Mammut Bristol Jacket Review
Mammut clearly listened to feedback from skiers and riders when they made the Bristol Jacket, and it is an excellent choice for resort-goers. With high-end fabrics, strong attention to detail, and well-thought-out features, the Bristol jacket is a premium option in the lightly-insulated, free skiing/snowboarding jacket category. DRYtech fabric keeps the wetness out and underarm ventilation provides versatility when it heats up.
Like most Mammut products, the Bristol jacket has a really nice fit and cut; I felt great in my usual size Large (I am 6′, 185). I am definitely a fan of Mammut’s resistance to the current trend of ultra-long and baggy jackets, and the Bristol falls right where I feel it should (about 7 inches below my waist). The fit allows plenty of mobility for skiing, and enough length in the back to keep from riding up when you sit on the chairlift. The sleeve length was just about perfect for me, but has velcro hem closures to adjust the fit where necessary. The helmet-compatible hood is not removable, but does offer 3 adjustment points for cinching down. I found the hood to be just a little tight for my size large helmet, and I felt a little restricted with the hood up and the zipper fully zipped. A nice feature of the hood is that it includes some of the same microfiber insulation fill that the core of the jacket has for added warmth.
The Mammut Bristol Jacket is made of the company’s DRYtech Premium 2-Layer fabric, and has a water resistance rating of 10,000 mm. The fabric is textured and looks amazing (see the below close-up photo of the forearm pocket). The jacket I tested was in the liane color and it is one of the best looking jackets I have ever seen. I wore the Bristol in a rather wet snow storm, and the weatherproofing held up well. I even poured water on it, and it still proved to be very hydro-phobic (for a jacket in this price category, I expected nothing less). To compliment the weatherproofing of the fabric, the Bristol has all waterproof zippers to keep your belongings in the pockets dry. A light filling of microfibre insulation keeps you warm when the temperature drops into the low teens, but it is lightweight enough for days reaching into the 30s. There is plenty of room for layering, and I found myself quite comfortable in a variety of conditions with a thin baselayer and a lightweight mid-layer. If you do get too hot, the underarm vents open nice and wide to cool you down. They have a mesh lining to keep big snow chunks out while letting the air flow.
Smart features throughout the Bristol Jacket cover the needs of the typical resort skier/rider. I am a big fan of the pockets on this jacket, and their placement is ideal. Two nice-sized hand warmer pockets are on the waist, and one of them has a useful little piece of webbing that you can attach your keys to and clip in and out. The two chest pockets are also well designed, and I love that the openings face the center zipper so you can easily reach in and out. I like to keep my iPhone in the chest pocket for easy access, and there is a music chord pass-through for your headphones (SAFETY NOTE: please keep your music low enough to hear everything around you on the mountain). There is also a loop for threading the chord up towards your head. On the inside of the jacket, there is a zippered mesh pocket that is perfect for keeping your goggles scratch-free in transit. A forearm pocket offers a good place for small items like lip balm and sunscreen. Rounding out the features is a removable snow skirt that is stretchy, and has two different waist size adjustments.
Overall, the Mammut Bristol Jacket is one of my favorite ski jackets, and earned itself a spot in my closet amongst my daily drivers. Because of the great looks, I wear it around town quite a bit, and get a lot of compliments. Skiers/riders looking for a quality jacket will find it in the Bristol.
Mammut offers the Bristol Jacket in three colors: Hydro (blue), Liane (yellow), and Black.