Avant Featherless Hoody
The lightweight Avant Featherless Hoody from Marmot is ready to keep you comfortable during your cold weather adventures. Its 3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation keeps you warm while trekking, backcountry skiing, or climbing through dry or wet conditions while its 20 denier woven baffle construction holds up to the rigors of backcountry adventure so you can confidently bring it along on any of your trips. Angel-Wing Movement allows you to reach and climb without the hem riding up and elastic bindings at the hood and bottom hem seal out the cold for extra warmth on frigid days. When the sun comes out or the adventure is over, the whole jacket packs into its inside zippered pocket for convenient transport to your next pursuit.
- Non-bulky, insulated hoodie for warmth during cold weather pursuits
- 20 denier woven baffle construction holds up to rigors of adventure
- 3M Thinsulate offers down-like warmth even in wet stormy conditions
- Angel-Wing Movement allows you to climb without the hem riding up
- Attached hood with elastic binding seals in body heat when worn
- Elastic drawcord hem seals out the elements on cold morning hikes
- Inside zip stuff sack pocket holds entire jacket for easy transport
- Item #MAR01JZ
- Q & A
Excellent non-down warmth
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 165lbs
I love this jacket. No critters suffer in the making, and it performs extremely well. My buddy and my girlfriend both bought one after seeing mine. It's quite warm, and it does much better against wind and light rain than I expected from a puffy. It's lightweight and durable. Compresses pretty well. Layers nicely (I put my Marmot Mobilis over it, or my hard shell, for great snowy/wet day protection). Has a zipper guard at the top for us bearded guys. Couldn't ask for better from Marmot, and I will definitely buy another one if mine ever gives out (or maybe even before!).
I think it's true to size, it pinches me in the armpits just slightly when I reach my arms forward, but not as much as most jackets do. I have a pretty broad chest and back for my smaller size, so this is almost always an issue for me.
How about a magic trick?
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 130lbs
Chances are if you show someone who hasn't seen the Avant before and ask them if it's down or synthetic, they'll have a hard time guessing. Marmot is continuing to blur the lines of synthetic vs down, and the Avant is the best yet! It's just as warm as a 700fill down jacket, and maintains nearly the same warmth to weight ratio. But...it keeps you warm when wet. The Avant is the obvious choice. The cut is on the athletic side with a more durable woven baffle throughout. Approved by ducks everywhere!
Is this a wind proof jacket? Looking at lightweight, warm options for skiing. Is this acceptable as a top layer or better as a layer under a shell? Thoughts?
This jacket isn't windproof but it is very warm. It has 3M Thinsulate which will keep you warm in wet-stormy conditions. The jacket is water-resistant, it can be a good top layer if you are backcountry skiing or you are not going to get it to wet that day, since it is only water-resistant, not waterproof. I would use this jacket as your mid layer under the shell most ski days. It is a great lightweight, featherless option jacket.