Marmot Alpinist Climbing Jacket III
Fabric: Goretex 3-ply
Price Paid: $385
This was the best jacket I've owned. I also own NF, OR, and Moonstone. My Moonstone 3-ply gortex pants with full leg zips are the best pants (~2003 vintage) and still in great shape.
Anyway, back to the Marmot jacket. Climbing nearly every peak in WA with snow/glaciers on it (less Glacier Peak), camping with Scouts in everything from Philmont in New Mexico, to snow caves at Mt Rainier National Park, igloos (with imagination) at Blewett Pass, watching kids games in 200 days of rain (Yep, cascade foothills area), 17 days in Banff/Jasper Nat Parks, "work", everything. I used all the pockets and the best feature of all was the left hand sleeve zip pocket.
Well, after 13 years of wear I have worn it out and sent it for repair. Can't be repaired, but got a credit to a new coat. The only problem is none of the new coats are as good. Half the chest pockets are gone, no sleeve pockets, etc. My old coat was basically very comfortable and very tough to everything from rocks to blackberry bushes. Bummer it can't be repaired, and I almost feel asking for my old coat back and re-taping the seams with Duct Tape and keep it going. Great coat, lots of use and memories. New coats don't hold a candle to the it.
Area I live in - East of Bellevue, WA
Purchased from the Marmot store in Bellevue, and awesome store with great stuff and real life experience staff, and a "used" section with some great deals on certain items.
Fabric: 3-ply Gore-Tex
Price Paid: $250 and $175 on sale
I love my Marmot gear, but until a few weeks ago I never had the chance to put it to the test. Now everyone talks about how their Gore-Tex shells keep them dry in the rain, snow, sleet...whatever. Well, this example is the bombproof quality of marmot gear.
I was ice climbing along the cliffs nearby on a nice sheet (so i thought) that my partner and I happened to come across. Well, the weather hasn't been extremely cold prior to this climb, and it was freezing rain out as we got to the base of it. So as I started up the climb I put my hood up over my helmet because cold rain was running down my neck.
Anyways, about 25 feet up and two ice screws later I could hear the thud of hollow ice. Well, I decided to place my picks gingerly until I could get back to some well bonded ice. I started to put in another ice screw when CRASH...the section I was on gave way and I fell behind the ice sheet into a freezing waterfall.
Luckily I somehow wound up upright with both my axes still in my hands. From where I was at I couldn't get back on the ice, so my belayer had to lower me down to where I could get my crampons in the ice. This entire time freezing water is pouring down on me. Well, 10 minutes later I'm out of that death trap and down climbing as fast as I can without busting through the ice again.
After I got on the ground and the adrenaline rush started wearing off, I realized that I wasn't wet at all. Not a single drop, except for what poured down my face when i fell in. Now that is trustworthy gear. From now on, I will always wear Marmot stuff when mothernature is looking to put me six feet under.
ps. I originally did my ice climbing with a TNF mountain light getup, but it started leaking at the seams. It seems like quantity over quality with their stuff now.
Fabric: 3 Ply Gore-tex
Price Paid: $399
I looked long and hard over the last month and a half for a top-of-the-line 3 Ply Gore-tex shell. I looked at every jacket imaginable, including the Mountain Hardwear Ethereal FTX, the Moonstone Sauvage, The North Face Kitchatna, and countless others (including many other products from the above-referenced manufacturers).
After an agonizing process I finally decided on the Alpinist CJ III because of the detail, the outstanding quality and workmanship, and the thoughtful features. The new Junction N300 fabric is simply superb. Lightweight, but extremely durable. This jacket has every feature one could want, and at a relatively good price. The jacket matches or excels anything offered by the competition. You can't go wrong with this jacket.
Fabric: 3-Ply GoreTex
Price Paid: $399
Well, I just read four reviews on this jacket with each one raving about it. I hate to be the odd man out BUT I've never been so disappointed in my life. I spent months searching for a jacket and finally decided on the ACJIII. My advice is to test the jacket before you take it into the mountains. Mine leaked. A lot! Water ran down my chest and also entered down by the waist drawcord, dousing my groin area. I sent it back and recieved a replacement which also leaked in the same areas. Be careful with this jacket!
Fabric: 3-ply gore-tex
Price Paid: $399
This is about as good as it gets in the jacket business. Superb detail, excellent fabric, and one of the toughest jackets on the market. There is no unecessary fabric on this beauty. I used it three weeks ago in the Canadian Rockies and have never been more comfortable in my life, even during a storm.
I would just like to take this oprutunity to thank the people at Marmot whose hard work, and uncompromising dedication to perfection has created such a superb jacket. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Price Paid: $395
For those people interested in getting a jacket that can handle those extreme days on the ski slopes, on or off piste, this is the jacket to get. Whether needing ventilation on a warm wet day or needing protection stuck on a lift in 0 F and 30 mph winds, my Alpinist Climbing Jacket III did the job providing the protection I needed, while holding up in mint condition and looking great to boot. This jacket is a must buy!
Fabric: 3L Gore-tex
Price Paid: $290 (new)
I LOVE this jacket. It has served as my house during many Canadian ice climbs during winter '98-'99, countless backcountry skiing hours, a few Rainier and Hood climbs and then some. It's tough and lightweight in my opinion and with the snow skirt it keeps the snow out and the warm air in. I have no regrets on this jacket especially for $290 new!
Fabric: 3 ply gore-tex
Price Paid: $399
Climbing jacket is an excellent purchase. It does the job, and is constructed with quality. While snowpacking recently, I fell chest-deep into icy water. With the drawcords tightened, I didn't get a bit wet. It's a wonderful jacket.
Fabric: 3-layer Gore-Tex; Sunshine M-187R, Junction N-300
Price Paid: $399 (Paid $299 on sale)
This is the absolute bombproof jacket! None of the other jackets from competitors come even close! It is bit expensive, but considering the quality, functionality and long-term use, it is a great value.
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