SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

Gear Review: Marmot Andromeda Jacket and Gloves

One thing I love about Marmot’s products is that they never underperform in a pinch.  Marmot makes tough, stylish outdoors wear and I never have been disappointed by what I review.  Recently, I had the chance to review my first jacket and glove combo: the Marmot Andromeda softshell jacket and softshell gloves.  This duo can be easily stored in a daypack and provide decent warmth during off-season snowshoe outings.  Although I wouldn’t recommend the Andromeda jacket and gloves for cold, sub-zero snowshoeing, they’re perfect for the more unpredictable fall and spring seasons.  

Both the Andromeda jacket and gloves are conveniently water- and wind-resistant.  As part of the M-Series – featuring M2 softshell technology – the jacket’s fabrics are designed for moving light and fast.  They combine stretchable, water repellent, abrasion resistant and highly breathable shell materials with insulating buffer materials on the inside. This provides to be perfect for snowshoeing – especially snowshoe racing.

Marmot’s M2 shells are the ideal balance between weather resistance, breathability and thermal protection.  All these features came in handy when snowshoeing late in the spring.

Throughout the winter season, I used the Andromeda jacket and gloves in lower elevations.  They proved to be perfect for everyday use and offered considerable warmth for my daily commutes in Denver.  This was a huge benefit for impromptu snowshoe excursions and sudden winter storms – a common occurrence in Colorado.  But, what was appreciated most about the Andromeda duo was the versatility.    

Andromeda Softshell Jacket Features:

*Polartec Powershield
*Marmot M2 Softshell water-repellent, highly breathable, wind-resistant, durable and warm
*Wind resistant, water repellent and breathable
*PitZips underarm zip that extends into the body for aggressive venting
*Zippered chest pocket to secure small items
*Adjustable velcro cuff adjustable velcro cuff
*Zippered handwarmer pockets soft fabric to warm hands
*Inside zip pocket secure pocket to store small items
*Elastic draw cord hem for adjustability in serious weather
*Angel-wing movement allows full range of motion in arms so jacket doesn’t ride up

Andromeda Softshell Gloves Features:

*Material: [Shell] Polartec Power Shield; [Palm] Grip Tec  
*Windproof: Wind-resistant  
*Waterproofing: Polartec Power Shield  

For more information about Marmot, visit www.marmot.com.  To purchase the Marmot Andromeda softshell jacket, click here.  To purchase the Marmot Andromeda softshell gloves, click here.