User Review: Marmot Men's Alpinist Jacket
Price Paid: $280-430
I've had my Alpinist for about five years and it is definitely a top quality shell. It has proven to be very durable (except for the velcro on the very handy flash pocket). The lycra fit hood is a bit odd but functional. It has always kept me dry even after numerous consecutive days in the rain in the Cascades. I've worn it ice climbing, camping, mountaineering, and just around town. You can close yourself up in it pretty well for great wind protection.
The Alpinist is a bit heavy though. I think a lighter shell in warmer or wetter conditions, or when engaged in strenous activity, would probably perform a little better. But for cold weather or less strenuous activity the Alpinist is excellent. It even fits me well.