The Marmot Tamarack is a good entry level shell with moderate tech and all the features you need on the snow. This is a great jacket for those who ski in places that don’t see a lot of wet snow or rain, and still want a shell for on the slopes.
Marmot Tamarack Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Marmot Tamarack has a 2L MemBrain waterproof and breathable layer. This is Marmots entry level tech, and offers the industry standard for waterproofing. The Tamarack is going to be okay in a wet snow, but not the jacket you’re going to want if you see wet snow and rain on a consistent basis. Breathability is also on the lower end, but being a 2L shell, you will notice slightly more breathability than most insulated jackets.
Warmth: The Marmot Tamarack is a 2L shell without insulation, but does have the ability to zip in a compatible marmot mid layer. The shell alone would only be good for warmer days on the mountain, or for those days you’re planning on working really hard to earn your turns. If the weather is cold, zip in an insulated mid-layer for warmth. The best part of shells is that you have the versatility to have no insulation, or as much insulation as you want for the weather conditions.
Fit: The Marmot Tamarack has a regular fit that is pretty true to size. My personal preference is a tighter jacket (as long as I can still move freely) and I would probably opt for the small for my body size. The medium would also work pretty well, but gives you a more loose fit and more room underneath for puffy layers. I also tried on the large, and was actually surprised that it didn’t feel more loos than it did. Again, I would definitely go down to the small for my body type and preference for a tighter jacket. The Tamarack does have Marmot’s Angel Wing construction, giving the arms more articulation and more mobility.
Features: The Marmot Tamarack has all the features you find in higher end jackets, but only has a 10k MemBrain for waterproofing and breathability. Still, if you’re looking for a solid resort jacket with ski specific features, the Tamarack has a lot. This includes a removable articulating hood, adjustable powder skirt, waterproof zippers, and meshed pit zips. The pockets are well placed, and there are enough of them for your pass, phone, media, snacks, maps, or whatever else you want to bring with.
Bottom Line: The Marmot Tamarack is a hard-shell with entry level tech and all the features you need on the snow. This is the jacket for those who want a shell, but don’t need the technical fabrics found at the higher price points.