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MAMMUT Alto Jacket 2011
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MAMMUT Alto Jacket 2011

MAMMUT Alto Jacket 2011

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: MAMMUT Alto Jacket 2011

Manufacturer: Mammut

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Page By: delmarco

Created/Edited: Sep 26, 2012 / Sep 26, 2012

Object ID: 8380

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Product Description


Mammut Alto Jacket

The Mens Mammut Alto Jacket is an ideal softshell solution for both cold days in the mountains and for everyday activities. Made of comfortable SOFtech stretch nylon, the Alto Jacket provides full weather protection while allowing you to stay mobile. With one-handed hem and collar adjustments as well as Velcro cuffs, this Mammut jacket is fully adjustable to keep the outside from getting in. Don't be afraid to tackle the outdoors with a pack on, as reinforcements at the shoulders and waist of the Alto Jacket protect it from strap abrasion. Pockets on the sides and arm of the Alto Jacket provide it with a bit of storage space, with all pockets zipping close to secure any item held within. Keep the winter at bay, wherever you are, with the Mens Mammut Alto Jacket.



Weight: 1 lb 7 oz / 660 g
Perfect For: Backcountry Skiing, Climbing
Clothing Fit: Regular Fit
Material: SOFtech Stretch 100% Nylon
Pockets: 2 side 1 arm







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delmarcoSOFtech Sucks! Not a good Jacket for outdoor use!

Voted 1/5

I picked up the Alto at an online sale after my Mammut Clime worn out over the years. When it arrived in my size medium the fit was a bit strange, the sleeves were long and baggy and the torso was slim and short. Also for some reason the armpits were tight and the jacket does not have articulated sleeves so the entire thing rides up when you lift your hands over your head.

The SOFtech fabric on the Alto is stiff and heavy relative to other Mammut jackets that use windstopper. The Alto does not have windstopper fabric and is NOT windproof and not very weatherproof as a result.

I found this jacket useless for anything beyond casual wear in and around the city. Even then it is not the most comfortable jacket. It feels clammy and hot if you are active and cold and thin when the wind picks up and temps dip below 40 degrees. I found it impossible to layer under because the armpits are tight the torso is narrow fitting and the jacket gets bunched up when you move your arms above your head.
The lack of pit zips, lack useful pockets (they are not hand warming and they are not great ventilation pockets)and use of heavy bulky fabric did not mix well for me.
I had to send it back because I could find absolutely NO use or situation for wearing the Alto Jacket.
Mammut has since replaced the Alto with the almost identical SOFtech Plano Jacket which I found out has the same awkward stiff fit and heavy fabric.

After trying out the Plano I realized most of my issue with the Alto was the use of SOFtech. It is not soft, light, or breathable. However, I have no doubt that SOFtech may indeed be a very durable weave but I just couldn't bear to wear these awkward fitting jackets long enough to find out.

That said, Mammut wants $179 for both the Alto and I believe $199 for the Plano which is a lot of money spent that could easily get you a better WINDPROOF jacket!

As you see in the pictures right below how tight the armpits and torso are while the sleeves are baggy and long making the entire jacket POORLY tailored and NOT fit for outdoor pursuits.

Posted Sep 26, 2012 10:13 pm

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