Rated 5 out of 5áby nwart Good General Purpose Jacket
I am not using this for hunting. It's a very good jacket for rainy and windy weather. I ordered the usual XL Tall (mushroom) and it is a loose fit, I can wear a fleece sweater or other toasty layer underneath, and not feel like the kid in the Christmas Story. .The material crinkles when moving.
There is no insulation built in, so there's a good chance of using it in the wet summer months in NW. I like the mesh lining in the upper body and sleeves, it along with the goretex layer and the outside layer is enough for a lot of winter use.
As for pockets there are two handwarmers, two outside pockets with press stud closure, and inside a zipper pocket large enough for a wallet, and one for sun glasses with elastic closure if you trust it.
It weighs 2.2 lbs which is about 2/3 of my LL Bean parka with inside layer removed. I'd consider it lightweight and packs into a small space for travel.
The large pocket in the back is connected to a pocket in the front on the left accessed near the zipper, it might be useful for maps but not in an ideal location. The front access pocket might be useful for a water bottle/snack, or gloves/hat -you have to use it righthanded.
I think it's a good deal if you can get it at a large discount, otherwise it's too pricey.
November 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby GrousehunterinPA Upland field coat, is a hit
Received this coat as a Christmas present. I have been out three times hunting in the late grouse season and so far the upland field coat is great. One early January day, temperature was in the 30s and raining. This Gore-Tex coat kept me dry and warm and allowed me to stay out hunting. It is turning briars very effectively in the grouse covers and allows me to go into those nasty places where the dogs always seem to find the birds. Although thin and lightweight, it is very warm. I have found that a down vest and this jacket are adequate even when the temps are in the 20s. Best features are the Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable lining and the ripstop tough fabric for turning briars. If you are a bird hunter, buy this coat.
January 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby Sunny11 Returned Item but received outstanding service
Very stiff Gore-Tex, Not my cup of tea. The Jacket is listed as medium weight and while it has a lining, I would categorize it as light weight.
The jacket did not meet my expectations from the website description.
However, I returned to a nearby LL Bean store. The staff was helpful and pleasant. No hassle returning a mail order item to a bricks n' mortar store.
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby BudC my go to coat
Whenever I'm in the field, be it land surveying all week or on week ends chasing birds with my German shorthair pointer, this is my go to coat. It has stood up to everything I have thrown at for the last 6 or 7 years (minus one burn hole from a careless smoker#. To this day my coat is waterproof and does an excellent job in the briars and thorn patches that I encounter on a almost daily basis. the game bag will hold a limit of pa pheasant #2) with more then enough room to spare. The hand warmer pockets are in the perfect spot. The shell pockets and loops have also held up
I can say this is the best field coat I've ever owned and worth the money
December 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby m4yx Good but not perfect.
I bought this jacket to hunt ruffed grouse in Quebec, Canada when it gets colder or on wet rainy days. I wore it this weekend (Nov. 9 2013) on a pretty cold hunting day. I really liked the water-proof Gore-tex feature and the tough and durable finish but I am a little disappointed about the general fit of the jacket. I think the sleeves should be slimmer, longer and have better wrist adjustments. I also think the jacket should have a waist adjustment system to make it tighter at the bottom. The game bag was the perfect size and fitted all of my 4 birds. The shell loops inside the front pockets are great and can fit enough ammo for a long walk. Comfortable and warm, its a great jacket overall.
November 11, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby InTheFieldInMO L.L. Bean Men's Upland Field Coat with Gore-Tex
I bought this coat, not so much for upland bird hunting (which I do a little bit of), but more for general nature activities (I'm a field ecologist) to benefit from the game bag for holding field guides, binoculars, specimens, etc. and its rain proofing. I did not want the blaze orange look, or the heavy weight and stiffness of typical tin-cloth field coats.
