To the extreme and back.
A seriously tough, expedition-ready shell, the Mammut Women's Nordwand Pro HS Hooded Shell Jacket is for chicks who'd rather be duking it out with Mother Nature high in the alpine. They say the key to a good defense is a good offense, and the fully taped, three-layer, Gore-Tex Pro shell puts up a solid fight against the harshest of elements.
Mammut's High Reach and Vertical Motion technologies let you maneuver your way through the crux with unrestricted mobility, and the external chest pocket is backpack-compatible so it's easy to reach for a candy bar when you need a little energy boost. The hand pockets are compatible with your climbing harness, and the powder skirt can be easily removed if you're not travelling in super deep snow. Flip up the helmet-compatible hood when the winds pick up, or open up the underarm zips when you're working up a sweat and need to dump heat quickly.
- A technical shell for high alpine missions
- Three-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell repels harsh weather
- Vertical Motion and High Reach technology maximize mobility
- Helmet-compatible hood for extra protection
- Backpack-compatible external pockets for easy access
- Underarm vents dump heat quickly
- Removable powder skirt for deep snow
- Q & A
Best Jacket for Everything
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
What can I say, the things I love about this jacket are endless. Light, durable, flattering, waterproof, breaths well, is easy to pack and has all the bells and whistles you need without anything extra that weighs it down. I took this on a frigid overnight winter camp tour with high winds and it performed like a dream. Keeps you warm and blocks the wind when you need it but has great breathability to help you temperature regulate while you're moving. I would take it anywhere (and I do).
Is it even windy?
I used this jacket in the resort and it was super great! It is more recommended for touring but it did its job at Grand Targhee. There were up to 40 miles an hour wind gusts. I didn't feel an ounce of wind through that sucker! Woweeeee! I was super impressed! The jacket fit true to size. Pants were a little snug but nothing too constricting i would suggest sizing up. The mobility of this outfit is superb! The breathability is so fresh you will never want to step out of this outfit! There are large vents under the arms and vents on the outside of the legs. The hood is helmet compatible. The colors are rad and everyone will be jealous of your wind and waterproof ski suit.
Gore-Tex Norwand Pro
Gore-Tex Norwand Pro - For Ice and Snow
Solid as ice.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
I used the Goret-Tex Norwand Pro jacket and pants for both ice climbing and backcountry skiing. I haven’t used them mountaineering, but trust that they’d be excellent. I also used them on the resort. These are not specifically intended for use in the resort, but they definitely can be. You would just have to add a heavier base or mid-layer for really cold days, because the fabric isn’t as thick and heavy as most ski jackets.
Gore-Tex is always the nicest luxury to have in your technical pieces, but it was really crucial for this ice climb because there is one section that where you almost always have to dry tool through water. So, I would have been soaked, if I didn’t have Gore-Tex. Also, the breathability of Gore-Tex is essential, for both ice climbing and ski touring, since you build up a quite a sweat. Or, at least I do. It was an unusually warm day for ice climbing, so the protection from the wet ice and my sweat, was awesome.
The high and long hand pockets do make it easy to access items, while you have your harness on. The pit zips are easy to use as is the burley main zip. The collar goes way up! It totally shields your face. I’ve yet to use it, but it’s cool that it’s there.
The jacket shows no signs of use, even though I dragged it up rock and ice.
I’m typically a medium/size 4. Mammut has a slimmer cut than my US brands. The medium does fit with a thin down jacket or fleece, as a mid-layer, but that is it. IF you want a looser and longer fit, go up a size. I move comfortably in the medium, so sizing up would be more for style, than for functionality.
These work for skiing for much of the same reasons. They are breathable going uphill and very comfortable to move in. Also, it’s light and easily rolls up in your pack.