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The Marmot Alpinist Hybrid Insulated Jacket combines the fleecy, flexible awesomeness of a Polartec Power Stretch Pro with the cold-conquering goodness of Primaloft One. This packable jacket is great for windy morning tours when you need protection from the chill but you aren't willing to sacrifice mobility, or when you want to layer under a shell without feeling like a stuffed sausage.

  • Nylon ripstop with DWR is lightweight and sheds moisture to help keep the snow off
  • Polartec Power Stretch Pro in the sleeves, back, and hood is flexible, breathable, wicking for comfort in high-output activities
  • Smooth outer face of Power Stretch Pro resists wind and abrasion, and slides easily under layers
  • Soft, compressible PrimaLoft One insulates the front of your body to shield you from freezing air during quick descents
  • Super-stretchy, breathable fabric in the underarm panels give you extra mobility and a touch of ventilation
  • Angel-Wing movement lets you move freely without the jacket riding up
  • Packable design allows the entire jacket to zip into one of the hand pockets
  • Elastic-bound cuffs features thumbholes to help create a gap-free interface with your gloves
  • Zip sleeve pocket and generously-sized hand pockets stow essentials
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Like the Jacket!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

This jacket is pretty awesome for high output activity. Extremely breathable, which I like. You sacrifice wind resistance, but that is generally a good thing when you're doing something active. Great for active outings in the 20-30's F, would get cold standing around though. The hood, in my opinion is useless. I am big hood fan, but this one is basically sheer spandex material, which doesn't insulate or stop the wind or rain, so not sure it serves any purpose, just an extra ounce of weight. Lose the hood and put on a beanie. Agree with prior review about using in place of R1 when it's colder. Fit is tight in arms and trim in body. M works great for me, 32" waist, 38" chest.

Long Arms Okay!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Love its uniqueness. Great over a base layer. Looks cool; hood holds the heat under a helmet. I don't recommend wearing the hood under a helmet if you are doing high energy activity.

Long Arms Okay!

Fashionable and functional!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

Never thought I would start a gear review off like that, but who doesn't like compliments? At 6'9'' 230, the XXL Alpinist my best fitting jacket. The sleeves, are almost too long, which is also something I rarely say. My neck size is 17.5, which doesn't leave much room if i tuck the hood. My only complaint for this jacket as a layering option is the neck cut. I jump between sizes with Marmot products, this one I would throw in the smaller cut category.

Fashionable and functional!

Patagonia selfie!

Waiting for the horses to arrive with our gear for a 6 week traverse of the Northern Patagonian Ice Cap! I wore this piece every. single. day.

Patagonia selfie!

great layer!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

This is a great layer for numerous applications. I have used it skinning as my outerlayer and as a midlayer on resort. The hood add's some extra warth on cold days and keeps a tight seal around the neck and face on POW days. The PowerStrech Pro is a great freedom of movement material and the added length above the thumb holes is a nice feature. This allowed me to go without gloves for most of the way up. I do however run very hot in the hands.

upgrade from 3yr old variant

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

This is a definite upgrade from a 3yr old Marmot Variant. Same quality, same fit (tight in arms), same awesomeness. I am 5'10", 165 lbs and wear a medium but could definitely wear a large - if you are in between M and L I would go for the L.

Not for fall/winter Paragliding.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

I ended up returning the item because the seem around the elastic came undone around the rist. I flew my paraglider in Eastern WA this fall and it wasnt warm enough for me. The "ventilation" in the underarm was too much and the sleeves werent warm enough despite two layers underneath.

My favorite piece to wear!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

This is my new favorite go-to jacket when hitting the snow. I can wear this over my mid-weight smartwool and I'll be good for the entire trip (weather was approx 10-35 degrees F). If it gets any colder you can layer over it and keep stacking if it gets colder. My only gripe is though the hood is nice to have when your ears get cold, it's kinda useless and after wearing it for 10+ mins it seems to constrict my neck making it slightly uncomfortable. If you have a problem with it, just don't use the hood. The variant hood is more of a legit hood than the alpinist. What Seth said below is true, if you got big arms, it might feel a bit tight around the bicep area.

Is this jacket no longer produced? I'm looking for one of these for a December trip to Pico de Orizaba in Mexico but can't find anyone that carries it in size large. Is there a new model, or will BC get any new shipments in? Thanks! Looking forward to this as an alpine layer and in-between-seasons rock layer.

Unfortunately, it looks like we do not have any on order and Marmot's site has nothing on any new Alpinist Hybrids. For a similar product I would look at the Millet Hybrid Langtang Hooded Down Jacket. It uses down fill instead of synthetic though. For a synthetic alternative take a look at Millet Belay Hybrid Insulated Jacket. The links are below.

Does the hood tuck away nicely? When not...

Does the hood tuck away nicely? When not in use, does it hang around and just add bulk to the upper back of jacket? I love the fact of having the hood to wear under my helmet, but love the casual look this has without having the hood up. Thanks in advance

Evap, the hood lays fairly flat and isn't too bulky however a lot depends on the coat you wear over it on how invasive it will feel. If you wear a form-fitted coat it will feel bulkier. It looks really good when worn casual and hood down.

Good afternoon, what?s the difference...

Good afternoon, what�s the difference between this one Alpinist Hybrid and the Variant hooded Jacket by Marmot.

What�s the warmest?

thank you regards

Jorge Sousa

Best Answer

This Variant has Thermal R Eco as insulation in the body where as this jacket has PrimaLoft one, which is considered to be the industry leader for synthetic insulation. This jacket also has angel wing construction which should give you the ability to lift your arms without the body of the jacket riding up as much, and an extra zippered pocket on the arm. Both should be similar warmth wise as they are of similar weights, though the I think this jacket is probably just a tad bit warmer, and is of better quality then the variant.