Review of Marmot Sharp Point Jacket
By Matt Smith
Softshell jackets are all the rage, and Marmot is one of the Front runners. The Sharp Point jacket is a square balance between the technical features you want, and the versatility you need. The stretch woven nylon on the shoulders and sleeves is durable enough to wear under a pack, while still being very comfortable. Gore ® Windstopper Triton keeps the wind out, and the warmth in.
I tested the Sharp Point in temperatures ranging from 10 to 45 degrees, at a variety of aerobic intensities. I found that when used in combination with the Marmot Driclime Flex Jacket, I was comfortable to about 30 degrees during mild activity, and down to 15 degrees during strenuous activity. A word of caution, I tend to warm up quickly and strip off layers much sooner than most, so your mileage may vary.
Polyester fleece around the collar and cuffs help make the Sharp Point jacket very comfortable. I found the collar to be smaller than I expected, so before buying, it would be worthwhile to try the jacket on a zip it all the way up. Take a couple of different layering pieces you are likely to wear with the jacket to ensure you get the right size.
Pit zips help with ventilation, and open enough to allow evaporation from base layers. I was pleased to find the pit zips didn't extend so far down the torso as to be uncomfortable when the jacket is worn with a pack (waistbelt).
Summary: The Sharp Point Softshell is a nice balance between a technical jacket and a versatile garment for the weekend warrior. It can be purchased online for about $250.
For more information contact:
Marmot Mountain Ltd.
2321 Circadian Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Matt Smith is the canyoneering specialist at GearReview.com, and dislikes having fish in his sleeping bag.