Marmot Guides Down Sweater
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $159
This is an excellent jacket. The 2006 version had pitzips, but they discontinued that, so I no longer buy this jacket. The extra weight was worth it. If anyone has the version with the pitzips for sale I will buy it. Size Medium.
Good jacket. Wish they hadn't gotten rid of the pitzips on this around 2007.
Price Paid: $74
I am always looking for a good deal when buying new gear and here I found another one. I needed a fairly light but warm and simple jacket and that is what I found. At $74 on the Internet I thought I would give it a try.
Almost perfect for what I needed. No hood and not a true parka for any real cold weather use but great for 3-season hiking or around town to keep warm anytime. The only thing I would prefer would be 800 fill down but for this price I am very satisfied.
Two hand warmer pockets with zippers and an inside zippered chest pocket with its own built in stuff sack. Has a backing flap behind the main zipper and soft lining around the chin area, forget what Marmot likes to call this material.
Weight is 1 lb 6 oz, so it is not the least heavy out there, but once again for the money I am very pleased.
Fill: 650 down
Price Paid: $74
I didn't need another jacket but the $74 sale price was too good to pass up. I expected a skimpy jacket but...wow...was I surprise when this big, fat, puffy jacket came out of the box. It is as warm as any down jacket I have owned. But it stuffs smaller than any other.
It shed some down. No hood. Not waterproof. Just warm. And lite. And wonderful. I have a great North Face Mt. Erebus Parka hanging here, and a North Face Nuptse next to it. Great coats. But I believe the Marmot is the warmest. The down is very high quality. Why they call it a 'sweater', I don't know.
I should mention that the 'hand' i.e. the feel of the nylon is very soft and luxurious. It's not an all purpose garment for extreme weather, but if you need light and warm, this Marmot is the one.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Marmot's well-balanced Down Sweater is the ultimate down protection: perfect warmth, perfect weight, perfect features for a gamut of cold weather needs.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
A favorite amongst outdoor enthusiasts, the Marmot Guides Down Sweater is even more thermally efficient thanks to the addition of water-resistant down. This versatile and lightweight down jacket keeps you warm from belay duty to summit attempts. 700 Fill Power Down with Down Defender Zippered Handwarmer Pockets - Soft Fabric to Warm Hands Interior Zippered Pocket DriClime(R) Lined Collar and Chin Guard - Moisture Wicking Fabric for Comfort Around Your Neck and Face Wind Flap Behind Front Zipper - Protects Against Drafts Adjustable Velcro(R) Cuff - Adjustable Velcro Cuff Elastic Draw Cord Hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather Angel-Wing Movement(TM) - Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Striking the balance between perfect warmth and perfect weight, Marmot's Guides Down Sweater for men is perfect for a range of cold weather needs Built using high-quality 700 fill duck down insulation that drapes softly around your body DriClime lined collar and chin guard wicks away moisture from your skin to provide comfort around your neck and face while Angel-Wing Movement allows full range of motion in your arms so the sweater doesn't ride up The Marmot Guides Down Sweater will keep you toasty to the core
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
The sun sets over Glacier National Park before dinner starts, and the temperatures plunge. Slide on the Marmot Men's Guides Down Sweater and enjoy its lofty warmth as you enjoy your meal. Marmot treated this jacket's 700-fill down insulation with Down Defender to resist water in case a light drizzle or snowshower hits your site. And the durable polyester shell and lining have a water-resistant coating so you're doubly protected against wet weather. Meanwhile, Driclime lines the collar and chin guard to wick any moisture away from your neck and chin so you stay comfortable.Angel-Wing Movement gives the Guides Down Sweater unrestricted movement that won't ride up your waist. Hook-and-loop cuffs keep warmth in, and an elastic drawcord at the hem makes sure cold doesn't creep in. The handwarmers have soft fabric to keep your hands toasty and cozy while you gaze into the fire until it dies.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version