So, as for the picture, no thanksB
As for the parka choice, it's almost a toss-up. Marmot's 8000 Meter Parka ($575; www.marmot.com) is an extremely warm, expedition-ready, 800-fill down parka with a DryLoft shell and reinforced shoulders and elbows. Very nice, indeed, and Marmot's quality is excellent. Feathered Friends' Rock & Ice is perhaps just a small cut above. One advantage: It can include an eVent shell, a new waterproof-breathable fabric that in my limited experience is noticeably superior to Gore-Tex. With eVent, the price is $650 (www.featheredfriends.com). You can also add some down for another $25. The Rock & Ice is also a little longer than the 8000 Meter, and features interior water-bottle pockets. The day I summitted Denali with mine, I didn't even take a packI stuffed the pockets with Snickers bars, water bottles, and spare overmitts, and did just fine.
My conclusion: Either is fine, with the Rock & Ice edging ahead, as the price spread suggests.
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