The Marmot Excellerator Jacket is a freestyle like jacket that would be great for the casual resort skier. It doesn’t have the high end technical fabrics or features, but it has a comfortable fit and an extra along waist. This is great for chairlift rides, of the occasional roll in the snow. It’s great for those who want the freestyle look, but don’t need the technical features of high end jackets.
Breathability: The Marmot Excellerator has a 2 layer MemBrain breathable and waterproof membrane. This membrane offers average breathability, and might not be the best for high energy activities like hiking to your favorite line.
Waterproofing: The Marmot Excellerator offers average waterproofing for moderately snowy days on the mountain. Again, this wouldn’t be great for really wet conditions, but on days with a light snow or rain, the Marmot Excellerator will keep you pretty dry and protected.
Fit: The Marmot Excellerator is true to size, and has a slightly longer waist and sleeves. It sometimes hard to find a jacket that fits the torso well and still fits long enough in the waist, so we love that Marmot offered this in a slightly longer size. The fit throughout is relatively flattering. Our tester found the medium to fit best, but probably could have gotten the small to work as well. If you’re in between sizes and plan on doing any layering it’s best to size up. The medium offers plenty of room for our tester to layer, and it doesn’t feel too baggy or loose.
Warmth and Comfort: The Marmot Excellerator is moderately warm. Thermal R is a decently warm insulation without being too bulky. This probably wouldn’t be my go-to jacket if I was always cold, but for moderate temperatures it does a great job. Even with a light base layer and fleece, we could see this jacket being fine on really cold days. The fit is comfortable, and with Angel wing movement, we never felt restricted or unable to move. Angel Wing also helps to keep the jacket in place when we move.
Features: The Marmot Excellerator is fully taped, but doesn’t have waterproof zippers. It does have an adjustable hood, and removable powder skirt with jacket to pant interface. The Marmot Excellerator also has decent underarm venting, and a ton of great pockets. I would like to see a chest pocket or two, but this isn’t a huge deal for most people.
Overall the Marmot Excellerator is a solid resort jacket for moderately cold and snowy days. If you’re the causal resort rider that wants a comfortable and stylish jacket the Marmot Excellerator is a great option.
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.