From summer hikes to fall camping Marmot’s new Winshear Long Sleeve, Verve 1/2 Zip and Scree Pants have you covered head to toe in aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and above all, functional apparel. When hiking and camping comfort is paramount. This means being warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. The Winshear Long Sleeve uses a perforated fabric to let airflow cool you when things heat up, while the Verve 1/2 Zip is an ideal base layer when the weather gets colder or the wind picks up. On the bottom, the Scree Pants provide warmth and protection from abrasions when hiking and can also double as a lightweight ski touring pant on warmer spring ski tours. Let’s dive deeper into each piece
The Marmot Winshear is a long-sleeved shirt designed to be functional on the trail and fashionable off. The polyester fabric features a unique perforated pattern that promotes airflow to keep you cool. This breathability is combined with the polyester’s ability to wick moisture away from your skin and dry quickly. The shirt has a built-in mechanical stretch and gusseted underarms so it won’t impede your movement. It will keep you cool when it’s hot out and protect you from the sun—if things get too hot you can roll up the sleeves and button them into place to convert from a long-sleeved to a shorter sleeved shirt.
Price: $80CAN / $70US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: White, Cinder, Vintage Navy, Dark Rust
Weight: 199.9g / 7.05oz
Made with stretch polyester, the Verve ½ Zip quickly wicks moisture away from your body and dries quickly. Flat-locked seams prevent hot spots under pack straps and a droptail hem provides coverage while bending over or when stretching your arms above your head. Thumbholes in the sleeves eliminate drafts between this mid-layer and your gloves, while also making it easier to slip on an additional layer.
Marmot Verve 1/2 Zip
Price: $80CAN / $75US
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Black, True Steel, Mosaic Blue
Weight: 258g / 9.1oz
The Marmot Screes are lightweight soft-shell pants that are versatile enough to keep you warm when the winds blow and not too hot when the sun comes out. The material has enough weight so the Scree pants don’t hang off you, but feel supportive and able to protect against abrasions. While they are ideal for spring, summer and fall use, they could easily be used for ski tours on warmer days.
Marmot Scree Pants
Price: $125CAN / $110US
Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
Colours: Black, Slate Grey, Pebble, True Blue
Weight: 490.4g / 1lbs 1.3oz
With a three-week trek planned in Nepal this fall, I needed to find some functional and comfortable apparel that would keep me cool on the trails during the day and provide some warmth when the chill nights of the Himalayas crept in after dusk. I chose Marmot’s new Winshear Long Sleeve, Verve 1/2 Zip and Scree Pants for their versatility and ability to regulate body heat for extended periods of trekking. Each piece incorporates a good percentage of polyester, so I knew they’d wick well while providing some warmth from the wind. At the 11th hour my trip to Nepal imploded for reasons beyond my control, so it was onto plan B—10 days road tripping, climbing and hiking in New Mexico. While not as luxurious as Nepal, New Mexico would provide hot summer days in the desert, and a cold, snowy alpine climb of Mt Wheeler; the states’ highest peak at 13,160’.
The Marmot Winshear LS was ideal when the days got hot hiking in the desert, and kept the sun off my skin so there was no need for sunscreen. When things got too hot and the airflow through the shirt’s perforations couldn’t keep me cool, it was nice to be able to simply roll up the sleeves and button them into place. This shirt also did double duty off the trails as it was nice enough to go out to dinner in without feeling like a hiking geek.
The Marmot Verve 1/2 Zip on the other hand, is all tech. It served as more of a light insulation piece or base layer for the cold desert mornings or on our climb of Mt. Wheeler. When a snow storm unexpectedly raged in on the summit ridge it was nice to have the added insulation and wicking capabilities of the Verve 1/2 Zip. Once out of the wicked winter weather I could wear the Verve 1/2 Zip alone without any other insulating layers and use the 1/2 zip to fully dump heat as we descended and things warmed up. However, I do find that polyester base/mid layers such as this tend to hold the bacteria that causes stink after several wears. A smooth polyester face fabric also shows any small snags that you may get while hiking through brush and trees, so be careful otherwise you will pre-age the Marmot Verve 1/2 Zip.
The Marmot Scree Pants didn’t have any issues with durability and proved to be indispensable for hiking in the cold winds and snow we encountered at 13,000’. With a Nylon outer, and polyester interior the Scree Pants repelled all but the strongest winds and snow, and can repel a light rain as well. Encountering all these elements over the span of our 8 hour hike, I was glad to have the Marmot Scree Pants to keep me warm and dry throughout our unplanned adventure.
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