Fully waterproof, breathable, and sporting innovative Primaloft Silver insulation, the Marmot Headwall Jacket is an excellent option for snowsports or cold-weather backpacking. Equipped with a broad array of features, the Headwall Jacket is packed with performance.
Built for the active adventurer, the Marmot Headwall Jacket is an excellent, lightweight and stretchy option for those days on the slopes or in the high alpine. Let’s take a closer look at its features and its fit.
The materials we have in play on the jacket are a 20 D 100 percent nylon stretch nano pro membrane. So it is a fully waterproof and breathable outer fabric that is super lightweight. On the inside we do have a Primaloft silver insulation. So it is a nice, lightweight and compressible synthetic insulation. It is not going to restrict your movement. So this whole jacket stretches. It moves and it has got a relatively roomy fit so that you can move and move quickly when you are in the alpine.
Another nice feature about that insulation is that it is a synthetic, so if it gets wet it is going to retain its insulation and its thermal properties. So if you are sweating, if you are building up a lot of body heat, that insulation is still going to do its job even if it takes on a little moisture from the heat and the sweat generation from the inside. To ensure that you are getting full waterproof and breathable performance, this jacket is 100 percent seam taped. So you can rest assured that fully waterproof materials and fully waterproof seams. So it is definitely confident weather protection there.
Some of the features we have got on the jacket include water resistant zippers throughout, so we have got a fully length front zipper with a storm flap and that is a fully water resistant zipper. It comes all the way up to the collar here and that collar has got a nice kind of brushed lining, so it sits softly against the skin.
We do have a zippered chest pocket with a fleece lining so you have got nice water resistant pocket there with a nice little pocket with a fleece lining. So if you need to put a phone there or something that you don’t want to get scratched, it has got a really soft interior so it will protect your items.
We do have two zippered hand pockets as well. So those are pretty sizable pockets. Again, fleece lined so they have got really nice softness against the skin if you are not wearing gloves, so excellent weather protected pockets throughout the piece.
We do have a full hood on the jacket and it is a helmet compatible hood. So it is a little oversized. So you have got really good fit on the hood here. You can easily put it over a ski helmet or a climbing helmet if you choose to. You have got some shaping in the brim up here to give you a little bit of extra protection if the rain is coming down on you. And you do have some adjustment in the hood as well. So you have got two adjustment points for right here to cinch down kind of the face area of the hood and on the back you have kind of a peripheral adjustment. So if you pull that down, it will help draw the hood in if you are not wearing a helmet, so that you can see properly and get good peripheral vision, so excellent features on the hood of the Headwall Jacket.
Some of the other features we have in play on the jacket include Velcro cuff adjustments, so at the cuffs you have just a simple Velcro attachment there so you can really cinch that down if you need to put it over gloves or put it under gloves. You can easily cinch that down to give you some more protection around the wrists.
We also have a dual hem adjustment so the two adjustment points are at the front of the jacket, just beside the zipper. And you can actually reach in to the pockets to adjust them. There is a cord that runs up and through and you can give that a pull and it will cinch that them down. So if you are wearing a hip belt, if you are wearing a harness, you can certainly adjust that properly, you know, with that item or those items on.
We do have some pockets on the inside of the jacket as well. So I want to take a look at those. On the right side we have got kind of a hidden zippered pocket there. So if you have any items you need to keep a little more secure, closer to the body, maybe something you don't want getting cold, you can easily stow that in that internal pocket. On the left side we do have a mesh pocket. So it is a nice kind of shove it mesh pocket with a little closure there so you can put skins there, if you are skinning up the slopes, if you need an extra set of gloves of glove liners, you can easily stow those in the jacket as well.
Another bonus to the jacket is that we have got a double zipper. So if I zip up the main zip here, go back down to the bottom. We do have a zipper that can come up from the bottom. So if you are sitting or if you are belaying, you can zip that up and have easy access to your belay loop or, you know, the jacket won’t bunch up on you if you want to sit down. Also, it will provide a little extra ventilation if you find yourself getting really warm, whatever activity you may be doing, so an additional bonus with the zipper to the jacket, excellent versatility with the piece.
The fit is a standard fit. I have got plenty of room to layer underneath the piece. Again, it is meant for those active pursuits, those high energy outputs. So it is roomy. The insulation is not very bulky. I am wearing a medium here and I do normally wear a medium in Marmot apparel. We have got really movement throughout, really good space underneath for layers.
It is built with Marmot’s Angel Wing technology and that, in combination with that stretch nanopro membrane, creates really good movement throughout the piece, so you can move freely and easily, like I said, when you are on the slopes or when you are in the high alpine.
And there you have it. It is the Marmot Headwall Jacket, an excellent piece for those high activity colder days in the mountains.