Women's Luxe Insulator Parka
Just as advertised
I ordered a small, which is what I typically wear in LandsEnd clothes. The fit is perfect, the coat seems very well made. The only quirky thing seems to be the belt, which is too long. I am very glad that I ordered this.
May 13, 2013
I ordered this parka in Red and just received it yesterday. I love the color and the fit is very nice. I am 5'5 and the arm length is just a tad long but I like the sleeves are not overly wide. That can be so unflattering, especially on a coat like this. I am a top heavy size 18 and the size 18 was roomy. Definitely room to layer. I am a bit thick-waisted but was pleasantly surprised that the belt was flattering and didnt make me look like a sausage. I tried it on tied and also buckled and it worked both ways for me. I do think the pockets are a little low and the hood is big but I just flipped the fur trim over and that kept it from falling over my eyes. I tried it on for my male roommate and asked if it made me look like a Michelin Man. He said that it absolutely did not and that it looked good. I bought this for a trip to Alaska and I can't wait to wear it. At the sale price it was a good buy.
April 25, 2013
upscale version of the squall
What I like about this jacket: beautiful construction, lightweight, easy to wear, belted, fleece inner cuffs, pockets.
What I would change about the jacket: shorten the extremely long belt--tried tying it as other reviewers, but it clinked crazily-- (I did this myself and hand sewed the end--I couldn't stitch it on my machine), move down the belt placement (it was a little high for me at 5' 7"), line the inner collar with fleece, streamline the body of the jacket somewhat--it was a little full through the middle for me, and I wear the belt on the innermost grommet, and re-size the tremendous hood (the Squall hood is just right on that account).
I ordered a size small. I normally wear a size eight. This size fit me, even with a 36D bust, and fit me through the shoulders as well (I have wide shoulders). Conversely, the Squall of prior seasons was tight in the shoulders, short in the sleeves, and huge through the waist, even with the inner drawstring.
By the way, I like the look of the drawstring when it shows on the outside. If the jacket is too roomy at the waist, the inner drawstring does nothing to modify that appearance.
March 6, 2013
I'm in love. This parka fits me absolutely perfectly, even with my inconveniently large bust. Sleeves on jackets are always too long for me so I went with a petite large, even though I normally wear a regular large. It fits, as I mentioned, perfectly, and my arms and shoulders are free to move about without any feeling of restriction. I purchased the grey so that it would go with both brown and black, and I'm glad I did. The finish on it makes it look almost silvery in certain lights, not dull at all. As for the warmth, I can't really say as I live in Georgia and we aren't getting much of a winter this year so it hasn't been put to the test. Just random cold spells. But the parka is so comfortable I can save energy by cutting off the heat and wearing it indoors! The hood is large, but I think that may be so that it isn't too small when you remove the faux fur, because it's just the right size then. The fleece inside the sleeves is lovely. As for the belt, you can tie it in a knot, buckle it and put the long end in a belt loop, or you can do it middle-ages style and buckle it, then tuck the tail under the belt from the bottom and loop back over the belt and under the tail. I suppose the pockets are a bit weird in that they're kind of low and the position just somehow isn't the most natural for your hands to rest in, but I'm already getting used to it. And there is some fleece lining on the inside of the pockets but only on the outward-facing side. I guess they figure your body heat will take care of the inside. All in all, I am very happy with this coat, especially the lightness and the ease of movement it provides, as well as the lack of added bulk. I think it will be perfect for hiking and camping, but is attractive and chic enough for city wear, too.
February 21, 2013
I bought this coat to replace a very old polar fleece jacket. Just in time for our first cold winter in years here in the mid altantic region. It is light weight, water repellant, and very warm on days in the 20's or cold windy days. The Dark Mahogany is a warmer brown than indicated on the web page, very nice looking. But, I agree with other reviewers, the hood and belt are ridiculous. The hood rides down over your eyes if you don't button it under the chin. Removing the fur trim helps, or wear a knit cap underneath. I take the hood off most of the time. The belt is WAYYYY too long. Meant for tying obviously, but the buckle clinks with every step so I stick it in the front pocket to keep it quiet. A great coat, but what were they thinking with the hood and belt? I would buy a replacement belt and hood if they offered it. It is a great coat and if you live in the mid atlantic area you will get good use out of it.
February 17, 2013
I like this parka!!
When I found this item on the site, there was not many reviews.
I decided to buy it anyway by reading the description.
I'm glad this jacket works!! It's very warm and repels rain&snow.
I bought Dark Mahogany, nice shiny brown in petite XS.
Some review says that food is too big and almost cover eyes, and that's true.
I removed faux fur trim and saving it for really bad weather like snow storm/blizzard.
Without the trim, the food is in perfect size and shape.
The belt is too long---probably made for tying it.
I buckled it backwards on my back because I don't want to tie and untie every time I wear it.
Overall shape is good, not like some of other parkas have odd fits-- tight around shoulder, chest & arms big bottom.
My only complaint is --- the body lengh is a little short like jacket.
I wish it would be a couple inches longer!
February 15, 2013
Luxe Insulated Parka - Very Nice!
I purchased this item online and gave the parka as a Christmas gift. I was looking for this type of jacket because it can be machine washed (and the sale price was great!). The recipient loves it! I am very happy with the purchase. Be prepared to be surprised at the color, however. I almost returned it, as I expected it to be the burgundy color as pictured. It is red. The person I bought it for wears red and I figured if she didn't especially like the color, she could return it to Sears....very convenient, I must say. Also, the fit is true to size. She likes it and wears it almost every day. Yeay!
February 5, 2013
good coat with strange pockets; belt is meant to be tied like traditional trenchcoat
This is a good winter coat with a dressy casual style that allows it to work for most occasions.
I am confused by all the comments about the belt: it is purposefully long because it is meant to be tied like a traditional trenchcoat, not used like a regular belt.
The one odd thing about the coat is the pockets. The opening of the pockets is in such a weird place that you have to contort your hands to get them in the pockets.
I'm not sure if I'll be keeping this one.
February 2, 2013
Tight around Upper Arms
I run very cold and so far this jacket is keeping me toasty warm in our dry, 30 degree winter days in southern New Mexico. The hood is huge but when you snap it shut it allows you to see in front of you and it blocks the wind. As a birdwatcher who is often stationary for many minutes, this is a nice feature. I wanted one more interior pocket (it only has one small one). I am 5'7", 150 pounds and kind of busty so usually wear LE size M (10-12). The arms are a tad too tight and the jacket would not work if I needed to layer with a thick sweater. I can only wear a thin polypro undershirt and thin turtleneck or it will bind around chest and arms. The coat covers my bum nicely. Fabric not shiny and that is good for me. I will keep it because the price was right but will always regret the snug armholes.
January 12, 2013
Great winter coat to keep warm and dress it up just a little for whatever the day brings.....
First I love this coat. It does keep the sleet and snow at bay in the MN winters. It works best with a sweater under it when the temps drop below -20 and the hood does tend to run large. The easy solution to that is to fold back the fur around your face. This has worked perfectly for me, it clears my line of vision and allows the hood to contour to my head better. As for the belt every one else seems to complain about, I just tie it at my waist instead of trying to buckle it. (way to big) I may get around to fixing it eventually but for now it works. I have had several complements on the coat and if it holds true to my last LE coat it will keep me warm for a long time to come, thanks LE.
January 11, 2013