Flagship jacket for the most unforgiving weather.

Howling snowstorms, wind-blasted summits, and extreme winter conditions have nothing on the bombproof construction, moisture-shedding ability, and breathable performance of the Marmot Men's Alpinist Jacket. This top-shelf shell represents Marmot's 40-plus years of design expertise in creating outerwear to excel in the planet's harshest environments.

It sports top-of-the-line three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for exceptional waterproofing and breathability, a lightweight feel, and bombproof durability. Counted on by professional mountain guides and hardcore backcountry enthusiasts, Gore-Tex Pro offers the most reliable protection available from the worst weather winter has to offer. It's backed up by fully taped seams to prevent any moisture from seeping in through the cracks.

But this jacket's much more than just its fabric. Its helmet-compatible hood has a laminated wire brim that shields your face from howling winds and driving snow while still allowing you to see clearly. The DriClime-lined chin guard pulls moisture away from your face when you're perspiring and breathing heavily, helping you feel more comfortable and less clammy. Underarm vents open up to release built-up heat and perspiration from intense skiing or climbing. Napoleon chest pockets stash your must-have items, and the waistbelt-friendly Pack Pockets offer easy-access to accessories when you're carrying a backcountry pack. In addition, the jacket's Angel-Wing Movement and athletic fit grant you full mobility for skiing, riding, and climbing.

  • Top-shelf performance for the most extreme winter conditions
  • Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer for ultimate breathable protection
  • Fully taped seams prevent seams from seeping through
  • Zip-Off powder skirt keeps snow out
  • Zippered underarm vents allow excess heat to escape
  • Gale-Force hood with laminated wire brim shields face
  • DriClime-lined chin guard offers comfort against your skin
  • Elastic drawcord hem seals out drafts
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Very good jacket

    The hood fits great over my helmets and is super warm. Very warm moment you put it on and so glad that I bought this jacket.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    MMM, no comments!

    Lightweight, durable, breathable ...

    Here's the review: https://youtu.be/pDX6Oj7HXxE

    Michael Bobarev



    Strange sizing

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: M and L

    Having read the reviews about fit, I ordered a M and a L. The M was so tight it grabbed me under the arms wearing just a T shirt. The L was way too big -- the sleeves covered my hands -- but it still was too tight under the arms wearing just a light insulation layer. The two chest pockets also are unsatisfactory in that they can't hold more than maybe a credit card or a pack of gum. Certainly not a phone.

    Great technical jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    First off--sizing. It runs true-to-size if you accept it's design. I'm a pretty fit, but aging, 'former' athlete. The large fits me perfectly with a fleece underneath, and over the top of (uninsulated) bibs. It's a trim fit, ideal for carrying a pack, or climbing, etc. I have a 34" waist, and a biker/skier butt. If I had a bigger waist, it'd be a no go. Yes, the sleeves are long, but are absolutely perfect for outstretched or over the head reaches. If you're a climber, it'll be a great fit. If not, you'll think the sleeves are a tad too long. The shoulders are cut for an athletic build, with a range of motion.

    It's an ideal technical shell. Wrist and chest zips are great concessions for skiing (phone & pass). The material is light, but feels like it'll hold up well. The snap button at the bottom of the main zipper is a great feature, particularly given the trim fit. I'm not sure about the reason for the integrated "powder skirt"--it doesn't seem to speak to the market, and given the trim fit, I'm not sure I see the point. That said, it's a zip out, so it's not worth complaining about. The main zip seems "sticky," but hopefully that speaks to it being tight and waterproof. It's a very effective, pretty minimalist, technical shell.

    The hood cut fits over a helmet, very nicely, without adding a bunch of excess flap & material.

    Great jacket! Don't buy it if you're sporting a belly--it won't fit! And if you upsize, the sleeve length will then be ludicrous.

    Unanswered Question

    I own an Arcteryx Beta LT and wondered how this jacket compares to that ? Like the Arcteryx but it does feel a little lightweight and flimsy for winter wear so was thinking about something a little more rugged and substantial.

    Long arms? This is the one.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I owned a Montane Polartec Neoshell stretch shell for 1.5 years prior to this purchase, and the taped seams started to delaminate. Warrantied it and got this instead.

    I have not used yet in significant weather, but had to write a review. I always have problems finding clothes and jackets that fit given my body type; 5'11" 147lbs, 38" chest, long legs long arms (I fit a 34/35 dress shirt), shorter torso in comparison with about a 29.5" waist. Anything I buy typically I have to size up to get the arm length even though I prefer a tapered fit. The prior Montane I had was almost long enough in the arms in a size small (that was the only size left, so I made do).

    Enter this jacket. I was certain a small would not fit given the "size up" comments in the reviews, and that my chest size was on the border. But, small was the only one at a deep discount, and I hate overpaying so I took a chance on the small. IT FITS PERFECTLY. Arm length is long enough that I can stretch out with it fully zipped and it goes more than halfway down my thumbs. Built so that arms don't pull with movement. Roomy enough for me to layer my midweight down plus something else, tapered enough that it is not baggy when worn as a stand alone rain shell. Literally, it is like this jacket was designed for my body type, so if you are similar don't hesitate, do it.

