The Marmot Palisades is a great versatile shell that has bomb-proof construction. It is built to keep you dry in the worst weather with a 2 Layer Gore-Tex insert. In addition, the seams are fully taped and the zippers are water-resistant helping to keep more water out. Yes the Marmot Palisades is just a shell, but if you need more warmth the jacket can be used with compatible mid layers that can be zipped right into the shell giving you that extra layer of warmth for the cold days. Skiing in the warm spring weather? Or hiking up to new terrain? Just leave the mid layer at home. The Marmot Palisades jacket breathes well, and if your somebody who runs a bit warm you’ll appreciate the pit vents. The fit is regular, but with the angel-wing movement makes it feel a bit roomier than what it is. The waist is average length (just at the waist) and the hem can be cinched down for that extra protection. This jacket runs about $100 less than the Marmot Freerider, but is built with similar bomb-proof construction (the freerider has a few extra features). The Marmot Palisades is another great buy for more serious skiers, or those who spend a lot of time in wet conditions.
Jacket Size- S
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.