How's the quality of yours? I read the reviews on LL Bean and there are some complaints about the stitching coming out of the toe caps, or the heel separating from the sole, etc. Apparently the older Katahdins were better made. Also, are they treating these with oil before shipping them out, as jacquedelaneu above pointed out?
I think the quality is great, I have no problems with mine. Even if you do, LL Bean's customer service is second to none, if you aren't satisfied you can exchange them for a new pair, even if you've worn them for 6 months, etc.
For $160 it's impossible to find a full grain leather, Goodyear welted, Vibram soled boot made in the USA anywhere else, not to mention that the Katahdin is a good looking boot.
Yes they come pre-oiled, but I like the darker color so I did two coats of Obenaufs as well.