Rated 5 out of 5áby MikieV Jacket review
Have only had the jacket about a week or so. In day to day wearing in central Vermont it is very good. Not bulky and is warm. Wore it skiing on 11/21/14 and worked very well. Was about 32 degrees but had about 10 - 20 MPH winds so made it really chilly. Jacket worked good at blocking the wind. Eh can't say it is 100% but 99% windproof, listen nothing can be 100% but this is really close. The liner is great, the last model of this jacket I had had a fleece liner and when you would wear another fleece item the two would bond together like Velcro, this one is way better. The quilted liner is nylon-like so under garments do not bind together while the jacket is zipped up which allows for good movement while skiing. Did not push the -15 (OR -30 can't remember# degree rating but face it if you are out in -15 you should really have on extra layers anyway. Zipping the jacket all the way up left enough room to move, did not have the zipper pulling my goatee out so I like that and came just high enough to mostly hide from the wind while on the lift. The hood does not stow away but lays well enough to not even be noticed and was told it is large enough to fit on over a helmet when needed, that may be a later test. Not much experience with the waterproofness yet but the few sprinkles here in late November water beaded up like water off a ducks back. I would say this jacket is very good for an outdoor active use, have not tested in a static winter environment #just standing outside somewhere) but I think it will work well. Happy with it so far
November 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby LennyF Disappointed
I bought this to replace an older Weather Challenger (the two tone model) because the zipper was failing on it.
As soon as I took the new jacket out of the packaging, I noticed now much lighter it was than the older one. I was skeptical that it was as warm as the older model, but I figured it has that -30 temp rating, so the technology must have improved in the last few years.
It was about 35 and windy when I first wore the jacket (with a sweatshirt underneath). As soon as I stepped outside and the wind gusted, I felt like I had a lightweight windbreaker on instead of an insulated jacket (more specifically a jacket with an insulated liner). But, what was most annoying were the pockets. It felt like the wind was blowing right through the shell into the barely lined pockets, and my hands were freezing. I could not wait to be done with the walk.
A few more walks and errands with the jacket, and I decided it had to go back.
November 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby WptMom Warm
My son needed a jacket that would protect him from the elements while walking from his car to school--about a ten minute walk--and then be able to be compressed into his backpack and lugged around during school. This jacket fit the bill. He likes that he has the waterproof shell for rainy days and can wear only the lining and still be warm on other days. He has had the jacket for a few weeks, but the temps have been in the 20s and he has been very pleased and has gotten many complements. It remains to be seen whether the loops on the puffy jacket are strong enough to withstand frequent attaching and dismantling.
November 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby ManSizedMuppet Could be better in many respects
While the coat is relatively warm in temperatures above 40 degrees, I think it's a more than a stretch to rate this for -30 without some serious layering involved.
- The waterproof shell pockets are not lined, which makes warming hands almost impossible in windy conditions
- The front zipper is difficult to Zip all the way up without a few tries
- When the zipped all the way up, the bill of the hood hits the back of your head
- The front of the coat tends to bulge outward making skinny guys look like they're in their second trimester
All in all, it's okay, but I'm considering exchanging it for a different model altogether.
November 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby Seatac Better for milder temperartures
I found this coat to be not warm at 24 degrees above zero. Shoulders and sleeves were chilly, even wearing a chamois shirt. I have found that if I buy the coats rated for very cold, in this case warmest to minus 30 degrees, that they are warm in the zero to ten below range for normal every day activities. For me, not so for this coat. I returned it.
November 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby 80muleteam Not Bean's best work
Bought this trying to replace an older 3 in one jacket. The earlier model was much heavier and geared for real winter. This is more of a bridge seasons jacket and not for Dec - Feb anywhere that the leaves fall off the trees and it actually snows. Two important features from my old jacket that are missing on this really detract from it. The front zipper is just one way and doesn't have the capacity to be zipped up from the bottom to make it more comfortable driving or sitting. Also, the hood doesn't detach or fold away. Both of these things could have been fixed for a couple bucks and when it's priced as it is, you expect that 1-2% more quality to be in there. I'll probably keep this for the bridge seasons, but need to find something else to meet my needs for real winter. Hopefully they will improve this in future years, but I really wish that I had taken a pass on this.
November 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby dozzie versatile
This jacket replaces a similar one that lasted over 20 years. It suits the fairly mild (but often rainy) climate here in Istanbul with only a few days a year below freezing but can be put together for great warmth for our winter trips to Boston. Let's hope it lasts as well as the last one! Pricey but if it goes for 20 years, it costs just $10 per year for a 3-season jacket.
November 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby JCOPLEY Disappointment from LLB
Appears this replaced the Boundary jacket LLB used to sell. I had returned the Boundary since the sleeve straps made of rubber eventually became torn and this new 3 in 1 jacket has the exact same rubber straps. I'm beginning to question the LLB product developers ability to make quality jackets. Also on this coat the hood does not detach. Also if you get black the inside jacket is white!! What is up with this LLB? I Will be returning this coat. I am very disappointed in LLB. Appears others are writing the same kind of review of this jacket so my question is to LLB:why are you not listening to the consumer and making us a True 3 in 1 coat that is warm, has a detachable hood and wont fall apart? It is not too much to ask!
November 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby vdvinci Weather Challenger 3-in-1 Jacket
I have worn the jacket for 2 days when the temperature was around 32 degrees. It was very cold. I bought it because it was rated for -30 degrees I do not see how it can be warm at those temperatures.
A big disappointment.
The fit is fine lots of room in the shoulders and room for a sweater underneath.
November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Jack81 Versatile and at a great price
This is by far the best coat that I've owned from LLbean. I have an old North Face Shell that needed to be replaced due to the fact that it could no longer keep me dry during wet winter adventures. I was also looking to get something to wear to work throughout another NE winter. This coat fit the bill perfectly. The primaloft liner is really amazing and is basically a coat by itself with the right layering. Combine the the primaloft with the Tek 2.5 shell and this thing can withstand just about anything a cold NE winter can muster.
Technical functionality: Thank you LLbean for continuing to produce quality technical gear. The armpit zips and side pockets provide a decent amount ventilation during active activities (I kinda wish the armpit zips extended further up, above the armpits to provide even more ventilation). The primaloft liner is super light and can easily be stowed away in zip lock bag or in its own pocket (just gets a little tricky with zipper). Stowed away, the primaloft can provide a nice and comfy pillow for overnighters.
Versatility: This jacket is perfect for the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, etc - it's appropriate for all adventures.
Fit: The jacket is true to fit... Even the primaloft (which I had nothing but issues with sizing last year) fits perfectly. I'm 6'4" and 225lbs and have the XL Tall. It's not too big or puffy and both jackets leave just enough room for layering if necessary. For $200 and lifetime guarantee, you really can't go wrong with the extremely versatile Challenger 3-in-1 jacket.
November 14, 2014