L.L.Bean Mountain Guide Parka
Price Paid: $200
This is a *great* shell for the price, even if the fabric is a bit 'boardy' and noisy. The waterproof pit zips are nice, you don't have to worry about getting a zipper snagged in a flap. And if you sweat easily or a lot, the mesh pockets in front help ventilate you easily along with the pit zips. Quality of worksmanship is high, and of course Bean's service is fast and efficient. I saved about $200 buying this jacket instead of a 'name' jacket, with no regrets.