Rated 4 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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
Rated 2 out of 5 by RDEl LOGO
When I opened the package, the LOGO jumped out as if it were in neon. I do not like paying money to be a walking brand advertisement, so I returned it.
If there was an option to purchase the jacket without the brand advertising, I would be intrigued to try it out.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheRealZorro I wanted a less expensive jacket.
I purchased the Bean's Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket after seeing a few older coats, various brands, not hold up. I wanted a jacket that would last for years and after asking around this one was recommended to me. It fit better than I expected, looked better than I expected, and seems perfect and worth the money.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NEKingdomSkier Expensive and worth it
I have never shelled out (no pun intended) big bucks for a ski jacket before. I have had friends that get astronomically expensive shells and I think this is in the same class without the hipster nameplate. It is pro shell and detailed very waterproof and wind proof. I have no criticisms.
I have worn it in Jay Peak's cold, wind and snow, in spring rain and heat and it gets top ratings for all of the above. Breathes well even hiking up and easy to pull over layers. It has not gotten torn or snagged hitting branches of tight softwood glades. The hood pulls over your helmet easily when you really need it. The jacket does seem like "gear" more than a regular casual jacket with the taped zippers, etc. i think that is worth the difference from the typical $200 range shells that I have worn.
November 16, 2014