The Marmot Ama Dablam is a very warm down jacket that is good for the casual skier that needs a lot of warmth. This won’t be you’re go to for nasty storms or wet weather, but perfect for cold and dry days.
Marmot Ama Dablam Down Jacket Review
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Waterproofing and Breathability: The Marmot Ama Dablam has a DWR coating that is water-resistant, but not water-proof. Down jackets are great for cold and dry days, but won’t work well on a wet day. The Ama Dablam is also not very breathable. This isn’t a surprise since this is a warm down jacket and meant for cold days on the mountain, and not really designed for high output activities like boot packing.
Warmth: The Marmot Ama Dablam is one of the warmer jackets we’ve tested. It has 800 fill goose down in a pretty streamlined construction. The best part is that it’s warm without being too overly bulky. This won’t be a good jacket for blustery snow storms, but for cold and dry days, this is just about perfect.
Fit: The Marmot Ama Dablam is very comfortable and true to size. It feels pretty streamlined for such a heavy fill.
Features: The Ama Dablam is a pretty standard down jacket. It’s designed for warmth, but not great in wet weather. It does have a water-resistant DWR coating, but nothing more for water-proof tech. The Ama Dablam does have a countered helmet, but it’s not super compatible with a helmet. The two hand warming pockets are well placed, and we do like the pass pocket on the sleeve. It does have a rip-stop outer shell, but it’s not going to hold up as well to abuse as a technical shell will. This is designed more for casual skiers looking to stay warm, or for about town after a day of skiing. This would also work pretty well as a mid-layer.
Bottom Line: The Marmot Ama Dablam is a warm down jacket. Down jackets are great if you run cold all the time, but they don’t have much for waterproof tech, and won’t be great in a storm. This would be okay as a resort jacket, especially for casual skiers. However, it’s not the best stand-along piece for hardcore skiers that are going to put it through some abuse. If you still like to have down for warmth, this could work well under a technical shell. It would also make a great around town jacket for cold mid-winter days.