Mammut Stratus Vest
OVERVIEW: Another great classic from Mammut! The Stratus…
Fabric: DWR Ripstop Nylon
Fill: 60 g/m MTI Performance
Price Paid: $55
OVERVIEW: Another great classic from Mammut! The Stratus Vest is versatile, packable and warm and one of those gear that grow on you over time as you realize how necessary it is.
Great for when it's not too cold for a full on parka, but fleece or softshells aren't enough after the sunsets. I've carried and used this piece 12 months out of the year and its so light you wont know its in your pack until you need it.
COMPARISONS: This is a one of a kind item and its closest competitor (in the US) is Patagonia's ultra delicate and cute Puffball Vest and North Face's burly Optimus Vest. I've tried out the Puffball Vest and found the Stratus to be more durable and much better fitting (The protective collar of the Stratus zips all the way up to your nose and the hemline can be extended low enough to cover and protect your delicates-The puffball lacked those features).
SIZING NOTE: Mammut's European cut clothing usually tend to fit smallish so I ordered a large and immediately found I needed a medium (which is my normal size).
When the weather heats up this MTI Stratus Vest compresses into the chest pocket and becomes the size of a large apple.
BUYERS NOTE: At a local shop I noticed Mammut updated this vest and the winter 06/07 models where a little thinner and lower quality (loose stitching, cheaper zippers, etc...) than the winter 05/06 model I own. I'm not sure the reason for the downgrade, but now MAMMUT no longer makes the vest so they are now sold online at various dealers for low prices. This is good but be sure to ask what year vest you are getting and remember my review is based on the 05/06 model Stratus Vest.
BOTTOM LINE: Definitely recommend this rare and hard to find item! If you see it on sale anywhere be sure to not pass it over.
Update: October 28, 2007
One great looking vest. Just bought this vest again (my second one) last week from an outlet online dealer. I wore it out on a Schooner transport (sailing) along the Long Island Sound this weekend during a really cold rainstorm (40F w/ strong winds and heavy downpour) and it kept me reasonably warm under my disapointingly thin Patagonia Supercell Jacket. I was very impressed since we were exposed to the elements for over 24 hrs. Apparently, MAMMUT redesigned the Stratus line for the 2007/2008 winter season (shown in the picture here) and updated this vest as well.
And it is designed to fit more athletic and slimmer cut. But the high collar still comes up to your nose and ears and the flexible hemline (covers your butt when not cinched up) is still protective as before. So its all good. The newer vest feels lighter as if there is less insulation inside but the warmth is the same as before. Also the DWR Nylon shell is very water repellant and resistant.
I also like that the new colors MAMMUT picked for the new line are finally modern. Gone are the bright blues, neon oranges/greens and now the Stratus Line comes in black, dark blues, reds, and grays.
My only complaints are the zipper on the chest pocket (which is also the stuff/stow-it pocket) is really big relative to their other zippers. I know it's nitpicking but it feels odd every time you reach for that zipper.
Another more serious concern is the cheap stitching that MAMMUT seems to implement on their products. This is the second item I own that the stitching seem to come loose on its own. After the first day out I noticed a few threads come loose on the hemline creating a little opening there. The damage could also be a result of the vest being put to very rough use the first time out. However, I went over the rest of the vest and saw everything else was well stitched.
Other than that minor mishap everything is perfect with the Stratus Vest for both function and style and I plan on picking up some more items from MAMMUT. I think the Extreme Logan GTX Proshell will work nice with this vest.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Mammut Stratus Vest is a Mammut men's vest with excellent insulation and versatility, making it one of our favorite men's puffy vests of the season. Fiberfill insulation is extremely lightweight with a fill weight of 60 g MTI, and performs even when wet. Tough nylon exterior holds up to your adventures. 2-way front zipper and an adjustable hem and collar. 2 zippered hand pockets and a chest pocket with zip for quick-access items. This men's puffy vest packs small and light, and can be stowed away in its own front pocket. This lightweight, insulated Mammut men's vest works as an underlayer or top layer, without the bulk of other men's puffy vests yet will all the warmth. Colors: Black-Graphite. Fill Weight: 60 g MTI. Material: 100 percent Nylon. Weight: 300 g
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
Lightweight and low profile, the Mammut Stratus Vest for men keeps your core warm during active pursuits. Incredible, as it packs down to the size of an orange, it's featherweight doesn't diminish it's 60g micro thermal insulating qualities. Adding versatility and extra protection in the cold, this vest nests nicely in layers with another insulating piece. With one-hand adjustable collar, 2-way front zip, adjustable hem, and two side pockets, the Stratus Vest is stowable in its own pocket and conveniently clips to your harness.
- Altrec Outdoors
Compressible. Low-profile synthetic-filled vest. Lightweight and ready to be stowed in your pack for when you need that extra layer of warmth. Suitable for classical alpinism, mixed and ice climbing, winter hiking, and snowshoeing.Ripstop Nylon with DWR coating for wind and water resistance100% polyester ajungilak MTI (Micro Thermal Insulation) fillMTI fill is compressible and insulates when wet2 zippered side pockets1 zippered chest pocket2-way front zipJacket can be stowed away in the front pocketAdjustable hemOne-hand adjustable collarDouble zipper. Avg. Weight: 300 gramsImport.
CLOSEOUTS . The Mammut Stratus vest adds a lightweight layer of wind protection and warmth without weighing you down. Lightweight, compressible and easy-to-pack Wind- and water-resistant ripstop nylon shell Lightweight, no-bulk MTI insulation Reverse YKK(R) front zip Left zipper pull Zip chest and hand pockets Extended rear hem with drawcord Length: 29” Weight: 11 oz. Fabric: Nylon Lining: Polyester Insulation: Polyester Care: Machine wash/dry By Mammut of Switzerland CLOSEOUTS . China. Size: S (35-36) M (37-39) L (40-41) XL (42-43)
- Sierra Trading Post