Mammut Clime Jacket
The Mammut Clime Jacket is a light weight jacket for active mountain athletes.
This lightweight, GORE-TEX wind management soft-shell has a DWR coating to protect you in windy and wet conditions.
An athletic design along with thumb loops and a hem drawcord allow an excellent fit for active outdoor sports.
The Clime Jacket can be worn on cooler days either as a next to skin layer, or in conjunction with a base layer to provide a great layering system for running, climbing or cycling
Pit zips help remove heat when working hard and if the weather improves, it is compressible enough to be stashed in any pack.
Length:Felt true to length
Fit:Feels too small
Pros:Breathable, Lightweight, Warm
Best Uses:Casual Wear, Cold Weather, Hiking and Camping
I bought this a week ago and spent the last two days biking in wet, chilly & windy weather. I previously owned a North Face Summit Series flight jacket (too flimsly for outdoors activity-strictly for urban wear) and a NF Summit Series Gore-WindStopper zip cardigan (heavy and not breathable at all). I used those for about 3 months last winter/spring and their quality and function were nothing compared to the Mammut Clime.
The first thing I noticed is that the Clime was light. In fact the brand and sales tags were heavier than the jacket. I like that.
The clime also comes replete with pits zips, two full-size pockets, a full 3-4 inch wind collar, dual zips, and extra material at elbows and shoulders for durabilty. It also covers my butt and hips if needed. Most lightweight softshells from other top brands are rarely this complete in functions.
And I've tried on a bunch of softshells while shopping around and this one was noticably lighter, had the best fitting cut for an athletic build, and all the classic alpine mountaineering functions found on serious expedition gear.
I also found the Clime to be very wind and weather proof as an active shell in the 30-70 F degrees range. I had no problems at all and if it gets colder it still is roomy to fit a fleece sweater underneath. It it rains or snows a hardshell can quickly go over and you will not overheat or feel too bulked up.
My only cons are the outer color and the outer fabric; I got the pumpkin color and it seems like the fabric in that color picks up dirt easily around the hem and cuffs. Get the black color if you can. Also Mammut's cuts are on the small size and their L fits like an American M. So be prepared to size up.
In general, Mammut's products have shown to have great quality and the most creative & original designs I've seen in a long time. I also own an ice climbing pack, a gore-tex expedition jacket and some climbing equipment by that brand and I've been more than happy.
A final note: This is NOT A WATERPROOF jacket! I don't know what that other reviewer was thinking.
Gore-WindStopper does not imply waterproof! And the jacket does not claim to be waterproof. In my experiences, it is a great water resistant jacket...but not waterproof.
I recommend this jacket and mammut products for consumers that want the quality of real outdoor-active equipment and not the commercial bulk/junk that North Face and other top brands have been spewing out lately.
I've been wearing the Clime for 5 years now and I've even replaced my original orange color with the black color and I'd sized back down to a medium and decided to not layer any bulk under it and it has been working for me. This season I retired the Clime and went out to replace it only to find that Mammut discontinued this jacket in 2009 and have only now sort of replace it with the Mammut Brisk Jacket. The Brisk Jacket is a great wind breaker but did not impress me at all in the bad weather protection, durability and fit department. As good as it is, I still found the Brisk to be a very poor replacement for the Clime. I've since bought and return the Alto jacket that didn't impress me at all. And I've finally replace the Clime with the super expensive Mammut Ultimate Advanced Jacket which comes close to filling the void the Clime has left. However, It also left me realizing that the Clime Jacket was a great practical piece of gear that will be missed. I sold my old beat up Clime Jacket on eBay to a Korean buyer who outbid 20 other folks, many international, to win it for just under $100 USD. That goes to show how important that jacket was.
Below is a picture of my final outdoor trip with the Clime Jacket (I took it on every trip from summer to winter I've done in the last 5 year period of my life and it served me well).
Said and done it is the PERFECT Softshell!