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Marmot Artemis/Adroit (2014)

£200.00

This jacket is made from Marmot’s latest fabric, NanoPro Membrain, which boasts excellent breathability in the lab and in my experience is one of the best 2.5-layer fabrics available for controlling condensation on the hill. It comes in men’s and women’s version called the Artemis and Adroit respectively. The jacket has a good water-resistant zip up the front with an internal ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip Pant (2014)

£75.00

As with the new Precip Jacket, Marmot is using its new NanoPro waterproof and breathable fabric in these trousers. Although this fabric is a 2.5-layer design, I’ve been really impressed with its performance and feel it’s the best 2.5-layer fabric I’ve used. These trousers are pretty light at 383g (size L), although not quite the lightest option. In terms of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Spire (2013)

£280.00

The Marmot Spire has been around a few years and surprisingly it still uses standard Gore-Tex rather than the new Pro version, while it tips the scales at 713g, which adds up to this not being as instantly appealing as some other jackets. But on closer inspection it does have a snow skirt attached, which you can zip out and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Speedri (2013)

£270.00

Made from waterproof and very breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell, the Speedri will withstand really heavy rain. There’s a bit of stretch in the fabric, which makes it great to move around in. It’s a great-looking jacket with a simple cut, waterproof zips and three decent-sized pockets. It’s let down slightly by its hood, though – it’s deep, but it doesn’t ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Nano (2013)

£230.00

Gore-Tex Paclite is a 2-layer fabric, so you get a massive weight saving – and this brings the Marmot Nano in at just 249g (size L), which is some 100g lighter than other jackets of its design. The Nano benefits from two large chest pockets that are placed above any rucksack hipbelts, so you have great easy-access storage space for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Minimalist (2012)

£180.00

Cut from a polyester-faced Gore-Tex Paclite, the Minimalist feels more like a fattened-up lightweight than a full-on winter jacket. It’s a great bit of kit though, and its lightness and superb packability will appeal to those who prefer to leave their waterproof in the pack as much as possible. The hood’s good: with 3-way adjustment; but the peak’s floppy. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Terminus (2012)

£430.00

This breathable, hard-wearing Gore-Tex Pro 3L jacket packs in a fantastic range of features and still manages to weigh just under 500g (size UK12), but it may have more going on than most walkers need. The Marmot Terminus has four hipbelt-compatible outer pockets with water-resistant zips but no stormflaps, the lower larger two with venting holes, and the top right ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Mica (2012)

£120.00

When moving fast and light every gram counts, and so in many ways the Marmot Mica £120 is the best jacket in our test as it is the lightest at just 204g (men’s size L), which is over 100g lighter than many of the alternatives. It is also half the price of some jackets we looked at, so it is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Crystalline (2012)

£120.00

This is the lightest jacket on test at a mere 160g. It has a lovely flattering cut, although it’s shorter than some and only just covers the hips. Packability is superb, while it is waterproof and breathes well too. But the best thing about this jacket is comfort. The lightweight fabric glides easily over the skin, and feels lovely and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Stretch Man/Athena (2012)

£200.00

The Marmot Stretch Man/Athena tops the tables for comfort and design. You’re certainly getting your £200-worth in this regard. The stretch panels featured throughout keep the jacket supple and moveable in all positions, while the dual hem adjusters and neck and hood fasteners (with internal tidies) and extremely long, two-direction pit zips are well-designed and satisfying to use. The two ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Alpinist 2011

£400.00

At £400 the Marmot Alpinist is definitely a considered purchase, as it has the highest price tag of those jackets featured, but if you can ignore the price for a moment, then there are some good features. For starters, although it is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell like many others, it uses what appears to be a more durable version, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Spire 2011

£250.00

The Marmot Spire is a very well-featured jacket that is suitable for year-round mountain walking. It is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which is not as breathable as Gore-Tex Pro Shell; but it is lower in price, which allows a more durable version of the fabric to be used, as well as allowing the jacket to be given additional features ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Super Mica Jacket 2011

£160.00

The Marmot Super Mica is a beefed-up version of the original Mica, and it benefits from Duralite Zonal reinforcement at the shoulders and hips, which is a particularly neat solution for those who not only want lightweight gear, but also lightweight gear that’s durable. Lightweight fabrics by their very nature aren’t quite as rugged as heavier ones, so to ensure ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Crystalline

