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Earlier this winter, my younger (and much more fashionable) brother told me Marmot jackets were in. To be clear, that’s not something you should care about when buying a down coat. Warmth, fit, protection from the elements — those are the reasons to buy a puffy jacket. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to be unintentionally trendy.
If you’re looking to score some style points, and a rare discount on a superlative puffy coat, Backcountry just slashed the price of five different colorways of the Marmot Guides Down Hooded Jacket.
I personally own a version of this jacket, just without the hood. And man-oh-man do I wish I had the hood. You see, I’m not a big beanie guy, having a head of hair that gets permanently thrown out of whack after wool suffocation. Swap the Carhartt Watch Hat for the built-in hood (or both — both is good).
But the real reason to buy this Marmot layer is its Goldilocksian perfection. The 700-fill down insulation plus the Down Defender treatment (which protects against moisture) means it’ll keep you not too cold, not too hot, but just right. If you want a puffy jacket that works just as well over a T-shirt for running errands or cinched up with moisture-wicking base layers for a run down the Black Diamonds, this one’s for you.
Sure, winter is winding down, but maybe you’ll finally take that summer Swiss Alps trip.
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