Rated 5 out of 5 by Sasha82 Fits great
I love the vest for wearing over workout shirts for an initial warming, or to wear to work over a long sleeved shirt. Ordered both a small and medium, and kept the small. It fits great for me. I am typically a medium, but I am athletic with larger shoulders and a smaller frame in general.
November 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by louisek Perfect - knocked it out of the park
This is perfection for what it is. Great longer length. Shapely. Two large, deep pockets inside. Zipped, good sized outside pockets. And just to point out -- this is actual Polartec which puts all other fleeces to shame. This vest has structure while also being very giving. The drawstring at the bottom, when pulled, warms the body up instantly. This vest provides good warmth. Would also be great under a loose raincoat or winter coat for extra warmth. This is a great garment for both performance wear and casual wear. I really tip my hat to LL Bean for being able to even get a product this well designed, fabricated and tailored at any price these days. At this price this vest is a steal. For reference: 5"6"/135 size Small (good for medium layers, slightly loose for very light layers underneath). Hope this helps. PS the red shade is gorgeous -- not a Santa red and no orange tint but a slightly rosy but saturated color that is easy to wear with other colors and easy to look at. Will be gorgeous in a snowy backdrop for sure.
November 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by manhattaniteD Great vest
I bought this in the barberry, a nice bright red that is not always available. Great color and great vest. For those wondering about shrinkage, my size M did shrink a little bit in the dryer but keep in mind these vests have a roomy cut (that's why they are so comfortable), so a little shrinkage doesn't make a big difference in fit. In my case, it made the vest fit me a little better, while still being roomy. Can't go wrong with this one.
October 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by smokymountainhiker7 High quality fleece, good stretch.
I had wanted a charcoal grey fleece vest for a couple years, and decided to buy this one because L.L. Bean's quality never disappoints. This vest is no exception. The fleece is high quality (i.e. soft, not too furry, is not pilling) and there is a good amount of stretch, which is nice since I wear it hiking and while doing manual labor. I think it looks nice enough for a day out shopping and sightseeing because of the careful attention to the fit and finished seams. I just received this less than a month ago, so I cannot yet speak to its longevity, but the seams are all impressively well sewn and reinforced, and the fabric is thick and luxe, so I don't foresee any problems. The vest is thoughtfully designed with zippered pockets to keep your keys from falling out, a hook to hang it by the door to dry, inner drawstrings on the waist for a windproof and snug fit, and durable rope pulls affixed to the zippers. It seems like a lot of care went into this vest's creation. Note: I hang mine to dry, so while it hasn't shrunk in the wash, I don't know how it would do in the dryer. It dries fairly quickly when hanging because it is a synthetic fabric. This also makes it excellent for hiking and outdoor activity, because it will keep you dry and reduce risk of hypothermia in a cold and wet environment. A very functional and attractive piece.
October 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by slee Perfect!
Short and sweet - I bought 2 of these last year and am back for 2 more. If I could figure out a way to justify buying 1 of each color, I'd do that!
October 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BostonRose Trail Model Fleece Vest
I love, love, love this vest. The weather is changing in Boston and I didn't know what to wear today., This vest is perfect!!! I am thinking of getting one in charcoal and probably the green color that is on special pricing. You cannot go wrong. Very coimfortable. Looks dressy if you add a scarf. Now to decide if I want to get one color or two!!!!
October 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NN4CR Top quality
I have 3 of these vests (gray, black, violet) and I've given 2 as gifts over the past year. The fleece material is warm, soft, and lightweight. It's thicker than most fleece out there, but not bulky.
The cut is excellent for women of all shapes and sizes. It's not too short and has a classic look, not too tight. The design is well cut in the arm holes, collar, pockets, and overall fit. All the zippers are sturdy and easy to use.
This vest seems to me a "cut above" the other types LLB offers for women. This is a great looking item that's easy to care for. I am a size XL and this vest feels comfortable and natural. I don't feel self-conscious in it. Some years ago I bought these in a size small when I was 115 pounds, and that size also looked and felt terrific.
If you are considering this particular vest from LLB for the first time, do try it! There's none better.
September 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by riverspirit just what was needed
I've been wanting a vest for some time, and with so many choices it was hard to know what would work for my needs. I love this vest. Living in a cool, damp climate means dressing in layers.
The vest is lightweight and has plenty of room for a sweatshirt underneath. The deep violet color is perfect.
One additional benefit is that the fabric is made from recycled materials in the u.s.a.
September 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JDonova2 Love this vest!
I wanted something durable, warm and comfortable, and this vest has it all! I live in this vest during the cooler months, and not only is it SUPER warm, it's really easy to move around in, especially when riding horses and cleaning stalls at the barn. I find that it fits true to size and is a great option if you don't want the bulk of a coat. I've worn this vest with the Under Armor longsleeved Cold Gear top (also found on this site), as well as the LL Bean Women's Henley tee and this vest only enhances the warmth and comfort of those tops. I'm definitely planning to add another one of these vests to my collection!
September 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanNJFan warm and comfortable -- great fleece!
I just played golf wearing a fitness fleece under my new black fleece vest. Not only was I warm, I could swing the club easily -- the fit of this vest is perfect for activities. It's not glamorous but it's super functional. My only complaint is that the size is blazoned on the inside. I know I am not petite but having a large white 2X conspicuously displayed on the vest is annoying. Who wants to be sure she is hanging the vest over a chair in just the right way to avoid the display of maker, size, source of fiber etc. That said, the vest is a keeper, and I recommend it highly.
September 14, 2015