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Gear Review

4 5

Funny fit but quality product

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

As with everything Marmot makes this is a very quality feeling product but I returned mine before using it so the review is based on my impressions from playing with it at home.
I am 6"4" 230lbs and ordered an XL which was the right size but the vest has an interesting fit. It is as "form fitting" as a down puffy vest can be which is great. The shoulders have elastic banding around them to seal in heat which is a great idea and I am sure works well but makes for a fit that was kind of funny looking on me. I'm sure it works great but wasn't what I was looking for.
The exterior is thin but sturdy and the color is much more reflective and shiny than the website pictures make them look. The vest does not fold up into its own pocket but can compress down very small. The pockets and color are not fleece lined and there are mesh pockets for stashing gloves and such.
If you are looking for a mid-layer and you have a place to stuff the vest(like a pocket in your pack or a small stuff sack) this would be an excellent choice.
I returned mine and purchased the Marmot Guides Down Vest but not due to lack in quality on the vest's behalf.