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The New Marmot Featherless Hoody

The New Marmot Featherless Hoody

Need a warm, non-feather, hooded jacket that is flexible for all kinds of activities? Look no further than the brand new Marmot Featherless Hoody. We were approached by Cairn, an awesome company, to test this product and create images for their quarterly Obsidian Box. This was absolutely the perfect item for us. Andrea is allergic to down, so all of our insulated items from jackets to sleeping bags have to be synthetic. The other upside is I, Kim, am a total baby when it comes to the cold, so the more coats I have, the better!

This jacket went on a few trips with us over a couple of months. We flew to Seattle and explored Mount Rainier, Bainbridge Island and North Cascades. We flew to Sacramento and road tripped in a van up to Crater Lake and Lassen National Park. And finally I took it on a weekend camping trip to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. 

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One of the biggest benefits to this jacket is, even though it is synthetic, it is very compressible. It stuffs into an interior pocket about the size of the sleeve. This made it easy to take it on all these trips, and toss it in my backpack for a hike or boat ride or quick evening jaunt out to a brewery.

The technical details:

  • Brand new 3M Thinsulate Featherless insulation
  • Attached hood
  • Elastic bound cuffs
  • Elastic drawcord hem
  • 100% Nylon
  • 13.4 oz

My favorite feature of this jacket is the packability. It has a similar construction to the down jackets I've seen, which don't tend to be available as a synthetic jacket. The length is also a big plus on this jacket, low enough to help insulate the bum, but not too low or tight to make it constrict movement. In line with that, the whole jacket is really very flexible. Great for outdoor activities where you are reaching, bending, twisting and moving. Marmot kept activity in mind while designing this jacket, and it shows.

After testing this jacket in variety of places and climates, I would definitely recommend it. It costs $200 from Marmot and comes in a few colors, as well as a male and female cut. It is really a great jacket!

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