LL Bean Mountain Classic Anorak :(

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  1. Panzer

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    I had some money to spend at LL bean for the holidays and decided to pick up a classic jacket. The Mountain Classic Anorak. I always loved these jackets. I remember a buddy of mine had one in the 80s. It was heavy duty and well built. He had that jacket for years and years.

    I got mine a few weeks ago and was really disappointed. The material was thin and cheap. The fit (was advertised as generous for layering) was horde. Very tight. So just a heads up anyone wanting to get this jacket. It's a stinker. At least LL bean has a great return policy.

    Off to look for a better wind breaker/anorak.
     
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    get the green pepper pattern and sew it out of whatever you like, fit and form will be the way you want it.

    or there is a few of the old sweedish surplus running around, I think I have 12 bucks in mine (they USED to be 2 for $18.00 plus some time on the inkle loom to trim it out)

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    Where can u get the Swedish ones. Thanks
     
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    Ll bean is subbing allot to china these days
     
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    I have not been able to find those Swedish anoraks anywhere.
     
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    excellent idea....Nice Tracker scout carry btw....

    Panzer- do the tags still say Freeport Maine.....but underneath in smaller lettering "Made in China" ?
     
  7. Panzer

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    I got some items from LL Bean last holiday season, not the most recent. A flannel shirt, their hurricane shirt (I think that's what they call it) and two fleece items.

    I really liked the fleece pullover and vest but like you, did not care for the fit of the shirts. They were baggy around my chest/mid section but quite short in the sleeves. I still wear them and otherwise the quality seems pretty good.

    But for the money spent (fortunately all were gifts) there are certainly cheaper options.
     
  9. Panzer

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    More the likely, but I never looked. I was just surprised how thin the material was. Useless IMHO
     
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    that link looks pretty good panzer, $$ aint to bad. White would be cool...I gave my last extra sweedish one away....looked all over the net this am, and they aint avail anymore. least not that I could find. lots of knockoffs from other countries through SG, but they are not the same. SG did have some all white nylon sweed ponchos that are going to get ordered!
     
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    I got one of these Orvis waxed cotton anoraks for Christmas from my wife and love it. It's quite warm, very windproof and held up just fine in snow, sleet and rain so far. Couldn't be happier with it... exactly what I was hoping it would be, about the only downside is the price. At 50% off though you got a great deal :)
     
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    Empire canvas has the snow shoe, but not sure what your looking to spend.
     
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    Tried the fatigues army navy store and the link won't open up
     
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    Duluth Packs has the real deal. White canvas that protects you from the wind yet breathes.
     
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    Bummer about the Bean anorak. They used to be the best.

    I was going to suggest the one from Orvis too!.. I have been eyeballing it in Olive, but the price is a bit too hefty right now for me... Although it would have been key last weekend. Waxed and has the flannel lining.

    Later,

    ARR
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    living in Maine Myself I see LL bean Having issue Brother Panzer. My Wife had a pair of shoe about 5 years old wanted another went down to Freeport found them But They was cheaper made :33: Darn over sea. Any way send it back to Bean's and get a return My Friend!
     
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    I have been disappointed in LL Bean for years. As far as I can tell, only the Bean Boots are Maine made and very, very little is US made (Carhartt went that way to).

    I spend my money elsewhere, and think it is sad.
     
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    Absolutely - this is a wonderful pattern that is quite popular in Alaska. Folks in heavy snow country make theirs white - made mine from HD olive drab awning canvas. It's big enough that I can wear it over just about anything, and it has saved wear and tear (and burn holes) on my other clothing.
     
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    Another source stocked in White, Black, Navy, Khaki, OD and Midnight Camo

    Panzer, here's another source, probably similar/same supplier, little bit better price (poly/cotton blend). Some folks have talked about switching out the velcro hood/collar closures with oversized buttons or toggles & loops to improve upon the design.

    No relationship with these folks but I have bought from them previously with no drama; delivery was prompt & accurate and item was as described:

    http://www.mcguirearmynavy.com/Hooded-Anorak-Parka-Unisex-White-Made-in-the-US.html

    If anyone finds an original Swedish anorak/parka, please let us know and save me one :21: :54:

    Thanks & good luck, vthunter

    Edited to add: apologies to Panzer for being off-topic (being an LL Bean product review); wanted to share.......thanks!!

    Mcguire_wht_anorak_20130129.jpg

    Mcguire_multi_anorak_20130129_sml.jpg
     
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    I have one of these...I've not seen them available for over 20 years! :11: Only worn mine occasionally, but its held up very well. I keep it sprayed with Camp Dry or the equivalent. Keeps my upper half pretty dry and warm if layered over a sweater or hoodie.

    Edit: Whoops! mine doesn't have the hand-warmer pockets! Wish it did!
     
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    I have an older bean anorak before they discontinued it for a year or two, my wife picked up a new model one and it is not exactly the same, cheaper I might say, fabric a little different, for what they are and the price they are ok, surplus sure isn't what it used to be either and it's more often nock offs rather than the real thing, quality comes with price these days, that orvis one looks and is priced nicely too and an empire canvas comes at a very high quality, with price.....for winter use in my area I might go with an empire canvas and stick to the bean for other times, the bean won't be waterproof so make sure you've got a genuine surplus army poncho with you...didn't see that last post from the surplus place....only comes in XL wonder about sizing......mostl likely need a 2xl
     
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    This is a shame. I had one of the original anoraks in the late 80's and loved it. It seems everything I've got from Beans lately had gone downhill.

    I have a pair of there Cresta hikers that are made in Italy. Best hiking boots I ever had. Bought a new pair two years ago as a backup and the quality is nowhere near the same. The tag no longer says made in Italy, just says made in Europe or something.
     
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    I snagged mine back a couple years ago when SG had them 'new in pairs' for around 20 bucks. I dyed mine OD green.
     
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    I have one of these in OD. Love it. The sleeves are a little loose, but, thats likely more from me having short arms, than anything else :). I havent tried it in the rain-its a cotton/poly blend-but I intend to wear it tomorrow, after snowmageddon!
     
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    Man those prices sure have a huge variance.
    I've been eyeing one of these up for awhile: http://www.gfredasbell.com/gfa_wool_clothing.php
    Wool, so maybe not what you're aiming for, but you might want to consider that instead.
    Looks like a fantastic product with a reasonable price and best of all made by my US neighbours, and what appears to be a small business which is even better.
     
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    That is a crazy good price... it's a great piece of gear. For that kind of sale I'd be on it like white on rice if I didn't already have one. Now I just feel bad my wife bought it at full price for Christmas!
     
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    I bought one of these last year and have worn it a couple of times. So far I'm pleased with it. I noticed that the weave seemed to tighten up after I washed and dried it. It's pretty windproof and the sizing allows you to wear it over insulating layers. I plan to spray it down with Camp Dri to add some water repellency.
     
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    nice lookin anorak...nearly got one myself, till they told me they were made in china...still it looks well made but i really wanted to buy usa made so i ordered a duluth pack anorak instead
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    ...no regrets...woods
     
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    i got a wool jacket and a down jacket from LL-Bean and they very good , but they older models
     
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    thats nice Dave! next time were out Let me get some measurements, its needing some "proper" trim and sash
     

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