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Marmot Alpinist Jacket - Men's


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    Flagship jacket for the most unforgiving weather.

    Howling snowstorms, wind-blasted summits, and extreme winter conditions have nothing on the bombproof construction, moisture-shedding ability, and breathable performance of the Marmot Men's Alpinist Jacket. This top-shelf shell represents Marmot's 40-plus years of design expertise in creating outerwear to excel in the planet's harshest environments.

    It sports top-of-the-line three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for exceptional waterproofing and breathability, a lightweight feel, and bombproof durability. Counted on by professional mountain guides and hardcore backcountry enthusiasts, Gore-Tex Pro offers the most reliable protection available from the worst weather winter has to offer. It's backed up by fully taped seams to prevent any moisture from seeping in through the cracks.

    But this jacket's much more than just its fabric. Its helmet-compatible hood has a laminated wire brim that shields your face from howling winds and driving snow while still allowing you to see clearly. The DriClime-lined chin guard pulls moisture away from your face when you're perspiring and breathing heavily, helping you feel more comfortable and less clammy. Underarm vents open up to release built-up heat and perspiration from intense skiing or climbing. Napoleon chest pockets stash your must-have items, and the waistbelt-friendly Pack Pockets offer easy-access to accessories when you're carrying a backcountry pack. In addition, the jacket's Angel-Wing Movement and athletic fit grant you full mobility for skiing, riding, and climbing.

    • Top-shelf performance for the most extreme winter conditions
    • Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer for ultimate breathable protection
    • Fully taped seams prevent seams from seeping through
    • Zip-Off powder skirt keeps snow out
    • Zippered underarm vents allow excess heat to escape
    • Gale-Force hood with laminated wire brim shields face
    • DriClime-lined chin guard offers comfort against your skin
    • Elastic drawcord hem seals out drafts
    • Item #MAR00LO

    Tech Specs

    Gore-Tex Pro (3-layer)
    fully sealed
    Center Back Length
    29.75 in
    2 chest with waterproof zippers, 2 pack-compatible hand with waterproof zips, 1 internal mesh, 1 internal zip, 1 zippered sleeve
    zippered underarm
    Powder Skirt
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 4.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine, skiing, backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Couple Nitpicks and Sent it Back

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 154lbs

    From the reviews and ratings, most people seem to love this jacket. For those in my position, I thought I'd leave some feedback. My intention for this jacket was primarily for resort skiing and occasional use hiking/camping in more severe weather in the Beartooth Mtns of Montana. I tried this jacket on with my ski helmet and was left with two impressions that led to the quick decision to return it.

    The first was limited peripheral vision/movement allowed by the hood (in comparison to my old top-of-the-line but 11-year-old OR Goretex "Pro Shell" jacket that might see yet another year of use with its excellent peripheral vision). The front pull adjustments for the hood were also useless. The tension in the toggles was so loose that any adjustments immediately loosened back up again. For a flagship jacket, I just don't understand that.

    The second impression was the cuffs. I know another recent reviewer loved the cuffs but for me they were unacceptable. There was insufficient velcro to tighten the cuffs close to my wrists and allow for my shell gloves to fit over the top in an unobtrusive, comfortable manner. This was such a surprise to me. I just returned from 12 days of hiking in Patagonia using the 2019 version of Marmot's Knife Edge Goretex w/ Paclite shell and it was awesome! The cuffs tighten perfectly and the overall fit of the jacket is also about perfect. I think the cuffs of this Alpinist jacket might be intended primarily for under-the-cuff gloves.

    The jacket seemed to fit pretty well otherwise and the chin zipped up to right about the perfect height for blocking wind during high-speed downhill descents. It also looks pretty sharp and it certainly seems the jacket is working well for a lot of others. I hope this helps one or two other people trying to narrow down their shell choices.

    Excellent tech shell

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I am thrilled with this tech shell. It had the features I was looking for to have one jacket take me from the ski resorts, the backcountry, to mountaineering, to alpine climbing. Outside of the obvious features one that I really like that is often overlooked is the cut of the cuff. Its at an angle to ensure coverage even when you are climbing. My only complaint is that the material is a bit stiff and the zippers require some force to use them....minor things but still something worth a call out.

    Great all around shell

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    It will take a while before I trust it like my old TNF shell it is replacing but so far so good. It is really well put together, and the fabric inspires confidence that it will not rip easily. Other than good weather days, I have worn it on two rainy runs, one hour long in heavy rain, and it breathed surprisingly well, and kept me dry. I wore it on one semi-wet bike ride, and did the job there too. I wore it for two days of skiing, including one day with high winds, snow showers and 15 degree temperatures. It kept the elements out, and kept me warm enough while wearing just too thin layers underneath. The hood worked very well and stayed in place. The collar covers just the right amount of my face - enough to keep the chill out, but not too much to feel like I am suffocating or breathing moisture up into my goggles.

