L.L.Bean Mountain Guide Parka
Fabric: 40 denier ripstop 2-Ply Gortex
Price Paid: $200
Was looking for an lightweight, breathable and totally waterproof shell that didn't set me back too much $$$. I've been pounded with rain and sleet in the Mountain Guide and narry a drop has gotten through. Toss in a fleece midlayer and it's the perfect layering system. It's got big pit zips (the zippers needs some breaking in) and a very functional hood. It has also survived a few careless times when I got the fabric stuck in a pack or dufflebag zipper. No rips. I couldn't be happier.