Rated 1 out of 5 by kbeeton Colors WAY off!
I am not reviewing the entire jacket here, just one aspect- the color representation on the website vs what you'll get when it arrives. Be aware, Flame is not red as it appears in the web site, it is actually blaze orange. I wish I took a picture to share, but the store employee agreed with me. Also, they don't show you the inside jacket colors on all the images. The classic green that comes with the hemlock is super bright lime green. The molten red that comes with the flame (aka blaze orange) is a bright cardinal red. Those were the only ones in the store. I've ordered the Spruce/Treeline hoping the colors are a little more muted, but I'm half expecting to need to return this as well. It may come back pink for all I know.
September 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by SteveGuitarist No more hide-away hood!
I finally decided to replace my old Weather Challenger and purchased this one on sale in February. This is a decidedly entirely different jacket from the other version I purchased several years ago. This is unfortunate in some respects and fortunate in others.
The outer shell's lining has a very rubbery feel to it. Oddly, this makes it difficult to get one and off.
Side note: My wife's jacket is flaking the lining after 1 season of wearing.
There's no way to remove or tuck in the hood.
It appears to be lighter in weight.
The adjustment pulls are better.
The cuff adjusters are better.
The overall look is nicer.
I can not judge the cold weather comfort or the warmth with the lining installed yet.
June 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by ApKNJ Warm, and stylish, but what's with those zippers?
I purchased last year's model of this coat on sale. I was suspicious of the too-small-looking zippers from the get-go, but figured LLBean knew something I didn't.
Nope. The zippers were hard to operate with gloves, frequently caught the liner fabric and the first time out skiing in it, the front zipper popped off.
Thank goodness for L.L. Bean's customer service. I returned the jacket and ordered the current model. hoping that the zippers have been upgraded. The jacket is back-ordered, so i can't say for sure yet, but other recent reviews here are not giving me much hope. Oh well. At least with LLB's return policy I have nothing to lose for trying it.
I wish LLB would make a proper ski jack, with adequate pockets, attachment points, and heavy duty, glove-friendly zippers.
February 23, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by JonesNewYorkGirl Disappointed
Weather Challenger 3-in-1 Jacket
We are replacing previous excellent-performance (heavier material quality) Weather Challenger-two tone model because the zipper went bad. The quality of this replacement is noticeably inferior when compared to the original. Even without comparison, one would question its performance as advertised. The removable insulated lining jacket is cheap. No way this coat can keep you warm on windy days or provide warmth at -30 degrees ? unless you wear a real warm coat or multiple layers under it. Even with modern fabric technology, it is too lightweight to provide substantial warmth. The barely-lined pockets and very lightweight shell will offer little/no protection for hands; outer shell hood material too thin; hood liner will prove ineffective in any weather scenario. Item returned, but I am still left with high quality jacket with bad zipper??I have been a faithful, satisfied LLBean customer for years. I appreciate the free and easy return policy and always exceptional customer service.
February 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SB17 Its perfect
I am 6'4" and I ordered the XL Tall - the extra few inches in the tall made this jacket for perfectly. Yesterday in Atlantic City, NJ, the winds were blowing at 25-35mph with gusts up to 50mph. The wind chill factor was -15 degrees. I had my jacket on with just a long sleeve shirt on underneath and I was toasty warm. Needless to say, the jacket is perfect. I would recommend this jacket to anyone that is looking for a lightweight jacket that will keep them warm and comfortable.
February 16, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ruggeduser cheaply made
I have used this jacket for three months. First it does not keep you warm on windy days, the wind cuts through it with ease. Second when I hung it up on the loop the stitching came apart under weight of just the jacket leaving two holes big enough to put three fingers in. Third the cord on the base of the coat ripped out the first time I used it to sinch it tight. Not made in the usa either. Anyway I will be exchanging this model for a different one.
February 1, 2015
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