Rated 2 out of 5 by BrownHound Not satisfied, returned the jacket
The jacket was lightweight and warm.
The hood is removable.
The hood material is thin, and the hood liner has a plastic feel which is cold when in contact with exposed skin.
The Velcro straps at the cuffs are made of plastic, not fabric, and I question their durability.
The coat is long (which is good), but the front zipper has only one pull. You can't unzip the zipper from the bottom for comfort when sitting.
January 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dorfmann Weather Challenger 3-in-1 Jacket
I am very happy with the Weather Challenger 3-in-1 Jacket. It has kept me warm in weather down to 0F so far this winter. My previous favorite winter jacket was an LL Bean Penobscot. This jacket is just as warm but smaller and lighter. Added advantages are the side and back adjustments on the hood and there is no velcro along the zipper in front. Velcro in this location snags sweaters and shirts and I won't buy a coat that has it anymore. The velcro on the cuffs on this coat is not a problem. The pockets are big enough to hold gloves and deep enough that keys don't fall out. One comment is that the hood is not insulated, so a hat will probably be needed for subzero temps.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TylerK Great Coat
I bought this coat and I couldn't be happier. I wore it out when taking pictures of sunrise and sea smoke in New Hampshire when it was 0 degrees and -15 windchill and I was very comfortable. You can't wear just this coat and expect to be warm at -30. Its expected that you layer correctly. But the coat held up to the harsh cold and wind of the seacoast. I am roughly 6'2" 180lbs. I fit in a medium regular, but it was snug, so I opted for the large to allow for extra layers and I'm glad I did.
My only complaints is that the pockets on the shell are not lined, and neither is the hood. Other than that, this jacket is stellar and I would highly recommend it.
January 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RyanThePhysio First LLBean review: purchased 1/9/15
Pros: significantly light weight, insulated, easy to move around in, removing and assembling liner is easy and efficient, stitching/zipper/cuff/hardware construction is rugged to feel and function
Cons: shell & liner pockets are non-polyester-insulated, front zipper is quite rigid on first wear (abdominal area tends to protrude forward when standing and sitting)
Miscellaneous may be pro/con (subjective): hood is not detachable, sizes do run bigger as stated in previous reviews throughout the site: A med regular fits snug but not too small for myself (6'2" 165lbs). Arm and jacket length are appropriate.
All together I find for casual and active wear this product lives up to its standards. I walked outside for my first test today in 25 degree F weather with a windchill that feels like 17F. Wearing only a tank underneath the entire 3in1 jacket I felt no wind gust in my abdomen, back or arms. For measuring purposes I left my bare hands and ears uncovered which were uncomfortably cold in this weather after 5min outside. I am not sure how this jacket would feel in -30 degree weather however I imagine that 2/3 base layers would be plenty to battle the elements. No comments to be made on the water resistance however I believe that the ruggedness of the outer shell would be sufficient to keep you dry. I enjoy the versatility of this product and the fact that the lining is non-polyester which makes for donning/doffing the jacket much easier.
January 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CreteBobby Weather Challenger 3'n'1 Jacket
The color of the jacket was EXACTLY as shown online. The order was promptly filled and promptly delivered. The size and fit of the jacket could not have been more perfect. The quality and price of the jacket are very competitive.
January 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLBEAN108 nice jacket.
Purchased this jacket for hiking & regular use. Very comfortable, fits well. Not sure if it is good to -30 but plenty warm in the low 20's with wind. Not been terribly cold to further test.
December 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Toster Worth it
I have found the inner layer to be very warm and extremely light. The outer shell does a great job of blocking wind, and it's completely waterproof. This combination gives lots of versatility to this jacket.
December 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by aitches weather challenger 3 in 1 coat: tiny sleeve holes
I'm not a person with muscular arms, but I find that the sleeves are constrictive. Wearing a sweatshirt as an under layer made the sleeves feel binding and too tight.
December 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jdomeyer Son loves it!
We bought this for our college age son who goes to school in Minnesota. He absolutely loves it and says it keeps him warm even in MN weather!
December 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ETnShopper Room for improvement
The jacket appears to be made of good materials and is well tailored and assembled.
I find the following issues with the design:
1. The outer jacket is just a rain shell, very similar to those sold by LLB at about 1/3 this current price. This implies that about 2/3 cost goes for the inner jacket. This outer jacket is probably only useful alone for one season, summer, unless something else is worn under it.
2. Rain shells similar to this one, from LLB, have lasted 6-8 years, after which they peel and shed the internal coating.
3. This shell has no collar and looks a bit strange when worn alone.
4. The pockets on the rain shell offer very little hand protection and there is no access to pockets on the inner jacket.
5. No way to test this time of year, but so-called zip vents don't appear to add much.
6. Elastic cuffs on inner jacket are useful for blocking wind, but the location and orientation of sleeve fastenings allows the inner sleeve to withdraw well into the outer sleeve unless the cuff is physical held when removing the combined jacket, and hands must still be maneuvered out of the elastic.
I have an older 3-in-1 (also LLB) that is quite similar to your present Storm Chaser 3-in-1, and I find that lined outer shell much more versatile than the shell of this much more expensive product. A primaloft inner jacket for that outer jacket would make a great combination and greater value than the current product. (The main issue with the Storm Chaser is tightness of the fleece sleeves that makes slipping shirt sleeves in and out difficult.) I bought the primaloft for a little more warmth to compensate for advancing age.
I find the temperature ratings on this and similar products useless for application to real everyday use. I'm sure the methodology applied at Kansas State is properly controlled and accurate. However, I can identify very few occasions when I would don long underwear and an extra vest under the jacket--quite a bit more than desired for a quick trip outside with my dog. What would the temperature rating be if the "dummy" wore a normal undershirt and a long-sleeved flannel or knitted pullover shirt?
I will likely keep the jacket -- still have to take care of my dog and returns are a hassle -- but will have to make my own determination as to its useful temperature range. Will likely shop in a store if replacement becomes necessary.
December 18, 2014