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    <hr style="color: rgb(51, 153, 102); background-color: rgb(51, 153, 102);" size="1"> <!-- / icon and title --> <!-- message --> Got the new llbean catalog today.
    On page 35 there is a goose down outer wear listing

    They show a jacket, rated at 15 degrees, for 69 in regular sizes. Free shipping too. There is an extra zipper for a front chest pocket. No weight listed and no packing size description.

    Does anyone already own one and care to take the time to comment?

    I've owned some llbean stuff and it was pretty good.

    I added this to the Land's End down Jacket thread in this section too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinder View Post

    Does anyone already own one and care to take the time to comment?

    I do not own one, but two friends of mine do. They (both petite women) can't believe how warm they are! They are also pleased wit them from a fashion sense if that means anything.

    Here's the jacket in question:
    http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...590-ppxs&dds=y
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    Thanks a million, Mags.
    One more question:

    Looking at the detail pictures you provided a link to, it appears this garment is more of a "real coat" than a cheaper alternate to the Montbell down inner jacket.

    The loft of the down appears twice as thick as a Montbell down inner.

    Would you agree with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinder View Post

    Would you agree with that?

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    Yes! It is a winter coat and NOT for say late shoulder season hiking or throwing on when stopped for a quick break in winter. ( I use a similar Montbell Thermawrap for quick breaks in winter during the day)

    A fair bit warmer and bulkier than a thin Montbell down inner coat. Naturally, it is heavier, too.


    This photo is one of the people I mentioned above. It may give a better idea. IIRC, it was -5F or so (maybe even -10F as it was well into night during a cold snap) that night. When moving, she was warm. When stopped, she was cool (but not cold).




    IF you can't tell, we were sledding so wearing the coat in the big, bad, wilderness of the Boulder sled hill was not a problem. (The hot cider after was quite nice, too!)
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    mags i've been trying to convince my gf to get a down jacket, but she's afraid they make her look like the michellin man. how's this jacket in the 'poofyness/not flattering' aspect?
    also, how far down the hiney does it cover? girls don't liek jackets that stop at the waist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wags View Post
    how's this jacket in the 'poofyness/not flattering' aspect?

    Well, the two women I mentioned like it, but I also live in a very active outdoor area.

    When I wore my Thermawrap around town, I rec'd compliments.

    (Mind you, people wear Sorels around town when it snows too!)

    When I wore it a month after my CDT hike (it was clean by then. ), the family back East basically said "What the frig is that?". (Actually, they did say "What the frig is that?"...)

    You can't escape total "poofyness', but I think my two friends looked just fine in theirs..and they are not cold! The jacket comes down to the hips somewhat, but maybe not for the coverage your GF desires.

    Now, for covering the hiney, it is a jacket so it does come down to the waist. You'd need a coat vs a jacket to get the total hiney coverage. Most coats look "classier" but are probably not as suited for practical outdoor use. OTOH, if your girlfriend just wants something nice for around town, the coat (vs. a short jacket) is going to be better.

    Something like these perhaps?
    http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...486-ppxs&dds=y
    http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...486-ppxs&dds=y

    BTW, this one look lighter then the above jackets, appears to go down to the hip and a bit more fashionable (and less poofy) than the $69 one. May be a good compromise between something practical and and less Michelin Man like.
    http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...486-ppxs&dds=y


    ...and I just exhausted my entire knowledge of fashion in this one post.

    Any ladies out there want to weigh in on this ?!?!? I don't want to get a guy in trouble with his GF for my bad fashion taste.
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    lol thanks mags
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wags View Post
    lol thanks mags
    (If it was me..I'd go with the last option. But, I'm a single dude... )
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    i have had it with all the favorite suppliers of outdoor wear! i am pissed that
    they never have my size, which is a size 54 regualr. that's 3xl. i can never
    find the size that fits. they have the chinese and malaysians sizes thats for sure.
    screw it! i will just wear a size 52 regular and to hell with it.
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    You may want to try Cabelas or a similar hunting/fishing focused retailer. They tend to have the very large sizes that more hiking and similar focused stores do not have.

