This breathable, hard-wearing Gore-Tex Pro 3L jacket packs in a fantastic range of features and still manages to weigh just under 500g (size UK12), but it may have more going on than most walkers need. The Marmot Terminus has four hipbelt-compatible outer pockets with water-resistant zips but no stormflaps, the lower larger two with venting holes, and the top right with a hole for your iPod headphones, plus a small wrist pocket and one inner mesh pocket. The main zip is water-resistant and has a substantial stormflap behind, and there are water-resistant pit zips for increased venting. The Marmot Terminus’s arms are long and articulated, so there’s plenty of freedom of movement for scrambling, and there is a removable snow skirt (54g) for snowy activities. The helmet-compatible hood is great, with a wide wired peak, but there is a little extra material around the neck area and the side elastic loops stick out when you pull it in tight around your head, plus there is no means of stowing the hood away when not in use. The price is high when you consider you can get a jacket with all the features you need for £150 less. The closest men’s equivalent is the Cerro Torre Jacket (£430).
Weight 470g (size UK12)
Material Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3 Layer
Women’s sizes US6-10 (= UK 10-14)
Men’s sizes 32-54in
Pit zips yes
Wired hood peak yes
Stowable hood no
The Marmot Terminus has a great features and design for winter mountains and snow sports, but it may be more than some walkers need.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine November 2012