Ignore the price for now and check out the Marmot Exum lightweight jacket’s features. The weight is superb, and that is down to the use Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, which is lightweight but still offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. You also get a series of small holes in the pocket lining to reduce weight and improve venting a little. Those two pockets are situated on the chest and are good for gear as well as hands. You also get pit zips to aid ventilation. The hood is particularly good, having a wired peak, volume adjuster and drawcords that combine to provide excellent movement and fit. You get a stormflap over the front zip too, to keep the worst of the rain out. A great jacket in terms of features and design. But the Marmot Exum’s price kills any chance of this being a recommended product as you can get virtually the same jacket for significantly less dosh. If you can pick it up at a knockdown price it is excellent though.
Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 388g (medium)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 4Verdict
The Marmot Exum’s price lets down what is an otherwise very good hill-walkers’ jacket.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008