    For example, this one is $79 and comes in 3XL:
    http://www.cabelas.com/p-0047907923016a.shtml
    (They also sell a tall version for $10 more)

    For a similar price, this one comes up to 5XL (wow) and looks to be akin to a Montbell light down coat:
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...&cm_ite=netcon

    I have never used Cabelas gear before, but I understand it is pretty rugged. The down coats aren't the lightest probably, but I can't picture them being too heavy because it is down and nylon after all.

    Sportsman's Guide is a discount place that sells military surplus, overstock and hunting supplies. They often carry larger sizes. This jack is 700 fill (very good!) and comes in 3XL:
    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=529174

    It IS $130..but looks to be a little more streamlined then other ones.


    I have ordered stuff from them in the past (my latest buy? 2 prs of Czech army pants I use for trailwork. $15 with S&H!) and have been pleased.
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    My LLBean down jacket came in at 160z
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    Hey, this one looks like $69 shipped today? Hmmmmm.......

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    Default $60 today and tomorrow

    I got an email from them this morning: sale running thru friday 40% off and free ship means 60 net

    http://www.landsend.com/ix/all-products/Men/Assortments=St-Nick-Picks/index.html?seq=1~3~2&catNumbers=1&visible=1~1~1&st ore=le&merchAsId=282&tab=16

    That's the url to the ad link from the email. It went through a routine saying "your deal now activated" or similar words. I checked and the link works for me. Don't know if it's linked to my email address.

    If it doesn't work from the link for you , use nov27 for ID and 00009201 for password. (it says. I have no idea how or where to use them. You'll have to figure that out for your self)
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    I got mine via e-mail, tried it and it's works +3-ish in tax

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    Default cabela's 550 goose down jacket

    Hey Mags,
    Cabela's has a 550 down jacket on sale for $29.99 dollars.We have one up the road from my house.Ill be headed up there in the morning.Hope this helps for someone looking for a down jacket.Charles
    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    You may want to try Cabelas or a similar hunting/fishing focused retailer. They tend to have the very large sizes that more hiking and similar focused stores do not have.

    For example, this one is $79 and comes in 3XL:
    http://www.cabelas.com/p-0047907923016a.shtml
    (They also sell a tall version for $10 more)

    For a similar price, this one comes up to 5XL (wow) and looks to be akin to a Montbell light down coat:
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...&cm_ite=netcon

    I have never used Cabelas gear before, but I understand it is pretty rugged. The down coats aren't the lightest probably, but I can't picture them being too heavy because it is down and nylon after all.

    Sportsman's Guide is a discount place that sells military surplus, overstock and hunting supplies. They often carry larger sizes. This jack is 700 fill (very good!) and comes in 3XL:
    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=529174

    It IS $130..but looks to be a little more streamlined then other ones.


    I have ordered stuff from them in the past (my latest buy? 2 prs of Czech army pants I use for trailwork. $15 with S&H!) and have been pleased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    I do not own one, but two friends of mine do. They (both petite women) can't believe how warm they are! They are also pleased wit them from a fashion sense if that means anything.

    Here's the jacket in question:
    http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...590-ppxs&dds=y
    FNARG!!! Gosh, I go and spend money on a Patangonia lightweight down jacket, and suddenly everyone is posting lots of awesome down jackets that cost half the price. Grrrr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingshoes View Post
    Hey Mags,
    Cabela's has a 550 down jacket on sale for $29.99 dollars.We have one up the road from my house.Ill be headed up there in the morning.Hope this helps for someone looking for a down jacket.Charles
    Sweet....

    For $30, the 550 fill is quite live-able.

    Here's the link:
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...0073247981291a


    In black or green! What other colors do you need!

    (Supposed to go to 0F or lower tonight. Just walking to the grocery store made me glad I have a down jacket!)
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    The only thing I can add is the cheaper jackets are quilted which means the insulation thickness is nearly 0 at the stitches(cold spots). The more expensive jackets are baffled which means a more constant thickness like sleeping bags.
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    Cabelas uses the term "channels" intead of quilted.
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    Buzz kill!

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