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veg3486963 wrote a review of on July 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

The pros: many pockets, and even one on the forearm; Gore-Tex Pro fabric; light weight; helmet compatible hood; armpit vents; sized with enough room to wear over your layers, but not baggy.

The cons: My main disappointment is that the front zipper is not a two way design. This jacket could make one a bit clumsy if used for a technical climb requiring a harness. The new version from Marmot may now incorporate the two way zipper, but this is the discontinued model lacking that feature. I find this surprising for a product at the MSRP of $549.95, but Marmot has always been a little behind with their technical shells compared to Outdoor Research, Mammut, Mountain Hardwear or any of the other major brands for that matter. Stick to Marmot for their sleeping bags, but they need to catch up on their apparel.

I also find the visual aesthetic of the Cerro Torre Jacket to be outdated compared to the other major brands; however, I didn't take off another star for this, because such a characteristic depends, at least consciously, on each individual.

I initially ordered a different jacket (a cool Outdoor Research model), but somehow it actually did not exist in their inventory after my credit card was charged. To compensate the Backcountry staff and I agreed on the Marmot Cerro Torre Jacket to replace the missing OR item. I needed a shell jacket for a glaciated route up Mt. Shasta, but I still had to cancel due the late delivery; however, I appreciate the professionalism and wonderful gesture of the Backcountry staff.

Special Thanks to you all.
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veg3486963 wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought them to possibly use for mountaineering as well, but it appears that they're best only as liners for cycling. They do not have silicone pads on the thumbs, which makes them slippery for gripping water bottles during the snow melting process. They are thin enough though to fit inside my Pearl Izumi Cyclone gloves, so I will combine them for really cold days on the bike. For multi-sport liners, such as in mountaineering, the Gore Bike Wear Universal Gloves work great due to the silicone pads on the thumbs as well as the other fingers.

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veg3486963 wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

5 5

I use these as liners for mountaineering, and they are the best so far. They are not the warmest, but they are thin enough to fit inside the inner liner mittens of my OR Alti-Mits. Because the Gore Bike Wear Universal Gloves also have silicone pads on all the fingers, I can grip my water bottles without worries of dropping while pouring in the melted snow when I snow camp. I can't recommend these pair if your hands get cold easily, but they work for me very well. They also dry quickly even in freezing temperatures, so if I get them a little wet from the snow melting process they don't turn into popsicles. I also bought a pair of Giordana's over and under liner gloves to compare, and I will use them for their intended purpose, which is cycling only, because those pair do not have silicone pads on the thumbs.

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