Rated 5 out of 5 by VTflowers The Perfect Travel Coat
I bought this last spring after enjoying the West End Softshell coat all winter. The sleeves on the petite were freakishly long and the cuffs too narrow to hem on my sewing machine so I paid for a seamstress to shorten them. It was worth the extra expense, because I wore the coat on a 10-day trip to Spain recently and could not have been more pleased. Upon arrival in chilly Madrid, I layered it with a lightweight fleece underneath; in warmer Sevilla, it was perfect when it drizzled. We had one very rainy day in Granada and the rain simply beaded up on the coat. When I didn't need a coat at all, such as in the airport, it took up very little space in the outer pocket of my carry-on. It is a lightweight, stylish, all-purpose travel coat for mild to chilly weather. I love it.
November 20, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by horselover56 NOT water resistant
This coat is comfortable and great for traveling, but is absolutely not wind or water resistant. I used it for the first time when traveling and actually got wet through the coat. So, due to LLBean's wonderful return policy, I am sending it back to get something that does what it says. If you just want a jacket to throw on when it gets a tiny bit chilly, this might work. Fit was good, it looks nice, etc., but don't depend on it for a rain jacket.
October 29, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MNBeanfan Nice, light coat, but cut too straight
Very nice looking coat. I got the black, which was nice. The weight was even lighter than I thought it would be, but that was OK, since I would wear over things anyway. My main problem was the cut. I am pear-shaped, and even though there is some width, the medium wasn't wide enough for me in the hips. The top part was a bit too large in the chest, but the arms were OK in length - I have long arms. Unfortunately, they were somewhat snug for wearing something underneath, though. Sadly, I will have to return it. Shoot.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happy25y Glad I read the reviews
I bought this jacket in charcoal blue - very nice color. My usual size is medium regular, but after reading other reviews about long sleeve length, I decided to purchase medium petite. Good decision! The jacket, including the sleeves, fit perfectly. For reference, I am 5'4", 135 pounds. After wearing twice during recent hot, humid NYC days, the fabric proved breathable and water resistant. And the jacket did not wrinkle! So far, so good....
June 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by womanfencer Perfect Coat Except For One Design Feature
This raincoat is beautiful. Wonderful fabric and stylish design features. Would indeed make an excellent travel accessory EXCEPT THAT THE DOUBLE ZIPPER IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO OPERATE. How did this zipper past muster with the company's testing department?? Please fix this obvious design flaw and I will be the first in line to purchase it.
May 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by HatesColdFeet Nice weight, nice length, and comfortable
I'm nearly 5'7", 140 lbs, and ordered my usual size medium. While it's a bit longer than I anticipated, it fits fine and is not boxy. It has some stretch to it making it quite comfortable. It's well-constructed.
If you're looking for a warm winter coat, this is not it. If you're looking for a very waterproof coat, this is not it. This coat is unlined but great for layering. I see it as a 3-season addition to my wardrobe wearing layers as needed. It repels rain when walking from my car into work or the store, but I wouldn't count on it to be waterproof especially for extended time in the rain. Then again, that's not what it's made for.
The 2-way zipper was a hassle at first but has gotten easier to operate with each wearing. The sleeves are long, just as I like and need them to be. The pockets go all the way to the bottom edge and are sewn in a way that gives you two very deep inside pockets. Bonus!
Part of me wishes it had those thumb holes you see on fitness inspired clothing. I would give it the full 5 stars if it were a better price.
April 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Linlyn Where has this coat been my whole life?
I have been looking for a coat like this for a long time! I commute, and wanted something with a hood (I live in the Seattle area) that was lightweight, never wrinkled, water resistant, and versatile enough to wear with skirts or jeans or whatever else I'm wearing. It is also long enough to cover my problem areas AND be protective in the rain. It is the coat I wear almost every day now and plan to travel with too. I got caught in a downpour a few days ago and it kept me dry. The stretchy fabric is a bonus. Everyone around here wears black coats, but mine is the one that gets compliments.
April 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Claire22 Love This Jacket
The description states "lightweight" which it is, so don't expect it any more than that.
I'm 5' 4 1/2" typically a regular small. Based on review of sleeves being long, I ordered a petite small. The sleeves are perfect, the material is smooth and stretchy, style is so cute and slimming. A very clean, simple, attractive jacket.
April 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by StillacinNC This is your travel jacket!
I bought this jacket to take to Ireland and it was exactly what I needed. I layered with sweaters on cooler days, wore it with long sleeve T's on warmer days. If I needed to roll it up and stick it in my carry on, it was easy to do. The stretch keeps it comfortable. It really blocked the wind and most of the rain. I did experience one 20 minute downpour during a walk back to the hotel. The jacket did get wet, but I stayed mostly dry and the jacket was dry in no time. This was the best travel piece I have purchased in a long time.
March 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by WestieNJ Not quite right
I'm a big fan of softshell jackets. I own 2 other LL Bean softshells and wear them all the time. This one, however, is not a keeper. It is a very thin material that would probably not be suitable for temperatures much below 60 degrees. Despite ordering a petite, the sleeves were too long and the pockets were placed very low - I could not comfortably put my hands in the pocket without leaning forward. Despite having gotten this jacket at a very good price during the 2-a-day daily deal, this will be returned.
February 25, 2014