Rated 2 out of 5 by dj007 Releases Fuzzy Fibers
I really liked this jacket for it's features - length, open cuffs and hem - but I wore it once before washing and it got fuzzy black fibers on my shirt. Thinking that it just should have been washed first, I did that but the next time I wore it they were even worse.
Even though I like the jacket it is being returned because I can't put up with it fuzzing up all my clothes!
March 26, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by muffer sizing very small
I purchased a trail model fleece jacket after I read the reviews on it. Many customers said they run very small. I normally wear 1XL on jackets or coats at LL BEAN, but since so many reviews stated they run small I ordered a 2XL. It was still very small across the shoulders and around arms near the pit area and shoulders. So I was going to order another size up ,however they don't offer that size. With all the reviews stating how small they run why isn't LL Bean correcting the problem with the manufacturers ? Does bean like to do returns do to defects from manufacturers ? Poor quality control. Other than sizing it's a nice jacket. I guess I'll have to return it.
March 24, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by CCalle Not the same old Trail Model Fleece!
I have been buying trail model fleeces for a long time. I would say since 2005. I still own my first one and have bought about 6 more for my family. They were great! Now that my original one is showing it's age (11 years), I was exited to get a new one. What a disappointment! The new style seems to go along with the ridiculous trend of men wearing their clothes way too tight. The sleeves are so tight my wife has to help me take it off. And it is way too snug in the trunk. I wear a large, and if I were to order an XL the sleeves would be way too long. Speaking of sleeves, there is no elastic around the sleeve like the old Trail Model, so cold wind comes right on in.
I'm a stocky, middle-aged school teacher. I don't want tight clothes!
March 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by oldgeekyguy Nice Jacket, Better Sweater
I read the reviews. Yes, the sleeves are long, but not too long if measured as a sports coat they're perfect and perfect for keeping your wrists covered. Yes, the jacket is a bit "slim" in the fit but I'd planned on wearing this not just over a light layer as advertised but as a mid layer under a wind breaker, a barn coat, a parka, or whatever. If I'd got an XL it wouldve been too big, I'm sure.
Considering that, it's as advertised including the open cuffs. Materials and workmanship top notch. Just got it two hours ago and took it for a walk with jeans, insulated boots and long sleeved tee. It's 39?F in small mountain college town with 5-8" old snow on ground, clear path through city park. Just right. I'll update this as I use it...
Been LL BEAN shopper since 1971. Never been disappointed with anything from socks to coats and everything in between. Any infrequent issues were swiftly and cheerfully resolved.
January 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by BillP44 Almost Perfect
Purchased this jacket several months ago and waited until I had some use on it before reviewing. Used it on a fishing trip to Montana and it worked great. It's a great casual jacket for cold weather. It's soft and warm. The fit is perfect for me - a large at 6'1" and 188. My only reason not to give it 5 stars is the problem of putting it on over most anything long sleeve as others have mentioned. If the sleeves were lined with a non-clinging material it would be perfect, but that's a problem with most fleeces.
January 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dailydude Good but tight
This is a very nice jacket. The fabric is great, warm but not heavy, and the zippered pockets are very practical.
I could certainly throw this jacket in the back of the car, and get it on days that I need it.
I would caution that the size runs a little small. I bought a Large, my normal size, and it fits fine with a casual shirt. I would probably want the Extra Large if I were wearing a sweater or sweatshirt.
Anyway, this fleece jacket is all we need most winter days in our Tennessee climate, unless it is raining or really cold.
December 14, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by gene1024 Tight Fit
Fits like a snug sweater not a jacket. I returned it.
December 9, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lewdog Size runs small
I just received my new Trail Model Fleece Jacket and the size runs smaller than before. I've had two of these in the past four years sized L and loved them but this new size L is too small. Will return it and ask for a size XL.
December 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by EricNCarolina Excellent Midweight Fleece
I have had the charcoal trail weight fleece for 2 years. It's been great. The polartec 200 weight is great for the upper southeast, where it is comfortable outside in temperatures in the 25-50 degree range. Fleece also does cause water to bead up and not soak you in a light rain or mist (similar to water retrieving dog's coat). Fleece also cuts the wind. It also has a well made zipper unlike some of the cheaper fleeces where one can struggle to open and close. It's thin enough you can add an outer layer easily and fell bulky. Highly recommend.
November 30, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Carne Not the same
I purchased a Trail Model fleece jacket a few years ago. The fit of the current version is much more slim than ?traditional?. All four zippers are now the same small gauge, with no wind flap under the front zipper. The cuffs are not elastic. Please bring back the original jacket that was perfect for virtually any use. I wore out my original and thought this was going to be a replacement.. Sorry.. I have to return, too small yet is the same size as my first one.
November 16, 2015