Good at what it's supposed to do

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Colorado Hiker from Colorado on Thursday, November 23, 2017
I own a Montane featherlite down jacket, and was looking for something warmer that I could use as an outer layer at night or early morning in the mountains, and yet light enough that I wouldn't mind carrying it up in my backpack. The Marmot Guides hoody was a nice compromise for the price. I chatted with a Marmot tech rep, trying to decide between the Ama Dablam and the Guides. She told me that the Ama Dablam had 125g of 800 FP down, while the Guides had 195g of 700 FP down. So the Guides was somewhat heavier, but also warmer and more durable. Given that I wanted an outer layer, I went with the Guides.

The Guides hoody is not warm enough to replace a down parka on 0F days, but I'm comfortable wearing it as an outer layer on 20F days. I haven't had to test the water resistance, but snow, even wet snow, seems to slide off without wetting anything. The hood is down filled and warm, and a big upgrade from the Montane, which didn't have a hood. The hand warmer pockets are fleece lined and really comfortable. I usually wear a size M for most brands, and a size M of this one fit me perfectly.

One thing to keep in mind is that the chin on this thing is quite high, my zipper ends just below my nose. I like that, because it blocks the wind. But if you are more comfortable with the zipper ending below your chin, then this might be uncomfortable for you.
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