Marmot Spire 2011

The Marmot Spire is a very well-featured jacket that is suitable for year-round mountain walking. It is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which is not as breathable as Gore-Tex Pro Shell; but it is lower in price, which allows a more durable version of the fabric to be used, as well as allowing the jacket to be given additional features for the price.
The Spire has two chest pockets, big enough for maps and to permit easy access while wearing a rucksack hipbelt. It would have been good if there was a third chest pocket, however.
In addition the Spire has pit zips with double stormflaps to stop water leaking in through them. The jacket weighs 728g (men’s L), but this includes a removable snowskirt for winter, which when removed saves 56g. You get a big stormflap over the main zip, and the hood has a large wired peak as well as great fit and movement.
The Marmot Spire is a very functional jacket that should be able to provide years of performance, thanks to the extra durability of the fabric employed and the mountain-orientated design. There is no women’s version.

Price £250
Weight 728g (men’s L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Lining none
Sizes men’s S-XL
External pockets 2
Wired hood yes
Side vents yes

Features 4
Design 5
Comfort 4
Performance 4
Value 4
Overall 4

The Marmot Spire offers a good set of features that are well-designed combined with a tough fabric. The drawback is that you are not getting the most breathable Gore fabric.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011