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Street Price: $250
Pros: Warm, durable, waterproof, looks good.
Cons: Bulky, heavy.
Best Uses: Alpine Skiing
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Mammut Herron is a well-designed, attractive, and functional softshell. Itís made of two high performing fabrics. Schoeller FTC covers the torso and Mammut SOFtech (a waterproof material) the shoulders and hood. The interior is lined with a thin brushed fleece, making the jacket durable, waterproof, and warm. The fit is performance oriented but slightly larger than other jackets reviewed here. Thereís plenty of space for a thin fleece and even a lightweight insulated jacket. The Herron has four pockets: two high hands, a welded chest pocket, and a mesh interior stash pocket. We also like its hood design. A high collar protects the face and two dual-corded adjusters make it easy to cinch the hood down in a comfortable way. Of the helmet compatible softshells, the Herron has the only hood thatís very comfortable to wear without a helmet (others are too large or cinch down oddly).
Because the Herron is warm and partly waterproof, itís best for alpine skiing. Ice climbing, Nordic skiing, and other more active adventures are less then ideal because of the jacketís weight, limited mobility, and lack of pit zips.
The Herron is a very good looking jacket. We received several positive comments when walking the streets of New York City.
Our main complaints lie with the Herronís limited mobility, average breathability, and lack of versatility. There are no pit zips. Itís also too heavy and restrictive for ice climbing, Nordic skiing, and running, but works well for alpine skiing.
— Max Neale
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