Rated 3 out of 5 by westcoastwyatt Itchy with swastika buttons
While the quality of this sweater was undoubtedly high, I simply could not handle the feel of the ragg wool. It was simply too itchy for me. I ordered the item online, and, obviously, am not an expert on fabric types.
In addition to the irritability of the fabric, as one commenter pointed out, the buttons do look like they have swastikas on them. Keep in mind though, while the rag wool will always be itchy, they may, at some point take notice, and change the buttons.
If you can handle the ragg wool, then this sweater is recommended if they change the buttons.
January 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kath31 Size is different than the waterfowl sweater
The sweater arrived promptly and is very attractive. My husband is 6'3" and I ordered the Large as I had also ordered the waterfowl sweater at the same time. This sweater was too small in the shoulders and arms for him so I have to exchange it for the Extra Large. Just keep in mind that these two types of sweaters are not sized in the same way.
January 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by GeorgeinTexas Nice dress; so-so sweater
A disappointment. As day wore on, sweater drooped and got longer and longer until it reached mid-thigh -- and I'm 6'1". Didn't keep shape and looked like a billowy, misshapen dress by the end of the day. Beautiful sweater, although not quite the same color as what I ordered. And washing instructions -- available in several languages; none are English. Headed back your way.
November 21, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ssmith362 Shedding and Shrunk
Washed sweater according to directions at the end of last winter before storing the sweater. I put it on this morning and much to my surprise it had shrunk. It also shedding like crazy. I can't pull of the little fuzz balls fast enough. They just keep coming back.
November 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JWD4 Great sweater, weird buttons
Sweater is pretty amazing. Thick and warm. I'm 6'4", 225 and the large tall fits perfectly with just the right amount of bagginess that you'd look for in a heavy sweater. It's a teeny bit itchy if you wear it over a short sleeved shirt but it makes up for that in warmth. I got one in oatmeal and one in navy, and quite like both.
The only complaint i have is that if you look really closely at the buttons, you'll see they are emblazoned with something that looks very much like a swastika. Very odd, i'm sure the detail is accidental and it's not obvious at all. You can hardly see it; but now that i've noticed it i'm a little weirded out. Probably not the best gift for your WWII vet grandfather.
November 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by RedHookWoman Surprising good....
Not very scratchy - I can even touch it! (I'm the buyer, not the wearer as I am allergic to wool) and very warm without being too bulky.
Runs large, I would say (my wearer is a Medium Tall) and extra long. He's 6', 160 pounds but all "medium talls" have fit him well so he's a standard "medium tall" albeit thin. This would be "too long" but for the fact that the bottom is well-knit to stay close to the body and not look baggy.
We were pleased that the negative comments about the wrist cuffs aren't in evidence. We wanted wrists that were "quite tight for warmth" and it seems to be that.
Haven't washed it yet, so we'll see. Too soon to comment on whether it will pill. Fingers crossed.
It is so rare to find real wool these days. This is the "old LL Bean" that we knew/loved. Now if we could just have some GOOD mock turtlenecks with fairly tight necks and thicker cotton.
November 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Freqeuntshopper Great sweater
Wonderful sweater! I'm 6'1" and 175 lbs and generally wear a 16.5 x 34 shirt and the medium fits great.
November 1, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by delf33 Chemical Smell!
I ordered the medium, tan color. Great, loose fit, and the material is really comfy and warm, definitely not too itchy. It's thick but still really moveable- a quality wool sweater. When I first took it out of the packaging, though, it reeked of chemical smell and was damp. I tried hand washing it out, but it still really stunk, so I just tossed into the washing machine- twice. It shrunk a lot, so now it's a fitted sweater, but I still like it. Washing it softened up the fabric and gave it a worn feel. It doesn't sound like this is a common problem, but I thought I'd put it out there. I'm still planning on ordering the crew neck version as well, so obviously I think highly of the sweater, just maybe not the packaging or shipping so much.
October 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Warmstyle Evolution of a sweater
I have purchased 3 of these sweaters over the last 6 years or so. I live in them during the winter. This winter I got the oatmeal model. The wool is heavier than previous years which is a plus but I have a minor quibble.
The neck has gone from a 4 button to a 2 button which I think is less useful. My only other suggestion for next year maybe a hunter green?
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Goodhue A Special Wool Sweater
I've worn many different types of Bean sweaters for many years,and this Bean's Classic Ragg Wool Henley Sweater with the stripes is right near the top of the list of my favorites.(The Bean navy Cashmere Quarter-Zip tops the list).I had received this sweater, solid carbon/navy,for Christmas and just loved everything about it! When I quickly decided that I wanted another Bean's Classic Ragg Wool Henley Sweater,I sprung for the extra 10 bucks and ordered the oatmeal with stripes. Just got it and I'm delighted with it!Like the one that I recived for Christmas,it fits perfectly,looks sharp,and does a great job of keeping me warm in the cold outdoors.Being able to unbutton the buttons at the neck allows me to remain comfortable when I'm inside.This style also comes up higher on the neck than a crew and helps keep the back of my neck warm. - I'm 6 ft,160 lbs. and the regular medium fits perfectly! ~ All and all,an excellent sweater that I highly recommend!
January 17, 2014