Rated 5 out of 5 by RDSAV Great coat
This is high quality, American made coat. Heavy duty zipper, nice lining, real wool. Versatile enough to wear as a casual coat or even over a suit. Will probably wear this for 20 years. It maybe runs a little big, but that allows room for layering. Only flaw is, as others have noted, the shoulder pads weren't for me. Had my tailor remove them and now it is perfect. Rated it 5 stars anyway because of its superb materials and construction.
March 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by br3tt A nice jacket, but not for me.
It was really the shoulders that did this jacket in. They made it look more like a suit coat than the pictures had me believe. I returned it.
If "suit coat" what you're looking for, then by all means buy this jacket; the materials and construction are superb.
As far as comments stating that the collar is too big: the larger collar MAKES IT FUNCTIONAL. If you flip this collar up, your entire neck is shielded. I count this as a plus.
January 15, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by imabeanie Nice, but with drawbacks
Every person has a different metabolism when it comes to withstanding cold temperatures. Mine is not one that can stay warm in a winter jacket/coat lined only in satin, no matter the outer material. Such is the case with the Authentic Wool Jacket here.
It is well constructed of 80% melton wool and 10% nylon. It also has some heft to it, some would call it stiffness. It is lined in satin throughout. The collar is very generous. Its length, however, barely covers one's hips.
For me it is not a warm jacket, even with wearing a midweight layer, as suggested. Cold breezes easily slip under the jacket's bottom and sleeves. I wonder how LL Bean can assign a "Warmer / to -15 degree" rating to it.
The first time I wore it, on a 20-degree day, a friend I was visiting remarked that it didn't look like a very warm jacket. How perceptive. Maybe if you are a US Navy man, such a jacket is sufficient to keep you warm. I'm not and it didn't.
December 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by bani Wool jacket
I like the jacket, but the zipper is very difficult to fasten and close.
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LoveNJBeaches Made in USA
Perfect coat for cool, but not bitter cold, weather; until you add another layer or two. I ordered up one size to have room for a hooded sweatshirt and a sweater. This is the second time I've ordered this coat. The first was several years old when I gave it to someone who needed a coat. I reordered and was delightfully surprised to discover that this item is now made in the USA. Top quality, sturdy zipper, and a real luxurious lining. Navy color is so dark it is almost black.
November 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ignaz Quality Coat
Would recommend this coat. I feel good when I wear it. Fills the void between dressy and casual and comfortable in the car. The coat runs a bit large, I had to exchange a large for a medium.
November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by zpqr a great winter jacket
This is my 2nd wool jacket--it is comfortable, warm and looks great.It can go from a game to out for dinner
November 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by DeathwokClan Too military
Looks like something Eisenhower would have worn. Shoulder pads, olive green (not loden), stiff material. If you want something to wear at the next veterans parade, this is it.
November 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrFerry Perfect Weight Fall Wool Jacket
Excellent fabric, zipper and lining. Perfect weight for fall and winter in the south. Would have paid $50 more for it to be made in the USA. Made in China, but well made anyway..
November 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by selfs Quality USA Made Jacket, But. . .
This jacket is very well made of good materials. However, the design is different than it appears in the pictures. As prior reviewers have noted, the shoulders are very square and heavy, which is due to shoulder pads. I took it to a tailor and had the shoulder pads removed. The tailor said it looked "stupid" with the pads. It is also large at the waist. I ordered a large long, and the sleeves are shorter than another LL Bean wool coat in large long that fits me well. The sleeves should be about an inch longer, in my case. Overall it's a nice jacket if it fits you properly and you have the shoulder pads removed.
November 5, 2013