The Marmot Catapult is a fantastic big mountain jacket for technical skiers. It offers solid protection from the elements, and a ton of technical features that skiers want. Use it as your resort jacket, or take it along when your skiing spines in Alaska. The Marmot Catapult is the best women’s jacket in Marmots line.
Breathability: The Marmot Catapult has a 3 layer Gore-Tex membrane that allows decent breathability. Gore-Tex isn’t known to be the most breathable fabric on the market, but it’s not bad either. The Marmot Catapult would be great as a resort or big mountain jacket, but may not be your best bet if all you plan on doing is hiking or skinning to your favorite lines.
Waterproofing: The Marmot Catapult is a pretty bomber jacket. A 3L Gore-Tex membrane does an awesome job of keeping water out. When you combine that with a Durable Water Repellent outer shell, water-resistant zippers, and fully sealed seems, the Marmot Catapult is going to keep you dry in some pretty wet conditions.
Fit: The Marmot Catapult has a regular fit that is pretty true to size. The regular fit is slightly larger in all aspects, but not too much that the jacket feels baggy. Our tester was happy with the medium, and felt it offered plenty of room for layering without feeling loose. The length is below the waist, which we love for a big mountain jacket. Sleeve length was decently long, and didn’t feel too short when the arms were extended. The small would have also fit okay, but was a bit tighter in the chest and shoulders. Since we would most likely layer under this jacket, the medium was a better option. The nice thing about the Marmot Catapult however, is that it’s made with a stretch fabric. So even with the tighter fit of the small, the jacket never felt restricting. If we wanted a more flattering fit, and never wanted to layer, the small would be a great option.
Warmth and Comfort: The Marmot Catapult is a shell without insulation, so not the warmest jacket out there. Being three layers does seem to make it slightly warmer than some of the other two layer jackets we’ve tested. The jacket does offer plenty of room for layering, and with a decent base and mid layer, we could see using the Marmot Catapult for almost any day on the mountain. The fit is pretty comfortable, and the extra length is nice. The stretch material also makes the jacket feel really comfortable, and sometimes makes us wonder why we’d ever buy a jacket that didn’t have stretch material.
Features: The Marmot Catapult has two features that were really stoked about. First is the zip-in gasket feature that allows certain Marmot jackets to be zipped into compatible Marmot pants. This essentially gives you the full protection of a snow suit, and you never have to worry about getting snow in your jacket or pants. The other feature that we love is the gusted neck. This allows the user to put the hood over their helmet without having to at least partially unzip the collar. How many times have you been in a blowing snow and had to unzip your jacket just to get your hood on. Well thanks to the neck gusset this is no more. The Marmot Catapult also comes with a great chest pocket (it sits a little low, but is quite large), two hand-warming pockets, removable powder skirt, helmet compatible hood, and pit zips.
The Marmot Catapult is the most technical women’s jacket in the line, and one of our favorite women’s jackets for 2015. It has a bomber construction that will keep you warm and dry no matter the conditions. It also has some cool features that you don’t find on very many jackets. The Marmot Catapult would make a fantastic big mountain jacket, or a great resort jacket for those skiers that like to ski hard.
Jacket Size – M
Normal Specs – 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body – 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body – 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam, 26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants. The jacket should stay in place! Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.