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Marmot Alpinist Lightweight Jacket Shell Jackets Review

Marmot Alpinist Lightweight Jacket


Description
New fit, new design · Gore-Tex® Outerwear: Guaranteed To Keep You Dry® · Engineered for Extreme Wet Weather · 2 Layer/3 Layer fabric design and construction · Adjustable hood fits over helmet and rolls up to form collar · Angel-wing Movement · Articulated sleeves · Double flap and double zipper slider PitZips


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Review Date
December 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: JMF ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
No need to argue : it's definitively a best buy. It almost presents the same technical level than other brandmark top products (which costs twice its price).
I've used it for 2 years (not intensively indeed), from ski touring to ice and rock hard climbing. No doubt, it performs extremly well. And even if the shell seems a bit lightweight (but it gives a great move freedom), no friction sign have yet appeared !

Customer Service:
No need

Similar Products Used:
Few top products of Arc'Teryx, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face and Eider


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Review Date
November 8, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: RowerEX ,  Skier , from Kingston, NH

Summary:
This was the only one in the outlet at this price. It's a little big, XL, and I'm 6'0 180. Breathes extremely well. I use it mostly for skiing, although I've taken it to Montana for some backpacking. There wasn't much rain to test it out however. Big fan of the powder skirt.

Customer Service:
Haven''t need to contact the company for any reason.

Similar Products Used:
Before this it was Columbia jackets. Obviously that is no comparison.


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Review Date
May 22, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Sean ,  Backpacker , from Minneapolis, MN

Summary:
Overall, an exceptionally performing jacket. Wonderfully waterproof, the front pocket/vents and pit-vents work great. This jacket performs well in all seasons: I use it skiing in the winter, and backpacking in the summer.

Downsides: It doesn't pack down as well as I hoped. The hood could turn a little better, as it has a tendency to limit peripheral vision. The day-glow inside mesh pocket is always in the way, and is awkward if you put anything in it. I finally cut mine out. The pit-vent zippers are hard to open with gloves on, but adding a loop on the zipper fixes that.

I also found this jacket quite expensive for what it is. I wouldn't have paid full price.

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None


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Review Date
March 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Nathan ,  Backpacker , from Muncy, Pennsylvania

Summary:
Great Shell Jacket. Have owned it for about 6 months now and it has preformed well in a variety of weather conditions. The breathability is above average and the weather proofing is exceptional. Highly recommended for cooler weather backpacking.

Customer Service:
No experience

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None


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Review Date
December 2, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Andy ,  Mountaineer , from Boulder

Summary:
I've never found a perfect goretex shell, but this one comes very close to my favorite mountaineering grade jacket.
The hood does not fit well with my climbing helmet. The fabric has not faired as well as others on frequent glissades, as I have had to put a patch on the bottom where the fabric has ripped quite extensively. I've not had this severe of a problem with other slightly heavier grade fabrics.
The breathability is the best I've ever seen. Pit zips plus the chest pockets which actually can be used as the equivelant of the North Face "core vents," make this the most breathable 2/3ply jacket I've ever used.
Inner bottle pocket is a life saver in extreme cold conditions.
Powerskirt is excellent.
Mesh lining makes the jacket very comfortable to use with a mid- to light- weight fleece layer only underneath.
The chest pockets are ackward when fully loaded on top of full size pack straps and when sitting down.
No hand warmer pockets on this jacket.
I've had the jacket to -29 (F) standing air temps at moderate to heavy work loads and it performed very well.

Customer Service:
I had a third party repair shop that was supposed to be "certified" by the manufacturer. Next time I'll try Marmot directly.

Similar Products Used:
North Face Denali
North Face Windy Pass (original)
Vau De Sympatech


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