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Marmot Montreaux Review

Serious warmth packed into a budget friendly knee-length parka.
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Price:  $300 List | $240.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Insanely warm, form-fitting, thick down, removable faux fur ruff, double sided full zipper
Cons:  Heavy, somewhat bulky, limited mobility, some feather loss, not waterproof
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Liz Williamson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 22, 2018
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Our Verdict

When the temperatures start to drop, you will be happy to have on the Marmot Montreaux. Insulated with some high-quality lofty 700-fill-power down, we were comfy and content in temperatures of 15F. Taking the dog out for a walk or standing in place at a hockey game won't be an issue, period. Reaching our knees, we were seriously cozy when we had the hood on, and the coat fully zipped up. The faux fur ruff around the hood offered extra warmth and style, while the outer fabric has a water-resistant DWR (durable water resistant) coating but isn't waterproof.

A better option for a climate that gets a ton of wet weather is the Patagonia Tres Down Parka.

Color Updates
Though the color we tested is no longer available, our Best Buy winning winter jacket has not been amended design or style-wise since our testing period. The black shown above is a current colorway.


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Pros Insanely warm, form-fitting, thick down, removable faux fur ruff, double sided full zipperRemovable coyote fur, sleek, form-fitting, kick pleats, 625 fill down, adjustable waist, colors optionsForm-fitting, sleek waterproof and durable, three jackets, ethically sourced and cozy downStylish, warm, nice features, durable, highly water-resistant, windproof, good quality construction, interior carrying straps750 fill down, 2-way zipper, sporty and sleek, windproof, warm, super comfortable, lightweight, self-packs into a pillow
Cons Heavy, somewhat bulky, limited mobility, some feather loss, not waterproofNo full zip, no zip exterior pockets, expensive, tight collar when zipped, back snaps let cold air in, real furSleeves are short, uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, pockets lack zippersExpensive, heavy, feels like a lot of jacket, huge hood, doesn’t detach, boxy fitNot waterproof, hood doesn’t detach, finicky zipper
Bottom Line Serious warmth packed into a budget friendly knee-length parka.A highly stylish jacket meant to handle wicked winters.Wet, sloppy weather doesn't stand a chance when you're wearing this highly stylish and waterproof jacket.A durable and dependable winter jacket that will last multiple seasons to come.Bomber windproof construction is packed into this warm mid-thigh length parka.
Rating Categories Marmot Montreaux Canada Goose Kensington Parka Tres 3-in-1 Parka Canada Goose Shelburne Parka Canada Goose Camp Hooded
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Specs Marmot Montreaux Canada Goose... Tres 3-in-1 Parka Canada Goose... Canada Goose Camp...
Insulation 700 fill down with Down Defender 625 fill duck down 700 fill Advanced Global Traceable Down 625 fill duck down 750 Fill Power Hutterite White Duck Down
Hood Zip-off, down-filled hood with removable faux fur ruff Adjustable hood with removable coyote fur ruff Adjustable, snap-on hood Adjustable hood with removable coyote fur ruff 2-way adjustable tunnel hood
Length Knee-length Above-the-knee Above-the-knee Knee-length Mid-thigh
Pockets 2 internal, 2 external 1 internal pocket, 4 external 5 (Outer Shell: 2 w/snaps, Inner: 2 hand w/zip, 1 interior w/zip) 3 internal, 2 external 2 external, 1 internal, 1 internal stretch mesh pocket
Weight (size small) 2.25 lbs 2.8 lbs 2.9 lbs 4 lbs 1.25 lb
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Main Fabric 100% polyester with DWR treatment Arctic-Tech 85% polyester, 15% cotton with DWR coating Shell: H2No Performance Standard shell: 2-layer, 6.7-oz 100% polyester stretch twill with DWR finish, Inner: 20D 100% recycled polyester with a DWR finish Arctic-Tech (85% polyester, 15% cotton) with DWR finish 36GSM, BASECAMP 20D, 100% Nylon Ripstop, DWR
Unique Features Fleece lined torso, hydophic down Cinched waist, coyote fur ruff, carrying straps, kick pleats Three jackets in one Durable outer shell, coyote fur ruff, carrying straps, kick pleats Center front YKK 2-way locking reverserved coil zipper, single-handed adjustable hem

Our Analysis and Test Results

Insulated with Down Defender 700 fill-power down, we were warm, comfortable, and protected in frigid weather when armed with the Marmot Montreaux. Weighing 2.2 lbs, it is one of the heaviest in the fleet, but the heft is hard to notice. The down is evenly distributed, and we never feel like it was too bulky or constricting.

