Rated 4 out of 5 by adalida reversible vest
I like the color combination of the blue vest, but I never wear the reverse side. It looks like a lining. I ordered a small and it is a little bit on the large side, however I just wear a heavier layer underneath. Overall I am pleased with this purchase. I am 5'4" and 120 lbs for reference.
November 8, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by chamisa68 Initially liked this
I bought this vest after Christmas. The colors are very pretty. I waited until recently to wear it because it is light weight and I really liked it. Unfortunately, the silly zipper just came apart. After a lot of trying and "talking" to the vest I got it off, but I can't tell you what a disappointment this is. I had probably only worn it half a dozen times. Not the quality I would have expected from L.L. Bean.
May 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by mlnkd Size runs small
This vest is very light weight and the Large size is more like a medium. I would not order this again.
March 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by COlife I wish I could love this.....
I'm plus size,5'5 200p,pear shape
Was glad this vest came in 1-2x.....first I order 2x,it's feels kind of loose and big gaps on a sleeves opening.Then I order 1x,and it's was too snagg (really, go figure)
Vest is really very light too.
Agh,dissaponted have to return and look somewhere else .
February 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by HappiestOutside Comfortable
I love this vest. I bought the blue and shale vests. The blue was a Petitie M and Shale/grey was Misses M (did not have the petitie in stock). The petite M fit great. I am 5'4" and 160 lbs. However, the fit was weird on the Misses Medium shale/grey vest. It was too tight through the bust but the armholes gaped under the arm and stuck up above the shoulders. Yet, the petite medium fit great ... go figure.
February 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by CaveatTalonWager Gorgeous color, nice fit
Despite some negative reviews on this vest, I couldn't resist the pretty color combinations and the fact that it's reversible. So I went ahead and ordered it. I went on good faith in the LLBean name and actually ordered two, one in two toned blue and the other in light and dark gray.
I am 5' 8" tall and ordered a large in both colors. Large is the size I normally order in jackets with the idea that there will be room for layers underneath. The large in this vest fits me very well. This vest is not as tailored in style as LLBean's soft shell vest (I have one of those and LOVE it!). This one is less contoured to my body, bringing some reviewers to perhaps consider it "boxy", although I wouldn't go that far. It does come in at the waist some and falls just below my hip. If I could change one thing about the vest (fit wise) it would be to add about 1 1/2 more inches at the bottom although the length doesn't really bother me much. It is important for a vest or jacket to be longer than the shirts worn underneath and this should be fine.
A lot of people are complaining about the zipper on this vest. While it is indeed a small-toothed zipper and should likely be a larger, beefier zipper for an "outer-garment", the zippers on both of my vests work just fine. So this leads me to believe that there is inconsistency in how these vests are made maybe? Both of my vests are identical, but I'm sure these complaints are not without warrant.
Although the vest is reversible, I do agree with other reviewers that there is a prettier side...the side that is quilted. I would however wear both of mine the other way, as they look fine...just not as good as with the quilted side out.
It's worth noting that this vest is NOT filled with insulation, at least that you can notice. I don't think it is intended to be worn in lieu of a big puffy down vest. This vest is perfect for mid-temperature days ranging from about 50- 65 degrees, over a long sleeve tee. That is how I plan to wear mine, OR under a soft shell jacket. Think of this as a spring/fall vest and you won't be disappointed.
February 18, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Gardener61 unfortunately too large
light, nice color (gray) and liked that it is reversible
boxy and ran large for a medium
January 28, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by 49er Loved the styling, but...
The weight was perfect and I loved the light quilting, color combination and the reversability factor. Unfortunately, the fit didn't fit. The chest was tight while it fit everywhere else. It might work as an outer layer, unfortunately the armholes gaped. Not worth keeping even if the sale price is right. Returning.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ProductReview Love this vest!
I have this vest in 2 colors and will probably break down and buy the slate/grey color as well. Those who say it is light/thin are correct but it is great for layering or wearing with a coat/jacket, something you can't do with a 'puffy' vest. The only thing I wish LLBean would do on clothes, luggage, etc. is go back to using really well-made zippers!
January 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by EmilyP XL okay for smaller Plus
**Just commenting on the sizing for now, I have yet to see how warm it is in colder weather.**
FYI for the bigger ladies, an XL should be fine if you're anything like me (5'3", 40DD, and 16/18). Obviously, it's not a big & puffy vest, so it looks a bit silly if you layer it over a hooded sweatshirt or something. For the record, it still fit okay with a hoodie, but was a bit snug.
Love the dark grey that I chose, but I wish they had more variety in neutral colors (an olive or tan would be nice).
December 21, 2014