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Marmot Montreaux Review

Serious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parka
Marmot Montreaux
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Price:  $300 List | $224.96 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pockets
Cons:  No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 18, 2021
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  • Warmth - 30% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 5
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Style - 10% 9
  • Durability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

When the temperatures drop, and our testers were tempted to just stay on the couch, they reached for the Marmot Montreaux. Stuffed with lofty 700-fill-power down and partially-lined with plush fleece. With the hood on and the coat fully zipped, it's like walking around in a chic sleeping bag. This surprisingly flattering jacket kept us comfy and content even when temperatures hovered in the mid-teens. Its water-resistant down and durable, water-resistant coating shrug off snow and light rain, but this jacket isn't waterproof. For colder, dryer snowstorms or frigid, clear weather, the Montreaux is an excellent, reasonably-priced option. Whether walking the dog or standing around to watch the parade of lights, we stayed cozy in this down cloud.

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Pros Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pocketsComfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathableAthletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproofFlattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyesterWindproof, warm, super comfortable, lightweight, packs into a pillow
Cons No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofOn the bulky side, face fabric holds onto waterSleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensiveUninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pocketsNot waterproof, hood doesn’t detach, finicky zipper
Bottom Line A warm, comfy, and cute puffy winter parka that won't break the bankDurable and waterproof, this jacket is a great option for cold or wet weatherStylish and functional, this jacket will keep you dry and warm when moving around in the winter monthsThis parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditionsThis parka is windproof and warm
Rating Categories Marmot Montreaux Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's Arc'teryx Patera Parka Tres 3-in-1 Parka Canada Goose Camp Hooded
Warmth (30%)
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Comfort (25%)
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Style (10%)
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Specs Marmot Montreaux Fjallraven Nuuk -... Arc'teryx Patera... Tres 3-in-1 Parka Canada Goose Camp...
Insulation and Fill Power 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender Supreme microloft (100% polyester) 750 fill down 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 750 fill hutterite white duck down
Fill Weight 221 g 250 g 59 g Down, 100 g Coreloft 150 g Unavailable
Hood Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Insulated with detachable faux fur trim Insulated hood Uninsulated, removable 2-way adjustable tunnel hood
Pockets 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest 2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest pocket 2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket 2 external, 1 internal, 1 internal stretch mesh pocket
Weight (size small) 2.3 lbs 3.7 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.9 lbs 1.3 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features Water resistant down, DWR treatment Waterproof, windproof Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Windproof, DWR treatment
Sizes Available XS to XXL XXS to XXL XS to XXL XS to XXL 2XS to 2XL
Social or Environmental Certifications Fluorocarbon-free impregnation Some materials meet bluesign criteria
Responsible Down Standard
100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn

Our Analysis and Test Results

Insulated with around 221 grams of high-quality, water-resistant down, the Montreaux doesn't waste much of your hard-earned body heat. Weighing 2.2 lbs, it also feels light on, unless it's soaking wet, so avoid that. The evenly distributed down makes for a cute and cozy jacket, one of our favorites.

Performance Comparison


With 700-fill power down reaching to our knees, an insulated hood...
With 700-fill power down reaching to our knees, an insulated hood, and a fur ruff, the Montreaux kept us cozy in some seriously cold weather.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Warmth


This jacket is among the warmest options we tested. The baffle construction gives the 700 fill-power down plenty of room to expand. This capitalizes on its light and lofty nature to capture air and insulate you from the cold. It's approximately 221 gram down fill-weight (fill-weights vary for each size) means you've got a lot of high-quality feathers wrapped around you, from the top of your head to your knees.

A light but plush fleece liner wraps around your core, cutting wind and holding in even more warmth. All this makes the Montreaux so warm and cozy that we wanted to head outside on frigid nights. And we love excuses to look at the stars or stroll around downtown.


The hood is also insulated with light, fluffy features, keeping your head and ears toasty. The synthetic fur ruff hovers at a great distance from your face, effectively blocking wind without killing your peripheral vision. The fur is removable for warmer weather or for those that don't like its style. We love its function. In whipping winds and snowy weather, it keeps our faces noticeably better protected. There isn't much extra room for a hat underneath, though.

The Montreaux has soft fleece lining the torso. This warms the...
The Montreaux has soft fleece lining the torso. This warms the jacket instantly, feels great in a t-shirt, and helps stop wind in its tracks.
Photo: Clark Tate

The fleece-lined torso offers instant warmth while your body works to warm up air pockets in the down layer. It also keeps your back warm when the Montreaux's down is compressed, like when you're sitting on a bench. Unfortunately, there's no fleece around your bum. When you sit on the jacket and crush the down, you lose warmth. On the plus side, while our bum and hamstrings got chilly, our quads were happy as could be.

Microfleece also lines the exterior pockets, the collar, and the cuffs. The pockets tuck behind the down insulation, so your hands stay as toasty as the rest of you in this winter jacket.

A DWR coating and water-resistant down help this jacket take on dry...
A DWR coating and water-resistant down help this jacket take on dry snow storms with ease. It even lasted four minutes in the shower, letting water through to our thighs in the end but keeping our core dry.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Weather Resistance


The Montreaux is water-resistant but not waterproof. It has two defenses against rain, sleet, or wet snow. The first is a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment on its polyester face fabric. The second is a Down Defender treatment that helps its feathers resist losing loft and their insulating properties when wet.