Performance Comparison


Insulated with plush 700-fill power down  we felt comfortable and warm in some seriously cold weather. The knee-length cut does a great job at offering extra protection and warmth.
Insulated with plush 700-fill power down, we felt comfortable and warm in some seriously cold weather. The knee-length cut does a great job at offering extra protection and warmth.

Warmth


This jacket is by far the warmest contender we tested. The thick plush down makes frigid weather seem downright pleasant. It's insulated with Down Defender 700 fill-power down, which is also water-resistant. The warmth factor meant we were able to extend our time outside in stormy weather while staying super warm, outperforming the Canada Goose Kensington Parka and The North Face Gotham II Hooded Down Jacket.


The hood is filled with plush down, which made a noticeable difference when it came to securing heat. Some models in our fleet, like the Patagonia Tres Down Parka had no insulation whatsoever in the hood.

Unlike any other jacket we tested  the Montreaux offers a soft  fleece-lined torso. In cold weather  we enjoyed being able to slip on a jacket that wasn't lined with cold nylon or polyester. There are two interior media pockets. The one that is pictured is a drop pocket for quick access.
Unlike any other jacket we tested, the Montreaux offers a soft, fleece-lined torso. In cold weather, we enjoyed being able to slip on a jacket that wasn't lined with cold nylon or polyester. There are two interior media pockets. The one that is pictured is a drop pocket for quick access.

We like that the Montreaux has a fleece-lined torso. On a cold day, it's very enjoyable and warmer than cold nylon or polyester interiors like those in the Canada Goose Kensington Parka. Microfleece also lines both sides of the exterior pockets, as well as the collar, and the cuffs. It's apparent that extra consideration was put into the warmth and comfort of this jacket.

Down insulation has a high warmth-to-weight ratio. Lightweight and highly compressible  the down Montreaux is a great choice for cold climates.
Down insulation has a high warmth-to-weight ratio. Lightweight and highly compressible, the down Montreaux is a great choice for cold climates.

Weather Resistance


Not intended for a wet climate, the Montreaux is water-resistant, but not waterproof. The chart below shows where this jacket lands on the weather resistance scale.


The exterior polyester fabric is treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating. Initially, water beads up and rolls off, but after an extended period in rain/heavy rain, the jacket became saturated. The Montreaux is insulated with Marmot's "Defender Down" — a treatment is applied to the down so that it doesn't lose loft or clump when wet (as untreated down does). Because of this, we were able to stay outside in stormy weather longer than when wearing the Patagonia Down With It Parka. If you live somewhere where it primarily rains, check out the Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Down Parka.

Most down jackets have a DWR (durable water repellent) coating on the exterior nylon or polyester fabric  which makes water bead up and roll off initially  but is not fully waterproof. Many of these jackets are not intended to be used in super wet conditions.
Most down jackets have a DWR (durable water repellent) coating on the exterior nylon or polyester fabric, which makes water bead up and roll off initially, but is not fully waterproof. Many of these jackets are not intended to be used in super wet conditions.

Style


Super sleek and flattering, the knee-length cut, combined with the faux fur ruff around the hood, really gives this parka an elegant look. The exterior polyester fabric has a satin finish, and it looks great with the chevron baffling.


Even though this award-winner is loaded with thick plush down, it doesn't look too bulky or overly puffy. For such a warm jacket, Marmot does a great job of controlling the down and maintain a flattering, form-fitting look.

This jacket is loaded with down and still manages to maintain a form-fitting and stylish look.
This jacket is loaded with down and still manages to maintain a form-fitting and stylish look.

Granted, this style parka isn't for everyone. If you are looking for something stylish that hides the appearance of the down insulation, look at the Canada Goose Kensington Parka. Two other jackets we tested this year that hid their insulation well and have a smooth, sleek appearance are the Fjallraven Nuuk and Kuhl Arktik parkas.

We liked the faux fur ruff around the hood of the Rab Deep Cover Parka and the Best Buy award winner, the Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacket. If you love the look of a down style jacket but aren't a fan of the faux fur ruff, we recommend The North Face Metropolis Parka II.

The chevron baffling is very striking against the satin finish of the polyester fabric.
The chevron baffling is very striking against the satin finish of the polyester fabric.

Comfort


Almost equivalent to wearing a stylish, cute sleeping bag, we didn't want to take the Montreaux off. Stepping outside on a cold day seemed like nothing in this fortress of cozy insulated down.


