Shoot ‘em straight in the Mainline Jacket.

You’ve scouted your route, and now it’s time to drop in—with the Marmot Men’s Mainline Jacket, you can forget about snow and weather and focus on the steep turns below you. Thanks to its two-layer, waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, the Mainline scoffs at moisture in any form. The removable storm hood and powder skirt let you slim down the jacket for bluebird resort days, while tons of pockets store everything from your goggles to your ski pass.

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5 5

Go to Gore-Tex Shell

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

This jacket is the most trusted item in my inventory. The Gore-Tex, as I'm sure many people have attested to, is immaculate. 100% windproof and waterproof. This jacket (in addition to my lack of sense) keeps me out and about when most people turn in because it's "too cold". Perfect number of pockets, perfect powder skirt, the hood fits great, and the seals on the zippers are a nice plus. Be warned, however, that this jacket offers no insulation. Make sure that if you get this sucker, you layer up nicely underneath or else you will be one unhappy camper. If I had to pick a favorite feature, it would be the ski pass pocket on the left shoulder, which lets you breeze through the turnstiles without having to take off your gloves.

How's the insulation on this jacket? Would...

How's the insulation on this jacket? Would it be good for summer rainstorms or too hot?

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The waterproofing is great, but it would be too warm for summer. Perfect for fall. I am using it for a ski jacket, but only on warmer days.

I've been looking at the Arc'teryx Fury...

I've been looking at the Arc'teryx Fury SV and this jacket. What are some pros and cons on each jacket for skiing? Having a tough time choosing. Appreciate the insight!

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Aaron, regarding your question, I have been skiing in the Arc Fury SV for a good number of days this season. One item to note is you get 2 layer Gore performance shell in the Marmot Mainline, opposed to Gore Windstopper softshell in the Arc Fury SV. I am usually a hard shell person when it comes to ski jackets. However for a ski softshell the Fury SV is as good as it gets.; It is very light and stretchy. The welded in powder skirt is a nice feature and the pocketing story is very straight forward. I wear a medium from arcteryx (5'10" 135 lbs). I have a med Fury SV and it is a more generous cut since it is from their snow line. The only negative is the large Recco reflector on the sleeve. I hope this helps out.

3 5

Not bad, not great

3 stars, because for $350, it should do more for you. Quality is very average as a whole. Patagonia/Mountain Hardwear/Arctyrx/Helly Hansen - seem to have better offerings for the same price.

Gore-tex performance shell, soft and lightweight. Feels nice, and has great breathing and waterproof features. Jacket is pretty steezy, if it will fit you right.

My main gripe IS about the fit. I'm 6' 170lbs, have pretty broad shoulders. I ordered the large. Everything fits, except the sleeves are too short. They'd be fine if this was a casual jacket, but not for a technical shell for outdoor activities.

They won't fit over an under-the-cuff glove (which I prefer). The arm openings are small. On the Marmot site, it says something about how the cuffs are velcro and elastic. Well, there's no elastic at all, and the velcro feels cheap. Sad.

I was pretty excited about this one, but didn't keep it.

I've narrowed my jacket search down to the...

I've narrowed my jacket search down to the Marmot Mainline, Soulride, Back Bowl. I feel confident that any one of these jackets will meet my needs. My question is about the level of water and wind protection offered by these jackets. Is the Gore-Tex fabric considerably better than the M1 softshell material in terms of water proof/resistant qualities? Would I notice a difference in wet ski conditions between the materials/jackets? Also, is there a significant difference in the ability of the Back Bowl to block wind compared to the Soulride? Thanks for the help.

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The easy answer to your question is that the Mainline jacket with the Gore-Tex Performance shell is going to be waterproof, while the Soulride and Backbowl jackets will be water-resistant but not waterproof. The more relevant question is whether you would ever actually notice a difference - in cold weather that you are typically skiing/riding in I would guess that you won't - they should all be plenty waterproof enough to be comfortable in. The two softshell jackets will both be windproof, and they will also breathe better than the Mainline jacket - I've never really noticed this to be an issue for resort skiing, but if you are doing much hiking to earn your turns then breathability might be a bigger factor for you. As far as the windproofness of the Soulride vs. the Back Bowl, they are both made of Marmot's M1 material which is made with Gore Windstopper, so they will both be equally windproof.

4 5

Does the trick

Pros: The mainline is great shell with good pockets, will fit a ski helment in hood, and has a nice low powerskirt. Stiching on the jacket seems to hold up so far through the falls of the park, backcountry, and cornice/cliff jumps.

Cons: Since it only weights 750+grams you will need to layer. I live in Colorado, ski 40+ days a year, and expect that on the really cold days to need a fleece or something else warm underneath it. Also the zipper has caught a few times but other than that this rocks it.

Enjoy the snow and good work marmot!

4 5

Nice Hard Shell for Winter...If You Layer Up Under It.

Firstly, very stylish winter jacket.
Second, very thin Gore Tex Hard Shell
Third, Make sure you layer up in this thing if you want to stay warm. It has no insulation at all, which I think should be emphasized a bit more in the product details.

Write your question here... Is it a 2 way...

Write your question here... Is it a 2 way zipper?

no pit zips?

no pit zips?

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I don't have the jacket, but I did call Marmot and they're saying it has no pit zips. Wish I was wrong though, I can't seem to live without pit zips.

5 5

Maybe There is Such a Thing as Perfection

I was looking for a waterproof, breathable shell to be used primarily for extended Winter travel in Europe. My itinerary generally consists of a lot of walking/hiking in places like Edinburgh, the Scottish Highlands, Prague and Bavaria where there are loads of hills & unpredictable weather. I was looking for a jacket that could ward off water and provide warmth without excess heat buildup, yet still be light & easily packable. I also needed strong fabric on the shoulders to resist wear from a backpack and lots of pockets, including at least one Napoleon/chest type.

After looking online and in stores for several weeks, I had come to the conclusion that such a jacket simply did not exist. It seems as though everyone is designing the higher tech stuff for the serious mountain climber or skier. I don't care for the non-removable hoods that are cut extra large to accommodate helmets nor do I want chest-height hand pockets that require arm contortion to use. And, I really have no need for a jacket that hangs to my knees in the rear.

Upon receiving the Mainline from Back Country, I knew I'd found the perfect shell to meet my needs. It's got plenty of pockets and is easily used over a fleece and/or other layers to provide all the warmth you could need, even in really cold weather. It has a NORMAL hood that is removable, rather than the huge attached hoods seen on so many Gore-tex shells these days.

If you're looking for a durable coat that is suitable for the types of conditions you're most likely to encounter on a day-to-day basis, be sure to check out the Mainline.

Will this hood fit over a ski helmet?

Will this hood fit over a ski helmet?

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The hood is designed to fit best over your head without a helmet. If you fit the hood to a helmet it ends up a compromise when you are not wearing one and doesn't work very well. Way too much volume. It should pull over most ski helmets, but that's not what it is sized for.