The Marmot Guides Down Hoody was an easy choice for a Top Pick Award because it is, without a doubt, the warmest jacket that we tested for this review. That said, we do admit that this jacket perhaps feels slightly out of place among our selection of lightweight down jackets, as it is the heaviest and also the bulkiest one that we tested. What really attracted us to it was its price tag — very competitive at only $250 retail — and for this price, we feel like you are getting a whole lot of awesome jacket and warmth-trapping insulation.
If you noticed that the Guides Down Hoody looks a little different these days, that's because Marmot just released some new colorways for this jacket, like the one pictured above. The manufacturer confirmed that the colors are the only change this jacket underwent for winter 2018.
If warmth is what you want, then this is the jacket for you, but if you are more attracted to a super lightweight mid-layer similar to the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded, you may also take a peak at the Marmot Quasar, an 8.4 ounce, 850 fill-power down mid layer.
The little brother to the jacket we tested is the Guides Down Vest. This hoodless, sleeveless version is only $150 compared to the jacket's $250, and will undoubtedly keep your core warm while allowing some freedom of movement for your arms.