The Baffin Hoody is a fine effort from US company Marmot – which is generally excellent at producing insulating products – that may appeal to the environmentally conscious as its proprietory Thermal R insulation is made from 100 per cent recycled fibre. It’s warm, too, and strikes a nice balance in terms of fit – that is, it’s generous enough to over-layer with when stopping for a snack, but snug enough to walk in as a mid or outer layer on a particularly cold day. It’s not exactly brimming with features, but what you do get are two zipped pockets that sit quite high on the body to allow for a harness, a non-adjustable hood, a drawcord around the waist and an interior webbed pocket, which the jacket can roll into for packing. The cuffs are just a basic elasticated affair but they are comfortable enough, and there is exceptional freedom of movement in the arms, making the Marmot Baffin Hoody a particularly comfortable and unrestrictive jacket. The outer fabric is a robust, DWR-treated material which I found repelled rain and wind reasonably well.
Weight 394g (size S)
Outer fabric 15 denier ripstop nylon
Insulation Thermal R Eco (100% recycled polyester)
Stuffsack/packable? packs into pocket
Adjustable hood? No
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes none
The Marmot Baffin Hoody is a basic but light and warm insulated jacket ideal for over-layering as well as use as a mid layer. A few more features would be welcome but overall this does its job.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine March 2013