Marmot Crystalline (2012)

This is the lightest jacket on test at a mere 160g. It has a lovely flattering cut, although it’s shorter than some and only just covers the hips. Packability is superb, while it is waterproof and breathes well too. But the best thing about this jacket is comfort. The lightweight fabric glides easily over the skin, and feels lovely and soft to the touch, inside and out. It’s got a high, comfortable collar and a deep, adjustable hood with a stiffened peak. Adjustable Velcro cuffs pull up to the elbows when you get too warm, and the hood rolls away when not needed. You’ll need to look after it, as it’s quite flimsy, but this offers everything you want from a lightweight waterproof, even packing into its own pocket.

Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: Marmot MemBrain Strata
Weight: 160g
Men’s version: Yes (Mica)
Contact: 01539 563616; www.marmot.de

 

Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012