Mammut Crater (2014)

Features
The Mammut Crater has those all-important two large chest pockets that can be used to warm hands or store maps with easy access while wearing a rucksack. In addition you get pit zips for improved condensation control. The hood is helmet-compatible and benefits from a stiffened (but not wired) peak, a rear volume adjuster and face drawcords. All that is a pretty good though not a perfect combination as a third chest pocket would be useful.
4/5

Fit
This jacket is only available for men and comes in sizes S-XXL. The fit is slightly longer than options, so it covered by groin. Sleeve movement was good but not the best as I did get some movement in the cuffs when I scrambled but it was minimal. The hood is superb as it sticks to and moves well with my head and the stiffened peak allows great vision.
4/5

Comfort
The body is made from 3-layer Gore-Tex, rather than the Pro version, so has proven performance that should provide long-term durable waterproofness and breathability at a very high level, but if you pay more you can get even better performance. The pit zips do allow extra ventilation though. It feels slightly stiffer than lighter jackets, which I like as this then feels warmer in really windy conditions. The Mammut Crater is slightly heavier than some though.
4/5

Performance
Overall the performance is ideal for most hillwalkers, scramblers and anyone wanting to bag summits in foul weather. But there will be those that would prefer a third external chest pocket that could be used for a map, compass or GPS receiver. The weight is slightly high, which some will view as a drawback; and some may prefer not to have pit zips that add weight and bulk. Would a wired peak be even better? What you get here is very good though.
4/5

Value
A
t £250 you might expect everything but you don't get it all. In the Mammut Crater you get a great fabric and some very well-designed features. The price is better than average for what you get.
4/5

Verdict
For hillwalking, scrambling and bagging Munros the Mammut Crater is a great option, but some may prefer a third chest pocket and less weight.
4.0/5

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