Rated 1 out of 5 by JJNH Bad cut in the new jacket
I own three of these jackets from previous years. They all fit great. This new one has a different cut and I agree with another post - something is very wrong with it. It bulges in the chest and waist area. I was really looking forward to a gray color, but, had to return it. To those who are new to this item - no, I am not too critical. As I said I own three petite length in M size, long sleeve trail model jackets and one trail model vest. I love all of them and they fit perfectly. There is something very wrong with this new cut and I hope LLBean reads this comment and fixes it soon.
December 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBML Great item for fall and winter
I loved how soft my friend's L.L.Bean fleece jacket felt that I decided to get one for myself. I was trying to decide between this and the Fitness Fleece but ended up choosing the Trail Model Fleece because I wanted something in gray.
According to the size chart, I'm somewhere between a petite XS and S. I'm 5'0, 130 lbs, 34B chest. Because most of my extra weight is around my middle, I was worried about the fit. I got the petite XS in charcoal heather and love it. I would describe the jacket as having a slim, not relaxed, fit on me, which I'm OK with because it allows me to layer it beneath a coat when it's very cold.
By my measurements, the petite XS fleece is about 19.5 inches wide in the chest (straight across between underarm seams), 19 inches wide at the bottom hem, and the outer length of the sleeve is 22.5 inches long. It's a little stretched out from being worn but not in a way that emphasizes my "spare tire." I've washed it maybe twice since getting it but have only hung it to dry, so I can't comment on shrinkage.
December 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PMHJ Great little jacket
I ordered this jacket in petite large in order to have room to layer, It arrived yesterday and I wore it today with a light-weight turtleneck sweater and cardigan. I was warm and comfortable outside even though it was 21 degrees (Fahrenheit) and windy It fits me quite well through the chest and hips. I do have to turn the sleeves up a bit but they don't look turned up because of the way they're hemmed. I bought it in black and have ordered it again in darkest violet. I'm very happy with this purchase!
December 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sequim Warm but fits quite strangely
Something is very wrong with the cut. I'm not sure why this jacket bulges in odd places between the shoulders and waste but it does. In addition the sleeves are too long but the bulging is the biggest problem. Tried to make this work but finally am having to return it.
December 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by PolartecJacketOwner Love this Polartec jacket
I love this Polartec jacket however I would gladly pay more to have a two way zipper. It's a great jacket while standing but to sit I must either totally unzip it or turn up the bottom of the jacket. Please change to two way zippers on longer tops to make a perfect product. Thanks LLBean.
November 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by heartjla Nice and warm
I just returned home after a chilly and damp trip to Disney World. We were not expecting high temperatures in the 40's and 50's in November in Florida! I wore my LL Bean Trail Model fleece jacket all day while walking around in the parks, and my family wore fleece jackets from elsewhere. They ended up having to purchase windbreakers to go over their jackets to keep warm, while I remained comfortable all day with just my fleece jacket. I was very impressed with how warm this jacket is!
November 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by martig Warm even in 20 degree weather
I just received this item approximately 10 days ago & was so pleased with the fit & quality of the jacket. It was even warm in the below normal temps (20 degrees) we have had this fall.
November 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by nanapatty Nice Fleece
This is a very nice fleece jacket. I have an older one and the fit is similar except for the sleeves. The new one has longer sleeves but otherwise is very nice and warm. I wear sz. large in most things but I needed the extra large in this item. I purchased an LL Bean bathrobe around the same time and the large size fit perfectly. Wish sizes did not vary so much from item to item. Makes catalog shopping a challenge!
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by icejam222 Fleecejacket
Love the fleecejacket in darkest violet-great fit ,high collar and perfect colour.Really nice and warm and comfy!Good fit and due to the high collar, your neck will never be cold!
November 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by FroggieLorraine too narrow
I really wanted to love this jacket, but when I tried it on I was amazed that it was so narrow around the hips. I'm a size 8/10 and wear a Petite Medium in all of my tops, and I usually have room to spare. With this jacket, however, I could just barely get the zipper connected at the bottom! Stranger still, in this same order I received a lined flannel shirt in Petite Medium, and it's roomy enough to share it with a friend!
I like LLBean clothing, but they need to work harder to get their fit consistent across all styles. I'm afraid I'll be returning the fleece jacket. Very poor fit.
November 18, 2014