Women's Squall Parka
The perfect jacket for my winter walk to work- rain or snow!
My walk to work is two miles, and this coat helps me make sure that I'll keep up with it even the NYC winter. This morning, I walked along the East River with the wind coming off the water in a rain/snow storm, but I was as warm as could be in this coat. Even more amazing, I was dry as a bone when I got to work. The slight brim in the hood kept my hair entirely dry.
As for size, I do feel it's a bit smaller that other similar Land's End coats. I'm 5' 6", busty and weigh 155. I can layer this with a shirt and sweater without feeling like a sausage and wear thin rain pants over my regular pants without a problem. Some have commented that it is a boxy coat- it is. This not a shapely coat, it is a coat to keep you warm and dry. Having said that, the red color and reflective piping look great. It is sporty and attractive in that way.
I missed the inside pockets that my other Land's End coats have had, but did find the numerous external pockets invaluable. Then I started to write the review and saw that there was a very well (too well) hidden left breast pocket tucked into a seam. The mesh lower border inner pocket is not particularly useful, but I have put my ebook reader and wallet in it when I don't want to carry a bag.
Finally, a thing which I didn't know I would love so much was the fleece wrist cuffs! I Adds an extra layer of warmth over my gloves when it's rally cold and lets me get away with not wearing gloves at times so that I can use my phone more easily.
November 26, 2014
Slightly Disappointed - Two Way Zipper Feature Removed
My mom got one of the Squall Parkas years ago & absolutely loves it. She wanted a new one so we ordered the newer version. Over all it is quite similar although it doesn't have the 2 inside pockets. What made her very disappointed that they removed the two-way zipper feature, will be returning. For anyone who doesn't love this feature in a jacket I would highly recommend.
March 19, 2015
Fits like a med. order 1-2 sizes above your normal size.
I am normally a sz. 16/18 or XL. I am 5'7". I really wanted this to work but it was too tight. I have another Lands End long down stadium coat that is and XL. It fits fine. This fits like my med. coat that I squeeze into. I didn't want that. I wanted a lighter active wear style non-down coat for my love of animals. I am trying to buy more non-animal products and wanted a coat to go in & out of stores & for walking above 30 degrees F. There is no 2XL offered like this. I looked several places. The sizing needs to be consistent. I may try something else in a 2XL because Lands End has good quality based on my previous items despite my dismay.
March 4, 2015
This parka is warm and waterproof!
I wore the Squall Parka on a recent trip to France. It was cold and wet outside, but I was warm and dry inside! The only reason I gave it a 4 is because it really needs a two way zipper. It is uncomfortable when seated. Much too tight around the hips/bottom. I had to unzip the entire zipper. Not fun in cold/wet weather.
March 1, 2015
I ordered the Petite Large. It fits perfect on a large frame.
It fits perfectly, but I find that I get hot in this coat with outside temps of 16- 27 degrees.
I purchased one like this one years ago. They have gone a long way since then with
Velcro enclosures instead of snaps that wore out.
February 27, 2015
Love it! Love it! Love it!
We have had several cold days in the teens this year! This coat has kept me warm! Great fit!
February 26, 2015
Slightly disappointed but keeping the product, relunctantly
I owned a squall parka from 2005, yes, 2005 and since it would not fall apart after numerous washings, abuse on horseback and working in the barn, I decided to purchase another one. I ordered the same size medium and the one I received was not anything close to the same size. There is a tight feeling across the shoulders that is annoying. My ten year old one is sooo much more comfortable. I looked and the large would not have worked in the sleeves, too long.
February 25, 2015
Feature changes, such as pockets and cuffs, we're not an enhancement, but a detriment to the coat.
I'm sorry to say I was not impressed with the changes that have been made to this coat. The cuffs are not cuffs at all, were too big and didn't keep the cold out. I didn't care for the thumb hole either. They work on a garment that hugs your hand, but it was too big to fit snugly around your wrist. The pocket just inside the coat under the zipper is now a Velcro closure instead of a secure zipper. I would not put my phone in there. It was located just under the flap in past versions, now you have to unzip your coat to get to it. The former placement was more convenient. The mesh pocket on the inside right side is useless, it may as well not have been put in. I'm disappointed in the lack of storage pockets overall. Finally the sleeves have been made a little roomier and I can wear a turtleneck and sweater in this coat. The hood has been made a little bigger which is an improvement. I would like to see the "gater" that came up over your face make a comeback. That is most convenient to keep the cold and wind off your face. I don't always wear a scarf, too much to keep up with. I love the hand warmer pockets on the upper part of the jacket, don't change those. The lower outside pockets are nice too. I did return the coat. I will wait and see what next year brings. I have been trying to find a replacement for my 2003 version of the Squal Parka, but haven't yet. I really love that design.
February 21, 2015
Although a beautifully made product, it was sized much smaller than my previous Lands End Purchases, including previous Squall Coats.
I was also told by the sizing "genie" in the website, that my best size recommendation would be a Large and the smaller end of the Large on the chart, as well.
That was the reason I did finally settle on the Large as I previously had on my old Squall and many other products. Lands End used to be consistent. This fit me so wrong, that I didn't even try to order the next size up fearing I would have to pay another shipping return fee. The hips were extra small and so the next size would maybe fit in the hips and the chest would be way too big. I even tried it on without the normal lightweight sweater I would be wearing underneath for my outdoor walks and hikes. This was a disappointment because the fabrics and quality of the product are what I expected. I felt sad because I fear Lands End is going the same way as many other companies in cutting back sizing. I haven't changed in shape or weight since my other recent purchases. Where will I find sizing true to the measurement charts now? and get a good product?
February 19, 2015
I looked at a lot of jackets and this one caught my attention. I am so glad I ordered it. It's very warm (I live in Michigan) not too bulky and not too heavy. The longer length is great for the really cold days. I would definitely recommend this jacket.. I would say the sizing is perfect. I wear a medium and it fits perfect with any layers underneath. I have longer arms and have no problems with this. The extra coverage at the end of the sleeves is great to keep unwanted cold and snow out.
February 19, 2015