/ NEW REVIEW: Marmot Alpinist Jacket and Pants
"Now the Alpinist system once again gives people the chance to have a one piece suit should they wish it or 'just' a top-of-the-range salopette and jacket combination on other days..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=3282
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As mentioned in the review, american alpinists have the ability to hold it in for weeks so over there it's a non-issue
I shall need a set of Alpinist gear then! I have the Exum jacket and have very few criticisms. They are 1) The hood does not project forwards enough leaving the sides of my face exposed to cross-winds and precipitation (but it's a lot better than most). 2) Although the pockets are good for ventilation, anything in them will get wet from perspiration. Personally I'd prefer sealed pockets, not laser drilled holes. If I want to vent, I'll use the pit zips/main zip, not the pockets.
Good review Toby.
That's an interesting point and something I haven't found yet but I can totally see how it happens. How did you discover that Jamie? It sounds like the type thing you would only find out from hard experience - such as pulling out a map that wasn't in a case from your pocket and thinking "Ach! minging! I've got a sweat soaked map!" :-)
I've never even tried on an Exum but am pretty impressed with hood on the Alpinist. It does feel pretty old school to me with side protection rather than one of those ones that seems to be designed for using with ski googles.
I will say though, that I've never used my pockets for venting - the idea just seems a bit odd, plus if you do have anything in the pockets, you'll have to stop and move them before venting. Surely when the pocket zips are open, the pockets don't open up to allow breathing? - They'll be flat against the chest, and won't allow for air-flow. Right?
The other slightly odd thing with the Exum jacket is the giant MARMOT logo on the inside of the jacket - why? It would have looked quite good on the outside, but surely a bit pointless where it is. Millet did the same on their K jacket a few years ago - a massive logo and picture laminated to the inner fabric, and I assume totally un-breathable. Crazy!
Not sure if the Alpinist has anything like this (I hope not).
It sounds like the Alpinist is a pretty bombproof jacket like the Glenmore jacket was - really tough and hard-wearing fabric with a great hood. Nearly got one myself, but bought the Exum as lighter and smaller pack-size alternative.
Admittedly, I'm going off pictures of the Alpinist coupled with my own experiences with the Exum.
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