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June 06, 2018

Written by Luke Care

I've been living in the down jacket stone ages for far too long, so when Allsports, the NZ Marmot agents, mentioned the possibility of me testing their insulation system, I couldn't say 'yes' quick enough!

I've been using an old 850-gram Kathmandu; it's been everywhere from the Glaisnock to the Godley and it's done me well enough but modern fabrics and down have come a long way. The Marmot Quasar down jacket is made of high-quality 850-fill down and DWR-treated Pertex Quantum shell fabric, bringing my XL in at an outstandingly low weight of 330 grams. For comparison, my Ridgeline microfleece weighs 350 grams and wouldn't keep me a quarter as warm. DWR stands for Durable Water Repellant, a hydrophobic coating that wears off over time. 

You feel the lack of weight when you pick up the Marmot jacket and for mee that immediately translated into a sense of fragility but I hammered it all through Fiordland's jungle and Otago's speargrass and it didn't lose a feather. It has a reversible pocket for storage but I stuffed it all inside a 35-gram, 1-litre dry bag to ensure it stayed safe and dry. This allowed me to compact it right down to a palm-sized bundle. This meant portability was excellent, and on one particularly cold day I even clipped it on my hunting belt while we stalked a bull. 

Despite its thin profile, I could feel the warmth of the high quality down as soon as I put it on - just like jumping into my sleeping bag! As a stand-alone item, I would perhaps call it a three-plus season jacket. Completely windproof and warm, I'd use it for everything except the bone-chilling mid-winter trips where you haemorrhage body heat while you're sitting in the snow, glassing for tahr. The fit was excellent, slim enough to comfortably wear under a coat but with a full range of motion through the shoulders. The sleeves didn't pull when I was glassing and the cuffs were a nice elastic. It had two zippered hand pockets and a good-sized zip chest pocket, which I used regularly. The drawcord hem was handy as I could tighten the bottom when I sat down to glass, which ensured that the heat remained trapped. 

All around, I found the Marmot Quasar was an excellent expedition garment, and it's now one of my favourite pieces of gear. It gave me room for an extra half-kilo of chocolate in my pack and it was far more portable for day trips than my old coat as it compressed down to about a third of the size. 





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Size & Fit

Men

Men

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

28

30

32

34

36

38

Chest

83-89

89-96

96-104

104-112

112-119

119-127

Neck

--

40

41.9

43.8

45.7

47.6

Sleeve

79

81

83

86

89

91

Waist*

68-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-99

99-107

Hip

86-89

89-94

94-99

99-107

107-114

114-122

Inseam**

76

77

81

83

86

89


Women

Women

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

2

4    6

8    10

12    14

16

--

Women

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

2

4    6

8    10

12    14

16

--

Chest

81-83

83-89

89-96

96-104

104-112

112-119

Sleeve

77.5

78.5

80

82.5

85

87.6

Waist*

62-65

65-69

69-77

77-87

87-92

92-97


Kids

Alpha Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Age

4–5

6-7

8-9

10-12

13-15

--

--

Chest

60–66

66–71

71–76

76–81

81–86

--

--

Waist

48–53

53–58

58–63

63–68

68–74

--

--

Hip

60–66

66–71

71–76

76–81

81–86

--

--

Inseam

43–45

48–20

53–55

58–63

66–71

--

--

Sleeve

55–60

63–63

63–66

66–71

71–76

--

--

Height (cm)

36–42

42–48

48–54

54–60

60–65

--

--

Weight (kgs)

15–19

19–23

23–27

27–40

40–52

--

--


Accessories

Gloves*

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Men

16.5–18

18–19

19–21.5

21.5–24

24–27

27–29

--

Women

14–15

15–16.5

16.5–18

18–21

21–23

--

--

*To find your glove size, measure your hand around and over the knuckles with your fingers together, excluding your thumb.

 

Hats

XS

S / M

M / L

XL / XXL

XXXL

--

17 – 18

18 – 19

19 – 20

--

 

*Trail-to-Town pants have specific waist sizes.
**Inseam lengths above are average size lengths. Some pants are available in additional inseam lengths and will display on the product page.