Marmot Val D'sere Down Jacket - Women's
MarmotVal D'sere Down Jacket - Women's

Don't let cold days get in your way.

Whether you're laying down turns on glaciated runs in the French alps or rallying groomers at your home mountain, the Marmot Women's Val D'sere Down Jacket will keep you warm, dry, and looking good. For warmth, Marmot stuffed the jacket with hydrophobic 700-weight down fill that it treated using Down Defender technology, so it won't lose its insulating properties if it happens to get wet. For storm days, the two-layer shell will help keep you dry, while a fixed powder skirt allows you to drop in on fresh lines without a shot of fresh pow flying up your shirt. The fixed hood is helmet compatible, so you can hunker down on windy lift rides, and hook and loop adjustable cuffs allow you lock in the heat once the temperatures bottom out. 

  • MemBrain two-layer shell
  • Plain weave polyester face fabric
  • 700-fill hydrophobic down insulation
  • Regular fit
  • Fixed powder skirt
  • Fixed hood
  • Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Perfect for Finland.... and beyond!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

My daughter did a semester abroad in Northern Finland last year and needed a "real" coat. We were shopping off season, in May-June, to get her geared up and it was REALLY hard to find a coat in her size that would work. THANK YOU BACKCOUNTRY!! After many trial and error jackets - purchasing and returning from a variety of stores - we used your gearhead specialists to look coat by coat at what was available in your stash, and finally landed on this one. Here are the details:
1. this is a great fit for a tallish narrow female body. The coat is tailored just enough to be super attractive, long enough to cover the booty and prevent wind gaps, loose enough to wear over sweaters, but still has a nice shape and outline.
2. This jacket is super light but WARM. Oulu is cold, breezy and damp. From the day she arrived in August to the day she left in December, temps started out in the 50's as the high and ended in the 30's... with maybe 3 days of sunshine. It rains (or snows) literally every day. In addition being on the water adds an extra layer of damp and a constant wind. Again - perfect jacket. The water resistant shell and hood with the long back tail made it all bearable, and she wore this quite literally every day.
I can't recommend this enough... but I preface that by saying I can't recommend the gear expert advice enough! We'd visited every outdoor store in Chicago and NC (grandparents home and our home) looking for advice. NO ONE took this as seriously and was as honest in their answers as BackCountry. And again, after many returned purchases, we ended up with something that served all her needs and will be a "friend" for years to come.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review, Sharon! So glad to hear that your daughter loved the jacket for her time abroad in Finland and that she stayed warm and dry while there!
Also stoked to hear how much you loved the personal Gearhead attention and assistance - i'm always happy to help with whatever you need, so definitely do not hesitate to continue reaching out and I would love to work with you some more!!
Your Gearhead,

Perfect Down Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

This jacket is beyond warm! Bought it as a Christmas gift for my sister who lives in Wisconsin, and she stays warm even when it's -7 degrees out! Agreed that the hood is a bit small, but other than that it's a perfect down jacket for the burliest of winters.

Hood is way too small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I wanted to love this jacket, but the hood is way too small to be of any use. This is coming from someone who has a very small head. Otherwise, the small fit me well, with enough room for layers underneath. The sleeves were even long enough (and I have long arms). But decided to return it since the tiny hood was a deal breaker.

Love it even with a few oddities!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

This coat is gorgeous in magenta. It does seem to soil easily though. The coat is extremely warm and I'm always cold. I've been searching for the perfect coat and even with the smaller size hood and odd placed zippers, I think this might be it! I can wear a short sleeve shirt and jeans and be plenty warm even in very cold mountain weather. I've even worn it with a tank and shorts and been very comfortable in 19 degree weather for 30 minutes. The coat makes me happy.

