We test jackets for months at a time, in the burliest of conditions. With the Marmot Fordham, however, it was love at first sight. The comfort and price of the Fordham set the tone for the rest of our assessment. In our testing at OutdoorGearLab, we see the price at purchase (and, unlike most reviews around the internet, we purchase all of our products at retail) and we immediately don the jackets upon receipt. A closer look revealed good insulation, warm protection, durable construction, and a compelling suite of features. Put all this together, and we get a straightforward Best Buy Award winner. For greater wet weather protection, we like the Arc'teryx Fission SV. For no-holds-barred warmth and style, our Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun is top of the heap, at a premium price. There are super warm jackets like the Canada Goose Expedition and svelte lower latitude options like the Columbia Mission Air Interchange 3-in-1 in our comprehensive winter jacket review.
This favorite jacket of ours is also available as an excellent layering piece, the Marmot Fordham Vest. The vest is a steal at $200 and would serve as an excellent addition to your layering quiver.