Price US $250

Marmot Dark Rider 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Marmot Dark Rider is a pretty decked out shell. It’s part of Marmots Freeride Collection and comes with some pretty cool features. The outside uses Marmot Guardian, which is a waterproof and breathable layer of nylon that helps beef up the jackets waterproofing ability. Underneath is Marmot MemBrain. MemBrain is another PU laminate that helps improve the water-proofing and durability of the jacket. Even though the Marmot Dark Rider is rated at 10,000mm, it offers pretty solid protection from the elements. This wouldn’t be my go to jacket in places that are always wet, but this would be a great bet if you live and ride in a place that has a bit drier snow. The Marmot Dark Rider is not insulated, but the fit is loose and offers plenty of space for layering underneath. Get too warm and you can unzip the pit vents for quick cooling. It has a detachable hood, lots of pockets, draw cord hem, and a powder skirt. The best feature of the Marmot Dark Rider though has to be the zippered neck gusset. This is a feature I haven’t seen anywhere else, but is pretty smart. The neck gusset basically allows to you to make more room in the neck area without having to open the jacket and expose yourself to the elements. This is great for when you need to get your hood over your helmet, or when you have a ton of base layers on underneath and all of the necks start to bunch up. Overall, the Marmot Dark Rider is a great shell that is full of cool features. This is definitely a great jacket for those who ride a lot and spend most of their days in drier conditions.

Jacket Size- S

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.

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Type

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Polyurethane

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

10K

Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Poor