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.
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.