Mammut Civetta Jacket Review
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The Civetta Jacket from Mammut is more than your standard ski jacket. For instance, the Civetta jacket is extremely versatile for those that are seeking to head out into the backcountry-sidecountry-or stay in-bounds, because with the Civetta you get three jackets in one. The outer shell features Pontetorto® No Wind® that acts as a windblocker; the outer layer has a bit of stretch to it that helps the jacket to move with you when on the move while keeping the cool air from running right through you. While the inner layer is made from 100% polyester and serves as a great insulating layer even when it gets wet. When you combine the two you have an extremely warm jacket that can tackle just about any temperature that you find yourself in. I say this within reason of course, if your core is warm but you can’t feel your nose, chances are you aren’t out on the slopes.
When wearing the jackets together, Mammut has gone far above its’ competitors by offering a complete zip in option in the front, as well as 3 separate snap/loop combos at each sleeve and at the nape of the neck. All of these contact points allow the jackets to move well together without any bunching or binding. One downside of this combo is that when the liner jacket is zipped in the powderskirt cannot be fully utilized because the inner jacket is a tad longer than the built in powderskirt. I avoided this problem by simply using the snap/loops to attach the jacket and opting for zipping each jacket, inner and outer, up on its own, and pulling the liner up just a touch to make it work. The powderskirt is super stretchy and features 5 loop/snaps to attach to your pants; most of the jackets we have tested feature only 2 loops tops. The Civetta’s powderskirt is prepared for the steep and deep and pretty much garauntees that you won’t be getting snow down your back side. For a day of groomers, you can simply zip out the powderskirt and leave it at home.
The Civetta’s shell features waterproof zippers throughout. If you are not familiar with waterproof zips, don’t get frustrated at first, sometimes they take a bit more to get going along the track. The shell has two large hip pockets and generous underarm zips; these zippers have a low profile and appear almost hidden by the way in which the seams were sewn. This gives the jacket a more streamlined appearance and also eliminates the problem of the zipper grasping extra fabric along the track. The hood is helmet compatible and the hood and collar feature 3 different bungees to help you get a personalized fit.
I’ve worn the liner jacket solo when skinning up or snowshoeing and have found that it keeps me warm even when getting wet. Mammut does not describe what type of insulation they use, but it feels comparable to a Primaloft type of insulation. The liner jacket looks good on its own and features the same contrasting solid colors as the shell. There are no pit zips on the liner, however there are two inside mesh pockets and two outer fleece lined pockets.
The Civetta is designed for free-riding and has a bit more of loose fit, as by design. I honestly have not had to wear more than a base-layer under this jacket so far this winter and have even had to use the pit zips during some long bump runs. The Civetta weighs about 1365 grams (3lbs) and is a heavy duty jacket that will definitely keep the chill out all winter long. Come spring, you may only need to wear the shell with a layer or too. The Civetta Jacket is a versatile piece that is guaranteed to stand out on the slopes.
For more info on the Civetta Jacket and other Mammut products, visit www.backcountry.com/mammut.
I have always been a fan of Mammut ski jackets. I bought both our kids one for last years ski season and they were both warm and versatile as well as durable.
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