The Marmot Alpha 60 is an incredibly versatile jacket, made using an Alpha Direct fleece inner which provides a warm yet lightweight insulation layer; sitting close to the body the directional fleece offers a powerful wicking action and light, airy feel.
Summer mountaineering requires versatile insulation that performs in unpredictable weather without slowing you down—and the lightweight Women's Alpha 60 Jacket with 4-way stretch delivers. Engineered to be incredibly air permeable, Pertex® Quantum Air fabric strikes the sought-after balance of wind resistance and breathability, while Angel-Wing Movement™ offers flexibility so you can regulate your body heat and stay comfortable. An adjustable hood and durable water-repellent (DWR) finish adds extra protection against light rain and snow, and Polartec® Alpha® insulation keeps you warm whether you're on the move or stopped at the summit taking in the view. Zippered handwarmer pockets and a zippered chest pocket provide key storage.
Marmot's Womens Alpha 60 Jacket uses Polartec Alpha breathable insulation, a more modern version of a lightweight fleece, that keeps you warm but lets sweat out, even when active. Polartec Alpha Direct insulation is basically the same but with the mesh liner removed, so you get more unimpeded airflow (not to mention less weight and bulk) without sacrificing warmth. It also feels super soft against your skin!
It's designed to be worn when you're active - so on the move - there are alternative insulation garments that are more suited to wearing around camp - Polartec Alpha Direct is about keeping you vented even though you are also being kept insulated.
The Alpha 60 Jacket is one of the lightest jackets we stock that uses this technology while also packing down small into it's own pocket, making it incredibly versatile. The outer fabric is constructed from Pertex Quantum Air which enables the insulation to breathe fully. A good match as you wouldn't want the outer layer to cancel out the breathability of the inner.
Feature wise, the hood can be rolled up and kept in place with a little hook and both the hand warmer pockets and chest pocket has a zip closure to secure valuables. The hood, hem and cuffs are all elasticated with no adjustments which tends to be more comfortable when worn under layers.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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