Not only can you lighten your backpack with the Marmot Dena Jacket (at 325g, size women’s S, it’s the second lightest jacket in our test) but you can also boost your green credentials as the synthetic insulation is made from 100 per cent recycled fabric. Despite its light weight it does keep you relatively warm, and it can pack down quite small into its own pocket. The outer fabric, like most others on test, is windproof and water-repellent.
The hood is elasticated but it’s not rollaway or adjustable. This is not necessarily an issue, but it doesn’t have good movement, so when I moved my head to the side the hood didn’t move with it, obscuring my view and creating a draught. The elasticated cuffs have a similar problem, not fitting flush to my wrists, giving a slight draught up my arms.
The pockets are a decent size for warming your hands but the zips to open them are quite fiddly – especially with cold fingers. The main zip is easy enough to operate and has a draught excluder behind it; but it only has a small chinguard that is not as comfy as others. The adjustable hem means you can get a good fit at your waist, and overall – despite the niggles – the Marmot Dena Jacket is comfy to wear.
Weight 325g (size S)
Outer fabric 100% nylon ripstop with DWR
Inner fabric 100% polyester
Insulation Thermal R Eco
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Men’s sizes S-XL (Baffin Hoody)
The Marmot Dena Jacket is a warm and lightweight option made appealing by its green credentials and relatively low price, but the fit of the cuffs and hood make draughts a problem.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012