Marmot Spire Jacket
Annie Ross, March 30, 2011
Since 1973 Marmot have evolved their line of products to become a prime manufacturer of apparel and equipment to the outdoor market. Their numerous technologies meet the demands of the specialist adventurer, maintaining a close bearing to the brand’s portfolio of sustainable fabrics. Looking for a winter shell, I got tucked into the Spire Jacket over the season.
First, the hood. With ample space the hood fits well over a helmet, while making a neat furnace without head protection. Whereas some hoods can feel too roomy without a helmet on, the Spire’s DriClime Chin buttons right up, creating a smaller opening at the front for greater heat retention. When not in use, the hood lies flat against your back therefore reducing the risk of catching it on something.
I found the zips to be particularly effective in snow and wind, especially as pockets could be closed with gloves on – a dexterous task that I usually surrender to before putting handwear on. Meanwhile the Gore-Tex Performance 3 keeps a solid front against the cold and an internal belt stops snow going up the jacket.
While the cut allows for some layers to be worn underneath there is limited pocket space on the jacket should you want to undress as the day goes on. Be sure to bring a backpack to store spare layers if you intend to go out with more than one baselayer.
Made specifically for the Women’s size, the Spire is best suited to Spring skiing although works as a companion on fair winter days.