Women's Squall Parka
Perfect with pants and cold weather
Nice warm parka with plenty of pockets. Fits well and is a lovely dark purple. I especially like that it can zip up high to block wind from getting in at the neck.
May 29, 2013
Pockets too small for hands, keys or cell phones
I owned a Squall Parka for 7 years. I finally had to replace it when I burnt holes in the front of it running a leaf blower.
My previous version had 7 deep outer and 3 equally deep inner pockets. I NEVER worried about keys, gloves or cell phones falling out of my pockets AND my hands fit comfortably and warmly in any of the 6 choices of outer pockets (the 7th was a zippered pocket for cell phone, keys or money).
My current squall BARELY fits my hands, and I am SMALL. Forget about my cell phone! My keys regularly fall out and I managed to lose one of my expensive leather gloves yesterday. I could not be more disappointed in the modifications Land's End has made to this parka.
December 3, 2013
Great jacket but needs more pockets
Very warm & great looking but the upper hand warmer pockets are not deep enough and there are no inside pockets to safely stash cash & ID - the front pockets are too low to be usable . All other Lands End jackets I have owned have these extra detail features. Will probaby have to retrofit it myself.
December 3, 2013
Poor zipper, poor fit
I should of known the zipper would be a problem when I put the coat on for the first time. There are special instructions on use of the zipper. It takes several minutes to zip the coat.. Also the bottom coat is too narrow. It is difficult to move and sit. It is warm but I am considering returning it.
November 24, 2013
I love this parka!
It is long enough to keep you warm and the elastic on the sleeves keep the cold out. I have ordered this coat many times and have it in 3 colors. A great buy ! I highly recommend it.
November 23, 2013
On futher review.. correction: zipper is still plastic
I must say I called to complain and was totally pleased with the customer service and efforts to make it right.
Main complaint is still the small arms ... I previously wrote a review for this parka... but wanted to add a correction and some additional comments... I thought the zipper was metal but it is just plastic that is metal colored... However, it still works much better than this parka's previous style zipper which tended to get caught on the fabric trim near the zipper.
New style pockets are not as convenient ... additionally the front pocket snapping vs "hook and loop", they are smaller. Two of the inside pockets are gone.. replaced with a small outside pocket that looks like it is for goggle or glasses cloth.
Also I don't like the change to the parka's hood... loved the way the old flap could wrap around your face.
Other than trying to save fabric I think all the changes to the old squall parka are bad. It seems like a lot of positive comments come from folks that had not previously purchased the Land's End Squall Parka and had no expectations.
I wish I would have take time to read the reviews... but I thought I was purchasing the tried and true good old Land's End Squall Parka (my previous squall jacket was purchased approx 3 years ago...and had purchased the squall parka years before that one ... they were both the same.)
November 21, 2013
Sleeves are too short for a winter coat
If you live somewhere very cold, you're wearing your coat while you drive, shovel, carry groceries, etc. The sleeves on this coat just barely reach my wrists if I stand still with my arms at my side. If I reach for anything, or raise my arms, they slide up to reveal 5-6 inches of lower arm. Not acceptable when it's 20 below, or sleeting.
November 16, 2013
Perfect parka for a giraffe
This size M parka fit my 5'6" 135 lb frame nicely. Good length, sleeves not too long or too tight; plenty of pockets to secure keys, cash, and credit card; soft lining in the handwarmer pockets; trim fit over a shirt and sweater; waterproof, windproof, antistatic lining; everything to love in a winter coat. But when I zip it up all the way the stand-up collar covers my mouth. The zipper edge of the collar is so stiff --it seems like it has a piece of wood in it extending down about 4" from the top edge of the collar--it wasn't possible to put the zipper down an inch or two to uncover my mouth; the stiffness kept it right in place. The only way to wear the jacket without having that too-stiff collar irritating my face is to partly unzip as shown in the photo; that lets in cold air, defeating the purpose of having a parka. The other flaw: when fully zipped, it is impossible to raise the hood. I either have to put the hood up before zipping the jacket fully, or unzip it to raise the hood. I tried unsnapping the edges of the hood from the front edge of the jacket. I was able to raise the hood with the jacket fully zipped but it wasn't possible to snap the edges of the hood back in place without taking the jacket off. I've rated this a 3 and said I'd recommend it because not everyone wants to fully zip their jackets or wear hoods. For those, it's a nice jacket. For myself I hope LandsEnd works on the design.
November 15, 2013
Squall no longer has inside pocket
I ordered my third Squall Parka. I have loved this coat for years. Excellent for any activity and always durable and warm. However, I was disappointed in this years coat. It has velcro now instead of snaps on the outside of the zipper which give it a cheaper feel. Also it no longer has an inside pocket for anything. I used to carry my wallet in it. Please consider putting the large pocket back in it.
November 15, 2013
Pockets are way too low
I wanted to love this parka and there are many things about it that are good, but it really bugs me that I cannot reach the pockets, which seem to be designed for someone with freakishly long arms. Just because you are a plus size does not mean your arms are extremely long! The parka is very warm but I found it too tight around the hips and you had to hike it up to get your hands in the nicely lined pockets. Unfortunately I will be sending it back.
November 13, 2013