Marmot 8000M Parka
Price Paid: $350
I am a stargazer so I sit virtually motionless for up to two hours or so at a time any time of year even in sub zero weather. Tonight it is about 20 degrees. I have on my new 8000 meter I am toasty warm except, what’s that? Around my wrists I feel cooold....I have the cuffs up to the base of my fingers but even through my gloves at the wrists I feel an inch or so of a cold band;;;;;; everywhere else toasty...
Update: October 21, 2010
This is a review based on a prior review.
Since my first review i have sent my parka to Marmot to have it checked out. These parkas are hand filled by very dilligent marmots who take extreme care in what they do, but once in a while one slips by, not up to snuff; mine had down missing around the wrists.
Marmot stood by their warranty, filled the wrists with down, and promptly sent my parka back to me. I since have sat out in sub zero temps and have not even felt a hint of cold.
If you want excellent products with excellent warranties go with Marmot.
Fill: 800 fill
I bought this jacket for a winter summit attempt on Mt. Washington (100mph winds, -50* wind chill)
This is a very, VERY! warm parka. It's like wearing a sleeping bag this thing is so warm! I love it, very well made.
To address the wrist thing (in my mind a non-issue) I would suggest putting on mittens or glove liners first, then the coat, adjusting the wrist cuffs, and then your shell layer.
One thing I would suggest in addition is while looking for parkas and other expensive equipment is to look at eBay. I bought this jacket almost new for $300 including ship, so it might be worth your while.
Happy and safe summits!
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Marmot's warmest baffled down protection makes the 8000M Parka the one to choose for guaranteed warmth in bitter weather on the worlds highest peaks. 8000 meter parka uses Marmot Membrain for maximum waterproof/breathable fabric to keep you dry and going. Fully articulated elbows allow for the user to have complete range of motion, also reinforced shoulders and elbows for those areas that get more contact.
The 8000M is Fully baffled, stuffed with 800 fill down and featured with just the right pockets, Marmot 8000 Meter Parka Features: Marmot MemBrain, waterproof/breathable fabric with Marmot's Enduro DWR water repellent finish. Reinforced shoulders and elbows Elastic draw cord waist and hem Gripper elastic powder skirt Baffled construction for maximum control of down Stuff and storage sack included Angel-Wing Movement(TM) allows full range of motion in arms Articulated elbows design Zip handwarmer pockets soft fabric to warm hands Adjustable Velcro(R)/elastic cuffs Attached hood with drawcord hood muff Down-filled draft tube eliminates cold leaks through the zipper
Explore the highest, coldest places on earth with the high-loft warmth of the Marmot Men's 8000M Parka. Created for places like the summit of Everest and the North Pole, this Marmot jacket packs 800-fill down inside a waterproof breathable MemBrain shell for the ultimate in cold weather protection. The 8000M Parka has reinforced shoulders to protect it from pack abrasion on your summit push, and hand-warming pockets bring the feeling back to your fingers after you snap your summit shot.
Free Shipping. Marmot Men's 8000M Parka DECENT FEATURES of the Marmot Men's 8000M Parka Marmot MemBrain Waterproof/Breathable Fabric 800 Fill Power Goose Down Reinforced Shoulders and Elbows Elastic Draw Cord Waist and Hem Gripper Elastic Powder Skirt Baffled Construction Stuff and Storage Sack Included Articulated Elbows Adjustable Velcro/ Elastic Cuffs Zippered Handwarmer Pockets Angel-Wing Movement Attached Hood with Drawcord Hood Muff Down-Filled Draft Tube The SPECS of the Marmot Men's 8000M Parka Weight: 3 lbs 1 oz / 1389.1 g Regular fit Center Back Length: 30in. Membrain 2L 100% Nylon Ripstop 3.3 oz/yd MemBrain 2L 100% Nylon 4.0 oz/yd