Anyway, $100 isn't that much to work with. It might be time for a note to the parents, pleading that while their hard-working college boy is studying hard, he has a hard time finishing his written exams because his fingers have frozen. Then, when they spring for some dough, go to the L.L. Bean Web site and order their Maine Warden's Parka ($269). This is a long, warm, and waterproof piece with a Primaloft fill and Gore-Tex shell. Just the thing for marching to class at eight in the morning during a freezing rainstorm. And it looks pretty stylish around town, too.
But, maybe you'll really have to make do with that $100. If so, then hit the Lands' End web site and find their men's Squall Parka ($99). It's a shelled jacket that's remarkably warm due to a Polartec 200 liner. Better still, it's pretty water resistant thanks to a water-shedding coating on the nylon outer fabric. It's also long enough to keep your butt warm and comes with a hood. For the bucks, I doubt that you'll find anything warmer, anywhere.
Study hard, so you can get a good job and buy any damned jacket you want. Or, go live in San Diego.
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