Marmot Exum Jacket Pro Shell (2008)


Marmot Exum Jacket Pro Shell (2008)
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Marmot Exum Jacket Pro Shell (2008)
Manufacturer Marmot
Page By delmarco
Page Type Feb 26, 2008 / Nov 22, 2008
Object ID 4876
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Product Description





The Marmot Exum jacket holds up to the rigors of mountaineering by offering crocodile-hide tough and extremely lightweight weather protection.
Gore-Tex® 3L Pro Shell fabric is tough, extremely breathable and durably waterproof and windproof
Gore® Micro Grid lining is a thin, low-denier, low-density woven fabric that allows the shell to slide easily over mid layers
A reduced number and thickness of seams offers improved abrasion- and snag-resistance, enhanced breathability and decreased weight
Fabric reinforcements are placed in abrasion-prone areas
Two-way adjustable front zipper features both inner and outer storm flaps
Hood's side and back volume adjustments and wired brim tailor the fit for coverage that keeps your head dry, yet allows good peripheral vision
Collar zips up to provide face coverage in stormy conditions; a chin guard is soft against skin
Pit zippers allow adjustable ventilation
Drawcord hem and adjustable rip-and-stick cuffs hold in warmth
Includes two hand pockets placed so they won't interfere with pack straps; also features an internal stretch-mesh zippered pocket
Angel-Wing Movement® sleeves allow unrestricted range of motion
The Exum is designed for easy laying over a fleece or a soft shell

Specification Description
Shell fabric Nylon
Waterproofing Gore-Tex Pro Shell laminate
Lining Nylon
Average weight 15 ounces
Back length 29 inches



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delmarco - Mar 6, 2008 3:46 pm - Voted 5/5

Alpha SV Quality for Discount Price!
One of the biggest gear surprises of 2007 was this jacket from Marmot. The Exum, second to their flagship Alpinist jacket, will easily out perform ALL other current pro shell jacket for weatherproof design, weight/protection ratio, comfort, packability and style. I dare anyone to prove me wrong. I wore this jacket out in our local state park on a sunny february weekend filled with cold windy gusts, a light freezing rain shower and plenty sunshine. After the trip I was impressed.

PROS: At 14+ ounces this Exum Jacket feels much lighter than it actually is. When you pack it in your top lid, it almost feels as if you are squeezing a summer windshirt into your pack. Quality is extremely good; laser cut seams are well taped and vacuum tight (on par with the Pro Shell Alpha SV). The cut and fit is precise; get your normal size and you will have plenty of room to layer underneath without the feeling that you have extra "jacket" material hanging about. The fabric is also soft and stretchy but doesn't feel like it would snag and tear during an intense bushwack or rough use. The deep hood, high neck collar and pocket details are extremely amazing (no offense, but I wouldn't have expect this perfect combination of quality, style and function from a brand like Marmot, who usually focus all attention on function, some on quality and little to none on style). At $250 (eBay/Online sales) and up to $375 Retail, Marmot might as well be giving these away. You get so much for even the max price of $375. You literally get Alpha SV quality for a discount price.

CONS: Yellow fabric gets dirty quick for those getting the yellow and grey colour. Chest pockets are tough to get into when wearing a pack ( a napoleon pocket would be cool). I didnt climb with it, but I tried on my harness over this jacket and suspected that climbers and belayers will get the bunching (however the belay zipper allow you wear jacket over harness)
The store selling this jacket advertised it as a perfect ski/winter shell. I disagree. This is not a good ski shell or something I would wear for ice climbing; due to the lack of a powder skirt for skiiers, the thin shell will get punctured easily by crampons or picks. That said, the Exum is a perfect 3-4 season shell and absolutey NOT a "strictly" winter shell. Front zipper storm flap and wide straps for the cuff cinch are very much old school and I can't imagine how much better/lighter the Exum would've been with no front storm flap and narrower cuff cinches. Then again the price would've been much more.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are considering buying a 3 season Pro Shell jacket this year you NEED to try this jacket out before laying cash on the counter for anything else. It totally eclipses all the other Pro Shells that debuted in the last year by far. A+++++

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