Rated 2 out of 5 by MidnightBlue very strange fit
I was so happy to see Bean is still carrying genuine polartec because other fleece jackets (and vests) I've gotten from Bean, simply do not breathe. However, what is going on with the fit of Bean clotherse these days? I've had numerous polartec fleece jackets, vests and pullovers over the years from Bean and they were always great and super reliable in all ways.
However, as with several other styles from Bean the last few years, the fit and/or style seems really off lately. I tried a fleece jacket last year (and a vest the year before) and had to return due to the poor fit and now I just returned this one. I am a size 10 and the medium was too tight in my hips while being too roomy in the chest (it kind of puffed out)?way out of proportion, at least for me (I never used to have such problems with Bean jackets). The only thing that fit well were the sleeves (they are often a bit long for me and these were perfect) and I also liked the jacket length.
I could get it zipped up over my hips, with just a t-shirt on, but it would be very uncomfortable with a layer underneath. Also whatever happenned to double zippers? They are so handy especially when you need to sit down if you have a longer jacket or parka on. Please bring them back.
I should also mention that the purple color was much brighter than it looks in the photo?almost, thoughnot quite, like a bright purple crayon color.
Very very disappointed as I gave away three older but still wonderful fleece jackets and one vest (all from Bean years ago) to the shelter for a winter clothing drive two years ago thinking I could always replace when the one I wore most wore out. No such luck.
I did buy a beautiful soft (non-polartec) fleece jacket from Bean two years ago and it was a great fit (in a size small) but every time I put it on I end up wishing I hadn't as it does not breathe at all. And I can't wait to get home, swearing I'll never try again. Like wearing a gorgeous plastic bag. I'm thinking of returning it as it just takes up space in my closet. But I desperately need a new fleece jacket (polartec). Please Bean, try again with the proportions, not sure why it's been such a problem lately.
September 17, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cloverbee Not the same jacket
I bought a Trail Model Fleece jacket from LLBean 10 years ago and it has been a warm, roomy, durable staple, so I was looking forward to a new one. The one I just received is like a discount version of the previous one regarding cut, fabric, detailing, zippers, etc.. I don't understand why they would take a good jacket and ruin it.
August 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Denise2727 Narrow sleeves
This jacket is a disappointment. The sleeves are very narrow and can only be worn over a thin shirt. Previous purchases of polar tec jacket were of a much better quality.
August 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by islanddaisy Green is not as pictured
Nice jacket, but I should have read the reviews about the color problem. The green I wanted was the soft green pictured, but it's actually a really bright pea green. The sleeves are also way too long for me in the medium size. I'm 5'3", though, so a petite would be better.
August 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by BabyGotBeanboots LOVE!
I absolutely adore this "jacket". So soft and snug and warm, I wear it from the start off fall right through to the start of summer. I got the charcoal color and the neutrality of the color means I can get away with it as an actual jacket, but also underneath my Barbour or even my Bean wind challenger coat. It hasn't pilled at all in the year since I got it (which was a concern), and its super stretchy so I can get about doing active stuff without feeling restricted. For reference 5.5" and 190lbs but got a medium to fit snug for under coats etc. Would highly recommend, and I'm currently on this page to buy a second one in a new color!....maybe Barberry?
August 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
by OviedoWoman Perfect fleece jacket
I recently wore this fleece to Scotland where it was very chilly and alternately driving rain, cold, sun and wind. With a hooded waterproof jacket, and this fleece worn under it, I was perfectly protected from all weathers. I also wore this indoors because the Scottish wall heating units were hard to figure out, so our apartment was often icy until the radiators kicked in. I stayed comfy! No problems with shedding, and the fleece is substantial yet so soft and cozy. Zippers worked well, and if we got into a van after being in windy, cold conditions, it was easy to unzip for optimal comfort. I also bought Bean's fingerless fleece mittens, also perfect for touring on the Royal Mile, keeping my hands warm while fingering cell phone photography, tour books and maps. Bean outfitted me super well for Scotland and Yorkshire. Thanks y'all!
August 11, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sushine24 Trail Model Fleece Jacket
I bought this Jacket about 3years ago and thought it was time for a knew one. I so enjoyed it I needed a replacement. Well the only similarity between the new one and my old one is the name. Poor quality material poor quality sewing and the sizing also quite different. This last purchase will probably be my last, I hate returning goods I just don't buy anymore.
July 24, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5
by Anza Sheds like no other fleece I've ever owned
I love fleece and have been wearing it for about 30 years. I currently own an LL Bean fleece bathrobe and I was recently looking to replace my LL Bean fleece jacket before it completely wore out. I was delighted to find a red PolarTec fleece jacket online just before a trip to Ireland. I loved the color, the style and the fit. But does it shed! I washed it prior to my trip. But soon after my arrival in Ireland, I started finding red lint all over my host's car. Then it was my rental car (see armrest and seat back in photo). And on and on. I might have left "a piece a me heart in Ireland", but I left a whole lot more fleece! I will be returning the jacket.
June 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrsSaab Violet fleece
I bought a Trail Model Fleece in violet after reading many negative reviews. I bought it to replace a fleece jacket that I have worn for 15 year. The jacket is a beautiful violet color and fits well. I like my jackets loose so I bought a large. The arms are a tad longer than I need, but otherwise, I am happy with my purchase.
May 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by TooBeanOrNotTooBean SO PLEASED!!!!!
Got this fleece for my daughter and myself for a spring camp out, it's perfect. Great quality, warm, really great cut, not bulky, flattering. LOVE the teal color....perfect. Daughter loves the red color in 14-16, really great pre-teen color. Great for camping and for everyday use.
April 27, 2016