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When you reach basecamp or when you're waiting in line to get into a concert, whip out the Marmot Men’s Ama Dablam Down Jacket. The high-lofting, 800-fill goose down will keep you warm and toasty when you throw it on. The ultra-fine down is highly compressible, too, so when you're not using it, you can pack it into its own interior pocket for easy stowing. The down-proof polyester ripstop face fabric will work for mild conditions or you can use it as a toasty layer under a shell for more extreme conditions; a DWR coating means that the Ana Dablam can handle occasional damp weather. The elastic draw cord hem will help in that serious weather for quick and easy adjustments.

At basecamp, you can flip up the attached, adjustable down-filled hood for a little warmth as you cook. Then, store a number of cooking items in the many pockets, like the vertical front chest pocket or the zippered handwarmer pockets. And if you are getting serious in the camp kitchen, Marmot's Angel-Wing Movement allows for a full range of motion so the jacket doesn't ride up. When you serve up your tasty morsels, you can push down your sleeves and synch the hook and loop elastic cuffs down for added protection. When you get home from the woods, keep using the jacket in the city, because it has a fresh about-town look to it.

  • Polyester DWR Ripstop down proof face fabric
  • 800-fill power goose down
  • Regular fit
  • Attached, adjustable down-filled hood
  • Compressed into inside zip stuff sack pocket

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Runs small in the arms/shoulders.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Same experience with sizing as Steve W. Love the features, warmth and weight of the jacket but the arm pits bind. I'm 5'9" , 165lbs with a fairly narrow build, i.e. wouldn't expect to have this problem. The arm pits are tight at the back like there isn't enough fabric across the upper back of the jacket so the seams for the sleeves cut into my back/pits. There is plenty of room in the lower abdomen which makes me think Marmot is using a pear shape to size the jacket. Fortunately even with the binding, the jacket is wearable.


Great jacket but wrong sizing for me.

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Height: 5'6"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

This jacket has every feature I was looking for and is super warm and comfy, the fit was just a little off for me. I like my jackets to fit trim, not boxy and everything was perfect about the sizing except the armpits. I'm 5'6", 155 lbs, trim athletic build. This jacket was just snug enough in the pits to restrict my movement uncomfortably. Everything else was perfect. I tried the M on in a store and it was too baggy for my liking.

I like my clothes to fit the same way. I am 5'11 and fluctuate between 160-165 lbs. Size-wise I'm between small and medium so I hope the medium in this jacket won't feel baggy. Thanks for the review.



  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Let me begin by stating that my Marmot Ama Dablam has quite a bit of use and begs for more! When I say quite a bit of use it went with me on the Appalachian Trail (got one tiny hole that was fixed easily with some ripstop tape) and has been on countless other adventures, not limited to backpacking.

The jacket is extremely warm and comfy and works exquisitely as extra insulation at night when your bag isn't quite cutting it. The 800-fill-goose down is great quality, over the past 4 years I have lost very fill from this jacket and haven't noticed any sacrifice in warmth. The ripstop shell does a great job of blocking wind and elements; you can hardly feel wind through this jacket. One of my favorite aspects of this jacket is actually how versatile it can be; even though it is a great winter coat, it is comfortable in moderate temperatures as well and insulates extremely well.

Since I live on the east coast and frequently visit the backcountry in very humid areas, I am always a little hesitant to use down too often, but this jacket can handle fairly damp conditions because of its DWR coating. A nice feature about this jacket is the microfleece lined pockets which are extremely warm; not to mention the number and size of pockets that are on this jacket; inside chest pocket, exterior chest pocket, and two hand pockets..LOVE IT! Being a strict utilitarian these pockets are utilized to the max!

I am 6'1" and 180lbs. and the large is plenty large enough for me, it is true to size and doesn't feel awkward in anyway. Again, I cannot get over how well the jacket is built; it is definitely built to last and since it packs down pretty well it really makes for an awesome backcountry amenity. Rarely do I hit the trails without it.

If you are looking for a versatile, warm, comfy, and all around crunchy down jacket look no further! I swear by this bad boy and regularly recommend it to others on trail. I have always liked Marmot product quality and the Ama Dablam is no exception. I highly recommend and can say with confidence that when mine finally dies (if it ever will?!) I will gladly replace it with another one.


