Marmot Starcross ReviewFebruary 17, 2017
- Lots of pockets
- Twill looses weatherproofing
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.
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.
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.
The Starcross is a warm jacket, but is a tad heavy due to full features and synthetic insulation.
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.
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.