That said, I see no reason to spend a lot here when some cheaper options will give you more or less the same result. Maybe the best alternative is the L.L. Bean Stowaway Parka (www.llbean.com). It's made of two-ply Gore-Tex, which is a little softer than the three-ply material used in the Liquid Steel. The knee-length design will keep the rain off no matter how hard it pours, and there's also a hood for your head. Very nice, and only $175. Land's End even makes a shorter-cut Gore-Tex jacket, with a hood, for only $98it's simply called the Men's Gore-Tex Jacket (www.landsend.com). It'll keep you dry, comfortable, and won't take a bite from your wallet.
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