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For any day in the snow-covered mountains.

The Marmot Women’s Spire Jacket features a simple, versatile design that gets the job done whether you’re mountaineering, alpine climbing, or backcountry skiing. Gore-Tex Performance fabric and fully taped seams hold off the worst that Mother Nature throws your way. Marmot cut this jacket a little large to leave room for your fleece mid-layer. Pitzips and pocket vents let the air in when you need to cool down a bit, and the helmet-compatible hood and removable powder skirt seals out the weather when things get serious.

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3 5

Small is not helmet compatible

Size small is really small and is not helmet compatible. Zipping it up with the hood over a helmet is really uncomfortably tight. Size medium fits fine over a helmet though.

Marmot Wm's Spire Jacket

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Liz Oakes Smart, Professional Mountain Guide and Marmot Athlete, reviews the Marmot Women's Spire Jacket

2 5

wore out quickly

I really loved this jacket for the first year and a half. It fit perfectly (I'm supershort and xs was proportioned just right). However, soon after that it began to leak. It's so bad now that I get soaked when it is raining or snowing hard. I'm trying to get gortex or marmot to replace (they garauntee waterproof-ness) but it is slow going...

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I was going to buy this one but I am glad I read your review. Its definitely not worth $400 if it leaks after 1,5 year. I had the same with my Scott shell and they wouldn't replace it. Good luck with it

4 5

too small/too big

I am short and small. 5,1' 115lb, ordered the SMALL jacket (because I need to put extra layers inside). The jacket has a nice flattering cut, however the arms were really long, so I had to send it back. The X-SMALL fit perfectly, but there is no room for extra layers (I tried with a couple of fleece, which is what I would normally use). The purple color btw is awesome!!! too bad the fit was not right for me.

4 5

Nice Jacket - Runs Small, Hood Issues

I bought this for my wife as her first true technical shell. Compared with other Marmot gear, she found the sizing smaller than usual. She absolutely loved all of the features including the awesome color (red plum/wine) except that the hood did not detach. We returned it and ended up getting a Marmot Pallisades in a very similar color (hood does detach.)

How long is this jacket? I'm 4'11, would...

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How long is this jacket? I'm 4'11, would an xsmall work?

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The jacket comes down to about mid-butt in the back. So it's a longer jacket (more coverage when playing in the snow). Since you're on the smaller side of the XS bracket of the sizing chart, it may be a little long on you. It's an awesome jacket, so I suggest giving it a try.

5 5

First hardshell

Great shell, really versatile. It keeps me dry on those super wet days skiing on the east coast, through anything the rain can throw at me during the year, and I'm not too hot thanks to the pit zips. Great to layer with or to wear on its own in warmer temperatures. The powder skirt is a little loose on my tiny waist (24" and I wear the small in this jacket) but the rest of the jacket fits perfect so I'm not overly concerned.

4 5

Looks great!!

I just received the Marmot Spire shell in Blue Grotto / Skyline Blue and I love the colours (I hope the light blue front won't get too dirty). I also bought the Marmot Power Stretch Half zip in Skyline Blue and it looks fantastic with the shell.
Regarding the sizing, I was at the lower end of the measurement range in all measurements for a medium but in the middle of the high/weight range for a small so I ordered the small. Lots of room for a couple of layers in the arms and bust but a bit tight in the hips (maybe this will motivate me to get my butt in gear and get to the low end of the weight range).
Would have liked a sleeve pocket for my kleenex stash and a loop or something for my ski pass but all in all, it looks great!!
As usual, Backcountry gave me great service - it should be a model for all businesses.

Let it Snow!!!

5 5

Great Shell

Excellent technical shell. I've had mine about a month, and it has been excellent for the resort and backcountry skiing I've used it for. Plus the color (celestial blue) is awesome- very bright, which makes me easy to spot. I've received many compliments already. The jacket has a great feminine fit, and fits well over a fleece or softshell. My only complaint is that the powder skirt is a bit high, and doesn't really stop powder from coming up... so I just took it out. The hood, however, is perfect- fits over my helmet, and the neck comes up high to block wind. A great deal, especially if you can find it on SAC.

5 5

nice jacket

took this jacket with me to patagonia and it was well worth shelling out the benjamins for it. it's not lined and is fine to wear on its own if the temperature is about 50 degrees -- but, as is the norm with hiking, you need to be wearing a couple of layers if you're going to be hiking and subject to the elements (snow, rain, blowing winds - like i was). it didn't keep me from feeling dry when i was outside in torrential rain, even though it is gore-tex...in terms of sizing - i got the medium and i found it a bit tight around the hips, so i unzipped the bottom using the second zipper. as for the chest area, it was a tad roomy. please note the weight - it's a bit heavier than other windbreakers and does not compress to a small size (i know that every ounce, every inch counts when you're backpacking.)i don't regret buying this jacket - i've received lots of compliments on it, and the pockets are invaluable when you're traveling and want to keep your credit card, passport, and ID on you at all times. i chose the lapis blue jacket which is absolutely gorgeous (it's a richer, deeper primary blue color than how it appeared on the computer monitor).mega props to backcountry.com's online customer service - they rock & the shipping is lightning fast. definitely will continue recommending fellow travelers to shop here. cheers!

i tried on the tamarack in an extra small...

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i tried on the tamarack in an extra small and it was just a bit too tight. Does this jacket run similar? I would plan on wearing something under it for extra warmth, don't want the jacket to be too bulky!

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Check the sizing chart, but I would guess that all Marmot jackets are sized the same.