In our side-by-side comparison testing the Marmot Cerro Torre scored quite well across the board, landing it as one of the top three rated jackets in our review. With its dual high hand pockets, a two-way front zipper, and slightly longer than average pit zips, we can't exactly call this a minimalist jacket. Instead, we recognize that it has exactly what most people need in a versatile hardshell, while still managing to keep the weight down to a pretty manageable 16.5 ounces for a men's size large.
Employing a GORE-TEX 3L membrane with C-knit backer, this jacket is a great example of a lighter, more nimble and mobile feeling outer-layer made possible by the C-knit technology. This jacket fits well for layering underneath or not, offers fantastic protection from its wide-brimmed arcing hood design, and does a good job of moving when you move. If we have one complaint, it is that the wrist enclosures are too wide and the chest is slightly baggy; however, these are minor details and don't detract from this contender being an excellent jacket.