Rated 5 out of 5 by NotoriousDBA Excellent!
I love fleece for a lot of reasons: soft and breathable, lightweight and non-bulky warmth, quick-drying, retains some insulation value when wet, relatively inexpensive, etc., etc. The big problem with fleece, of course, is that unless you're wearing it under a wind-blocking layer, the mildest breeze cuts through it like a knife. I was looking for a piece to add to my hiking/backpacking layering system that would give me all the benefits of fleece, but with protection from the wind as well, so I wouldn't have to resort to putting on a windshirt or other shell unless things got ugly. Well, this wind challenger fleece hoody fits that bill nearly perfectly. It's soft, warm, light, non-bulky, breathes, and stops the wind in its tracks, all for a very fair price (around half the price or less of some of the more "technical" hoodies I considered). Plus it looks good, and even though it's marketed as a "jacket", it's still casual enough to wear around the house like you'd wear any plain old fleece hoody, without looking like you're wearing a coat indoors. I said nearly perfect, because there are two features that would take it to the peak of perfection for me: longer sleeves with thumbholes, and a drawstring on the hood. Those are minor gripes though, not enough to cost it a star. The hood, for one thing, is already close-fitting enough that the lack of a drawstring isn't an issue in all but the strongest winds. On the other hand, I have a big head (7-3/4 hat size), so your mileage may vary. I also wish it came in some more colors, like a nice olive green, but c'est la vie. The black one I got looks sharp, though as is typical with black fleece, it seems to be a magnet for fur. For what it's worth, I'm 6' tall, ~190lbs, and a medium fits me perfectly, with room underneath for a couple of light to medium layers. Oh, one more thing: even though it's not listed in the description, the two handwarmer pockets on the outside have zipper closures, which I was very happy to see.
March 23, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by SAM99 Not breathable
I was looking for a breathable windblock fleece jacket for my husband.
This jacket traps moisture. On a dry cool day, on two-mile hike, the jacket became uncomfortably moist inside. Also, the hood has no drawstring and a little breeze in your face blows it right off your head.
The jacket is attractive, short piled fleece, a little stiff, but still nice. We bought the next size up to layer and it is perfect for that.
February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skippy60301 Cozy!!!
Received as a gift from my wonderful wife!! On a 14 degree night at work, I was nice and warm. Highly recommend!!!
February 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ReaderMom Just the BEST fleece jacket
We got this jacket as a gift from my husband's company and it is just WONDERFUL. Its wind blocking ability makes it our families go-to jacket that we all love to borrow from each other. And the hood makes it even more comfy to wear. I am an adult female and although the men's XL is way too big for me to wear out and about town, I DO really appreciate the extra big size when I go running in the winter. I wrap the long sleeves around my hands to keep them warm, until my core warms up enough to push up the sleeves. I keep the hood up too, until I get warm enough and then it comes off. My iPhone fits nicely in the breast pocket, so I can listen to music as I run, and if the jacket needs laundering, it washes beautifully. I can't say enough great things about this coat! If I had to say one negative thing, I would wish for some way to tighten the hood or at least secure it so that it won't slide off my head. That's it. It's a GREAT jacket.
December 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sixthree One of the best items I ever bought
This jacket is by far the best LLBean item I have bought and I have been buying LLBean since the 50s. (and still have some of the items from then). This jacket is comfortable with a soft feel and look. The zipper comes up high enough to cover your throat in windy weather, the hood is well designed to be comfortable and look good. I wear a hat and it fits over it nicely. The outside upper pocket is perfect for an Iphone so you don't have to open up your coat to get a ringing phone in cold weather. But the best thing about it is that it keeps you warm. I have worn this jacket walking the dog in 32 degrees with nothing but a t shirt and a llbean turtle neck underneath and have been comfortable. Add a 5 to 10 mph wind factor to that and the jacket still kept me warm. I have worn this jacket in 22 degrees with a slight wind with only a tshirt and a flannel shirt and have been warm. In addition it repels rain and snow and definitely blocks the wind. And it looks good enough to wear it out in the evening with the wife. I am in my second year with this jacket and there is no sign of wear or pilling or color fading. Sizewise, I usually take a tall XL with most everything, but in this jacket Regular XL fits perfect, the arms are long enough and the body is too (I am 6'3 190 lbs. my length is in my legs)
December 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Simon27 Wind Challenger Fleece Hooded Jacket
The Jacket was good quality, a little overpriced. I am 6'2" 257 Lbs. I ordered an XLG Tall. Length was right but arms were snug if a long sleeve shirt was worn. I returned the jacket for a refund. However, I have bought other items such as a winter Jacket and Hiking Boots and were very pleased with the quality, size and price.
December 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Strayohio Winter warm
Convenient warmth for daily errands around town. Like full zipper, lots of pockets. I got men's tall to be sure of length in trunk, just rolled sleeves to fit. Gets softer drape once washed.
December 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TexasAirstreamer Great Jacket
Stands up to drizzle and a stiff breeze. Love the hood. Wish I had ordered tall so it would fall below the waist.
December 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by 2orchardappleman Nice product-wrong application
Had originally intended this to be an over-jacket to dress up the layer look I had in mind. For some reason, in that application, I was chilled when I went outdoors in about 20 degree weather. I came back inside and thought, "I'm going to reverse the outer layer with the Katahdin hooded sweatshirt I was wearing inside the shell. To my amazement, it was a much warmer layering scheme but I had lost the dressiness which I originally purchased the shell for.
Evidently, the shell is warmer when closer to the skin.
November 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by John88 Just purchased my 3rd one
This fleece is truly windproof and I live in these all winter long. Like so well that I have two hooded and one without. Purchased the first two in previous years so I have had plenty of opportunity to use them. Highly recommend both. I prefer a roomy fit and went a size up on these and for me they fit just right. I'm 5' 8", 160 and buy the large. Since I found these, I won't buy any other fleece jacket.
November 26, 2014