Marmot Spire Jacket
Price Paid: less than EUR 300
I have used it in a few "normal" situations (sea level, tropical) as well as to climb 4000+ m peaks on the Alps and it always performed great. I was dressed in layers and I did not feel any wind at all on upper body, arms and head. I did not test it with super-heavy rain but I felt pretty dry on all occasions.
I am planning to use it now on the Andes and I expect great things.
Fabric: Gore tex
Ive been in some pretty windy conditions with it and the hood works fine. In heavy rain, it leaks thru near the hands, because of the lack of Gore-tex there. With wind driven rain it sorta gets in near the chin area, even if the hood is tightened, but that may be because it used to be big on me.
All the other features work fine, including the powder skirt. The inside can get a bit stained from sweat though... Not sure what that does to the waterproof performance of it.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Marmot's Spire jacket is an affordable offering in a three-layer GORE-TEX Performance Shell. With exclusive features like the laminated wire rim of our Gale Force hood, and laser drilled pocket backing for enhanced breathability, the Spire jacket is the perfect go-to shell for intense and fun trips.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
This Marmot shell is the perfect go-to shell for intense outings. Featuring waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex, a Gale Force hood, and PitZips, the Spire will keep you protected and comfortable, as you persevere to the summit.
- EMS refers to the men's version
Key Features of the� Marmot Spire Jacket for Men - 2013 ModelGORE-TEX Fabric100% Seam TapedERG Hood Adjustment SystemIntegrated Laser-Drilled Pocket BackingHelmet CompatiblePitZips - Underarm ZipperMarmot Spire Jacket for MenThe Marmot Spire Jacket for Men is a jacket that has it all. This jacket is made of cutting edge GORE-TEX fabric that is designed for maximum strength and warmth in the outdoors. The 100% taped seams add additional strength to the jacket and the fabric. This jacket features an ERG Hood adjustment system so you can wear the hood however you want it and is also helmet compatible. This jacket is extremely breathable and well ventilated. It features Integrated Laser-Drilled Pocket Backing that promotes breathability as well as Pitzips- which are underarm zippers that allow for extra ventilation. In addition the jacket has water-resistant zippers and pockets as well as an elastic draw cord hem for the perfect fit. If you have been looking for a top of the line jacket you should look no farther than the� Marmot Spire Jacket for Men for your next purchase.
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
When a gale blows in as you're pushing the final ascent, be glad you're wearing the Marmot Spire rain jacket. Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex(R) fabric keeps you dry to the top. Three-layer construction sandwiches a Gore-Tex membrane between the outer material and backing material, adding durability without weight or bulk. Fully adjustable gale-force hood has laminated wire brim and is helmet compatible. Marmot Spire rain jacket features a zip-off powder skirt. Pit zips vent excess heat. Angel-Wing Movement(TM) sleeves allow unrestricted range of motion. Integrated laser-drilled pocket backing for enhanced breathability. Pack-friendly pockets with water-resistant zippers; internal mesh storage pocket. DriClime(R) lined chin guard. Elastic drawcord hem.
- REI refers to the men's version