The Marmot Free Skier Jacket is a stylish, comfortable, and warm ski jacket that would be great for the casual resort skier. It’s a good looking jacket, but it doesn’t have the same technical features of a high end insulated or shell jacket. Still it would work great for those who don’t need a ton of wet weather protection, or don’t need anything super technical.
Breathability: The Marmot Free Skier has a MemBrain 10 2L breathable and waterproof layer. This is Marmots introductory waterproof and breathable material, and is on par with industry standard for ratings. At 10K breathability, the Marmot Free Skier won’t be the best for high activity skiers. The Marmot Free Skier is more suited to those who spend almost all of their time on the lift, and don’t do a lot of high exertion activities.
Waterproofing: The Marmot Free Skier is at the industry standard for waterproof rating. At 10k the MemBrain 10 2L layer will keep you dry in a moderate snowfall, but won’t be very good in anything that is really heavy and wet. Again this should be adequate for any casual resort skier that spends the majority of time skiing in fair weather.
Fit: The Marmot Free Skier is true to size, but does have a slightly more shaped fit. We did fond the shoulders to be slightly tight in the small, but our tester does have broad shoulders. The rest of the jacket seemed to fit fine. Since this is an insulated jacket, our tester would be okay with the small since she shouldn’t need to layer much. However, those who run a bit cold, or want a more relaxed fit may be better sizing up.
Warmth and Comfort: The Marmot Free Skier is moderately warm, and would be good for all but the coldest days on the mountain. For those of you that run cold, you’d probably need to still use a good base and mid layer, but our tester runs warm, and felt the jacket would be okay in most weather. The fit was a little tight in the shoulders, but overall was quite comfortable.
Features: The Marmot Free Skier has an insulated storm hood, zip off powder skirt, and water resistant zippers. The Marmot Free Skier also has a ton of great pockets, including two on the chest, two hand pockets, and 3 internal pockets. The jacket also has underarm venting.
Overall the Marmot Free Skier is a solid resort jacket for the casual skier. It offers decent warmth and protection for fair to moderately snowy conditions. It’s a good jacket for those who don’t need anything highly technical.
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.