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Alf Alderson reviews the Marmot Cerro Torre ski jacket, designed to handle anything the weather can throw at you
marmot cerrotorre
Best for
Anyone looking for a hard wearing jacket for year-round use in the mountains
Overall Score
There’s a clue in the name as to the weather Marmot's Cerro Torre ski jacket is designed to withstand, Cerro Torre being in Patagonia which is renowned for its driving wind, rain and snow.

Consequently it’s made from three-layer fully-taped Gore-tex Pro fabric to keep that rain and  snow out whilst allowing a decent level of breathability.

Indeed the Cerro Torre is not technically a ‘ski’ jacket as such, being designed more with hiking and climbing in mind (for instance it’s both pack- and harness-compatible), but in our opinion it works fine as a hard shell ski jacket too – which effectively means it acts as one outer garment for year-round outdoor adventures.

The build quality is extremely rugged so it’ll take plenty of stick, and the cut is generous so you can comfortably layer up beneath it; in addition the fabric has a certain amount of stretch and ‘anatomic articulation’ to improve mobility.

You can feel that as soon as you put the Cerro Torre on, the more so when it’s fully battened down – there’s absolutely no feeling of restriction, even with the huge helmet compatible hood in place since the wire brim and excellent adjustability ensure great field of vision.

The sleeves felt especially comfortable too, no doubt due to Marmot’s ‘Angel Wing Movement’ feature which is designed to stop them riding up and allow a full range of movement.

The additional features are well-thought out and include pit zips, two hand and two chest pockets plus a sleeve pocket, all with water-resistant zips, an internal mesh storage pocket, zip-off powder skirt and - small thing this but one of my favourites – a high, protective collar with a soft chin guard.

All in all the Cerro Torre makes for a great jacket for skiing and pretty much any other mountain sport, with a build quality which should ensure it gives you many seasons of hard use.

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