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Your LL Bean instincts are correct, I think. What you're looking for is a Maine Warden's Parka, not the one now offered that has the zip-out goose down jacket, costs $349 and is made who knows where, but the previous version that is made in USA and will work, on its own, for temperatures down to 25 degrees or so, and with appropriate layering, much lower. Do not shun modern "technical" materials simply because they are modern. Edmund Hillary would have given his eyeteeth for what's available today. Barbours have their place, but when parka weather hits, you want a parka, not a cheerio-old-sport-waxed-cotton-please-pass-the-brandy-brrr sort of thing-y.I am in the market for a parka. I am a LL Bean kinda guy. I know what they offer. The problem with current iterations are that they are too "technical" for my tastes or too "puffy" for my tastes.
So, while I like LL Bean's Baxter, I can do without the technical fabric. Also, it may be too warm for my needs. The Canadian Goose stuff looks great, but I am not going to spend over $1000 for a winter coat.
What do you gents like? Currently, I am going to be keeping an eye on Ebay for a used LL Bean parka.
(If anyone has one in XL tall that they want to part with, let me know.)
I happen to have a proper Maine Warden's Parka on offer on eBay, but it is not your size. I was awfully happy to find it at the local thrift on Black Friday for the scandalously low price of...well, gents shouldn't discuss such things, should we? Any rate, these coats typically sell for between $50 and $125 on eBay, depending on condition and season, and they are exactly what you are seeking. Gore-Tex shell, Thinsulate insulation, detachable hood, double YKK zipper, snap storm flap, drawstring inner waist doo-hickey, a zillion pockets, plenty of room for layering and bullet proof. Go for the green classic exterior. It screams "I'm an LL Bean guy who knows my stuff." Unfortunately, you have chosen the wrong season to buy a parka, so you'll pay a premium. But it will last you many, many years.