User Review: Marmot Men's Sharp Point Jacket
Fabric: Soft Shell (WindStopper)
Fill: N/A (fleece lining)
Price Paid: $250
This a great jacket (if you can afford it). Luckily, I had a big dividend from REI and got it for a great price.
I tried several other soft shells, particularly in the Marmot line and liked the Sharp Point best. Why? It's very light and has a very nice hand (soft feel). Because the fabric is softer, the hem cord cinches the bottom as it should. Other soft shells are too stiff and don't seal properly. And the covers the butt very nicely, keeping the cold off your low back.
Also, the Sharp Point has some elastic around the cuffs which helps seal this area. It's not snug, but better than other makers who've opted to make a fashion statement by allowing the cuffs to remain wide open. What's with that? A velcro strip would have been a great addition here.
It's amazing how warm this jacket is for its weight. And the pit-zips are a good addition since the fabric (Gore WindStopper) is not quite as breathable as some other types (Polartec) -- but it does breathe sufficiently for most activities. If you're intending this for highly aerobic activities (cycling, cross-country skiing, etc.), I'd recommend looking elsewhere, but for most activities (hiking, climbing, mountaineering), this is tops.
The Sharp Point will repel light precipitation, not a hard rain, so you need to pack at least a light rain shell. Marmot's PreCip line is perfect for the task.
The Sharp Point's fit is well suited for a diverse range of activities. Unlike some designs, the fit is not snug and will allow for layering. The jacket has a thin fleece layering inside making it feel soft to the skin. Being such, it also has a tendency to drag on some other fleece if you layer unless that layer has a smooth finish. I like Pearl Izumi's Adventure and Endurance tops. For really cold weather, I use Marmot's Evolution N2S top.
In a nutshell, the Sharp Point is an excellent choice by filling a wide range of conditions. It's one of the smartest choices for a great layering system. I hope Marmot continues this product. It deserves a permanent place in its product line along with the Alpinist shell and Driclime shirt.