Very comfortable, packs small

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'4"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I tried on a lot of down jackets and did a lot of research before buying the Ama Dablam, and I've been very happy with my choice. The Angel Wing movement is the main reason I went with this. I don' t like jackets that are restrict my arms; this one has enough room around my shoulders. There's a little too much room around my waist, but it's not bad. It's not as light as a Quasar but is more affordable and more full-featured, with adjustable sleeves and hood, and the center back length is a little longer. It can function on its own or as a mid-layer with a shell on top. I use it under my Marmot Great Scott jacket in the mountains or by itself around town. It's so comfortable I've even slept in it. Keeps my shoulders and head warm in the winter without having to zip up my sleeping bag all the way or wear a tight beanie. It packs down to a size somewhere between a grapefruit and a canteloupe, so it's easy to throw in a pack any time of year to be prepared. Very nice jacket. I'm 6'4" and 190 lbs with narrow shoulders, so the sleeves fit perfectly without having to go to a Large Tall jacket.

Does the hood fit over a helmet?


This jacket has a helmet compatible hood.

Jared D.

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Good Midweight Down Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: small and medium

This is a great midweight down jacket, more beefy and warm than your ghost whisperer/marmot quasar types, but still very light weight and packable. I had one of these for about 3-4 years in a small and it was great. I recently saw a great deal for one on STP and decided to replace my old one since i figured the down was probably pretty warn out after heavy use, it had dead spots, and was mostly duct tape. I sized up one so that it wouldnt be as tight across my chest and so i could put more layers under it. The only thing I notices about the new one I got is that it does not have the double zipper my old one did. This was a feature i really liked about the old once since i used it as a belay jacket a good bit. The new one also doesn't seem to be as jam packed with down as the old beat up one, but maybe that's just how the new ones feel, or its more spread out since I went up to a medium. Overall a great jacket, you wont be disappointed.

Hey buddy, did you feel like medium was baggy in any area at all? I can't decide what size to get(small vs medium) and can't find it in stores nearby.

Nah seems to fit me well small or medium. Very comfy and relaxed nonrestrictive fit. Just depends on how many layers you want to wear underneath. It doesn't have the boxy shoulder/slim torsoe cut that some of the lighter weight down jackets have, which I find uncomfortable. I have a broad chest/back so the the medium allowed me to wear another midweight jacket underneath it without the ama dablam feeling tight across the chest.


Great Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Got this jacket on sale at Salida Mountain Sports last summer. I've had several months to give it some use, and I have to say, I love my Ama Dablam. This thing heats up quick. I've worn this down into the low teens with just a long sleeve shirt and stayed plenty warm while moving. I love the big fleece pockets, big hood, and high collar. With the exception of a breeze coming down your back (-1 star, it happens a lot), the jacket itself keeps the wind off you. Super comfy. Stylish. I haven't had any rips, even against some nasty branches, but have had a few ember holes I've taped up.

I am 6' and a lanky 165lb and I feel that a medium is just a little big on me, but that lets me layer.

Overall this is a great jacket for around camp in the shoulder months, or when you're high up in the cold. You look good, feel good, and love wearing it.

Great Jacket

Excellent Value

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

This item arrived promptly and is as described. The fit is true to size and the jacket is well made (as is all my Marmot clothing) . As well, it has an array of features not found on some more expensive jackets of the same type, I.E.: adjustable cuffs; hem drawstring; fully adjustable hood; Napoleon pocket; interior stuff pocket; all pockets are zippered w/ YKK zippers. I am 6' 160lbs, I bought a large to ensure room for layering, otherwise a medium would have provided a more trim fit but little room for layering. The jacket is quite warm and a good windstopper, I cannot comment on its water resistance as yet or fabric durability.


Very nice jacket.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 210 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

Great fit, good warmth and excellent packability. I bought it for photographing Snowy Owls near Ottawa, Canada, in February 2015. I coupled it with a down vest and mid-weight capilene to get me down to -36F wind chill. I wish it had a draft collar, but it otherwise filled the bill nicely.


Super warm and packable!

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

This jacket fills the chasm between lighter down sweaters and warmer, but way more expensive baffled parkas. I got it as both an everyday, around town jacket, and to throw on during stops while ski touring. It's kept me warm in -15F temps. It is not 100% windproof, but if you throw it on over a windproof soft/hardshell it doesn't matter.

I'm 6'1" 175lbs, and got Large. It's roomy enough to be an outer warmup layer, but also fits under a shell if you really need waterproof action.

My only gripes are the lack of large interior mesh pockets, and no draft collar (the wind can blow down your back if the hood is up), but since I mainly use is as a quick over layer for staying warm, not as an all-day piece, the weight savings and packability win out.

One more plus is that the handwarmer pockets are HUGE, so you can keep your gloves on to reach into them, and still accessible with a pack on.

