Rated 5 out of 5 by KittyKatReview West End Soft-Shell
Just got this last night, great coat! Very nice color (red), fits well (a bit roomy) and nice length...unfortunately it is too much like a coat I already own, so need to return. For those of you who are considering though - go for it, I think you will like!
November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BringInTheNew Best versatile shell!
I received this coat right before a weekend trip to Boston, MA. It was the perfect place to put it to the test, as the weather ranged from cold and cloudy to a beautiful sunny fall day (temps 40s-60s). On the cold days I wore it with a scarf and gloves and was comfortable while walking around the city, going in and out of shops and public transportation (didn't overheat). The wind-resistance of the coat is really key. I then wore it in philadelphia on a cold, windy, rainy day and the rain just beaded off the coat. I can't attest for what it would be like in a hard rain yet. It is roomy enough to layer (I used a wool cardigan), yet has a modern flattering silhouette. I got the wine color that looks nice on my olive skin. So far this coat is meeting all of my needs as a daily around-town/errand coat, out for walks with my kids in stroller and to the gym/yoga. The lining made the coat much warmer than the Lightweight Soft Shell and I preferred it with the detachable hood vs. the Highloft Soft Shell. Fits under rain coat also.
November 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SeattleLIz Functional and high quality but not exactly cute
For three years I've been searching for a stylish raincoat that is lightly lined and with a functioning hood. You would not think such a thing would be so rare! When I found this coat I thought my quest was at an end, but alas it is not. This coat functions very well, is warm and the hood works well. But it is not exactly stylish. I am 5'5" with a slim build like the model in the photo and ordered an XS. It does not fit me like it fits the model AT ALL. I think they clipped the extra fabric behind her so it would look tailored, but the coat is actually quite loose and shapeless. It's still very functional and I do like the textured pattern on the fabric, so I'm keeping it. But my quest continues. I may see if I can get the sides taken in so it will fit me better.
October 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cindyber Great coat
I almost let the reviews dissuade me from buying this coat. The ones that said it was too frumpy? It actually makes my 5'6" frame look svelte. The ones that say the arms are too tight? Maybe if you are broad shouldered or have chubby arms. The ones that say it has no pockets? It has 2 zippered pockets outside and more inside. The ones that say it is too small? I am a M and an M fit me perfectly. It's a nice, warm coat with the quality you expect from Bean. Very pleased!
September 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by activeoutdoorsylady nice coat
Just not for me. Fit was good in my usual size. But fleecy inside of fabric made putting on over flannel, etc. annoying. Jacket is nicely made though. Returned.
February 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ajmm Hard to put arms through sleeves!
The fabric lining of the sleeves makes it difficult to put your arms through easily. Design is too form fitting to wear anything but the thinnest shirt underneath. The best part is the exterior fabric. Please use it for a jacket with better design characteristics. Needless to say, this was returned.
February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ClaireyBear1 Lovely coat! Just not right for me
I just wanted to give a shout-out for this coat.
It has these attributes:
--beautiful color (dark green "loden" color)
--soft lining and yet light-feeling
--very flattering, not too long
However -- I'm returning it because it's just shy of being wide enough in the shoulders for me (I have shoulders on the broad side), and the fleece lining extends all the way through the sleeves. If I have something long or short sleeved on, that's fine, but something quarter-length gets all bunched up. I'm thinking I'll have to just start buying Plus sizes to get the shoulder width right.
But otherwise, it's a great coat, and if you don't mind those two things then it's fantastic!
February 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Beathoven Stylish but ...
Flattering cut and stylish ... A-line shape but the dark graphite color look weird on me. Returning. Will order next time if more color choices will be available.
February 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by mmr1 fit was wierd
I love the looks of this coat?on my friend's daughter. But the back bunched out from shoulder to waist, and the lines were not flattering in the back or front. The arm pits were long and uncomfortable. I tried the small, medium, and medium petite. The idea of the soft shell, wind/water resistant is great?I have jackets I love. But, unfortunately, the design of this coat does not flatter my 5' 1", 118 lb. frame. It's a great looking coat, but not on me!
February 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by merrymac Soft Shell Coat
I first ordered this coat in medium and it was too small. I didn't really check it out further or I would not have exchanged it for a large.
While I liked the length, color and material, (although it has a texture not shown on line), it was lacking a hood adjustment and the flannel sleeves usually found in LLBean's winter coats.
Unfortunately, I returned it and will order another H2Off coat. I have two now.
January 31, 2014