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Uploaded on Jan 3, 2012
One of my favorite jackets in the last 3 years. Technically this is a traditional 3 season shell worn in Spring/Summer/Fall weather for basic hiking, paddling sports, biking, and weekend backpacking/camping. However, in reality this is more a casual jacket rather than something you would take up the Alps or on a 6 month backpack down the Appalachian Trail. It is light weight for the protection offered which is good but the lack of a belay zipper, lack of longer pit zips, and low, small pockets doesn't make it ideal for extreme conditions and activities. For a retail price of $200 this Alverstone held up well to plenty of abuse and outlasted a bunch of other jackets from TNF and Arcteryx that I've owned in that time frame. Part of the reason for that is this jacket is easy to wear and easy pack-and-forget when going anywhere at anytime of the year. So it was always with me from trekking across the tropical island of Barbuda to Ice Climbing in the Adirondaks. Too bad Mammut no longer makes or sell it anymore but you can easily find one on sale today via any obscure European retailer thru google search or get one used off eBay. Mammut has replaced this with the $199 Kento Jacket in Fall 2010. Also the sub-$200 Gore-Tex PacLite Grade Jacket is a better replacement for those considering this jacket.