Rated 1 out of 5áby randopyren not waterproof
Several years ago I bought this high end gortex parka. Hiking hut to hut in the Alps I was in an all day rain and got totally soaked. Thinking maybe I had a defective jacket I returned it and received a new one (Bean's does have a great return policy). So this summer I was hiking again in Europe and was caught in a thunder storm and with in about 15 minutes I was soaked-and it wasn't sweat since I was cold and hiking downhill. This jacket just doesn't work in a heavy rain-very disappointing since it costs so much.
August 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby Widefeett A great jacket...but
This was to have been the 4th top-of-the-range LLBean Gore-tex jacket I have owned over the past 25 years but for one thing that was changed. The previous generation had two internal stuff pockets that were incredibly useful whereas these have been reduced in number and size to one small stretchy pocket. I always found these very useful so this was the clincher for me.
Other than that, this is a great jacket- nicely tailored fit and the other pockets are fine. It just exudes quality... but alas, I really liked those stuff pockets so back to Freeport it went.
July 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby seriouswalker great color/great fit
My husband hasn't worn this yet (California drought) so that is the reason I couldn't rate it higher. He likes the color, fit and thoughtful details (how the hood folds/visor). The zippers are a little challenging for him, but that is often the case for him. I am grateful LL Bean makes well designed, functional geat.
July 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby jhawk01 Best Gore-Tex Rain Jacket Yet
The Gore-Tex Pro Shell jacket has been on my wish list for some time. The last sale price was too good to pass up. Although pricey, this jacket is considerably less than other name-brand competitors.
Two days after receiving this jacket, I had the opportunity to wear it during a severe thunderstorm that produced rainfall rates of 3" per hour (very heavy rain and wind.
The inside jacket material easily slid over my shirt, the hood was very easy to adjust, the zippers worked flawlessly, and most importantly, I was completely dry in the heavy deluge. My phone was in the outside chest pocket and was completely dry. This jacket is lightweight but is very breathable. I was able to move my arms freely as the jacket has excellent articulation. The thunderstorm caused the air temperature to drop 18 degrees in less than 15 minutes and the jacket performed as advertised.
I have the previous two versions of this jacket and this is by far the best function and design to date.
July 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby peregrino 3rd Gore Tex since 2004
.. i still have my first gore tex (xcr) -2003 & the latest gore tex (pro) .june 2015 . in a beautiful blue... the latest is slightly lighter.. with great features.. it has good zippers.. like the original.. this is an expensive jacket but well worth it.. i have been to el camino de santiago in Spain over 16x... in all types of extreme weather.. at the Pyrenees.. when it rains there.. it can last for hours.. for days... a relentless rain that pours all day... this is extreme weather country.. these jackets are for xtreme weather.. they perform outstandingly.. i have also walked during the winter.. also in extreme wind / rain storms in the burgos - leon portion... always dry.. this is a breathable jacket that keeps the moisture out... the jacket is worth every penny for xtreme weather conditions...i have always taken this jacket to el camino.. would never leave it behind.. this is an awesome jacket..
June 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby jaejet great...but
LL Bean...work on your zippers. Works fine but is tricky. Great jacket with or without a sweater. Wind, rain, sleet, snow and sun. If we see that again. Glad I had it this month. thanks
April 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby DallasDad Really good jacket, but...
This was purchased as a replacement for the more or less equivalent jacket purchased 20 years ago and it was well loved, in town and on the trail. If I get half the use out of this one it will still be a good purchase.
That being said, this is no where near the coat it is replacing. Short-comings of this coat are lighter weight (and probably less durable) fabric; MUCH lower quality zippers; the length is about 2" shorter--barely covers butt whereas the earlier model well covered it; sleeve closures need elastic, not just velcro and the velcro needs to be on side or palm-side so it doesn't form a channel for water into the gloves from the topside; the main front zipper closure is not water"proof", but "resistant". The earlier model had a rear flap behind the zipper (as does this) but also had a double flap outside the zipper to make nearly certain water did not get to the zipper. Finally, earlier models had the possibility that the hood would roll into the collar if needed--I didn't often but it was a nice option.
All in all, my research and trials made this the best value for the price point. I like the front pockets better in this version than earlier and the tensioners are easier to use and better positioned. Pit vents are OK. Sizing is about average (earlier model ran large). A good coat but not a great one. Would pay another 25% for previous quality.
The key test obviously is waterproof--have only been out in light rain one time but it seems to be tight. Seams are sturdy and taped and I could not find leaky points. Hood is very adjustable--it takes a few tries to get it right but is very good.
February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby WPBguy Superior features and construction
A review should be fair, and to be fair, I haven't used this yet. Over many years of skiing, ski instruction, and using a number of skiing products including clothing, I can tell you what I see and what I expect. Materials and workmanship are superb. The jacket looks like the picture - it's as advertised. The external pockets have easily accessible zippers, with zipper pulls making use easy even with gloves on. The bottom tab of the two-way main front zipper has no tab, but these are easy to find online, and I've put one on that tab. The numerous pockets are in places that are useful. The interior of the two external chest pockets is medium/small. They're large enough easily to hold my walkie-talkie. The interior of the lower side hand pockets is LARGE. The inside pockets are quite adequate for their purposes. In my view, every external ski garment [and the outermost internal] should have the convenience of two-way pit zips and two way main front zippers - and this jacket has that. The zippers designated "waterproof" - really are. That includes all exterior pockets and the two-way pit zips. The main front two-way separating zipper is not designated as waterproof - but looking at the materials and design of that zipper [which is backed up by an internal baffle] makes me wonder how anyone could be concerned about water getting in. The internal baffle is preferable to the more commonly seen outside main zipper baffle because it's easier to unzip. The more prevalent outer baffles must be held shut by Velcro-like devices [like Velcro-type buttons], and they're obstacles to unzipping, so I personally prefer the internal baffles on this jacket. Someone has posted a review with a remark about the brightness of the blue color. I chose the "molten red" color, and WOW!!!! It is BRIGHT!!! I like that! Those skiing uphill from me will not be able to miss the color unless colorblind. If I'm skiing in the woods and need to be found by the ski patrol, I want to be seen. If I'm hiking or climbing or in any situation where rescue may become needed, I want to be seen. If you don't want to be seen - don't get this color! As for me - I LOVE IT! This is a good looking, highly functional, well made outdoor jacket suitable for skiing, hiking, climbing, or boating [and I disagree with the review that said that it's not suitable for boating - and yes, I've put my time in on boats]. I've been unable to locate a garment of this quality with these features elsewhere, even among the big name manufacturers. A true FIVE STAR grand slam by L. L. Bean! After use, I'll report back - and I expect that report to support his review.
February 4, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby THiker Material Questionable
The material on this jacket felt ,hmm kinda crinkly?
was made very well,,yet felt closer to maybe a 150.00 dollar one
shame...hoping LL. Bean will come out with Neoshells which are softer and add hand warmer pockets and pitzips,..would then crush all other technical or otherwise jackets...light bulb for design and marketing if you need one?..haha
Always great company for they understand customer service better then ANYONE else(companies) out there.
January 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby Sunnye Gortex shell
I purchased this as foul weather gear for my sailor husband for Christmas. The zipper being exposed made it impractical for waterproofing so returned it without a test wear. It might be fine for skiing. but felt it was too lightweight for sailing. It would require alot of under wear and the price was steep considering it is simply a shell.
December 31, 2014