Rated 1 out of 5 by 3rdgenerationclient Not the real thing - just a bad imitation
These are NOT the same classic 1/4 zip fitness fleece that we all loved and gave 5 star reviews for years. I own six or eight of the "old style" of these and love them. The light weight and soft, high quality fleece made them extremely comfortable and versatile in a wide temperature range throughout the year. These new version ones - with the heavier, cheap feeling fleece are a disappointment. I read though all the old reviews and couldn't find anyone who wanted a heavier fabric as the description claims - so I suspect maybe its really just a matter of LLBean finding a cheaper supplier with cheaper fleece. And yes, as other reviews noted - the sleeves are longer on these too. I compared "old" to "new" and found that in a Men's large - the "new" version has sleeves an inch and a half longer, though it does fit well through the torso. LLBean - please bring back the regular weight fleece! - The new version is ok, but its not an improvement of the classic - it is a different product that is not as versatile or comfortable.
August 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by CIIowan Why no full-zip fitness fleece jacket?
I've bought both this quarter-zip fitness fleece model and a full-zip fitness fleece jacket. The quarter-zip model sits in my closet, while I wear the full-zip model constantly and was hoping to buy another one like it in a different color. I'm extremely disappointed that L L Bean is no longer offering the full-zip model.
I find the quarter-zip model hard to get on and off and constrictive in its fit. Its little zipper pocket is not big enough to be any use to me, and I think it makes the garment look funny.
The full-zip model is perfect for three-season wear over t-shirts or polos, when I want to be able to add a layer or shed it easily, according to changing temperatures, and I like having real pockets on the side. Please bring back the full-zip model!
August 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by llstudent Solid Fleece
Having only owned this fitness fleece for roughly a day, this review may change. I ordered two colors, royal red and regular navy. Upon seeing the royal red, I immediately put it back into the bag for return - it is nowhere near the color of the picture online. The navy is a wonderful color. I wore it outside and it was able to provide me with some warmth, though it was very moist after a slight drizzle. I've read some comments below, and I am surprised by the reviews of the long sleeves. I am a slim 5'10 130 lb teenager, and ordered a small which fits me perfectly; not too tight and not too loose.
Upon initial wear, the fleece shed quite a bit, but it seems to have stopped. I will wash it following the care instructions and will see if this continues. Overall, a solid fleece for layering in winter, and wear alone in spring/fall.
May 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SartorialGirl Great Layer in Winter, Wear Alone in Fall!
My husband said "I need a thinner fleece to wear under my winter jackets but warm enough to wear alone in early spring and fall" - so I bought a fitness fleece and it was perfect. After first one was a hit I bought two more in other colors, he wore throughout winter and into early spring. He is a trim Large and it fit well, very flattering, no complaints, and fit, style, color have held up after several washings so far.
May 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by live2travel Bring Back The Old Fitness Fleece
Don't EVER reorder a Bean item you love without reading the description to see if they've "improved" it! I made the mistake of ordering a Fitness Fleece for my husband "assuming" that since it carried the same name it would be the same fabric, fit and styling as in the past. The old fitness fleece was lightweight and soft inside and out. This one has a smooth lining that is not fleece and it is much heavier and "hotter" and won't fold down to a compact size in a hiking pack like the old one. It also is a peculiar sizing. As others have noted, unless you have long arms it will be too long in the arms, and the so-called "traditional" cut is a full inch narrower than my husband's two previous Fitness Fleece purchases bought 3 and 5 years ago respectively, even though all are labelled Men's Medium. This one is going back. This is the 4th Bean item I have returned in the last year because the fabric and cut of an old favorite have been changed dramatically. What a pain and expense having to ship things back.
LLBean, if you change the fabric or cut of an item from one year to the next give it a new name so customers will know they are NOT buying a product they have purchased before.
May 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TerryRR Sleeves not too long for me.
I must be the mutant zombie that one of the other comments referred to in regards to the sleeve length, I am a slender 6' 2" 170 lbs and usually buy a medium tall, as I did here. No need to size up. Sleeves are always too short for me. These are better than most but I could still use another inch or so. Four stars not five. Could definitely use some side pockets and the inside fabric is not fleece so the outside is actually softer than the inside. Not itchy but just not as soft. I would also prefer a slightly smaller sleeve opening. Every movement sends a draft up the arm. A little baggy in the body, but that goes with the "traditional fit." Despite these issues I will be saving up to purchase a few more.
April 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by okcowboy Great fit
I am a trim 6' 175lbs and the Medium Tall fits great! Sleeves fit my long arms and overall length covers mid crotch. It is my new favorite item to wear when it is cold. The chest pocket works great to keep my phone handy.
March 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Gabe5 Needs pockets
Love this pullover but the breast pocket is small.
Two side pockets would make this perfect and I'd give it 5 stars.
February 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tapio Great value!
Great shirt at a fair price. Nice fit, retains color & shape after repeated laundering. Excellent for layering.
February 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Window Too long
Had previously owned 5 fitness fleece sweaters and found them great , for golf , walking , anywhere you needed a light sweater to take the chill off . All 5 were either black or navy so decided to order a Russet Clay colour . When it arrived , the colour was great but the sleeves were way too long , about one and a half inches longer than the other 5 although it was the same size , men's large . I am 5 ft. 10 inches tall and have always ordered a men's large in sweaters , jackets , etc. , from LL Bean but lately have found that almost every item I order is way too long . LL Bean must have revised their standard for sizing .
January 15, 2014