Rated 5 out of 5 by CaveatTalonWager As good as the reviews reflect
It's hard to overlook the amount of GREAT reviews this item is getting. I ordered this vest with confidence based on this fact, but did wonder if I too would find it to be as great as most everyone else did. Well...the short answer is this: YES!
The quality of this item is obvious from the moment you pull it out of the bag. It is sturdy, tailored and simply put, just fantastic. But the proof is in the pudding when you put it on. I ordered this in a large (black). I wanted it to be roomy enough to put a thin fleece jacket or pullover or a long sleeve tee under it, but fitted enough to wear under a soft shell jacket or even a heavier winter jacket. I am 5' 8" tall and won't divulge my weight here, but I will tell you that I usually wear a large in most jacket-type clothing and this fits me perfectly. This vest is long enough even for we tall people but not so long as to become a dress on those who don't cover as much vertical space as I do.
The vest has hand-warmer pockets and the top pocket is perfect for your car keys, a phone, Ipod and the like. It is very warm, especially when worn under another jacket. It's amazing how much warmer your whole body feels when your core is toasty-warm.
I like this vest so much that I ordered it in another color (dark fuchsia). Unfortunately the colors that I liked the most were not the ones that were currently on sale (a bit frustrating), but I know from past experience that LLBeans outerwear can be worn and enjoyed for many years. I just discarded my first ever fleece jacket that I purchased from LLBean back in the early 1990's After decades of heavy wear, it was finally DONE. One can't complain too loudly about price when they get decades of use out of an item!
February 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BANKER Worth every penny!
I bought two of these. One in black and the other in fuchsia. Gave one to my 71 year old mother and kept one for myself. We just love them! The fit is perfect. I am wearing this vest every day!
February 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Webfootgal Goldilocks Sizing
Thanks LLB for offering this high-quality soft shell vest in petite sizes. Kudos once again.
But sizing was a problem. During the last sale I ordered 4 of these vests in SP, two solid and two multicolor, to see which I liked best. Two of the SP fit perfectly but the remaining two were at least a size smaller. So it appears in this vest I'm either a SP or MP depending. This is the first time I can remember such inconsistent sizing.
I hope in future this vest is offered in more "work friendly" colors. There are a lot of us who carry wood, work in the garden, prune trees, take care of horses and dogs, who could use a good soft shell in a brown or a loden green. Active women don't just run or take walks or travel, and lately at my favorite company there's been a dearth of practical wear suitable for the kinds of things I do.
A two-way zipper wouldn't hurt either.
I still love the vest; a slight change or two would make it perfect.
January 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Curlieq20 Love all the pockets
I had to order one size up in this vest. I love how it has so many pockets. It's pretty light, so I can wear it underneath a jacket.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nanabean Great fit and use it frequently
I tried three other vests before I found this one and it is a keeper. The fit is great and just the right weight for many cool mornings. Also light enough to layer under a coat. Great job with material, styling and comfort.
December 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BANKER Love, Love, Love this vest!
I purchased vests in the past from LL Bean and they have always been exceptional purchases. I bought the pink one for my mom who is 71 years old and she loves it. So I also decided to buy one for myself in black. They were $80.00, but Worth every penny! I know these are quality and will last for a good long time. Thank you LL Bean. Keep the quality coming!
November 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ouzel Fine except for armholes
I wanted a warm, not bulky, petite-size vest with zipped pockets. This fits the bill. There's only one problem: the armholes on this petite L measure two inches larger in circumference than those on an L.L. Bean jacket of the same size and similar style. The armholes gape, making me look sloppy, and the excess fabric under my arms is irritating. I may return it, exchange it for a smaller size, or keep it to wear only when working in my yard. I really like the vest except for those darn armholes.
November 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by llbeanscooter Runs a tad small...
This is a very well made vest, but it runs a tad small in the bust. According to the size chart it should fit. So if you are at the high end of the size chart on this one, I would order one size up.
November 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nanabean Well appointed Vest
Really recommend this fantastic vest. Well appointed features - pockets, pod or phone pocket. I wear medium petite. I am 5'1", 130lbs. The material is soft and waterproof. Good job LL Bean.
November 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArtCatNightOwl Great fit! Nice colors.
I really love these vests and now have them in four colors. I usually wear an XL or PXL in LLB shirts, and ordered these in PXL and the fit is perfect, flattering cut. Love the pockets for cell phone, as I'm an artist around water, paint and kids frequently. The gray/purple is gorgeous and just got the black, which I will likely wear just about everywhere as I can carry phone, keys, etc. Thanks, LLB!
August 1, 2014