The Marmot Alpen Component jacket is almost identical to the Marmot Sugar Loaf, and offers you a ton of versatility for a variety of weather conditions. These 3 in 1 jackets can be used together as a “system” jacket, or individually as a shell or lightly insulated mid layer. This versatility is what makes 3 in 1’s so popular, and makes the Marmot Alpen worth checking out.
Breathability: When used together as a “system” jacket the Marmot Alpen is a moderately warm and heavy jacket. This isn’t ideal for backcountry ascents or hiking to your favorite stash. However, when used as just a shell, the Marmot Alpen offers okay breathability. It probably still wouldn’t be a great backcountry touring jacket, but for those of you that may occasionally work up a good sweat, the Marmot Alpen will help keep you from overheating.
Waterproofing: Marmot’s MemBrain 10 2L offers average waterproofing, but we’d like to see a bit more in a $300 jacket. Those who ski in really wet climates (PNW) will probably agree that a little extra waterproofing would be nice, but for the average resort rider in dryer climates (central Rockies) you’ll probably find it to be adequate for most days. The Marmot Alpen does have waterproof zippers, fully taped seems, and a good DWR making it a little better at keeping you dry from the outside.
Warmth: When used together, the Marmot Alpen shell and liner provide a decent amount of warmth. Our crew generally runs a bit on the warm side, but I wouldn’t hesitate to say that most people would find the jacket warm enough for temps below 20 degrees. I think some folks would struggle in below zero temps, but it offers a moderate amount of warmth that for the average day on the slopes would be just fine. As things warm up you’re able to remove the liner and use the shell alone. This is a nice feature, and means that you can use the jacket in the cold winter or warm spring.
Fit: The Marmot Alpen fits pretty true to size, but component jackets tend to feel a bit snug. One benefit of the Alpen jacket is that the liner is nylon with synthetic insulation on the inside. This keeps us from “sticking” to the liner, and makes it feel a bit more mobile than jackets with fleece liners. The fit is slightly boxy, and the waist is a bit larger than the shoulders. The length is good, but the liner is much shorter than the shell. Our tester is in-between a small and medium, but the small feels slightly more conforming and less boxy.
Features: The Marmot Alpen has a removable hood, removable powder skirt, and zippered pits zips. The jacket also has a decent amount of pockets, with waterproof zippers on the chest pocket. The pockets are decent size, but we’d like to see a bit more room in the chest and hands.
The Marmot Alpen is a versatile jacket that can be used on both moderately cold days, and warm days. We’d like to see a little extra waterproofing, but it would do a great job in dry to moderately wet conditions.
Jacket Size – S
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.