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Mammut Parinaco Review

   

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Overall avg rating 2.5 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: July 14, 2013
Street Price:   $550
Pros:  Fuly featured
Cons:  Heavy, bulky, expensive.
Best Uses:  resort skiing
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Manufacturer:   Mammut
Review by: Max Neale ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ July 14, 2013  
Overview
The Mammut Parinaco has been discontinued. We have left our original review intact in case you stumble upon a jacket for cheap somewhere.

The Parinaco is an ultra techy and ultra heavy waterproof breathable snowsport shell. This uses Schoeller FTC c-change fabric, which widens its pores as the temperature increases (and you sweat more). The Parinaco comes equipped with the full descent feature set: big pit zips, crossover chest pockets, interior storage and a helmet compatible hood.

Unfortunately the jacket is so heavy (33 oz) it feels like you're wearing a coat of armor. Most other hardshells clock in at around 20 ounces. Being so heavy and bulky its hard to imagine using the Parinaco for backcountry skiing or any multi-day trip. It weighs one ounce less than the Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 tent! As for the super fancy waterproof breathable technology- our testers were unable notice a difference between the breathablity of c-change and other leading technologies, such as Gore-Tex Pro shell. At $550 this is also extremely expensive. Though we haven't tested a comprehensive suite of descent hardshells we believe that slightly more expensive shells, such as the Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV likely offer more performance for your dollar.


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Most recent review: July 14, 2013
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   May 14, 2013 - 08:56pm
Marco Velásquez · Climber · Rhode Island
this Jacket is more than gold, not in a color way! im in complete desagree with the review.. this jacket was designed mainly for ice climbing and mountanering, (not only sky) reason why it is a bit heavy due the tought material used, to me it was perfect, its performance is amazing if you are in a granite wall facing heavy winds with rain, more than my previus arcteryx sv!!! unfortunilly somebody stoled from my car and isnot avaible againg..

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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