User Review: Marmot Men's Alpinist Jacket
Fabric: 2ply/3ply GoreTex
Price Paid: $300 (on sale)
I bought the jacket two years ago on sale at an EMS store. It normally retails for substanially more, and I don't know that I would have bought it at full price--however, if you want a bombproof winter alpine shell, it's worth full price! I've used it for xc skiing, and mountaineering in the Rockies. It's been abused in scree fields, and subjected to long glissades on some pretty harsh snowfields. It stands up to abuse well, and the wrap around hood is great--just make sure you zip the hood on *before* the weather goes south!
The only downside to the shell is that it's a bit on the heavy side. While it's great for mountaineering, it is some pretty serious overkill for generic hiking or three-season backpacking.