partially peeling off in an unattractive way with wear and washing. Why not have the logo embroidered on, as it is on all the other Bean jackets I ordered? The second complaint is that, as with all the other jackets in my order, I really want a two-way zip: it renders outerwear much more functional and versatile. If I am going to exercise in this jacket in cold weather, it would really work so much better if I could unzip it from the bottom as well as from the top as I heat up. Third, an $89 price is really too steep for what is essentially a glorified hoodie. I would love to buy several of these, but at this price point I don't find them particularly good value for money, even though I love the design. For those demerits I give this hoodie 4.5 stars, which I generously round up to 5 given how much I love this jacket's other features. L. L. Bean, if you could just work on improving those few criticisms, you'd have a solid 5 from me on this fleece!
September 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MinnesotaWoods nice shape
At barely 5'9" and 160#, the large fits very nicely over a light layer. Seams are well placed so it is a more streamlined/flattering look than any typical sweatshirt.
Many long-sleeved items are a bit on the short side for me, but thanks to the thumb-hole design, this is good as a regular sleeve.
However, LLBEAN, PLEASE add 1" to the sleeve length or offer in tall sizes for a more satisfied customer. :) The thumb holes may bind just a bit at the thumb and elbow when used actively. ...And, $89 is a bit steep.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by llbeanershopaholic Versatile
I generally wear medium tops and size 12, but ordered a large based on reviews that it was snug. Glad I did. A medium would have clung to me, a large fits nicely. Slightly snug and fitted-looks tailored. I wish it had a two way zipper, but besides that, it's comfy, looks good, and is great for walking, running, shopping, etc.
May 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CaliforniaCasualShopper Great color, great fabric BUT too tight, too short
I was really looking forward to receiving this jacket (the orange I wanted was on backorder), but when I got it in my usual size M it was too tight and the sleeves were too short. Now I can't even reorder as the orange is sold out.
LLB -- for items like this where the arm length is more critical -- the thumb hole needs to fall where one's thumb actually is -- PLEASE offer tall and petite sizes.
April 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by veganrocker Great hoodie!
This is such a great item, I've already come back for more. So far, I've worn it running, to yoga, dog walking, and doing outdoor as well as indoor chores around the house. It's really attractive, too, so I anticipate wearing it out. It sheds dog hair easily - a bonus for me, as I have three very furry dogs, and it washes up to look like new. I am going to take it hiking, biking, and traveling soon. I am 5 '1, and wear a petite medium. The medium fit me fine, albeit with slightly longer sleeves than I would ideally have wanted, but it is easily remedied by pulling the sleeves up a bit. It's definitely fitted, but very attractive.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thyme4Tia Love it!
It is very comfortable, very soft. Not heavy feeling. Not bulky. I haven't tried it in the rain. It blocks the wind about the same as a fleece jacket. This is definitely becoming my favorite take along jacket. I had been wearing it for about 2 weeks and just yesterday noticed that on the back right hip area it has a few reflective dots - inconspicuous and typical of the LL Bean quality - just that little extra makes a big difference.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LVLLB2 Warm and cozy.
Color was more bright orange but I don't mind it. Great fit and keeps me warm! Love how soft it is next to my skin. I'm 5'2" 110 lbs and the XS fit perfectly.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jackiemyboy Great Hoodie
Never loose your keys or cell phone again with the zipped pockets on this hoodie jacket. Wonderful fit, great color and did I mention the pockets that zip?
February 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cwmair Love this jacket!
This is my favorite jacket - I actually wear it as part of my outfit. The LLBean model does not do this justice! It is so comfortable and flattering. I am 5'5" and weigh 128 and an XS fits snug but extremely comfortable. The sleeves are plenty long and the length is perfect - it doesn't ride up at all! The color is definitely more orange than red but that's what I like about it since I am an ILLINI alum - go orange and blue!! I am thinking about getting this same jacket in blue. Can't recommend this highly enough!
January 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hippychic Close fit
I bought the jacket in purple, which I really like, it's nice and colorful. The fit is very close making it hard to wear anything loose underneath as the sleeves will bunch up and you have to tuck them into the hoodie sleeves. Not something I like to do. If you want this for wearing with tight clothes such as a workout tank/bra or tight fitting sleeved shirt, it is great. It blocks the wind good and is very soft and stretchy. The sleeves are longer due to the thumb hole. I live in FL and during our last cold snap it was great to wear over a tank top in the cool morning. I also like the tight hood. I intend to use it under L.L. Bean's Gore Tex jacket while on an Alaskan cruise this summer and I tried them together out in the cold wind and the combo was perfect. Don't buy it if you are looking for a loose fit. I am 5'-3", 120 lbs and I ordered the XS. Fit is perfect, but close.
January 13, 2014