Rated 1 out of 5 by Freeportmom87 What happened to the quality?
My son and daughter have worn LLBean jackets since they were toddlers. My son has had a katadin parka every year for the past 8 years. We just ordered another, and sadly , it is being returned due to the decrease in quality. It is hard to imagine that this jacket could stand up to the endless hours of outside play that the previous versions withstood. PLEASE bring back the previous quality, material and style.
January 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by gdmeadows Loved it so much we bought two! ha ha
Okay, seriously we did buy two. Our son received the first jacket a little over a month ago and really loved it. It fit him really well. He liked the fact that it was not bulky yet warm. He liked the various pockets for putting things in (just a winter jacket - not skiing). It fit him well and we were hopeful we might get two seasons out it before he would outgrow it and then...he lost it/ it got stolen. I love that there is a name & number patch inside in case it goes missing. However, this time, no one has called :(. We finally gave up and ordered another one. I have no idea what this jacket was like in previous years or what the colors or styles were (from other post complaints), but we like it. It has worked well for him so far and we are hopeful he will be wearing it next year too!
January 16, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Oxana Bring back the quality
My son has been wearing LLbean parkas since he was 3. Now he is 8 and this jacket is a real disappointment. The shell material is changed and it is much thinner. After 2 weeks my son already had some threads coming out. It is easily torn and flimsy.
The sizing is a bit off as well but it bothers me less than the actual drop in quality. The hood is without lining while the other version was a better construction (detachable hood but warmer and better material).
All in all, I think I will have to look for winter jackets somewhere else as I am afraid this parka will not survive the season.
December 1, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Vinelandgranny Disappointing winter jacket
The sale price was good and so was the quality. That is why I gave it 2 stars. The coat was extremely wide for a very chubby little boy. I ordered 2 different sizes even the smaller size was,5-6 was too large. tHe description should have stated that the coat runs large and wide. I had it shipped to my grandson in New York. I will be returning both sizes. Unfortunately, due to a lack of an accurate size description, I was afraid to order another style coat. I had to go to a local store and buy him a coat so he would have one for cold mornings when he goes to school.
November 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by River000 Awful colors
My son has worn two or three sizes of this jacket. I was all set to buy another one until I saw these colors. They are not just feminine, they are simply awful shades. Hope llbean designers take another crack at this jacket next year. Maybe we'll buy one again. Bummer!
September 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SunbeltGirl Beautiful colors and comfortable!
I ordered this actually for myself thinking it would be a great coat for the winter. I have several LL Bean coats but we go to the mountains a lot so I wanted something I could just hike around in and not think about it getting dirty etc. ha
Let me tell you, this is a very warm coat. I think it would be perfect for a very cold climate. Much colder than mine.
So I ended up sending it back but if we have a colder winter, I will definitely order it for my son.
September 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by BusyMomOfTween Please bring back the old style & colors
As my son has grown, we have had 3 sizes of this coat. (Two of them were the maroon / gray combo.) We were really hoping that after the customer feedback last winter LL Bean would bring back the old style and colors. No luck! Really sad that we have to find another coat.
September 4, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by PhillyLoveMommy What happened?!
My son loved his Katahdin Parka: it looked sharp, it was warm, it wasn't bulky and it had a hood that he could put on when he wanted it and zip away when he didn't. The Grow Cuffs let us enjoy the jacket for 2 seasons and it looked as good at the end of the 2nd season as it had at the beginning of the 1st! The construction and materials were top notch which allowed the jacket to stand up to frequent washings and the general tough use of a very busy little boy. Of course we were going to buy it again now that he outgrew his old one...but it's gone! The new design is very disappointing. The colors are now too feminine. I showed my boy all of the colors to see if he liked them as that IS what matters - he didn't. The Bright Crimson could work if we had to choose it but the inside color is a light gray. I know the pounding the old jacket took and I was glad that the inside color was dark as it didn't show every little mark or piece of dirt that inevitably shows up after a busy day outside. The light gray would need to be washed constantly. LLBEAN is my go-to. Such a shame. Let me know if you bring back the classic Katahdin.
September 4, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by WestBeach Bring back the previous style please !!
This version of this coat is ugly and girly. Please please bring back the previous version of this coat - it was smart looking, comfortable and not in girly colors !! There was no reason to change this coat - it was fine and perfect as it was. BRING BACK THE PREVIOUS VERSION !!
June 29, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by TrumpetZumbaMom I don't like the new style!!!
My son and I have loved this jacket in different sizes for the last 5 years. I was thrilled to order another one in the next size up and we are both very disappointed with the new style. It seems "cheap" and my son complains that it isn't as warm as his other coats. He says the smooth inside is cold compared to the warm fleece-like fabric. The coat is not as long which is also a problem and the red color is nothing like the old red and is a bit "girly". PLEASE BRING THE OLD STYLE BACK!!!!!
April 3, 2015