Quality five starts; features lose three stars

Verified Buyer Reviewed by oboe from South Florida - otherwise, ski country on Saturday, January 24, 2015
The quality of Marmot products is generally excellent, and the garment appears to be well-made with good materials. I have not used the garment but returned it. Size and quality were certainly acceptable, but the external pocket zippers are not waterproof, and the main zipper is not two-way. Inasmuch as I want pit zips and two way zipper on all skiing outerwear, this did not meet the requirements. Marmot may not make this jacket now, but they do make a similar jacket with waterproof external zippers. However, in talking directly with customer service at Marmot, it appears that they do not employ two-way zippers on their outerwear. It's a shame, because other than that, Marmot quality and features are excellent. FWI, in order to have the Gore-Tex outer shell I want, I purchased a similar garment from L. L. Bean that has waterproof outer pocket zippers and a two-way main zipper at a great price. Obviously, L. L. Bean is not a manufacturer, and all of it's L. L. Bean products are manufactured by contracted other companies on a private-label basis. They would not disclose the manufacturer of their Gore-Tex outer shell - it could be Marmot, or Mountain Hardwear - or someone else. But it meets my requirements.

I continue to do business with Sierra Trading Post, as their return policies and customer service are the highest level, and they carry a wide range of discounted excellent products.
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