Mammut Nordpfeiler / Westgrat (2015)

Features

The Mammut Nordpfeiler / Westgrat offers high abrasion resistance with stretch thanks to Gore Windstopper fabric (its membrane will help fend off wind and water). Pit zips add ventilation while the hood has a stiffened peak. There are three pockets on the body, which can all be accessed above climbing harnesses or rucksack hipbelts. But the weight of 728g is quite high. 5/5

Fit

The Nordpfeiler comes in men’s sizes S-XXL while the women’s version – the Westgrat – comes in sizes XS-XL. The Nordpfeiler is slightly longer on me than some other soft shell jackets we looked at. The cuffs are only elasticated and I noticed they tended to ride up easier than others when raising the arms. Hood fit was not ideal either. 3/5

Comfort

The fabric is relatively soft and stretchy and as the Mammut Nordpfeiler / Westgrat isn’t as highly insulated as other jackets it feels a little comfier on. But the cuffs don’t fit as closely, so draughts are possible here. As this is a Gore Windstopper fabric it traps warm air quite easily and fends off wind and rain well. But under a waterproof it won’t be as breathable as more open-weave options. 4/5

In use

The hood has no volume adjustment and its peak has no wired stiffening, so this resulted in the face drawcords being too close to my eyes and the peak being distorted in shape, which wasn’t great. The women’s Westgrat has well-placed pockets; but the Nordpfeiler has pockets that are slightly lower, so a climbing harness or rucksack hipbelt will impede access a little. 3/5

Value

The price is higher than other jackets that have better-designed features, so it feels expensive by comparison. 3/5

Verdict

The Mammut Nordpfeiler / Westgrat is designed for mountain use but it’s hard to justify paying the price as it isn’t as well-designed as lower-priced options. 3.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine September 2015

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