Rated 3 out of 5 by Fraggler Great value hurt by fit issues
I love LLBean, so it hurts to write a somewhat negative review. I agree with others that the fit is not good. I am not a skinny person and the body is loose - not a performance fit that would make more sense for this kind of garment. Also, and more importantly, the sleeves attach to the body too low. This means when you raise your arms the body is lifted up despite the nice stretch. Coupled with an already somewhat short drop, this becomes almost useless as activewear.
Now, if you are simply looking for a comfy, well made fleece made from the exact same material as some much more expensive (but better fitting) gear from a certain Andean named company, then this can still have value. I almost kept mine because of this, but ended up returning it. Hopefully newer versions of this fleece will have a better fit for active people who aren't overly round.
September 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Spotdog14 Great mid-layer
I purchased this for a recent backpacking trip where I needed something a little heavier for a mid-layer. Its great for doing athletic activity because the microgrid doesn't keep in all the sweat and heat but just enough so you aren't chilly. When you are not moving around (outdoors) it is a little cold since the wind does go through the grid, which is why you need a light wind breaker shell over it after you are done on the trail. As others have said the collar does not stay flat which is annoying and its cut a little short for my taste.
August 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by John123456 Good fit if you are short and fat
I bought a large on sale. It barely reaches my belt but is bulky otherwise. I'm 6'0" 180lbs. Changing to a medium to eliminate the bulkiness would not help as the garment is too short. Likewise, an extra large would cure the length but would fit like a tent.
I'm not planning on buying another.
March 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by OutdoorVermonter Micro Grid Fleece
I've had this fleece for a couple of months and really like the fabric. Its much lighter then normal fleece, but feels just as warm, especially under a jacket. The grid doesn't block wind as well as normal fleece, but this pullover is great for active activities or under a shell.
My only issue is the collar. Its nice and high when unfolded. But when folded down the front tips curl up unless the zipper is open all the way. Try to zip up half way, and the collar tips curl up and look strange. But I liked it enough to have just ordered a second pullover, so the pluses outweighed this slight negative.
January 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLBeanShopperPennsyl Good but could be better
This product is very warm and extremely comfortable. An excellent mid layer. It would be perfect if you had thumb holes and possibly a pocket or pouch in the bottom center. I would add slight length to the sleeves if you put in thumb holes. Look at your competition, everyone with a micro grid fleece has thumb holes.
October 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BeanBackpacker Great product, size might be a little small
I love this fleece but I think I'm opting to go for a size up - medium fits like a small.
September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Macgyver Microgrid Fleece
I recently purchased one of these at one of LLB's outlet stores and I love it. The fit is true, It takes just enough of a chill off your body and the breast pocket comes in handy for for small items Ie... drivers license, boarding pass etc.... It has a stylish look to it and can be worn with a variety of outfits. Recommended buy!
January 17, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by OutsideBoston Flimsy material, not durable
The fit is slim and athletic, and I generally like the appearance of the garment which is why I gave it two stars.
The critical flaw with this fleece is that the "grid" fabric is very thin between the squares. It is so sheer that you can almost read through it.
Because of the construction, this item is less durable than a typical polartec: mine developed a visible pinhole after one wearing, despite careful attention to the laundry/drying instructions.
November 10, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Have2Bwarm Fit is terrible
Really LL Bean? The medium fits like an Extra Small across the back and under the arms. I'm not sure who on earth is built like that. I am very average build -- not super muscular, not thin, not overweight and I could hardly get the Medium (my usual size) over my upper back. Last year Bean sold a similar shirt in red, blue and black that was so AWESOME and fit so great, I bought 2 colors. So I was very excited to see this version in navy and charcoal and intended to get both. I am so disappointed in the fit I am not even going to try a size up.
October 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MLKG Perfect Layering
The usual LL Bean high quality. Wonderful
October 24, 2012