    I love the numerous pockets that let me keep everything organized and handy (and stay out of the way of the hip belt). It seems the trend these days is rather minimalist with few pockets. I guess it is partly to conserve a few ounces of weight, but I find that somewhat misguided given that I am bringing some 3,000 ounces of my body weight to begin with. The same minimalist trend has done away with flaps over zippers. As a result, my light Arcteryx shell leaks into pockets, but so far I have found no moisture in the Alpinist pockets.

    If I were to change anything, I would trim a tiny bit off the waist for even a more tailored look. With my build and the large size I got because of my height and sleeve length, I would still have enough room for layers. The velcro on the sleeves could be longer too which would give it a more secure feeling though I have not had problems with them coming undone.

    The jacket is stylish for wearing around town too. I am looking forward to taking it on my mountain adventures.

    Great Build - Runs thins and tall

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    The build/construction on the jacket look great. Unfortunately, the sizing will not work for me. I am 5'10 and 170 pounds for a layering shell I normally wear a large. This has worked well for me over the years with Northface, Arc'teryx and Marmot. The sleeves are longer than other jackets, but the velcro closure does not snug as tight as other jackets- That would not be a deal killer for me - give the great quality and features of this shell. For me this would fit fine with a base layer and thin vest. However, it was too tight around the chest and arms to accommodate a winter weight fleece. For point of comparison, I wear 42" suit jackets and need them taken in at the waist. My guess is that this would fit very comfortably, for someone 6' tall and under 175 pounds or 5'10" and under 155 lbs.

    Zipper a pain to start, odd fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I've had this jacket for about 2 months. Used it in light snow, light rain, but nothing to put it to any real test. My big complaint is with the main zipper and being able to get it started. I'd hate to be in bad weather while trying to get this on and zipped. Manufacturer defect?

    I'm not a big person and even that said it is a trimmer fit. I bought a men's medium and when time comes for a few layers under it I can see that it may be too snug. The sleeve for me are too long. I'd say if you're a taller slimmer person it would be a non-issue. Me 5'6" 150 lbs..

    I might be harsh with the 3 star rating as I do like the overall design and it is built well. Zipper is really bugging me and I'll be contacting Marmot next, if not Backcountry. I purchased the bright lime and if you like bight colors can't top this one..

    5 stars to Backcountry! I went in thinking this jacket was on sale but it was for a specific color and even then for a specific color. I was not happy but... At the check-out they did make an adjustment but not to the price I'd seen for the other size/color. Helped and that was appreciated. Where they really shined was a couple weeks later when an ad appeared in my browser showing the size and color I purchased at around $130 less. I called and they quickly issued me a credit. That's service!

    Zipper a pain to start, odd fit

    Strange sizing

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: M and L
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    Having read the reviews about fit, I ordered a M and a L. The M was so tight it grabbed me under the arms wearing just a T shirt. The L was way too big -- the sleeves covered my hands -- but it still was too tight under the arms wearing just a light insulation layer. The two chest pockets also are unsatisfactory in that they can't hold more than maybe a credit card or a pack of gum. Certainly not a phone.

    Great technical jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    First off--sizing. It runs true-to-size if you accept it's design. I'm a pretty fit, but aging, 'former' athlete. The large fits me perfectly with a fleece underneath, and over the top of (uninsulated) bibs. It's a trim fit, ideal for carrying a pack, or climbing, etc. I have a 34" waist, and a biker/skier butt. If I had a bigger waist, it'd be a no go. Yes, the sleeves are long, but are absolutely perfect for outstretched or over the head reaches. If you're a climber, it'll be a great fit. If not, you'll think the sleeves are a tad too long. The shoulders are cut for an athletic build, with a range of motion.

    It's an ideal technical shell. Wrist and chest zips are great concessions for skiing (phone & pass). The material is light, but feels like it'll hold up well. The snap button at the bottom of the main zipper is a great feature, particularly given the trim fit. I'm not sure about the reason for the integrated "powder skirt"--it doesn't seem to speak to the market, and given the trim fit, I'm not sure I see the point. That said, it's a zip out, so it's not worth complaining about. The main zip seems "sticky," but hopefully that speaks to it being tight and waterproof. It's a very effective, pretty minimalist, technical shell.

    The hood cut fits over a helmet, very nicely, without adding a bunch of excess flap & material.

    Great jacket! Don't buy it if you're sporting a belly--it won't fit! And if you upsize, the sleeve length will then be ludicrous.

    Long arms? This is the one.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I owned a Montane Polartec Neoshell stretch shell for 1.5 years prior to this purchase, and the taped seams started to delaminate. Warrantied it and got this instead.

    I have not used yet in significant weather, but had to write a review. I always have problems finding clothes and jackets that fit given my body type; 5'11" 147lbs, 38" chest, long legs long arms (I fit a 34/35 dress shirt), shorter torso in comparison with about a 29.5" waist. Anything I buy typically I have to size up to get the arm length even though I prefer a tapered fit. The prior Montane I had was almost long enough in the arms in a size small (that was the only size left, so I made do).

