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  • #3683913
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Here is a very warm down parka I wish was available when I was looking for one. I did buy an Eddie Bauer Peak XV -30 F. parka on a big sale which I do like a lot. Both parkas are very similar.

    After checking with Bean’s product specialist today I was told that ended, this parka DOES have internal baffles. Or as the product specialist called them, “partitions”. Good term for what baffles really do.

    For $299  in regular or tall length this is a very good buy for all but truly Arctic -50 F. weather . It is rated by Bean’s as +15 F./ -35 F. so should be great for 90% of sub-zero  North American winter weather.

    A Tall size might be a good choice for you if you want a bit of extra length and to keep wrists covered when reaching.. It does NOT say if it is “helmet compatible”. Likely not.

    It is made from Pertex Y-Fuse fabric, 850 down with Down Tek DWR treatment. I like down DWR. For as much as you are going to wash this parka (likely 2 or 3 times ever) you ain’t gonna wash much of the DWR off.

    #3683917
    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan

    Eric….What is the weigh of this jacket?

    #3684102
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Ken, I asked Bean’s cust. svc. last but she had no numbers. I’m sure its less than my Eddie Bauer Peak XV -30 F. parka because my parka has more pockets and a few other features.

    With Pertex Y-Fabric and baffles I’d say it’s a bit less than say the Patagonia Fitz Roy parka which is one pound 1 ounce.

    #3684103
    Brett Cooper
    BPL Member

    @bcoop

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    I got a weight of 18 oz for a large from customer service, but I was unable to get a Fill Weight.

    #3684162
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

     

    Brett,

    I have an LL Bean -20 F. 750 fill down bag with their DWR treatment. Its loft is excellent as are its many features.

    As well I have a factory overstuffed 20 F. Western Mountaineering Megalite 3 season bag (900 fill) for comparison and of course the -20 F. LL Bean mummy has a lot more loft. I was willing to accept 750 fill and a few more ounces for an amazing sale price of $275. when the original price was $415. on the tag that came with the bag. BTW, I used a funnel and coat hangar to stuff the down into the zipper baffle tube.

    Given that comparison I’d say the LL Bean “Big Baffle Puffer” down parka would have excellent loft if that’s your concern. BUT… I dunno what the fill weight would be for you to make comparisons with other similar parkas.

    The LL Bean parka has the same flat internal front zipper baffle that my Eddie Bauer Peak XV parka came with. I opened one end and filled it with DWR treated down I had on hand from another project and stitched the tube back up. The same can be done with the LL Bean parka. In fact if you want to do it I’ll send you a quart ZipLoc bag of my loose down, no charge.

     

    #3684364
    Brett Cooper
    BPL Member

    @bcoop

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks for the insight and offer Eric. Although that requires my knowledge of sewing(baseline is zero, ha).</p>
    It does look like a very warm parka and 18 oz total weight is pretty comparable at a steal of a price.

    #3684370
    Brett Cooper
    BPL Member

    @bcoop

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Okay, I got a response from LL Bean, looks like fill weight for a large is 5.6 oz.

    #3684569
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Brett, Is that 5.6 oz. fill weight about what you wanted?

    In my experience Bean’s sells very high quality clothing. I’d expect that parka to be very high quality in every aspect including loft.

    #3684663
    Brett Cooper
    BPL Member

    @bcoop

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Thanks for the recommendation Eric, but I was hoping for a bit more fill and ultimately a warmer parka.

    #3684702
    John Vance
    BPL Member

    @servingko

    Locale: Intermountain West

    Look like the Montbell Alpine parka is still the one to beat at $300

    https://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?cat_id=25148&p_id=1101407&gen_cd=1

    #3684721
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Yeah, the Montbell has over 7 oz. of fill, 2 oz. more than teh LL Bean parka. But Bean’s does offer a long parka the looks to be as long as the Montbell. Likely another ounce of fill in it.

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