L.L.Bean Mountain Guide Parka (and Windbloc fleece)
Fabric: 3-ply Gore-tex
Price Paid: $360
When I started my search for an all weather coat I was told that you just can't get a good Gore-tex parka for less than $400. Days later as I sat in a waiting room I ran across an L.L. Bean catalog. I thumbed through it and there it was, not one but several Gore-tex jackets all much less then $400. I went for the Mountain Guide shell and fleece, still under $400. I can honestly say that I cound't be happier. I have put the combo into some pretty hairy conditions and they have shined above my wildest expectations. If anybody can tell me why I should have spent more for The North Face or Marmot please e-mail me.