Marmot Big Mountain 2015 Review by A Better Ski
The Marmot Big Mountain Glove is one of our favorite all around gloves. Designed for big mountain skiers and mountaineers, the Marmot Big Mountain Glove is warm, rugged, and highly waterproof. This is a glove we could recommend to skiers of any type, and one that you’ll want to have around for seasons to come.
Warmth: The Marmot Big Mountain is a warm glove with a moderate amount of Primaloft synthetic insulation. My hands generally run fairly warm, and I don’t often need much more than a moderately insulated glove. If you’re like me, you’ll find the Marmot Big Mountain to be warm enough for almost any day on the mountain. Even in sub-zero temps, the Marmot Big Mountain would keep my hands warm, as long as I’m moving around enough to keep my body temps up. These would be perfect for backcountry skiers, or resort skiers that like to ski hard at all times. Those of you that have generally cold hands may want to look for the mitten version of the Big Mountain, or a more heavily insulated glove for really cold temps.
Waterproofing: The Marmot Big Mountain has a Gore-Tex insert, and MemBrain laminate. Together these form a superior barrier to wet weather. Here in Colorado (where it’s mostly dry), the Marmot Big Mountain would be overkill for most days on the mountain. Even in the PNW The Big Mountain could easily be my go-to glove even on the wettest days.
Breathability: The Marmot Big Mountain has a DriClime mesh lining that does a great job wicking moisture away from the skin. A Gore-Tex insert then allows that moisture to escape and keep your hands from feeling clammy or wet. I wouldn’t say that the Big Mountain is the most breathable glove out there, but for a “beefy” glove, it does a pretty good job at keeping your hands dry from the inside. Even on hard trips to hike-to terrain, I wouldn’t hesitate bringing the Big Mountain Glove.
Fit: The fit is pretty true to size, and is easy to slide on and off without being too loose. It is a beefy glove, which sometimes feel a bit snug, but the Marmot Big Mountain is roomy enough on the inside.
Durability: The Marmot Big Mountain just feels like a rugged and durable glove. We haven’t been able to test these long term, but I have no doubt that these gloves will hold up to some serious abuse. The glove is made with a durable nylon shell, and reinforced with durable leather. High use areas of the glove seem to have double stitched seams to further enhance durability in those areas.
Other Features: The Marmot Big Mountain has a falcon grip and decent dexterity. Being a beefy glove it does feel a bit “clumsy” at times, but are still capable of zipping up your jacket, or buckling your boots. The gauntlet style cuff fits well over a jacket, and the cuff webbing tightens well around the wrist. A drawcord at the end of the wrist also helps to keep cold and snow out, and is easy to use with one hand. The wrist leashes work well enough, and keep the gloves where I want them.
This is definitely a glove that we can recommend for serious skiers in all kinds of climates and terrain. The Marmot Big Mountain is a rugged glove that will hold up really well to abuse over time, and does a fantastic job keeping the elements out.
Size Worn: L (Hand Circumference: 8.5 Inches, Hand Length: 7.5 Inches)
What I look for in a glove: My hands run really warm, so I like a glove that isn’t too hot! I really love gloves that have removable liners so I can use them together on really cold days, or use just the shell, or just the liner. I also really like to have dexterity when skiing. I don’t necessarily need a glove that allows me to use my phone, or other small electronics, but I definitely want to be able to buckle my boots, zip my jacket, etc…
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