Mammut Laser Jacket
Excellent heavy-duty soft shell jacket. This one is…
Fabric: Schoeller WB-400
Price Paid: $250
Excellent heavy-duty soft shell jacket. This one is no shrinking violet. The fabric is burly. More weather resistant than other soft shells I have (or have tried). The WB-400 fabric is designed that way. It is a heavier weight of stretch nylon (on the outside) melded with a very light fleece (on the inside) with some sort of weather resistant laminate sandwiched between them. So, compared to my venerable Cloudveil Serendipity Jacket (Schoeller Dryskin Extreme): it offers a little more insulation, it is more windproof, it is more water resistant, but breathes a little less well (but still better than a 'hard' shell).
Construction quality seems excellent. Features are pretty basic. There are two good-sized pockets set high on the torso (above where a climbing harness or pack strap would be) and a nice helmet-friendly hood. Not much else. Just what you need and no extra bells or whistles. One other nice feature (in my opinion): the sleeves are cut long and they taper down to a narrow opening at the cuff. There's a thumb hole there. I find this works really well both when using the thumb hole and not - with gloves or not. Nice design!
The Mammut cut is 'athletic.' I bought a size larger than usual for me. Especially since I intend to use this almost entirely for cold-weather sports and want to be able to put layers underneath. I normally wear a size large. I ordered XL in this jacket. Even with the XL, with a heavy layer underneath, the fit is still a bit tight through the back of the shoulders. Good thing the fabric is stretchy. With less-thick layers, the XL is fine for me.
This is a wonderful jacket. The Schoeller WB-400 is…
Fabric: Schoeller WB-400
Price Paid: $160
This is a wonderful jacket. The Schoeller WB-400 is a smooth outer fabric lined with a fleece. There is a membrane in between that is water resistant (maybe waterproof) that breathes very well. The torso is longer in the back but below the waist in the front as well. The sleeves are very long with built in thumb loops. The hood has a sun visor built in with adjustable opening and side pulls.
I have not had a chance to wear it in the cold yet, but since it is WB-400, I am sure it will be just fine. I have another very poorly designed WB-400 jacket and I at least know the fabric itself is absolutely amazing. The newest version of this jacket has a new coating called Nano-Sphere technology which resist not only water, but almost anything else, i.e. oil, blood, chocolate, dirt of any kind. The zippers are water resistant as well.
This is the single best winter jacket/coat I have…
Price Paid: $329
This is the single best winter jacket/coat I have ever owned. The nanospere treatment to the jacket is awesome. I do not get out my scaper to clean my car windows off anymore, I stick my hand in the sleeve of the jacket and push all of the snow off my car and never get cold or wet.
I have been so amazed by this jacket that I had to test it out. Again I pulled the sleeve over my hand and stuck my arm out of the car window on the freeway going 75 mph during a light snow storm at 22 degrees outside temp and my arm never felt the cold after 5 minutes. This fabric and the nanospere coating are the future of all clothing wanting durability, dirt and water resistant warmth. Amen.
This jacket is a great idea, but for the price could…
Price Paid: $300
This jacket is a great idea, but for the price could use one more pocket and better quality! Vent pockets are great unless you actually carry stuff in your pockets. The sleeves are a bit too short for us knuckle draggers. The jacket is a good performer, but the construction is crap (read: China). Within the first week of wear, the stitching around a thumbhole and a hood drawstring had come completely undone. You'd think Mammut would put some effort into better construction.
Excellent soft shell, would not go into the hills…
Excellent soft shell, would not go into the hills without it. Best investment I have made in my climbing gear.
just great! good quality, a little high price but…
Price Paid: € 330
just great! good quality, a little high price but worth it.