User Review: L.L.Bean Mountain Guide Parka
Fabric: Ripstop Nylon/3-ply GoreTex
Price Paid: $210 U.S.
This jacket appears to be a direct ripoff of the Marmot Thunderlight. At 23 oz., it's 3 oz. heavier than the Marmot, but is only about half the price.
Pretty basic features: long pit-zips, stowable adjustable hood, 2 cinches, velcro-closing cuffs. The pockets are simple free-hanging mesh, which means that carrying anything heavy in them can be a pain.
Because of the ripstop, it's a "boardy" jacket, even for a 3-ply. I've heard that it's a little less durable than the Thunderlight, but that shouldn't matter too much, since Bean will generously replace anything, no questions asked.
All in all, it's a terrific jacket for the price. Bean also sells a matching pair of pants ($179), with full side-zips, external storm flaps, articulated knees, and eyelets on the cuffs to use for makeshift gaiters.
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