Marmot Thermo Hoody (2014)

The divisions between next to skin base layers, insulating mid-layers and waterproof outer layers are becoming ever more blurred as brands develop products to suit every style of outdoor activity and the specific needs of different types of users. The Marmot Thermo Hoody is a thin mid layer, but it could also be considered as a thick base layer. For me it works best over a base layer and under a thicker mid layer in winter. The Polartec fabric offer very little wind resistance, though, so it will tend to need a windproof layer or a thicker fleece over the top in windy conditions. But the benefit of this layer is that it will ‘wick’ – allow moisture to move through the garment – extremely easily, making it ideal for controlling condensation under a wind or waterproof shell. As there is a hood this also works well in winter or spring to take the edge off the chill. You only get one pocket small pocket on the chest, so fans of large pocket may prefer this as a layer to wear under other garments, rather than to wear without additional pocketed outer layers. But its close fit and flatlocked seams mean it is very comfortable and so those who don’t like big pockets may like the Marmot Thermo Hoody as their main mid layer. However for this price you could get a very good more general purpose fleece jacket with pockets.

Material Polartec Powerdry
Men’s/unisex sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes none
Weight 243g (size L)
Hood yes
External pockets 1
Website www.marmot.com

 

Verdict

The Marmot Thermo Hoody is a thin mid layer that works well with other layers, but the price and lack of pockets make it a considered purchase.

Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine March 2014