Rated 1 out of 5 by Grace11 Ultrawarm??? Please!
I spent an hour trying on a few different styles of down winter coats in LLBean this weekend, and finally decided that the Ultrawarm 3/4 length would suit my needs, even though the cut is not flattering, as others have mentioned. I live in New England and walk outside a lot in the winter, so I wanted something that would keep me warm in the cold and wind, and was willing to sacrifice fashion for the sake of being warm. I tested the coat for the first time yesterday, when the morning temp was 19 deg F and lunch time temp was 30 deg F, gentle wind at 10mph during both times. Sad to say, that the cold actually penetrated this coat at 30 deg F!! Needless to say, my morning walk to the bus was brutal. Underneath the coat I wore corduroys and a long sleeve cotton shirt. After watching the video that describes the winter jacket rating system, I now realize that typical street clothes will not cut it with LL Bean outerwear. You must add LLBean thermals underneath your clothes, which I likely will not be doing for work. Will be returning.
November 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CareyS Good, few improvements needed
I bought this coat last year to keep me warm during freezing winters in Central Ohio. It's not terribly stylish, but it blocks the wind and keeps me toasty warm during early-morning walks with my dog.
It was perfect for this 18-degree morning.
Two improvements I suggest:
1. Make the interior cuffs longer. Even better would be to include a hole where you could loop the cuff around your thumb.
2. Some of the feathers come through the fabric. Is there a way to stop that?
Otherwise, it's a warm coat and a good value.
November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DvadesetSedam Exactly what I needed!
I am 5'4, 120 pounds, and the XS in Petite is great. I have seen previous reviews where people complain of sleeve length being too short, but I do not have this problem. If this may be a concern, maybe opt for a size in Misses.
Anyway, the fit is perfect, there is just enough room underneath the jacket for me to wear a sweater and several layers without the coat looking bulky. I wish the waist had some definition, as it is very roomy in this area, although the coat does give me a little bit of shape regardless.
The pockets are quite small and cannot hold too many things. I use them to warm up my hands (they have warm fabric on the inside), or to put my phone inside. They can fit more than a cellphone, although the way the pockets are placed on the waist of the coat makes it appear as though I am pregnant, and it is not really a look I plan on achieving.
I am a very thin and small person, and I get cold very easily. I am very sensitive to the cold, and have recently moved to an area where the winters are much harsher than what I am used to. I feel cold at 60 degrees. However, this coat has kept me perfectly warm without problems in 30 degree weather. It has not gotten colder than that yet, although I do believe I will need to wear layers for weather under 30 degrees. For people who are not as sensitive to temperature as I, may not feel the need to layer up and this coat will be sufficient.
I LOVE the quality of this coat. I bought it in the purple color, and it is a coat that I feel I can wear to any occasion and look nice. The purple hue is not at all overpowering it is quite a beautiful shade that I feel I can wear with most colors. It appears very durable, it is thick in warmth but light in weight. This was a wonderful price for this coat, worth every penny and even more. I am looking forward to wearing it this winter, I believe it is exactly what I need to stay warm.
I am new to LLBean, and this will not be my only purchase! I am very happy with this coat!
November 21, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by ColdRD Coat NOT warm. Temperature ratings MISLEADING!
I am completely disappointed with this coat, which claims to be good to -40 degrees. Turns out it was only warm (even so much so that I couldn?t keep it zipped up for very long) when I had it on *inside* the store. I wore it to work today in temperatures around 34 degrees, and as soon as there was the slightest bit of wind, it cut RIGHT through the coat and I was instantly unhappy. It doesn?t hold the cold out, nor body heat in. So I did a bit more research this morning, and watched LLBean?s video of how they do their temperature ratings. It seems the ratings and warmth levels only apply when you are wearing a full layer of LLBean thermals *and* a vest underneath!!! Misleading much? I am so disappointed and frustrated and angry. We will be returning the new coat, and digging my old one out of the trash and getting its zipper replaced. While not in perfect condition, and still having a little patch on one elbow, at least I know for certain that it?s perfectly cozy (even in wind) and easily the best and warmest coat I?ve ever owned. Ugh.
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by hotrodmama love it
i now own 3...warm, fit well, comfortable even in a sportscar......great length for shorter women...even sleeve length good.....like the zippered pockets...no losing keys or loose change....try this coat...you'll love it
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MaritimeMom2013 Perfect all-purpose coat
I love this coat! It is perfect to go over any outfit, dressy or casual, or even over PJs to do a quick errand. I've been wearing it on the cool fall days, but it's so warm I know it will still be cozy on the cold, middle of winter days too.
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Daylily822 Love this coat!
I have actually owned this coat for around 5-6 years. It is the warmest, best everyday coat I have ever owned for really cold weather. The length and sleeves are perfect because I was able to purchase a Petite. I can remove the hood when I don't need it and it is washable, a must for messy, New England winters.
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by keenan7 Simply the Best!
I bought this coat in raspberry last year after buying the vest in chalk blue. Loved the vest and then decided to purchase the coat. The color is beautiful so I ordered another vest in the raspberry. I love the faux fur trim and all three items keep me warm all winter long. The fit is perfect and true to size. I have been stopped and asked where I got the coat on more then one occasion. I'm proud to say LL Bean. People ask me to bring my catalogs to work which I do but I tell them to just go on line to buy or call, it's so easy. Thanks LL Bean.
November 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LilExplorer This is where it's at!
I love this coat!!!! I've had it for a year now and it's honestly the warmest and most comfy coat I own. I have 2 others from LLBean but I look forward to brutally cold days to slip into it. The length for me is a bit above my knee but longer than mid thigh ( I'm 5'3). This length helps keep me warmer on those bitingly cold days. I have to be outside for several hours a day at work so it has definitely seen use in the last year. Sizing does run big. I ordered a medium and it was plenty roomy. 20 lbs later it still fits ( imagine my surprise). Overall I can't live without this coat and it's light enough I can drive in without sacrificing warmth.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by daniluna Yes Yes Yes
I absolutely Love everything about this jacket! I ordered a PS and it fits perfect for my 5' 120lb frame. It is pretty cold in Chicago already (Mid November) and I'm constantly running in and out of the house taking my kids to school, picking them up, etc... and it has been pretty windy and COLD out and this light weight jacket is a dream!
Great at blocking the blustery wind coming off the lake front (which can be brutal at times), the sleeves are a perfect length, the down is exceptionally warm, the hood is great at keeping my head protected, and as other people have said that it has no shape, this is something I find to actually be very comfortable, I'm not out for a fashion show on the street, I'm looking to be warm and comfortable and this jacket does exactly that plus it is very nice looking in my opinion and a beautiful brown color. I love the closure around the neck and face area with the velcro it does a great job at protecting without the need for a scarf (another plus for me). One thing I particularly am a fan of is the underarm area of the jacket, as with most petite coats it is usually pretty restricted....not so in this case, there is plenty of space and I just LOVE that! I would definitely recommend this jacket!
November 14, 2013