    I did buy the Montane Endurance Pro shell to try on with this jacket (small as well). While arm length was about the same, it was just a touch baggy in the wrong places (arms, chest) in a way that just didn't feel good or fitted. Also, the Montanes have a super high collar that literally covers the nose (both the Endurance pro and my prior Polartec neoshell), and I found that wearing goggles I could not zip it all the way up as it was automatic fogging if I did. The Marmot is roomy enough to layer without feeling baggy (hard to explain, both have room enough, but the Marmot is cut just right so it is roomy enough without feeling baggy in those areas - trying on both my wife noted this right away). The Marmot also has a high collar, but standing straight and relaxed it comes to the bottom of my upper lip, which for me is just perfect - can duck my nose in for extra coverage if needed, perfect coverage for no-fog when wearing goggles.

    Features are more than most technical shells, with inclusion of a waist gaiter (seems most alpine shells don't have them, but for the snowboarder that I am it is a plus). Two inside pockets (one is an open mesh for goggles), 4 outer pockets and an extra sleeve pocket to boot. I am in love with this shell. I don't think there is anything I could do to design it better.

    Thank you to Marmot for a job well done. Thank you backcountry for the excellent sales team, taking care of my warranty issue, and getting this out to me. You guys rock.

    Rad Jacket

      This is the perfect shell. Super lightweight while still retaining heat on those colder days. Definitely fits a little small, so maybe get a size up from what your normally wear.

      One of the Best

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium

      I use this jacket primarily for splitboarding and backpacking in Tahoe. Amazingly versatile. Weather proof and breaths very well. I bought the large first and returned for a medium. I like to layer thin pieces instead of larger bulky layers. I am a very athletic cut and the Medium works perfect even in sub freezing temps with layering. If I were to need heavier layering, Id possibly prefer a large but in all the situations Ive been in the Medium has fit great and has nice trim lines. Pocket design is perfect with lots of options and I love the high neck zip which can almost cover my whole face with goggles on if needed.

      Marmot really crushed it with the features on this jacket and it is the best shell I have ever owned in 25 years of gear geeking.

      One of the Best

      Hi Jared. We are the same size. I usually put a lightweight puffy coat for skiing downhill. Do you think it would work under the medium?


      Love pocket configuration

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small

      The pocket configuration is what sold me on this jacket. Two options for your cell phone in the chest area -- when I use an avalanche beacon I can have my phone on the other side which is ideal. Aside from that this is the standard high-end ski jacket, which is to say it has what you need.

      My New LT Relationship

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Size Bought: XL

      Was looking for my next long term ski jacket for all conditions as my 20 year old Patagonia shell was stolen/lost (I'm not sure exactly what happened to it). I shopped a lot online and narrowed it down to this one and another from ArcT. Ordered both and they were very similar except I liked the hand warmer pockets (the other didn't have them) and I also liked that you can hide your face in the top to get out of the wind-the other jacket, the top is right against your face tight when it's all zipped up. Hood is great and fits a helmet well. I've skied 5 days in it and have no complaints at all. I'm sure the Gore Tex Pro will do well in the snow, but I haven't skied it in anything heavy yet. Great value too.

      Great design...waterproof zippers?

        Really like this jacket, I use it for all sorts of activities in the rain but not rock climbing (hiking, running, biking).

        Great shell but...

        • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
        • Size Bought: Large

        Outstanding shell and I was really looking forward to wearing it. Unfortunately, it's a bit tight in the armpit area. I'm 6', 195, and ordered a size large. I have an Arcteryx Rush shell in large that just fits me better. I still really like Marmot product, though.

        Love this shell!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Latge

        I ordered a large. I'm 6' 173. Fits great with two or three base layers. Love the helmet hood. Skied some very cold and windy days this year on the east coast. The hood really helps to hold in the body heat. I had some reservations at first as I prefer the hood to be detachable (which it's not). However, I never noticed it unless I was using it. Highly recommend this coat. Marmot makes great products! BTW, the customer service at Backcountry is second to none. Keep up the great work guys!

        Great Hardshell, some major flaws

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: Runs small

        This jacket is dope. And I wanted to love it, however there were some issues that prevented me from keeping it. 70d face fabric and all the pockets were amazing. Really nice coat for the money. However.
        I got the XL and STILL.... the shoulders on this are made for a child. If you're a little guy this will work. I'm a 5'10 well built man but by no means a giant, and this shit still squeezed my shoulders.
        A medium in the Theta AR = Large in Marmot Alpinist. The alpinist is also an inch or so longer without being constrictive, which I love. I would consider this a more tailored fit especially after trying on Arc' beta and many other coats.

        Aside from the very poor shoulder fit, the cuff velcro is something you'd find at a dollar store. Everything on this coat is nice it's shocking they'd use such a cheaply done material here. It's such a sorry excuse for velcro I may have returned it just after noticing that.

        Unanswered Question

        My son and I are going to climb Aconcagua in January, 2016. Which hard shell jacket/hood would you recommend?
        Peter R.

        This is the Winter 2015/2016 Alpinist, right? I thought this year it was coming with a (removable) powder skirt?

        Hey Matthew,

        This is the 2016 Marmot Alpinist Jacket and it comes with a zip-off powder skirt.

        Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about the Marmot Jackets or if you are interested in setting up an order.


        Expert Gearhead