I found this jacket on sale for <$200, but would definitely pay full price to replace it if I ever had to. It packs down to not much bigger than a Nalgene, so there's really no excuse for not taking it on any cold weather outing.

up on the mountain top

up on the mountain top

Awesome picture Tucker!!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!


Light and warm jacket. Good looking too.

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

I've only worn this daily for one week but I love it so far. It is light and very warm. There are so many things about this jacket that I love. The napoleon pocket, hand-warmer pockets, "angel-wing" movement.

For reference, I am a small guy. 5' 5" and 140 lbs. Size small fits me perfectly I think.


Great jacket

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

I'm 5'10" 190lbs and a medium fit snug, that's personally how I like things to fit I have a bit of a gut though so we'll just say that it's true to its size in my opinion. Great jacket, fits nicely under the Marmot Spire Gore-Tex jacket as well if you're looking for a water-proof shell. Sorry for the people who have had bad experiences with it but if you're buying a down jacket expecting it to be wind and waterproof you should do a little more asking around.

It was a toss up between this and the heavier down marmot jacket and I'm happy with my decision. This is as much down as you need unless you plan on climbing the North Face. I only gave it 4/5 stars because I have not owned this jacket for very long.


Way too much hype!

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

I had the guide down jacket last year, I had to take it back because the zipper broke. I decided to try the Ama Dablam jack because of 800 fill and the lower weight. What a mistake...

-it is light weight because there is hardly any fill.

-This is a glorified DOWN SWEATER NOT A JACKET.

-not as warm as other reviews would have you believe.

-wind cuts right through the jacket

- large to the fit

Buy the guide down jacket over this, more durable and much warmer. If I could return this jacket I would in a heart beat.

I'm an avid skier and mountaineer and I would never take this with me on a trip, can't even use it as a city jacket on a cold day.

Unanswered Question

Why the size chart here is one size smaller than the one on Marmot official site? I am confused.

What is the center back length of a medium?

this one gets DOWN

this one gets DOWN

This sweet baby is top notch! I have 4000+ miles and counting on mine, and it is sill my go to heavy layer for cold weather camping/backpacking or just sitting around the campfire. It's very soft and lofty and the stitching is solid. I highly recommend this baby, it gets down!

Caucasus, Elbrus

Caucasus, Elbrus

Awesome photo - how did the Ama Dablam go on Elbrus?
I'm trying to determine if it will be sufficient for Aconcagua, and then hopefully Denali and Elbrus

prompt that warmer Marmot Ama Dablam or...

prompt that warmer Marmot Ama Dablam or Marmot Mountain

I choose for the jacket for the mountains

Hey Andrey,

I don't have enough info to make a recommendation for you. Both are awesome, we would love to help you our if you call or chat in with our gearheads.

Best Answer


Overall I would say that Marmot Mountain Down is going to be the warmer between these two jackets, but it isn't really fair to judge either by a simple warmth comparison.

The Marmot Ama Dablam is a light constructed down jacket that packs in quality 800 fill down, and more of it than many other lightweight down jackets. It really fills that zone for Marmot between the super light Zeus and the heavier bulkier Mountain Down. The fabric is thin (approx 40 D) and this makes it an excellent layering piece for hardcore warmth on the go.

The Marmot Mountain Down in contrast is a longer body length and heavier denier fabric best suited as an outerlayer down parka. It employs 650 down fill, but at a higher fill weight than the Ama Dablam so this slightly lower grade down really goes the distance. The Mountain Down also employs Marmot's proprietary MemBrain 2-layer face fabric to make this parka highly resistant to the elements, as well as breathable to avoid a tempest of sweat in your baselayers (*gross image*).

The weight of the down in the Marmot Mountain Down, combined with its beefier face fabric, make it a slightly warmer jacket than the Ama Dablam, but I would be much more prone to wear the AD on a alpine climb than the MD, and more likely to wear the MD in the city or around camp. Two excellent jackets suited for slightly different purposes.

thank you

I'm going in the late summer of Lenin Peak and I can not decide with jacket


Best Jacket Ever

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

The jacket is warm, as warm as it gets. It keeps me toasty during cold nights in Yosemite. It is water resistant; I wore it in the rain and stayed warm.

Best of all, most of all. The coolest thing in the world is how it compresses into its own pocket and becomes a tiny little pouch that serves as a perfect pillow, cushion, or anything else you can think of. Impress all your friends when you show up with a sleevless shirt, then pull a tiny little ball out of your bag and outcomes the warmest, most comfortable jacket in the world. My girlfriend and I both have one