Rated 1 out of 5áby Darkstar69 Avoid: Design problems persist: look elsewhere
I want to love this anorak. but the design problems prevail.
I am 5'11"; 220 # wear a 17.5/36 dress shirt and have stepped up to a 46 suit coat / 36-38 waist depending on summer or winter .. .. this puts me in the middle ground of Size Large leaning toward XL in "outerwear". I ordered an XL ( 2 in fact in hope they would work). the body on this anorak is *huge* in this size. Sorry to be crude but it covers my butt completely it's so long. Just to be sure i put on a down jacket and this anorak *easily* fit over that with room to spare.
Now for the rub: I've explained how "BIG" this anorak fit me in the body, now on to the sleeves. The sleeve design is *TERRIBLE* even in a "coat" this large when raising your hands above your head the sleeves ride up to mid forearm and it pulls against your back - there's really nothing you can do about this do to the poor design. I am a bicyclist, rock climber and enjoy many other outdoor activities and reaching overhead or simply leaning to grab the handlebars renders this garment pretty useless insofar far as sleeve length.
My advice: if you want to wear this on a fall day to tailgate at a football game with a brat and a beer, you're probably good. If you want to actually play some football, ride your bike, or climb something and are looking at this as an "activewear soft shell" look elsewhere. Because anything requiring your arms to be raised higher than eating / drinking .. this thing is useless. Your mileage may vary.
I do like the fabric, colors, price, warranty etc.. I have many "Bean" items and have been a long time customer. Unfortunately the execution on this one is a failure.
August 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby VanWilder2 Simply the best
The current fabric, cut, and design of the Mountain Classic Anorak makes this pullover one of the most useful items of clothing ever encountered. One can wear it year round in the Northeast. Over a wool sweater or a down vest it works great all winter, it sheds rain better than a lot of rain wear, breaths very well, and is super comfortable.
If only Beans could keep them in stock longer. My size was gone kind of quickly this year. I would like to get another one.
This material would make a GREAT pair of hiking pants.
July 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby keraunoscopia Instructions required
After reading some of the comments here, I feel like LL Bean could do a better job of explaining the garment's design.
The loose fit allows you to peel the anorak off with a thick layer such as a bulky sweater underneath, which would otherwise require serious wrestling skills. However, you can tighten the anorak at the waist with a drawstring whose toggle is well hidden inside the inner pocket, accessible from the side openings. The drawstring at the lower hem allows you to make it wind-tight or leave it loose for comfortable sitting, handy for sailing or paddling, in keeping with the anorak's nautical heritage.
It's not rainproof: as any avid hiker, kayaker or cyclist knows, waterproof materials keep water out but trap sweat inside, so when exercising in intermittently damp conditions you often stay more comfortable in a "water resistant" shell that breathes better.
The anorak trades the convenience of a full-length zipper for the advantages of the kangaroo pouch and inner pocket accessible from both sides. Great for keeping items handy when you're wearing a backpack: map and compass, binoculars, gloves, etc. A small tablet (think map + GPS + field guide library + camera + video) fits in the pouch with room to spare.
The anorak is not dressy, but for active pursuits it's very practical and versatile. For the money it's a great backup jacket to throw in the pack, especially because it stuffs into its own pocket for storage.
July 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
áby ptsal I'm ecstatic!
I've owned these since 1977. When they discontinued them I cried. These anoraks are the best that I've found and anoraks are HARD to find. I am on my fifth or sixth since the 70's and I'll keep buying and recommending them as long as they continue to make them! I love them! They are excellent for layering and the front pockets are SO convenient for storing things that I need on the trail at a moments notice like camera, binoculars, field guides, knife or GPS. When I'm running around town it replaces my waist pack as my wallet. It is just so convenient to have everything at hands length away in the pockets. I'd love to see one in fleece...hint, hint, hint!!!!!
February 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Trouper Still Looking for insulated version
I don't have a new one of these, I have the original late 90's version. I went for the insulated version and I have been looking for a replacement for several years. Mine is still fully functional but stained and a slight rip in the front. I actually spoke to LL Bean a couple years ago asking for one and at that time they had no intention of a revival. If they offered an insulated version I would buy it in a heartbeat. It was just heavy enough for me to stay warm on the coldest days while active yet light enough to not be a burden on a warmer day. Incredible coat!
January 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby SurlyLHT Just what a "Anorak" should be!
Spend lots outside hiking and backpacking. This Anorak is what it should be. It's a shell to repel: wind and rain (not waterproof), dirt, and it's breathable. It's cut big to go over multiple layers and has drawcords to combat sail effect. Yes, the perfect traditional Anorak
by definition. Thanks for a wonderful product! Kevin
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby JoeFriday77 One of My Favs - Extremely Versatile
I've had this jacket for some time now. It is one of my top picks. It is easy to take with you with its flip inside itself storage. It provides good warmth for its weight. It can be a rain jacket if you are caught in something other than a heavy storm. Love the storage of the kangaroo pocket. It has good ventilation with the large center zipper.
If I have to take one jacket, this will be it. I will layer underneath if it is colder than the jacket can take by itself.
October 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Hyperjoe Perfect for life
Just a perfectly made jacket for sailing and it actually has a liner. I also use the jacket for concealing a carried weapon and the jacket delivers in this arena as well. Quality as always with any Bean wear and made to pass on.
June 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby zorker Anorak - great fit, great color
Haven't had a chance to use it yet. Taking anorak on cruise of British Isles in August for rain/wind protection at sea and ashore.
June 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Rickity Perfect for SoCal
Living here in the Southern California area, We don't need the heavy stuff that the real hardcore's need in Maine. This windbreaker is perfect for a morning walk or bike ride. It's well made and does feel like cotton. It doesn't have that sticky nylon feel to it.
In case you're wondering, To stow this in it's front pocket, all you do is open the middle pocket and turn the whole jacket inside out, zip it up, and you're off.
June 14, 2013