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jad3939777 wrote a review of on March 22, 2012

5 5

For most conditions, this has been the outermost component in my layering system all winter, and it's a superb piece. I sweat fairly heavily, so it comes off for the uptrack, but goes right back on at the top and I dry out quickly while still staying warm.

For lift skiing, I wear it over a merino base and a thin fleece and stay comfortable in temps from 20-35ish without sweating on the down or freezing on the chair. I have a hardshell, but this season in northern Utah hasn't really called for anything but the ROM.

I'm 5'11" 150ish, long and skinny, and the small is a roomy athletic fit. The sleeves could be a touch longer for my orangutan arms, but the rest of the fit is so perfect I find it hard to complain. Range of motion really is unbeatable, even massive yardsales fail to cause bunching or pulling. Reasonable layers fit perfectly, and a light puffy goes underneath if I don't mind a bit of Michelin factor. The hood is excellent over a beanie or ball cap. It's too small for my helmet, but might be okay for someone without a big ol' head.

I haven't seriously tested the durability yet, but the face fabric has held up well to normal tree skiing abrasions and everyday wear with only barely visible fuzzing. The side stretch panels seem vulnerable, but I've been lucky so far. Construction quality is bomber, there are a few seams which could have been more aesthetically sewn, but not enough to take of a star. Probably manufacturing variance.

tl;dr: excellent comfort range, nice athletic fit, typical Marmot quality. A good deal at twice the price. Buy 3 in case they stop making them.

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