Rated 5 out of 5áby SunnyInAZ Great purchase!
I was a little hesitant to spend more than $100 for a jacket for an overseas trip, but I really needed something that took up a minimum amount of space. What I got was so much more than that! The jacket kept me warm and dry (combined with an umbrella) and has been my go-to jacket since I got back from my trip. It layers easily over sweaters and then packs away neatly when it warms up. I'm not usually one to wear a hood, but this one has just the right amount of elastic around it to keep it from flying back, and yet not flattening my hair. Very happy with this jacket!
April 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Badgergirl Go-to jacket for spring and fall
I recently bought this jacket to get me throught the shoulder seasons in Wisconsin. I've worn it in wind, light rain and snow with the temps between freezing and 45 degrees. Granted I had on a turtleneck and sweatshirt underneath, but it kept me perfectly warm while walking briskly. I too question how effective it would be below 20 degrees- you'd really have to be working up a sweat.I love how it's so light in weight and packs down to almost nothing for travel.The interior pocket has room for passport, credit cards, etc. At 5'3" and 112 lbs I ordered a medium. It fits perfectly with enough room to accomodate layers underneath while still having a flattering shape. The handwarmer pockets are roomy enough and the hood fits well. I agree that it would be nice to tighten it up for windy conditions, but it still stays put pretty well and is quite warm. All in all a good investment.
April 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Pepperqueen Awesome jacket
I just LOVE this jacket. It is an excellent windbreaker and is warm as toast without the bulk. I have been wanting a hooded jacket for windy days outdoors and this fits the bill perfectly. It fits true to size. I will buy one in another color if they go on sale.
March 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby 5mainemama Perfect!
This is the only jacket I have worn all winter long. This was a mild winter and we didn't see below zero temps, but even in the teens this is the jacket I wore. I didn't spend a lot of time outdoors, but it was perfect to and from the car. It isn't bulky. The fit was perfect. All Bean jackets fit differently. I bought this to replace a different style that was way too big even though its the same size. I am 5'6" and a size 14, smaller on top than bottom, and this was perfect. I can imagine a large chested gal might want to size up. The sleeve length and back length is perfect. I will wear this right through the spring. I felt guilty spending so much on a jacket but its worth it. I didn't love the color choices and half of what is offered was out of stock. Went with the blue and its just ok. Love the kid's colors offered,
March 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby AJLR Comfortable, fits, beautiful color--very nice
I wanted to try this jacket oi use in Hawaii, where I live. I know it's warm, but in the rainy season if you're at the beach for a few hours the wind can be really cold and draining, and in the evenings out walking the same. And I'm very thin, so I really feel it. But I didn't want a big bulky jacket. This fit the bill. I chose the bright purple, which I think is a very, very nice color. Not faded or dull, but not really bright and gaudy. It's rich, and vibrant. The jacket fits perfectly, is very comfortable,, and the hood is the best. It actually sits on your head without flopping or sliding around your head or down into your eyes. A really comfortable functional hood that works very well. The jacket itself is very lightweight, warm, and I can easily adjust the warmth but tightening or loosening the cord things at the bottom, It is also completely windproof. I looked at much more expensive jackets that are actually made out of the same materials, but I chose this one due to the price (on sale and with another 20% off), color, and that they have it in my size XXS, which fits me perfectly. Also, the customer service at LLBean I don't think can be beat anywhere. I just love dealing with them at every step of the way. Very happy with my purchase from every angle.
February 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby mmmpork Perfect for Temperate Damp Climates
I live in the Pacific Northwest where it doesn't usually get much below 0░C, but it does get really damp. You need clothing that will keep you warm and dry and that layers well. This jacket is almost perfect and I'm happy I purchased it. I walk about a mile to work in the morning and have walked in heavy rain wearing this jacket with no problems. I like the inner pouch with the headphone jack and I also appreciate the zip pockets. It does a great job of blocking the wind. It does well in warmer/colder temperatures when you layer appropriately underneath. I was pretty impressed at not only how warm this jacket is but how well it moderates temperature too.
I recently went to Amsterdam and the UK and took this jacket with me. I am a really light packer when I travel so packing this into a pouch meant it fit in my backpack and also doubled as a pillow on the plane. Amsterdam experienced an unusual cold spell while I was there with temperatures dipping to just below 0░C with the coldest at one point being around -5░C. I wore this jacket with a polar fleece cardigan underneath plus gloves, scarf, and hat, and I was plenty warm. There is a pretty intense cold wind from the canals and the jacket did a great job of blocking it. I was dry and warm the whole time. When I went up to the UK, the temperature was about 10░C, so I only needed a light cardigan underneath.
