Marmot Spire (2013)

The Marmot Spire has been around a few years and surprisingly it still uses standard Gore-Tex rather than the new Pro version, while it tips the scales at 713g, which adds up to this not being as instantly appealing as some other jackets. But on closer inspection it does have a snow skirt attached, which you can zip out and save 62g. It may not be the latest fabric but it works well enough when mountain walking in the UK. Also, this fabric has a stiffer and more robust feel about it, which is ideal for challenging weather as it helps trap warm air inside. Better still the Marmot Spire is 6cm longer than some jackets here so my groin had more protection from the elements! You also get a stormflap over the main zip so it is much less likely to leak in driving rain. There are pit zips too in case you need more airflow. The sleeves are not as well-designed as others, though, as the hem or cuff tended to ride up more easily than some jackets. The hood fits reasonably well, even without being fully adjusted – and it has a great wired peak too. There are only two chest pockets but these are big enough for maps and well-placed to allow easy access while wearing a rucksack. So the overall package is great.

Weight 713g (size men’s L)

Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-XL

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.marmot.cu

Verdict

A little heavy and not the latest version of Gore-Tex, but the Marmot Spire is a good price for a jacket that is longer than most and has all the most important features for comfort in the mountains in winter.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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