    Enter this jacket. I was certain a small would not fit given the "size up" comments in the reviews, and that my chest size was on the border. But, small was the only one at a deep discount, and I hate overpaying so I took a chance on the small. IT FITS PERFECTLY. Arm length is long enough that I can stretch out with it fully zipped and it goes more than halfway down my thumbs. Built so that arms don't pull with movement. Roomy enough for me to layer my midweight down plus something else, tapered enough that it is not baggy when worn as a stand alone rain shell. Literally, it is like this jacket was designed for my body type, so if you are similar don't hesitate, do it.

    I did buy the Montane Endurance Pro shell to try on with this jacket (small as well). While arm length was about the same, it was just a touch baggy in the wrong places (arms, chest) in a way that just didn't feel good or fitted. Also, the Montanes have a super high collar that literally covers the nose (both the Endurance pro and my prior Polartec neoshell), and I found that wearing goggles I could not zip it all the way up as it was automatic fogging if I did. The Marmot is roomy enough to layer without feeling baggy (hard to explain, both have room enough, but the Marmot is cut just right so it is roomy enough without feeling baggy in those areas - trying on both my wife noted this right away). The Marmot also has a high collar, but standing straight and relaxed it comes to the bottom of my upper lip, which for me is just perfect - can duck my nose in for extra coverage if needed, perfect coverage for no-fog when wearing goggles.

    Features are more than most technical shells, with inclusion of a waist gaiter (seems most alpine shells don't have them, but for the snowboarder that I am it is a plus). Two inside pockets (one is an open mesh for goggles), 4 outer pockets and an extra sleeve pocket to boot. I am in love with this shell. I don't think there is anything I could do to design it better.

    Thank you to Marmot for a job well done. Thank you backcountry for the excellent sales team, taking care of my warranty issue, and getting this out to me. You guys rock.

    One of the Best

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I use this jacket primarily for splitboarding and backpacking in Tahoe. Amazingly versatile. Weather proof and breaths very well. I bought the large first and returned for a medium. I like to layer thin pieces instead of larger bulky layers. I am a very athletic cut and the Medium works perfect even in sub freezing temps with layering. If I were to need heavier layering, Id possibly prefer a large but in all the situations Ive been in the Medium has fit great and has nice trim lines. Pocket design is perfect with lots of options and I love the high neck zip which can almost cover my whole face with goggles on if needed.

    Marmot really crushed it with the features on this jacket and it is the best shell I have ever owned in 25 years of gear geeking.

    One of the Best

    Love pocket configuration

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    The pocket configuration is what sold me on this jacket. Two options for your cell phone in the chest area -- when I use an avalanche beacon I can have my phone on the other side which is ideal. Aside from that this is the standard high-end ski jacket, which is to say it has what you need.

    My New LT Relationship

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 220lbs

    Was looking for my next long term ski jacket for all conditions as my 20 year old Patagonia shell was stolen/lost (I'm not sure exactly what happened to it). I shopped a lot online and narrowed it down to this one and another from ArcT. Ordered both and they were very similar except I liked the hand warmer pockets (the other didn't have them) and I also liked that you can hide your face in the top to get out of the wind-the other jacket, the top is right against your face tight when it's all zipped up. Hood is great and fits a helmet well. I've skied 5 days in it and have no complaints at all. I'm sure the Gore Tex Pro will do well in the snow, but I haven't skied it in anything heavy yet. Great value too.

    Great shell but...

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    Outstanding shell and I was really looking forward to wearing it. Unfortunately, it's a bit tight in the armpit area. I'm 6', 195, and ordered a size large. I have an Arcteryx Rush shell in large that just fits me better. I still really like Marmot product, though.

    Love this shell!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Latge
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 173lbs

    I ordered a large. I'm 6' 173. Fits great with two or three base layers. Love the helmet hood. Skied some very cold and windy days this year on the east coast. The hood really helps to hold in the body heat. I had some reservations at first as I prefer the hood to be detachable (which it's not). However, I never noticed it unless I was using it. Highly recommend this coat. Marmot makes great products! BTW, the customer service at Backcountry is second to none. Keep up the great work guys!

    Unanswered Question

    I own an Arcteryx Beta LT and wondered how this jacket compares to that ? Like the Arcteryx but it does feel a little lightweight and flimsy for winter wear so was thinking about something a little more rugged and substantial.

    Unanswered Question

    My son and I are going to climb Aconcagua in January, 2016. Which hard shell jacket/hood would you recommend?
    Peter R.

    This is the Winter 2015/2016 Alpinist, right? I thought this year it was coming with a (removable) powder skirt?

    Hey Matthew,

    This is the 2016 Marmot Alpinist Jacket and it comes with a zip-off powder skirt.

    Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about the Marmot Jackets or if you are interested in setting up an order.


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