Women's Hooded Squall Jacket
Warm, but not the warmest.
I've been scouring various stores for a new impenetrable winter jacket to replace my aging gortex shell with windstopper fleece combo jacket(s). I'm 5'5" and 140 lbs. This jacket came close, but is definitely not up to a New England winter. The jacket design itself is really good. right placement of pockets with lining, hood fits well, not to bulky in the armpits and the neck zips up to my chin and isn't too tight. The issue is with the insulation. I tested the jacket while walking my dog on a 34 degree night with a light wind, with a long sleeve shirt and sweater on underneath. I could feel a chill through the jacket (at least it wasn't freezing in the arms and mildly warm in the body like other failed jackets). If it was cool on that night, it was never going to be enough for a windy, snowy day trying to get into work. I really wanted this jacket to work. :(
December 1, 2013
Overall okay coat but could be improved
I love the color (blackberry) and had to order this coat instead of the regular squall jacket because the color was not available in the regular squall. The Velcro for the adjustable cuffs on the sleeves is horrible - it snags on everything and if you use the tab to adjust the cuffs, it will not lay flat against the cuff. Regular elastic cuffs or the cuffs on the regular squall jacket would have been way, way better.
November 24, 2013
Have always loved these hooded Squalls
I have always bought hooded squalls for both my husband myself for everyday winter coats. They are warm and well made. I wish this model was a little longer, perhaps by two or three inches, otherwise a perfect, useful coat that will you get through the winter except on the most brutal of southern NH days. There are plenty of pockets,one on the chest and two deep seam pockets. The sleeves have knitted inner wrist bands to keep out the cold and the neck zips up tight. There are always several choices of color. I chose the deep purple this year.
November 24, 2013
Perfect cold weather jacket!
I bought this in the summer when it was on super sale, and finally got to use it this weekend. As a geology teacher I need to be ready for all conditions and this weekend the jacket withstood rain, sleet, and snow without even a hiccup. Teamed with the polar fleece, I never felt the elements, and it was light enough to take on mountain hikes.
November 23, 2013
I am 5'3", 130 lbs and a 34B. I bought this jacket in the SP and S to try on the two sizes. The SP was perfect -- roomy enough for sweaters, fitted to the body so that it's not bulky and has a very classic look to it.
In terms of looks and fit, I'd rate it a 10/10. However, in terms of practicality, here are a few of the drawbacks I've noticed:
-no draw string for securing the hood. On super windy days, I'd like to know that my hood isn't going to fly off. Also, the hood is rather small -- I like to keep my hair in a ponytail and had to release my hair before I could wear this properly. Still, how often will I be using the hood? It's a small drawback but not a huge deal.
- velcro catches things. I'm likely going to wear sweaters underneath this jacket so having velcro on the windflap is going to mess that up. Buttons would have been better. There's also some velcro on the cuff but I think it's fine to have it there.
I like this jacket so much that I'm considering keeping both of them. I ordered a black and a navy. One looks good with jeans and the other looks good for casual office wear.
Keep up the great work, Lands End!
November 23, 2013
The perfect "In-between" jacket
This jacket is great for damp, windy days in autumn in NYC, when a heavier down coat is overkill. I normally wear size 6 or 8 in pants and dresses, but prefer a roomier fit in jackets and coats, so I ordered a Medium (size 10-12) regular length. I especially like the soft fleece lining and interior rib-knit cuffs, and the purple shade is very fashionable. Best of all, I ordered the jacket during a 30% off outerwear sale. I couldn't be happier!
November 23, 2013
Close but no dice.
I'm regularly a Petite M or a 10P in Lands End Petites. Size S (6-8) fit me better in the shoulders with some room to layer (you can probably fit a base layer and a mid-weight sweater and scarf in the jacket with you.) The pockets are warm and the blackberry color is flattering. There's one small chest pocket to hold your valuables in (maybe a cellphone or credit cards) but there's no inner pocket. I wish it had an inner pocket; it would make for a good travel jacket that way.
The not so great: unfortunately I also ran into a similar collar problem (if you read some of the reviews for the <a href="http://www.landsend.com/pp/StylePage-419353_A7.html?CM_MERCH=REC-_-FPPP-_-GGT-_-1-_-419353-_-419269"> petite squall parka</a> it has the same problem too.) When you fully zip up the collar of this jacket, it is very stiff and unyielding. It poked me in the chin and throat and I couldn't get it to bend or get out of the way. Maybe wearing the M size would alleviate this problem, but then the shoulders would be too big on me. The only way I could get the S to be comfortable was to unzip it to my collar bone which is insupportable in a coat that's supposed to protect you from the elements. Like the other reviewer said, once zipped I couldn't get the hood up on my head--you have to put the hood on first, then zip up. That doesn't make sense.
Please keep refining the design and adding more colors to the Squall lineup, LE! And bring back the internal pockets!
November 22, 2013
Very Warm & Stylish
I live in Northern Wisconsin along the UP border. I needed a winter coat that would be warm even when the wind chills get down to -40. This jacket is it! It is toasty warm...and stylish according to my mother-in-law. Pockets are plenty. Love that the hood zips off for those times I dont' need it.
November 17, 2013
Did not need to size up with my pear shape
I wear a M in tops with a 36 D chest and wear a 12/14 in bottoms and the medium fit me just fine with layers underneath. I have plenty of room at the hip when zipped without the jacket being too large up top.
November 14, 2013
I've only started wearing it this season, but already it has been through big winds and sideways rain. Once I'm zipped up there is nothing that is getting in. I am warm and cozy. I wish I'd gotten a bigger size so I could put bulky sweaters under it, but it will be just perfect for my usual turtlenecks.
November 9, 2013