This cheery chap is the Mammut Marangun, which has been lurking in the gear cupboard, waiting for the temperature to drop. One look at the forecast at the weekend and it went straight into a rucksack.
It’s a lightweight insulated shell, made with Mammut’s own fabric Drytech Premium, which is waterproof to 20k mm and it’s filled with Ajungilak Comfort fibre for insulation. There are pit zips with mesh inners for ventilation and a couple of waist pockets with downward closing zips and a chest pocket, along with a wee inner pocket to keep your toffee crisp from freezing solid. The zips for the vents and the pockets are nicely styled to look like a single piece. There’s a cosy little fleece patch at the back of your neck and the hood is also insulated and adjustable, but it’s fairly neat so I don’t think I’ll be getting a helmet on under there.
It’s primarily designed to be a cold weather trekking or ‘hanging about at camp’ jacket, and from my first trial it certainly fits the bill. The material is very windproof and it’s warm to wear. So warm that my down jacket only came out to play at the end of the day. I haven’t got it wet yet, but to be honest I’ll be keeping this for when it’s snowing rather than raining. It strikes me as ideal for mooching about camp, or for wandering about in when it starts to get really cold. I’d even entertain it as a belay or ice climbing jacket.
The only downside I’ve found is the waist pocket height is a problem if you’re wearing a rucksack belt or a climbing harness, but it’s no big drama. If my usually-reliable weather forecasting hen is anything to go by, this will be getting some action in the coming weeks. More shall surely follow.