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Marmot Starcross

- published February 2017

84

2017

RATINGS

Durability
6
Weatherproofness
7
Bells & Whistles
7
Function
7
Breathability
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

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THE GOOD

  • Inexpensive
  • Lots of pockets
  • Stylish

THE BAD

  • Heavy
  • Twill looses weatherproofing

THE VERDICT

Marmot’sStarcross is a very nice frontside insulated ski shell at a good price. It is warm and it fits standard frames well with lots of features like a zip-off hood and mesh-backed pit zips.

FULL REVIEW

Durability
The Starcross is swathed in a twill-like fabric. It looks good, but over time it can lose its waterproofing because the texture invites grit and fraying. Relatively large-gauge zippers should hold up well and it’s well-built with durable materials and solid stitching.

Weatherproofness
See above about the twill face fabric. That’s nitpicking, of course, as the Starcross should stand up to several seasons of use with a solid waterproof breathable membrane and a DWR coating. The synthetic insulation will keep you warm even if you soak the thing through.

Bells and Whistles
The Starcross has a powder skirt, a whopping eight pockets, and a hood that zips off, though it’s too small to fit over most helmets. 

Function
The Starcross is a warm jacket, but is a tad heavy due to full features and synthetic insulation.

Breathability
The Starcross  is on par with other insulated ski jackets with waterproof breathable membranes. The pit zips are mesh-backed so you can ride with them open even if you are prone to tumbles.

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used by a Jackson-Hole based team of testers. They used these jackets on lifts and in the backcountry in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Japan. 

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other ski jacket testsski testsski helmet tests, and other related ski gear reviews.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$300.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Durability
6
Weatherproofness
7
Bells & Whistles
7
Function
7
Breathability
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

Specs

  • Pit zips: small
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Powder skirt: Yes
  • Helmet Compatible Hood: No
  • Wrist gaskets: No
  • Gender: Men's

Weight

2.2 lbs

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