After about ten years of careful use, my beloved Marmot Cobra jacket finally took a turn for the worst. The Gore-Tex was delaminating and holes were developing where some sharp creases rubbed.
So, I sent the jacket to Marmot to see what they could do. The verdict: unrepairable. They offered me a $270 credit toward anything on their site. Nice.
Shopping time: after perusing their site, I set my sights on the Silverton jacket for $500. OK, I figure $230 for that isn't too bad, but I do a little research first. Turns out that Gore-Tex Pro Shell isn't the most breathable stuff on the planet. So, I get to thinking what else I might get for $230 and I find this...
The Mountain Hardwear Snowpocalypse jacket with Dry.Q Elite for $235 and free shipping from Altrec. I'd rather have blue, but I pull the trigger. Got the last one.
Now that I'm feeling smug, I start to wonder how long my Marmot credit will last. I figure it's best not to find out. Let's see what they've got for $270...
The Marmot Vertical jacket at $285. I've been curious about soft shells. Now, here's a well-rated one that I can try for $15. Removable hood and pit zips, and available in blue. What's not to like?
So, did I just turn one old jacket into two new ones?
Did I score?
Did I learn a few things?