Marmot Tullus Hoody Review
Cons: Heavy, no draw cord adjustability, does not compress into stuff sack or pocket, does not use certified responsibly sourced down
Our Analysis and Test Results
Retailing for a very low price, one would think that the Marmot Tullus Hoody would be a prime candidate for our Best Bang for the Buck Award, and indeed, that is exactly why we wanted to test it. While we think that this jacket actually provides good value, combining fairly decent warmth and water resistance, not to mention a comfortable fit, it also lacked the awesome features and compressibility that others have. At the end of the day, both are worthy choices for the person looking to spend as little money on down as possible, despite their relatively low overall scores.
Despite being a warm and comfortable jacket, the Tullus Hoody fell towards the bottom in our comparative review.
Despite using the lowest fill power down of any jacket in this review — 600 — coupled with sewn-through construction, the Tullus Hoody is surprisingly warm. It reminds one of a heavy down comforter and what Marmot lost in heat-trapping loft by using lower fill power down they made up for by simply stuffing a whole lot more of it in there. When conducting side-by-side comparison tests, we felt that this jacket was not quite as warm as its thicker competitors, but was no doubt warmer than the ultralight variety. While it trapped the warmth well to keep us warm around the well-insulated torso, we lamented the total lack of drawcords at the hood or hem and noticed that cold air tended to infiltrate in these areas.
Our size men's large Tullus Hoody weighed in at 17.4 ounces on our independent scale, which is the cost of using lower fill-power down and having to compensate by using a ton of it. While 17.4 ounces really isn't super heavy, it was one of the heavier jackets in the review.
This jacket uses Marmot's proprietary Down Defender treatment to give the down clusters a hydrophobic treatment. Marmot claims that this treatment makes the down 150% more water-resistant, and also helps it dry out significantly faster if it does get waterlogged. We had a hard time testing the veracity of these claims but found that the DWR coating on the ripstop polyester face fabric worked fairly well.
It caused water to bead up and shed off, although small amounts of water were observed being absorbed into the face fabric.
While the fit of this jacket was spacious and comfortable, it was not one of the best fitting jackets in the review. We tested a men's size large and found that there was quite a bit of extra space in the torso. Considering there's no way to tighten up the hem with a drawcord, we felt the fit was perhaps a bit too airy. There is no constriction of movement in the shoulders or back area, which is nice, but we also thought the sleeves could use an extra inch of length for optimal coverage when moving the arms about. Due to its bulkier fit, we feel like this one was a better choice for wearing as an outer layer, and didn't really layer over the top of it very often.
The Tullus Hoody does not have a means of stuffing itself into one of its own pockets, or into a dedicated stuff sack that is included with purchase. Since it has a lightweight Polyester face fabric, it is not too hard to roll it up into its own hood if keeping it stuffed down small is needed.
This jacket had the fewest features of any in this review. It does not have a drawcord at the hem or around the face, and especially in the case of the hem, could really use it. The elastic lining around the face opening works okay, but not great. It has the standard two zippered handwarmer pockets, as well as an internal zippered pocket, but pretty much no other features than that.
Being one of the single most affordable hooded down jackets in our review, it holds great value. However, we chose not to award it Best Buy because it lacks some important characteristics that would help it compare with other inexpensive models.
The Marmot Tullus Hoody is a warm and comfortable jacket that uses lower quality 600-fill power down to keep the cost down but makes up for it by using a lot of it. Its most notable quality is its low price, making it a solid selection for anyone who wants to spend the least amount of money possible. While we didn't find it to be the most awesome technical layer, we thought it worked great for camping, hiking, and dealing with the cold around town.
— Adam Paashaus & Andy Wellman