Mammut Gipfelgrat Jacket

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Mammut Gipfelgrat jacket

Mammut Gipfelgrat jacket    Photo: Courtesy of Mammut

THE SELL: The soft shell reinvented. THE TEST: Tough, protective, and 100 percent waterproof, the Gipfelgrat inspired confidence in harsh alpine environments. The taped seams and stretchy, fleece-backed Polartec NeoShell fabric had just enough stretch to keep the fit close and prevent crinkling and flapping, but it also shed precipitation like a tin roof. The contoured hood’s stiff brim shielded testers’ faces, and the buckle-equipped Velcro cuffs are the best we’ve seen. Downsides? It’s not exactly light, and skiers will want more protection than the high-cut, climbing-centric design affords. THE VERDICT: For alpinists, a new-wave soft shell to replace that old workhorse hard shell. 1.8 lbs

Breathability: 4
Weatherproofness: 5

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