Pros: Good sizing, plenty roomy for a vest underneath. Front access to game bag well placed and easy to use; good access to game bag alongside and in back for cleaning. Snaps on bottom keep it close to your body in when not full of game or gear. Slick lining allows for easy on and off. It is light weight and bi-swing back and expansive pit design allow for excellent freedom of movement; you could split wood or other arm/shoulder intensive activity as well as long-gun shooting without any binding. Hand warmer pockets are well placed. Inside pocket for glasses with cleaning cloth was a nice touch and small zippered inside pocket could hold keys, but only a small mobile phone. I liked the sturdy snaps on the front flap and sleeves instead of Velcro; Velcro just gets clogged with crud in the field. I did not test it for water repellency or trek through heavy brush to test its abrasion/tear resistance.
Cons: This is a cool weather coat even though it?s unlined for warmth. Problem with Gor-tex waterproofing is it breathes poorly, so after 5 minutes up walking up hills at a good pace in 55 F temperatures it gets very clammy inside. Pit zips and bi-directional front zippers would be an improvement here to increase air circulation when it isn?t raining or when the day warms up. My biggest issue is the outside bellows pockets. They are rather small and have a snap only on the outside edge of the pocket flap. It can hold shot shells well in the elastic slots in both pockets, but there is little room for anything other than a pair of light gloves. The inside edge of the flap (near zipper) is actually securely sewn to the jacket. This makes access to the pocket difficult, especially if you have gloves on, prevents stuffing the flap inside the pocket when it?s not raining, and also greatly reduces the size of an object you can insert into the pocket. Why there aren't just two flap snaps beats me, unless all you want to do is securely store shot-shells and make sure they are easily accessible in a good rain and not have the pocket flap moving much. One could carefully cut this stitching out, but then that corner of the flap couldn?t be secured. But, hey, this is a $200+ coat; I shouldn?t have to cut the stitching for the pockets to function normally.
Final take. Unfortunately despite all the pros; I?m reluctantly returning. It is too damp inside during typical spring and fall weather in central Missouri if you are active enough to sweat. The outside bellows pockets are just too small and poorly designed for my needs. If you are going to be in cool (<45 F) rain or normal winter hunting or other outdoor activity, aren't too active and don?t need pocket space (who doesn't in the field?), then this might be a good coat for you given its excellent freedom of movement and light weight.
December 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby Sequoian Perfect Outdoor Jacket
This gore tex coat is perfect for hiking, camping, hunting, used as a "barn coat", chopping wood, or even travel anywhere in the world.
The cut is great for wearing with a sweater, thick long sleeved shirt, a fleece liner, or simply a regular shirt. Lots of freedom of movement, great pockets, and very practical.
Any outdoor person should own one.
December 25, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5áby SCHunter Men's Upland Field Coat with Gore-Tex
Very plastic feel. High priced for what you get. Loud noise with movement which makes it poor for hunting.
September 22, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5áby nauta upland field coat
My wife is happy that I chose the brown shoulders over the field orange, which I preferred. But overall the jacket is excellent quality, wam as shell, warmer with a fleece vest. And the jacket is snug.
Yet with the jacket snugness, without a double zipper its uncomfortable driving. I either had to unzip it or take it off entirely, not what I care to do on cold mornings.
I would suggest that you add a double zipper allowing it to open from the botton when needed.
February 5, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5áby eHrothgar Reluctantly Returning Coat
If pit-zips were added, the Upland Field Coat with Gore-Tex would be a GREAT COAT. It is well made and very warm, even without wearing additional fleece or down.
Living near Seattle, when the temp is in the 20's the coat is very comfortable. When it warms up to the 50's or 60's it is too warm for comfort without the pit-zips.
You could probably use the coat for 11 months each Year in Maine, but without Pit-Zips, we are limited to about 4-5 months in the Puget Sound annually.
Reluctantly, I am returning the coat which I otherwise like to keep.
A merchandizing tip to Bean: After adding pit-zips, also market the coat to non-hunters, like me. I had intended to use the rear-end game pouch as a "Rumble Seat Fanny Pack" for water bottles, sandwichs, gloves, etc. Other hikers might like to do the same also. Given its color, Bean could call it "The Potato" or "The Spud" to appeal to us non-hunters.
If the "Potato" is a merchandising success, Bean may want to thank me with a complimentary Potato with Zip-Pits, to show appropriate appreciation for this great idea.
January 26, 2011