Rated 3 out of 5áby UsualSuspectStill Please change to a double zipper and remove Velcro
Based on so many reviews, I thought I wanted one of these jackets, but it doesn't have a double zipper. I would have to hike up the jacket when I sit down at a picnic table or in a chair, to avoid pulling apart the zipper seam. And it's expensive to replace a zipper on a coat. Please consider replacing the zipper with a double! And please remove the velcro closures, which catch on everything. (I'll have to look elsewhere for my jacket.)
August 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby jb51 A real trouper!
I purchased this jacket for a two-week trip to Alaska and lived in it. It runs true-to-size, is comfortable, and totally waterproof. I layered it over fleece (I am 5'7", 130 pounds and the medium was plenty big for layering) and stayed warm and dry on cold, windy, rainy days of hiking and sightseeing, The purple color is lovely, and all the zipped pockets were useful. Highly recommend.
July 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby gonomatter Perfect travel partner
Hike and bike and stay dry. The Gore-tex lets your body breath. The compatibility lets you be prepared for weather changes with out the bulk and the wear ability is smooth and none chafing. Perfect for traveling.
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby LongTimeLLBeanShoppr Beautiful AND waterproof
This is the second Women's Stowaway Gore-Tex jacket I have bought from Bean. The first one I was lucky enough to find on sale in an LL Bean store; it is about 8 years old and, although the jacket itself did not wear out, the waterproofing diminishes over time and requires an application of Revivex. The new jacket is an attractive purple color and the hood rolls up into the neck. Great breathable waterproof jacket with lots of convenient pockets and well worth the price.
July 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby LoyalBeaner4Ever Annoying velcro
I bought the Stowaway rain jacket several years ago, because my last goretex rain jacket finally wore out after 20+ years. I never really liked the velcro closures on the front placket, as they would snag my clothes, scarves, or even catch the velcro on my sleeve when my arm crossed my body. However, it does keep me very dry in the rain, so I kept it, as I wear it when I walk my dogs in wet weather. After a few years, the velcro got clogged with lint as a result of it snagging everything. I tried in vain to pick it all out, even with tweezers and a lint roller, with no luck, and the placket won't close anymore because the soft side of the velcro can't stick to the other side due to the lint. So the placket hangs open all the time and I walk around with the grey reflective stripe showing right down my middle. It looks very sloppy and is very annoying that it won't close, and it gets in the way. I don't know why they just don't use snaps, given the number of people that have complained about the velcro.
The great thing about LL Bean, which is why I have been a customer for so long, is that they agreed to take it back and credit my account with a rapid return, even though my purchase is no longer in the system since I bought it more than 5 years ago. So I just bought the Gore Tex Pro Shell Jacket to replace it, as it does not have the velcro, and LL Bean customer service said that as soon as I receive it I can send back the old one and they will credit my account when they receive it. Can't beat that 100% satisfaction guarantee!
April 3, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby WAtraveler Design deficiencies don't redeem Gore-tex feature
I've worn the Stowaway Gore-Tex jacket for years, both the older snap style and the newer velcro/zip style. My jackets all have 2 way zippers. I've been looking for a new rain jacket and prefer the more breathable features of Gore-Tex. The stowaway is not an option this time as it lacks a 2-way zipper. An additional negative is the velcro, which ruins scarves. Even if I wear an old fleece scarf instead of a nice scarf it still snags the fleece.
I'm a good LLBean customer and I have just spent two hours online visiting other retailers looking for a jacket!
March 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby Dragonfly4 Great all around jacket, waterproof, folds small.
I have bought quite a few of these jackets in the past. Now I find you have taken away the double zipper. I use this jacket for travel and I use a wind block fleece under it. It is a great jacket, but when I went to order a new one I found out there is no double zipper. Please put this back on the jackets. It comes in handy when you are in extreme cold weather and do not want to unzip the top. You can zip up the bottom a little and this helps especially when you are sitting down and still need to keep the jacket zipped good.
January 8, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby novelcro velcro closure ruins clothing
the old style jacket with snap closure was great great great. i had one for 10 plus years with no problems. burned a hole in it with embers from a campfire so got a replacement as a gift. i will sadly move to another company's jacket and quit using the "new" stowaway. the velcro closure on it has snagged more than one shirt /sweater and the last time i wore it snagged a sweater beyond repair. this jacket is going in the goodwill box.
December 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby briski well made
Nice shell. I like the addition of the soft fabric lining the collar. However with the hood rolled up and zipped in place it felt too bulky at the back of my neck to be comfortable for downhill skiing. If you can leave the hood out that would be preferable. Ultimately returned this as I wanted it for skiing otherwise it was a great weight coat and a good fit in the petite styling for my 5'3" frame.
December 31, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Wavinfrommytombstone Ladies model not flattering
I (the husband) have returned this product for credit. My wife has been looking for a jacket to replace one she bought 10 years ago which has given her great service. The L.L. jacket does not flatter her figure or seem to have the quality of the old jacket. You know how it is, you want to replace something you like with as good or better, and when that does not happen, it is disappointing. Gore-Tex is a great product, and I highly recommend Gore-Tex products. This item just didn't please the wife.
December 24, 2014