Can't stop wearing it.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I wasn't sure if I should get this coat - Knowing it was down I wasn't sure if it would be waterproof enough, and reading reviews online (not just on here but other sites too) the general consensus seemed to be "good, but not great". I also wasn't sure if it would be warm enough as I'm always cold and jackets other people consider warm, I don't. I had also read reviews that the sleeves were short, which is true if you have long arms. I am 5'2 and don't have long anything so it worked for me. I will say that it has the velcro straps on the end of the sleeves, so you can make them really tight to trap in warmth, and makes the sleeves feel a bit longer.

On to why I freaking love this jacket...

Number one, it's incredibly warm. I'm from the PNW so I'm not using this for Minnesota winters or anything, but it's by far the warmest piece of clothing I own. It was below freezing recently (like high 20s F) and snowing, and I used this jacket with just a T shirt underneath and was completely fine outside for like an hour. It's very cozy and the pockets especially are soft and warm inside. The pockets are front loading, but I found myself liking them because less stuff falls out. Another major factor I love is all the different pockets - almost all of them are zippable which is awesome for stuff you don't want to lose, like keys or money or a debit card or whatever. Really functional. Plus it has a down filled hood which is a biiiig plus. I like the length of this jacket, it goes to the point where it's touching the very tops of my thighs and that's the perfect length in my opinion. I'm not a huge fan of the really long coats/jackets but the short ones just don't provide the warmth this does. I wear it almost every day, it's my go to, it's a flattering fit and super warm without looking like michelin man.

Very minor cons: hood is kinda small when you're wearing a hat, could stand to be a little bigger/go out further to protect your face from the elements. Also know that if you're looking for waterproof - I would say, after testing this in rain for long periods of time, it's more of "very water resistant". Does fine, retains warmth well even in a good dose of rain. But torrential downpours for several hours? Get a waterproof shell to go over. I don't think it could necessarily stand up to extremes like that. One last very minor con if I'm gonna be picky - there's no underarm venting, so I've found myself sweating if I wear it in a place that's not cold enough for too long. Then again, that means its doing its job well of being a really warm jacket, so...

Yeah. Love this jacket. Got it in black and it goes great with everything. Already have recommended this to a few friends. Really glad I purchased it.

Odd fit

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: s

I've ordered 5 different Marmot jackets, all of which fit quite well aside from the typical Marmot narrow shoulders -- but this one takes the cake -- the fit is insane: there's weird extra room up under the arms and around the chest, like it's made for someone who wears a DDD bra. Maybe not even that would make it fit right. I don't understand what's up with this jacket. Also, the zippered pockets are awkwardly placed; not nice to put your hands in them, at all.

For real warmth

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Size Bought: Medium

I gave this as gift to my sister who is constantly cold.

Correction, WAS constantly cold. Now with this jacket she's toasty warm.

As an employee who knows all the jackets we carry, this is one of my top 5 best down jackets we sell and possibly the best bargain for the buck jacket overall!

It's not red, it's pink

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I received the "dark raspberry" jacket and found the colour to be significantly pinker than the red colour pictured. Other sites also had the same "red" picture. It is a dark pink and to me not nearly as sophisticated a colour. I have returned it.

I am an Australian size 10, (which I think is a U.S. 8); 138lbs; 172cm tall.

I already have a Sierra Designs Dridown Stretch Hooded Jacket from 2014 in size medium, and it is a great fit.

I bought the medium in this Val D'sere, and found it to be a good fit for lots if layering underneath, and even with no layering, it seemed to look like a good enough fit (not baggy). If they made a size between medium and small, I would ideally go for that - it would possibly be a more feminine fit but still have enough room for layering - I am small-chested and this jacket makes me look like I have no chest at all.

The sleeves were a good length - I thought they might be a bit short based on other reviews but they were fine. My arms aren't short but aren't ape arms either. (I must say that my Dad's new Haglofs Bivvy III jacket has arms for apes, they go right over his hands. My partner has ape arms and he loved the Bivvy's arm length.) Perhaps if I sized down, the arms may be shorter, but I think wouldn't be too bad.

The hood is nice, it doesn't hug my face and has a little visor sticking out, which really good goretex rain jackets have to stop rain getting in one's eyes. Not that I'd wear this as a rain jacket as such, of course it isn't made for that.

