Rated 4 out of 5 by jlw518 Warm, and fits great!
I've been looking for a warm, not down, 3/4 length winter coat for years, so I gave this one a try. I ordered the purple first, but thought it looked kind of ugly in person, so I exchanged that for the black, which looks very nice.
Fit is excellent. I am 5'8" and about 145 lbs, and I do wear sweaters under my coats in winter, so I got the large. It fits very well, and the sleeves are exactly the right length, too.
The zipper on the purple one was very easy to use, but on the black one I have to make sure to just line it up right so it catches correctly. It's a little fussier that way than some other coats I have had, but it's not terrible. Just make sure that both parts of the zipper slider are all the way down and there is no space between the top slider and the bottom one, and when you put the other side of the zipper into the sliders, and it will work fine. If either the bottom slider or the top one are a little bit up from the bottom of the zipper, it will be very hard to get the other side of the zipper into the sliders and it won't close.
I'm very pleased with the coat, and have already gotten compliments on it! I'd definitely get it again.
November 23, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by SusannaNewHope Love Everything But the Zipper
This coat is perfect in every way, except the darn zipper. The weight is great, the coat fits true to size, and it keeps you toasty warm. The stitching makes the coat very flattering. But the darn zipper could drive me to drink! For breakfast! The zipper always catches the fabric, especially when you're in a hurry and it's REALLY cold outside. I have run out the door more than once with the zipper hopelessly jammed, the coat stuck half open, and the wind whipping against me. Then equal frustration when the zipper jams again on the way down, and you can't get the darn coat off. I have created more than one scene struggling to get this coat over my head because the fabric got caught in the zipper and I could not get the coat off me. I broke the zipper, and it cost me $40 at the dry cleaners to get a new zipper put in. It was worth the money because I really do love the coat, but Bean must rethink the zipper and/or the way it is sewn in, and maybe add snaps so you have an alternative.
November 20, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by btownma Loved the jacket but returned because of zipper
While I had read the other reviews about the zipper, I ordered the jacket anyway thinking how hard can it be to zip up a jacket? Well, after 10 minutes of trying, both on and off, and googling double zippers, I couldn't get the jacket to zip. I'm really disappointed as I love the jacket otherwise but can't wear it if I can't zip it!
October 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Minrose Not a down coat
I thought this would be a down coat, it's not. My mistake. Returned.
September 21, 2013
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