Updated on September 3, 2017
Marmot Ama Dablam Jacket Review
Starting out in 1974 making goose down filled jackets, sleeping bags and vests, Marmot now has almost 40 years of experience in making high quality down-filled adventure gear and clothing. When it comes to the wintertime, few jackets match the weight, fit, quality and warmth of the Marmot Womens Ama Dablam Jacket.
The jacket is named after the famed Ama Dablam mountain located in the eastern part of the Himilayas in Nepal. If you are trekking to Everest Base Camp, the unique silouette of this 22,349 foot mountain will dominate the sky as you look to the east. To be named after such an iconic mountain, the expectations for the jacket are high and Marmot does not dissapoint.
The Ama Dablam jacket comes with multiple adjustment points including a waist elastic drawcord hem with two cinch pulls, adjustable elastic velcro wrist bands, and an attached hood that has two angles of adjustment, the standard rim drawcord and a rear of the hood drawcord. The double adjustment on the hood is a great feature on jackets and allows you to both wear the hood with and without a helmet and still be able to pull it back off your face into a nice, snug position.
The primary zipper on the jacket has a wind flap behind it and once zipped up, the flap provides that extra layer of protection against the cold air, the zipper, and you body. It can be opened from both the top and the bottom which is a great feature if you’re looking for a little more freedom of movement in the hips and legs while doing activities like climbing. The rear of the wind flap by the chin is also fleece lined so you get a nice, soft material against your face.
The jacket is made with Marmot’s ultralight down proof fabric stiched in an attractive hexoganol design. The shell is a thin 100% ripstop polyester with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and the lining is 100% polyester embossed WR. The insulation is 800 fill power goose down subject to Marmot’s extensive testing and processing to ensure the highest quality down products.
This jacket has four total pockets including two zippered fleece lined handwarmer pockets, one generously sized internal chest zippered stuff sack pocket and one zippered pocket on the upper left arm. The two fleece lined pockets are great and quite cozy and soft on your hands when the outside temperatures drop.
Highly recommended for petite individuals, the jacket is cut shorter on the torso, has the perfect length for your arms and has many different adjustment options to get that perfect fit. The jacket is roomy enough for a baselayer and light fleece underneath without restricting movement and works as a great insulation layer in colder winter temperatures.
The Marmot Ama Dablam jacket performs well down to temperatures near 25F and provides the much needed warmth and proper thermal insulation to enjoy your favorite outdoor adventures. Coupled with a windbreaking, waterproof shell, this jacket will take care of your outerwear needs when the temperatures start to drop on that summit and having a weight about 1 pound, this is an amazingly lightweight jacket for the amount of warmth and features it provides. The only criticism I have is that the fabric is almost too thin and fragile and after only one season’s use, the jacket already has a few puncture holes from coming into contact with gear in my pack and the down feathers are coming out of these holes.
Overall however, despite the fact that the fabric can use a little more durability, this jacket is a highly recommended piece of technical performance insulated outerwear and a must have for all who venture out to the mountains or the slopes. Just don’t forget to pick up a sewing kit and some patches when you purchase one!
Here is a video review of the jacket from a Marmot Athlete:
Here is a good video from Marmot explaining more about the down they use and the techniques used for processing:
|Manufacturer Model||Marmot Women’s Ama Dablam Jacket|
|Model #||7850 (2012)|
|Size||XS – XL|
|Pros||Multi-angle hood adjustment, top and bottom main zipper access, lightweight, very warm, ease of movement, torso length, superlight|
|Cons||Thin outer fabric shell material that rips easily and is less durable than thicker shells|
|Best Uses||Hiking, Backpacking, Alpine Climbing, Climbing, Traveling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing|
|Insulated Jacket Specifications|
|Weight||Size Medium: 1lb 1.1 oz|
|Cut||Shorter length in front, longer in rear, 26″ Center back length for Size Medium|
|Pockets||Two zippered fleece lined handwarmer pockets, one zippered upper left arm pocket, one large stuff sack zippered chest pocket|
|Fit Adjustments||Drawcord hem, velcro elastic wrist bands, rim drawcord on hood, rear hood drawcord|
|Material||Shell: 100% Polyester DWR Ripstop, Lining: 100% Polyester Embossed WR, Insulation: 800 Fill Goose Down|
|Additional Features||Gear loop for hanging|