Rated 5 out of 5 by coolestgramma Zipper works fine!
After reading the negative reviews about the zipper, I hesitated to order this coat, but am so glad I gave it a chance. The zipper worked easily - no problem at all. But the coat was too small so I sent it back and got a larger size. This zipper works fine too. I don't understand why people don't just return the product when they have a problem with it. The return policy is great. You can ALWAYS return something, no matter how long you've had it.
June 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by YukonDogMum Toasty Warm & Light
I originally ordered my normal size, M (am 5'7", 145 lb), but found the top a bit too snug. Re-ordered in Black, L, & now have quite a roomy fit - enough to wear a blazer or thick sweater underneath - ideal for where I live. I had no difficulty whatsoever with the zipper on either coat I ordered. Cuffs are a touch loose for me on the Large, but can live with that. Overall, I find this coat high quality, very warm & soft, fantastic length for cold weather, & I love the extra detailing, like the heavy-duty ribbon sewn alongside the zipper, to keep it from snagging on fabric. Would have given 5 stars if there were a detachable hood. In any case, I think this will be a wonderful coat to have when the cold weather hits again.
June 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by consumer336 a very nice coat
I received exactly what I expected: a lightweight but warm winter coat with a clean, slim line without a hood to blow around or off of my head in the Chicago wind.
I am 5'4'' and 110 pounds and the XS Regular hits at the top of my knees. This size, rather than a Petite size, changes the line/look of the coat slightly but I made that compromise for the extra warmth.
Other customers have referenced the zipper....mine is fine and I would just say that I have to put on my reading glasses and take a deep breath to work the zippers correctly on ALL my winter coats.
March 27, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by msmolly2 SO disappointing!
I read the other reviews and ordered it anyway because it looked perfect. It's only a zipper -- how hard could it be? The answer: impossible. I might have considered keeping it anyway because it WAS exactly what I wanted... but it was defective as well. The zipper wasn't sewn straight (even if you could get it zipped), the hem was sewn so crookedly that there was a three-inch tail hanging down, and there was a snag in the fabric. What is happening to LL Bean?
It also frosts me that I have to pay to return a defective item. This is the second time this month I've had to return something to them, not for fit or preference, but because it was defective. So I'm out $13 and have nothing to show for it.
March 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by VaBeachGal Warm, Dry & Light
I bought this for a trip to NYC in February and was so glad I did, as our arrival coincided with a major blizzard. I am happy to say it performed beautifully and looked great because of the fitted cut and simple stitching. The length was longer than expected?the medium was knee length for my 5'6". Yes, the zipper was frustrating. Sometimes it zips easily in one shot, other times I struggled, which is the reason for the 4 star rating. Still, I love the coat and would recommend it.
March 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cachimbona Toasty!
I ordered both this coat AND the Microsuede Quilted Down Coat at the same time. Both were comfortable and fit well, but I chose the 'warm and light' in dark violet, because my neighbor said the down coat in dark mushroom made me look "washed out." I am 5'4" and 135 lbs, and the regular medium fits well. It hits just below my knee. Great coat!
March 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by oldbreuklen Great but for the zipper
This is warm, good looking, and lightweight. But, please, the zipper!
Why can't Beans make a coat with a zipper that does not require a 5-minute struggle to align properly so the coat can be zipped closed? It really tarnishes an otherwise terrific product.
March 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bettina Just as advertised - warm and light
I wore the coat the day after it arrived (quickly, as usual). The small fits perfectly and the length is good. I'm 5' 6.5", 118 lbs. I was a little hesitant reading about the zipper since I had to send back a raincoat because I couldn't get the zipper to work. I ordered another raincoat just the same and the zipper was fine. I think I am double zipper challenged. I ordered the purple rather than one of my "safe" colors and love it. As others said, a detachable hood would have been nice.
March 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by neverinstore Pear shaped
For warmth, this is fantastic. Double zip, pockets, wonderful. Plenty of room in the arms for layers.
But the top is too tight & the bottom too big. Very disappointed to send back
February 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Love It!
Got it in white. Love it - Very warm and comfortable - washes well! I would recommend
February 19, 2013