Water initially beads on the DWR treated exterior and rolls off. After extended exposure to moisture, like our shower test, water seeps into the fabric. Here, the treated down resists it for a time. Eventually, the jacket gets pretty soggy.

Most down jackets have a DWR (durable water repellent) coating on...
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.
Photo: Liz Williamson

Still! It did surprisingly well in our shower test. After standing under the driving water for four minutes, only our thighs were noticeably wet. Water also splashed through the zipper a bit, despite the storm flap behind it. The splashing was minimal. This jacket does not excel in truly wet weather, but it does buy you some time in a sudden downpour.

With a light and flexible feel and soft fleece lining, this winter...
With a light and flexible feel and soft fleece lining, this winter jacket is built to keep you comfortable.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Comfort


If you can imagine wearing a stylish, cute sleeping bag around town, that pretty much sums up the Montreaux. Keeping us warm goes a long way to keep us comfortable, but so does a jacket's cut, weight, and soft little details. It's like and airy with high-quality that compresses easily, so the coat never feels bulky. It moves well and rarely feels restrictive despite its knee-length.


The jacket is a little snug for our shoulders, which range from broad to standard issue. The thicker the layers you're wearing underneath, the more pronounced the problem. It's only an actual issue when you're crossing your arms to point in opposite directions. So avoid that. The rest of the cut works well, with the lower half of the coat forming a slight bell. The flair never restricts your stride, even when the jacket is zipped down to your knees. If you need more range of motion, for lunges, say, you can widen the hem thanks to a two-way zipper.

Yes, it is liking wearing a cute sleeping bag around. And we love it.
Yes, it is liking wearing a cute sleeping bag around. And we love it.
Photo: Clark Tate

The exterior pockets sandwich your hands in microfleece, and it's terrific. They are also a comfortable size and height for your hands, which is, sadly, not a given. You can even sit down with a phone or wallet in these pockets without much discomfort, which is a nice bonus. The torso, collar, and cuffs are also lined with microfleece and offer soft support that helps us face cold and stormy weather.

We love the easy, comfortable elegance of the Montreaux.
We love the easy, comfortable elegance of the Montreaux.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Style


This warm and lofty parka somehow manages to look sleek and fitted. The knee-length cut and faux fur ruff manage elegance, and the satin finish looks clean and sophisticated. Chevron baffling draws flattering lines.


We're still not sure how a down stuffed, objectively shapeless parka hangs so nicely. It almost drapes, if puffy baffles can do such a thing. We think it may be the high quality down, which keeps you warm with a bit less bulk. Whatever the magic is, we like it. Whether tucked away beneath the fur-lined hood and zipped to our knees or flung open during a spring melt, we always feel a little bit of movie star spark in this subtle stunner.

Fur ruffs, faux or otherwise, aren't for everyone. We used to have mixed opinions about them. After learning how functional they are in cold and snowy weather, we forget that not everyone likes the look. You can always unzip it if it's not for you.

We did get one tiny snag in this jacket over months of testing. But...
We did get one tiny snag in this jacket over months of testing. But if you take care of it, it will take care of you.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Durability


Over the two years we've tested this jacket, we've never had an issue losing feathers through the face fabric, but DWR coatings wear off over time. If this feature is important to you, you can reapply it at home. Most versions are somewhat toxic. So be sure to read about how to handle them properly.


We did inflict one tiny tear in the polyester, which is less robust than many fabrics on competing jackets. It happened when our lead tester packed the jacket in a ski bag to cushion her gear. So, maybe, don't do that. If you do, a piece of duck tape or a cute NOSO patch will have you fixed up in no time.

Features


The faux fur ruff around the hood is removable, as is the hood itself. Both zip off easily, though figuring out how to zip the ruff back on can be a brainteaser. We hear those are good for you. Fleece features seem to be a theme with this jacket, with microfleece exterior pockets, cuffs, and collar.

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As we've discussed, the two front pockets are fleece-lined and great for hands or valuables. There are also two interior media pockets. One has a zipper. The other is a drop pocket, with no zipper, Velcro, or snap to secure it. Both are big enough for smartphones, and the combination is excellent. Since we reach for our phones often, it's great to grab it without scrapping past rough zipper teeth. And the drop pocket is deep enough that a phone can't easily escape. We can zip credit cards into the other one and be ready to hit the town.

The jacket also has a two-way zipper for mobility. We do wish this jacket had a storm flap outside the zipper with snaps or buttons. It's a handy way to pull the jacket on in a flash. We love snapping a few buttons instead of futzing with zippers, even if they aren't that hard.

The Montreaux is our favorite winter jacket and one of the least...
The Montreaux is our favorite winter jacket and one of the least expensive options in the review. If you don't need a waterproof coat, you can't go wrong here.
Photo: Clark Tate

Value


For the price, this insanely warm jacket is a good deal. It looks good, keeps you cozy, and should last for years if you take good care of it.

Conclusion


The Marmot Montreaux is one impressive parka. It's exceptionally warm and comfortable while maintaining a flattering look. Despite its lack of waterproofness, the water-resistant fabric and down still perform well in snowy weather. It's one of our favorite winter jackets to wear when bopping around town or milling around the tailgate for apres-ski beers or meteor showers.

The Montreaux kept us smiling all winter long.
The Montreaux kept us smiling all winter long.
Photo: Austin Trigg

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