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A project such as the High Five-0 Challenge requires a ton of kit. And not just any old kit. Careful selection of the right gear was always going to be a key factor in the success vs failure equation. But there was one garment that I didn’t have to think hard about.
The following is taken from the Wilderness Magazine 'Wet Weather Jackets' Gear Review by Paul King (July 2015)
MARMOT NANO AS $499.95
SOME THINGS YOU buy will be friends for life, and although not perfect. Marmot's Nano AS is one of them.
Marmot’s Nano AS jacket is one jacket that I would say is near perfect.
I have long time admired all the sporty chicks showing off their legs in the skorts (a skirt with short inner shorts attached underneath). I think they add a fun and feminine touch to ponder the trails. We have some top elite ultra-runners who not only model these skorts amazingly but also look every inch of a healthy female role model- especially our own Anna Frost.
Following on from the review of the Marmot rain jacket with NanoPro™ we test the light and very versatile Marmot precip rain pants.
Marmot gear review: by Brent Jenkin
The purpose of the ‘5 volcanoes in 5 days’ challenge was to fundraise for a new vehicle for Recreate NZ, a registered charitable trust offering adventure programmes to young people with disabilities.
We were a group of four from Recreate NZ, plus our guide/photographer looking to climb the 5 highest volcanoes in NZ, and in 5 days – a task made even more difficult in the face of Cyclone Lusi bearing down upon us ‘mid-stream’.
Marmot Trail Wind Jacket $129.95
"I don't understand the science that goes behind creating a jacket that weighs 96g and still keeps you covered. I mean, what kind of wizardry is this? But Marmot gets it.
The Trail Wind jacket adds less than 100g to the weight of your running pack so you can fold it neatly and stuff it right at the bottom without it taking away precious real estate that you'd rather be using to store jelly beans.
"Here's the thing, I've never been overly keen on what are known as 2.5 - or two-and-a-half - layer fabrics. They're light, they can be very effective, but they've always been a bit of a budget choice and the way they're made with a printed pattern protecting the membrane from abrasion just doesn't feel as substantial as a 'proper' three-layer fabric and I don't expect them to breathe as well as top-end three-layer fabrics.
I am, I guess, slightly prejudiced against them. Until now...
In the August/September Issue of Outer Edge Magazine, the team decided to test an array of soft shell jackets often used in temperate winter conditions for a wide variety of purposes including trail running, climbing, MTB riding, adventure race sports, coastal/ocean sport and high altitude/snow sports. Among the 14 jackets tested, they had this to say about the Marmot Variant:
The Marmot Trail Breeze 3/4 Tights lets you do what you enjoy the most - the trails. I have a soft spot for ¾ pants versus full length tights unless it’s really cold, I'm paddling or using them as my warm gear to put on during an adventure race. I have had my fair share of tights and like most gear we use in the outdoors it needs to be comfortable and functional.