Marmot Alpinist (2015)

Features

The 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric used in the Marmot Alpinist provides durable levels of waterproofness and breathability and is combined with four external chest pockets, pit zips and a removable snow skirt. The hood is helmet- compatible too, making this a belt-and-braces feature list that ups the weight a little. 5/5

Fit

Men’s sizes are S-XL and women’s are XS-XL and the fit is described as ‘Athletic’, which in me was similar to others here, but a little lengthier in the body so this offered the best protection for my bum. There was a tiny movement in the cuffs when raising my arms, but nothing to worry about. The hood fitted me very well and easily moved with the head. 5/5

Comfort

The Marmot Alpinist is a stiffer jacket than some, which is great in the wilds of winter or on windier mountain days but in mild weather you’ll likely prefer less substantial designs. But it feels great in wild weather thanks to the protection it affords, combined with a durable fabric that breathes well and you can always use the pit zips if needed. 5/5

In use

The Marmot Alpinist is heavy so when not in use it really weighs down your rucksack if stashed. The main two chest pockets swallow maps, but the Napoleon pockets are too small, which is a pity, as they can only be used for a GPS receiver or a very small guidebook. The hood peak is lightly stiffened but has no wire and so overall it may not always afford the best protection. 4/5

Value

The four pockets, pit zips and snow skirt have added to the price but it feels steep compared to some others however you try to justify it. 2/5

Verdict

The Marmot Alpinist is built for winter weather and it is mostly up to the task, but it is not perfect in terms of design and it is not perfect in terms of price. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2015

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