The Marmot Sugar Loaf Component jacket offers you a ton of versatility for a variety of weather conditions. As a component jacket it’s really three jackets in one, and can be worn in anything from cold to warm weather.
Breathability: The outer shell is made with a 2 layer Marmot MemBrain that on its own is breathable. However, when combined with the moderately insulated liner, the Marmot Sugar Loaf loses a bit of breathability. This jacket wouldn’t be my go to for backcountry ascents, but on warm days you can remove the insulated liner and not feel like your swimming on the inside of the jacket.
Waterproofing: The Marmot Sugar Loaf comes with a Marmot MemBrain 2L shell and polyester liner with DWR. When used together, the shell and liner do a decent job keeping you dry, but this jacket still wouldn’t be my first choice if I lived in a really wet climate. Marmots MemBrain offers industry standard waterproofing, but I’d much rather see a Gore-Tex liner instead. On the plus side, Marmot sealed all of the seams on the Sugar Loaf, and even put water resistant zippers on the hand pockets.
Warmth: One of the best features of component jackets is the ability to use them as three jackets in one. On the coldest days you can keep the shell and liner together for a moderately warm jacket. As things warm up a bit, you can remove the shell from the liner and use the liner as a stand-alone jacket. On the warmest days you can remove the liner and use just the shell. Although this system may not be perfect, it can be nice not to have three different jackets for different days on the mounting. The only downside to 3in1 jackets is that they often don’t perform great in any one condition, but rather do well enough on just about any day.
Fit: The Marmot Sugar Loaf fit pretty true to size, but component jackets can sometimes feel a bit snug and restricting. The trick is to find the size where the liner fits great, but so does the shell. Sometimes to find the right size shell you need to size down, but then the liner fits a bit more snug. Decide which way you’ll wear the jacket most, and how many layers you’ll need underneath. For our tester, the medium fit better than the small, but if she never planned on layering could probably do the small. One other thing to note is that the Marmot Sugar Loaf can feel slightly boxy, and the waist is a bit loose. Also not that the inside liner is much shorter than the shell.
Features: The Marmot Sugar Loaf has a removable hood, removable snow skirts, and plenty of well-placed pockets for all your snacks and gear. The biggest downside we find with component jackets is that the powder skirt cannot be used when the liner is in place.
The Marmot Sugar Loaf is a good jacket for resort skiers. We like the idea of 3 in 1’s and it’s great to have one jacket that you can use for almost any day on the mountain. The only things we’d like to see change on the Marmot Sugar Loaf is maybe a little better waterproofing, and a slightly better fit. Overall it’s a pretty solid jacket, and one that definitely caters to those on a budget, and can’t buy three different jackets.
Jacket Size – M
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.