The jacket went well past my bum and it is almost a parka in length.

Possibly overkill for Sydney winters, though it would be great on the really cold days or at someone's house who doesn't have heating, when sitting around not moving. That's a big thing for me to say, as I get really cold really easily.

Overall an okay jacket.

It's not red, it's pink

Marmot Val D'sere

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XS

Perfect fit for my petite 5'1" friend!

on the fence

  • Fit: True to size

this coat has gotten great reviews for warmth and waterproof - but on fit - while the longer length and tailoring are great - ON the fence because:
I find the sleeves a bit short - and the cuffs don't have thumb/insets - so the cuffs are kind of open.
Not a removable hood
No Underarm venting
Not a 2 way zipper

Great jacket with oodles of features

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: S

Nice little jacket. Not in the insulated caliber of the Fjallraven Kyla, Marmot Geneva, or Canada Goose jackets, but it is quite warm at a great price.
Outer shell seems it would be quite water resistant compared to most down jackets that get soggy if a single snowflake hits them.
Non-removable adjustable hood is down filled. The hood could stand to be a big larger.
Cozy fleece lined pockets at hip, powder skirt, left inner stash pocket and inner zip pocket. Tons of features, can't think of anything they could have added.
Flattering fit, the arms and length could stand to be a bit longer if this is any issue for you. Sizing up to a M could potentially fix this.
Length at hem under arm hits mid-palm on me, (5'10" 33" inseam) Measures 19" long under arm to hem in a size Small.

Hey Mango! Welcome to the Backcountry Community!

Perfect Ski puffy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I reach for the Val D'Sere jacket on those super cold days when you still want to hit the slopes. It is incredibly warm and helps keep my core temperature up so the rest of my body doesn't freeze. Plus, Marmots new longer jacket length (this one is 28") means that my butt stays covered, and the diagonally cut pockets hit right at hip height and help add a flattering cut to the jacket. All in all, this jacket is a winner when it comes to staying warm and looking good on the hill!

Hi! I'm your height and weigh 125 lbs. I want to be able to wear a warm sweater underneath. I normally wear a S or size 6. Do you think I need to go with Medium with this jacket? Thank you!

LOVE this coat!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Hi quality, WARM, breathable, great amount of pockets in all the right places, longer length so your lower back doesn't get a rush of frigid air when you bend over. I've taken it up to altitude in Colorado in January snowshoeing and it far surpassed my hopes in both warmth and functionality. Far superior to my last coat, the Ghost Whisper by Mountain Hardware, which was a great deal more expensive, and didn't keep you any warmer than a shirt, and fell apart. This coat is incredible in every way. So glad I did my research. This coat is well worth my hard earned money, and then some. I purchased this in black and it is so stylish that it transitions to an awesome out on the town, night or day coat. I just wish I could have purchased it through Backcountry. com, but they didn't have my size, and said they wouldn't get it until possibly the following winter.

Is this jacket waterproof ? If so what are it's waterproof and breath ability ratings

The Val D'sere features: Marmot Membrain™ lamination utilizes advance technology that balances the best in performance of breathability, waterproofness, and water repellency with excellent durability. With a minimum of 10, 000mm / 10,000mm

And a Breathability Rating: 10,000 gm / 24h minimum

Oh My Warmth!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

It's ON in Jackson Hole! It has been a brutal 0 degrees for several days and I can't leave the house without my Marmot Val D'sere Down. It's longer than the Mountain Down and the Sling Shot so your tushie stays toasty! It has great chevron-like seams that add a bit of style and the ORANGE pops beautifully against a white blanket of snow!

Stay warm this winter around town, on the slopes or out for a snowy stroll. (I wear this one one cold resort days and LOVE it).

SIZEING: I'm 5-7, 125lb's (small build, broad shoulders, skier booty) I bought a MEDIUM

Is this jacket water proof? And breathable? If so what are the ratings

See above!