I have 2 complaints about the jacket. First, it runs small. I'm normally between a medium and large in L.L. Bean sizes but I had to go up to an XL in this jacket. It's really snug in the hips. My measurements are 40"-38"-50". The L fit fine in the upper body but when zipped I couldn't pull it over my hips. The XL is snug and slips up but fits well enough and doesn't look bad.
The second complaint is the lack of bungee cord around the hood opening. I like to tighten the hood so it stays on when it's windy, so this one kept blowing off and wind kept getting into the hood. I recommend wearing a hat with this jacket if it might be windy for that reason.
I particularly liked a couple of things about this jacket when traveling. The inner pocket was the perfect size for my passport and I felt very comfortable with it there. I also appreciated being able to stuff it into a pouch when I went into pubs or museums enabling me to skip the coat check or deal with awkwardly carrying around a jacket. I certainly got some funny looks when I stuffed it into and out of its little pocket!
If you travel a lot and spend most of your time in a damp climate that doesn't get too much below freezing, this jacket is great. I got the turquoise blue color and I really like it.
February 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby lovemybeansboots Wow, Great jacket
We've walked the trails and through open fields this winter on some cold (18║) and windy days. Really, I was skeptical that this jacket would keep me warm with only a long-sleeve tee underneath, but I can confirm that it does. (It sure beats a ton of layering). The color is cheerful (Blue Pine) and the matching gloves have a toasty, soft lining. This particular jacket's design includes diagonal stitching with front seaming so it's slimming (not "Michelin Man" looking). I found that I needed to size up on all the L.L. Bean jackets that I tried on at the store in my area. Extremely happy with this purchase.
January 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby CountyGirl1 Love this jacket
This has become my favorite jacket. It is much warmer than I expected. I wear it in 20 - 30 degree weather as long as I have a vest on but yet it is not too warm for 60 degree weather. Very comfortable. The sleeves are not tight which is something that is important to me and they are plenty long enough. The length is also perfect - not too short. I wear it almost every day.
January 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby KMFresno Nice jacket
This is exactly what I was looking for. I wear a petite XL and this is very well proportioned, slim looking and not bulky. The hood fits nicely while allowing visibility. The jacket is warm and I will wear a thin fleece (LL Bean fitness fleece) under it when it is quite cold. I got the gray color and it does not have the shine that is shown in the picture on the web page (too bad) but it is still a nice neutral color.
January 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby CaveatTalonWager A true five-star jacket
I ordered this jacket after I fell in love with my PrimaLoft Packaway hood-less jacket. Ordinarily I'm not a big fan of hooded jackets, as out here in Kansas where it is very windy, hoods fly up and flap around on the back of your head when you least want them to. Having said that, there are times when that ever-pesty hood is indispensable. A hooded jacket will see you through a wider variety of weather conditions than its hood-less cousin.
I just wore my jacket on a road trip across the country at Christmas time. We encountered so many different weather conditions along the way that it gave me a chance to see how versatile this jacket really is. Torrential rain escorted us across three states. Our dogs need to potty along the way of course, which necessitated my having to stand out in that rain on many occasions as we traveled along. To my surprise, I returned to my car soaked on the outside, but bone dry under my jacket. And once inside the car, my jacket dried in minutes.
Of course any good rain coat can to this, but most are not as warm as this jacket is. To have a coat that is warm AND rain resistant is terrific. I have to elaborate here that I was not ever out in the driving rain for more than about 10 minutes at a time. Would this jacket keep me dry for a long period of time in heavy rain...?...I'm happy to say that I don't really know.
At one point during our trip, the temps were all the way up into the mid 60's. My ever-faithful jacket kept me the perfect temperature out on my long walks...not too hot at all. It seems to breath well.
Returning home traveling across country again, the temps plummeted from 65 to 32 degrees with crazy-high winds and a pending ice storm. I felt cozy and warm the whole way.
I have not yet tested this jacket outdoors in below freezing temps but I do think that if you are moving it would be warm enough. If you are at an event where you are sitting or standing still in very cold temps, you will likely end up shivering and wishing you'd worn something more substantial. This is not a down jacket and is not intended to compete with one for warmth. It is nearly weightless and is almost paper-thin but a bit puffy. How the fabric is so warm is a mystery to me.
As far as fit goes, the jacket is beautifully tapered in at the waste, giving it a very flattering look. I ordered my normal size in Bean clothing and the fit is perfect.
December 27, 2015