Out of all the contenders we tested, this one handled the best in super cold temperatures, as the knee-length cut offered even more protection in blustery weather. When we added the hood into the mix, we were even warmer. The faux fur ruff performed well, blocking cold winds and precipitation, keeping us nice and toasty. If the knee-length isn't for you, check out the North Face Gotham II.

Super warm and encompassing  we had no issues with the hood staying on  in windy weather. Besides looking super cute  the faux fur ruff did a great job at protecting our face and keeping it warm in stormy or cold weather.
Super warm and encompassing, we had no issues with the hood staying on in windy weather. Besides looking super cute, the faux fur ruff did a great job at protecting our face and keeping it warm in stormy or cold weather.

This model is lightweight, especially considering how much down it has stuffed into it. Both sides of the exterior pockets are lined with microfleece. The torso, collar, and cuffs are also lined with microfleece and offered a soft, cozy touch in stormy or cold weather. The fleece around the collar and the chin guard is softer and plusher than the Patagonia Down With It Parka.

The exterior pockets are lined with fleece on both sides  offering ample warmth in cold weather.
The exterior pockets are lined with fleece on both sides, offering ample warmth in cold weather.

Features


The main feature of this Best Buy Winner is its undeniable warmth. Marmot's Down Defender 700 fill-power down insulation is high-quality and water-resistant. It also helps keep our core warm and maximizes time spent outside in inclement weather. The stylish faux fur ruff around the hood is removable, as is the hood itself. There are two interior media pockets — one of the pockets has a zipper, while the other one is a drop pocket (no zipper or Velcro to secure it shut). Fleece features seem to be a theme with this jacket. This award winner offers microfleece exterior pockets, cuffs, and collar.

Fleece seems to be a theme with this jacket. We really enjoyed the soft fleece-lined cuffs on the sleeves. In stormy and cold weather they did a great job at blocking cold air and precipitation.
Fleece seems to be a theme with this jacket. We really enjoyed the soft fleece-lined cuffs on the sleeves. In stormy and cold weather they did a great job at blocking cold air and precipitation.

There is a full double-sided zipper for easy access and better mobility. The length of this jacket is a bit restricting compared to The North Face Arctic Parka II or the down layer of the Patagonia Tres Down Parka, but the double-sided zipper helped us gain more mobility in certain situations.

A 2-way zipper should be a requirement on all knee-length parkas. We enjoyed having the option of zipping open from the bottom for long walks when we needed a bit more mobility  or on warmer days.
A 2-way zipper should be a requirement on all knee-length parkas. We enjoyed having the option of zipping open from the bottom for long walks when we needed a bit more mobility, or on warmer days.

Durability


We read some reviews online that mentioned that the jacket was losing down feathers at an alarming rate. Over the two years we tested this jacket, we didn't notice that happening, but it is something to consider. The DWR coating on the polyester fabric is durable, and the Down Defender insulation didn't lose any loft after being outside in snowy weather, which could potentially happen with the regular down insulation in the Patagonia Downtown Parka.

The faux fur ruff didn't lose much loft either in wet weather, but it's not as heavy-duty as the coyote fur ruff on the Canada Goose Kensington Parka or the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka. We found the faux fur ruff around the Rab Deep Cover Parka to be loftier, but it wasn't as soft.


Best Application


If you live somewhere that's extremely cold, like Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, etc., this jacket is perfect for you. This jacket did a fine job in the snow, but it's not the best option for someone living in a mild or super wet climate. If this sounds like your environment, we'd recommend the Patagonia Tres Down Parka or the Arc'teryx Patera instead. If you live somewhere that experiences cold winters, with more snow than rain, check out the Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacket, which offers an excellent value.

Value


For $300, this jacket is a steal, especially for what you're getting — an insanely warm jacket. The warmth factor itself makes this jacket an incredible value, which is why this contender is our Best Buy award winner.

If you are in the market for a stylish knee-length parka  look no further. Warm and dependable  this winter jacket will keep you super cozy and looking good all winter long  while keeping some money in the bank.
If you are in the market for a stylish knee-length parka, look no further. Warm and dependable, this winter jacket will keep you super cozy and looking good all winter long, while keeping some money in the bank.

Conclusion


We are impressed with the Marmot Montreaux. It's exceptionally warm and comfortable and still maintains a flattering look. A classic winter parka, minus the lack of waterproofness, though the DWR coating on the exterior fabric still performed well in snowy weather. In fact, it's a great jacket to wear around town shopping or hanging outside at night looking at the stars. We would recommend this award winner to anyone who wants to stay super warm and enjoy themselves outdoors.


Liz Williamson