Marmot's Knife Edge jacket combines the excellent Gore-Tex Paclite with useful features such as a technical hood and under-arm pit zips in a lightweight package.
Marmot says: Available in men’s and women’s versions, the Knife Edge Jacket with Gore-Tex® Paclite technology is the result of Marmot’s continued partnership with the leading membrane manufacturer. This technical, high performance jacket is extra light and has a slightly longer cut with high-set pockets, making it ideal for alpine climbing, mountaineering or via ferrata. Angel Wing MovementTM technology ensures superior freedom of movement.
Gore-Tex® Paclite® 100% Polyamide, super light 20D ripstop weave, ePTFE membrane with a carbon reinforcement instead of a backer, 83 g/m², bluesign® approved
Hydrostatic head: >28.000 mm, RET: <4
Marmot's Knife Edge Gore-Tex Paclite Jacket is well made and well designed, it has a fully adjustable hood which you can cinch around your head so that it moves with you as you look around. There are two pockets set quite high on the chest to avoid a rucksack hipbelt or climbing harness and both pockets are lined with Goretex - on some jackets pockets can be lined with mesh making them vulnerable to water ingress.
The main zips are the highly water resistant type and the front zip also has an internal waterproof flap to ensure water can't get through. There are also pit zips shielded by flaps, they aren't particularly long but will be effective at venting whiere you need it. Pit zips are a bit Marmite - you either love them or hate them - personally I like the option to ventilate the jacket and its amazing how rain seems not to be able to penetrate when the zips are open.
Marmot have done well to keep the overall weight down but keeping a good feature set that inevitably adds weight. Gore-tex Paclite is well proven making the whole proposition of this jacket very appealing.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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