£170.00

The Crystalline is one of the lightest jackets ou there, but for £170, does it do what it’s designed to do? The fabric feels extremely flimsy, but it is waterproof; and it survived a few tough days in the hills with no sign of tearing. It’s also soft, doesn’t rustle badly when you walk, and is surprisingly breathable, too. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Alpinist 2010

£400.00

The Marmot Alpinist weighs 730g (size M); Gore-Tex Pro Shell; four large chest pockets; pit zips aid ventilation; removable snow skirt; good hood: wired peak and volume adjustment. But no external stormflap on main zip (although it does get internal guttering flap); slightly shorter than some options; main drawback is the price.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip 2010

£80.00

The Marmot Precip is a modern classic that offers most of what anyone would want from a multi-activity jacket, including a great price. It is made from an extremely waterproof fabric, while mesh pockets and pit zips improve condensation control, which is a feature worth having when biking or running in particular. The front zip gets a double stormflap on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Mica/Crystalline 2010

£100.00

A jacket that remains the same price in 2010 as it was in 2009, the Marmot Mica/Crystalline makes use of a 2.5-layer fabric called Membrain Strata, which offers superb levels of waterproofness and breathability but is incredibly lightweight. The result of using this material is a jacket that weighs around 200g, and yet it still has a hood, pockets and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip 2010

£50.00

It is the low weight and small packed size of the Marmot Precip that set it apart from most jackets, and this is ideal if the parents end up carrying it. The material is a good-quality fabric with a high level of waterproofness and breathability so it’s going to keep the wearer dry and comfortable for longer than most. There ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Aegis 2010

£120.00

The Marmot Aegis general-purpose jacket weighs 422g (size L); MemBrain Strata is extremely waterproof and breathable; front zip gets double external stormflaps; hood rolls into collar; mesh pockets aid venting; huge chest pockets. But jackets with a mesh lining or 3-layer fabric with scrim will be less clammy; access to bottom of mesh pocket lining is easily obscured with rucksack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Mica

£100.00

The Mica sacrifices comfort and performance for a light weight and small pack-down size – even with a cavernous hood and Velcro adjustment on the cuffs. The nylon ripstop fabric kept rain out but wasn’t the most breathable, and is also fairly flimsy. It has a good DWR, though, and this prevented any major wetting out even in prolonged rain. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip 2010

£65.00

Lightweight trousers cut from a waterproof and breathable fabric that packs down well when not in use. Well-featured, including a selection of pockets and full-length zips that actually make it quite easy to access your normal trouser pockets. They definitely kept the rain out, even in some quite horrible weather, but they didn’t prove quite as breathable as some. They ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Nano 2009

£90.00

As the name suggests the Marmot Nano multi-activity jacket is very light at just 240g (size L), and it packs down very small too. In part this is down to the material, Gore-Tex Paclite, which is designed to be packable and lightweight. But equally this is a lighter version of that fabric than some jackets use. Also superfluous features are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Marmot Mica/Crystalline 2009

£100.00

When weight really matters the material a jacket is made from plays a major role. For the Mica/Crystalline, Marmot has chosen a 2.5-layer fabric called Membrain Strata, which boasts excellent lab test results so it is rated as extremely waterproof and extremely breathable by Trail. The fabric allows this jacket to weigh in at just over 200g, and yet it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Aegis/Strato 2009

£110.00

The Marmot Aegis/Strato general-purpose jacket weighs 422g (men’s L); Marmot MemBrain Strata fabric offer extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability; mesh pockets aid ventilation; hood rolls into collar; pit zips. But pockets extend to hem so access to base of pockets is obscured by rucksack belts; hood fit and movement are not ideal; 2.5-layer fabric may not control condensation ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Minimalist

£140.00

The Minimalist is heavier than some so won’t suit real weight watchers, but it has a flattering, contoured fit and comes in vibrant colours. Sadly, the collar isn’t as snug as rivals’ and has only a small amount of fleece to protect your chin. The fairly breathable Gore-Tex fabric will keep you dry and two pit-zips provide adequate venting. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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