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The Ultimate Advanced Jacket from Mammut offers wind protection and stretchy weather resistance without the bulk of a hard shell.

  • WindStopper fabric breathes, blocks wind, and resists drizzle
  • Reinforced fabric in the shoulders prevents excessive wear from pack straps
  • Underarm vents have a two-way zip for ease of adjustment when things heat up
  • Lycra thumb holes keep the Ultimate sleeves in place when you're reaching for your next hold
  • Articulated elbows and elasticized fabric maintains your range of motion
  • High front pockets are easily accessible with a pack or harness on

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Goto Softshell

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I love this piece for its fit and versatility. I'm 6' 2" and 180ish, Large fits great, with enough room for a few layers (no insulation) underneath while being trim enough that a puffy or hardshell can easily fit over it no problem. The rubberized shoulders are a lifesaver when carrying a pack while ice climbing and BC skiing. Breaths better than most other lightweight softshells while still blocking wind and light precip. High pockets easy to get at. great zippers even on the pits which I'm usually not stoked about double zippers on vents.

I hope whatever mammut is replacing this piece with is just as quality. Here's the Muir snowfield last spring.

Goto Softshell

Great multi sport jacket

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have a slightly older model of this jacket, same material but the pit zips went all the way down to the hem - something that I am glad to see Mammut has left behind b/c the lower zipper at the hem can be uncomfortable if caught under a waist belt or harness. It's otherwise very light, tight fitting (which I prefer, most jackets are baggy by the time I get the sleeves and torso long enough for my thin frame), and the material has held up to plenty of hard abuse from rocks, dirt, road grime.

Seams at zipper

Seams at zipper

The fabric was prematurely wearing off after a couple of casual uses around town. Not sure why. Never hiked with this jacket on or used a backpack hip-belt or climbing harness. So I can't imagine what will happen when the time comes to do some heavy duty activities with it on. Had to be returned.

The 2012 has better sleeve articulation!

The 2012 has better sleeve articulation!

The 2012 model improves on sleeve articulation and uses a better, lighter, stretchier fabric!


New & Improved For 2012 - 5 Star Jacket!

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Last year Sept 2011 I bought this jacket in the Graphite Color and I had a dismal experience with it (See my 2011 review).Recently a Mammut Rep who read my review informed me this year the Ultimate series Jackets were all improved for fit and with a new 3 layer gore fabric.

On paper, for what it wants to do, the Advanced jacket has a lot to love about it so I took a chance and placed my order for the 2012 Black color here on Backcountry (can't beat their 2 day shipping and lifetime return policy).

Right out the box the 2012 Advanced is surprisingly light weight and the material, a micro weaving of 2 layer polyester knit sandwiching a membrane layer of Polytetrafluorethylene, feels soft and smooth yet solid to the touch.

Mammut has not only improved the sleeve articulation and fit for this year but also used better materials 'wisely' to enhance the stretchiness of the fabric so moving your arms about during climbing or activities no longer feels like you are wearing a straight-jacket as it did on last year's model. The pit and pocket ventilation system is also easy to unzip and make use of whiles on the move. The belay zipper and thumb loops are useful when needed and invisible when not needed.

The rubberized shoulder and elbow trims are now a darker gray this year and is seamlessly integrated into the rest of the jacket's fabric and looks much sleeker than it did before. See my pictures.

The hefty $258 price tag could be the only con but once you put it on you will forget how much you paid for it because it is that good. Another con could be Mammut makes a limited amount of their jackets for the Fall season each year so finding one in your size and color is a rather difficult to impossible task after Halloween!

NOTE: I'm 5'8" tall and 155lbs and the size Medium fits me perfect as shown in the pictures.

For this much improved 2012 model I have to give it 5 big stars!

New & Improved For 2012 - 5 Star Jacket!

11/19/2012 UPDATE: I had to return it because the outer material around the main zipper was prematurely wearing away, piling and separating from the inside laminate. Not sure if it is a defect on my jacket or an issue with the fabric used but I've never seen this on any of my softshells before.

Man oh man I just bought my first Mammut piece, the avers jacket. I have not yet received it but something tells me that this company is not so good for the money they charge. I will give it a try but have this gut feeling that its going back and getting the Alpha LT from arcteryx instead.


Great Jacket

    This is a really well made jacket with a great fit and nice detail features. It's fit is athletic- at 5'11'' and 150ish a medium fits perfectly. It's windproof (as you would expect) allows me all the range of motion I need for backcountry skiing and rock climbing. The material strikes me as very durable even in high abrasion contexts, it has pit zips, a drawcord waist, and torso pockets that you can access with a harness.. Mammut stuff always seems to be beautifully made and I've yet to wear out any of the clothes I have from them (including some heavily used Champ pants that still look new). Definitely worth the price.

    I find it very hard to believe that you had great range of motion in this jacket during rock climbing when I had plenty of sleeve ride and torso bunching during grocery shopping when reaching for the top shelf. Look at my pictures and you will see what I mean. This jacket has the worse articulated sleeves ever! Not only does the sleeve ride up but the ENTIRE jacket distorts and bunches when raising your hands above your shoulders!!!


    I just picked up the 2012 version and it is VERY different than the 2011 version I wore and reviewed last Sept 2011.

    Not sure if you have a 2012 version or not but if you do then that would explain why your jacket's sleeve had articulation and mine did not. The 2012 is a much better jacket than the 2011. So much so I had to write an entirely new review for it.


    Almost Perfection! - 2011 jacket

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    The best soft shell I've owned since my time in the outdoors (from 1994 to now) was the MAMMUT Clime Jacket. I've owned two Clime jackets since 2005 and just wore out my second one this year and I've been shopping for a good replacement since Mammut doesn't make or sell the Clime Jacket anymore. The Ultimate Advanced, a cross between the flimsy Brisk Jacket and Ultimate Hoody, is Mammut's closest attempt at replacing the Clime Jacket since 2008. However this jacket is super expensive to buy retail if you can find one. I was lucky enough to snatch one up on sale.

    PROS: The Advance Jacket has a lot of hidden features - the inside storm flap, for one, folds away by itself when the jacket is unzipped. The pit zips are really easy to open and close with one hand. The Jacket is lighter than you would expect but not as light or packable as the Brisk or Clime. A high cinching collar with a low-hanging dual-cinching hemline and long sleeves for the size provides great protection-this was one of the few flaws of the Clime that the Advanced jacket fixes. Great placement of ventilation pockets so they don't get in the way of a climbing harness or backpack hip belt. The Advanced Jacket is also very warm for weight and can be likened to getting Patagonia R4 warmth in something like an R2 fleece. Cut and design is really great and economical there is not too much fabric to bunch up and bog you down.

    CONS: My biggest gripe (and where the jacket lost 2 big stars is that the sleeves are NOT articulated. So the arms and torso of the jacket rides up and bunches up the minute you raise your hands above your head. This makes the jacket utterly useless for any activity where climbing, paddling and using your arms are important. For that I had to return it. Also the front pockets are NOT really pockets but narrow ventilation slits. At best you can put keys and lip balm in them.

    Almost Perfection! - 2011 jacket