Quick version – great coat, does what it’s supposed to, water-resistant, order a size up from your usual.
Longer version – I needed a new long winter coat, one for dress and Day Job. I have one that is nice, boiled wool, but it is not wind or water-resistant and really not suitable for serious winter wear. I’ve made do for a while, but it was becoming a safety issue. So I asked for this coat for Christmas.
The coat is knee-length, with a removable hood. The hood has faux-fur trim, alas. Real fur would be better, so it wouldn’t frost, but I wear hats most of the time so it’s not really a big deal. I don’t like how hoods block my peripheral vision and hearing. The coat has a zipper and snaps, a storm-flap over the zipper, zipping outside pockets and two inside pockets. The sleeves have knit cuffs inside the ends of the sleeves, so they are not visible. They are a soft, stretchy material that doesn’t seem as durable as your standard, but we will see how they do.
I got a petite (short woman) large, because of wearing it over layers. There is more than enough room for a jacket over a sweater or heavy vest in the coat, even in the sleeves. The hips are roomy, so the coat does not have to be half-unzipped in order to sit down. It also does not make noise like some putter-type coats do (no rustling).
The down has been treated to make it water-resistant, and the shell is water-resistant. I wouldn’t wear it to stand around in a downpour, but light rain/snow doesn’t seem to bother it. There are internal baffles to keep the down where it should be, but they are not as obvious as in sporty or older puffer coats. The coat doesn’t make me look like the Sta-pufft Marshmallow Man, but it’s not slimming, either. Which is OK. I want to be warm, not trendy.
The coat is light weight compared to some I have (Thinsulate™-lined peacoat, for example.) It slides on easily over other clothes, and has plenty of room to move. It is wind-proof. This is critical down here, and even with just the snaps fastened, it really does a good job blocking the cold air. With everything fastened, it is quite warm, not bulky, and I have full freedom of movement. I’ve worn it over a light blouse and heavier skirt at 20 F with a windchill of 10 F and was comfortable.
I would not recommend this for Chicago-in-Winter-Storm weather, unless you wear more, and appropriate, layers under it. I’d also get a size larger than you generally wear so that you can layer easily. It’s not a survival parka. It’s a nice dressy down coat.
It appears to be durable, but we will see over time how it does.
FTC Notice: This item was a gift from a family member. L.L. Bean did not offer me any reward or remuneration in exchange for this review.