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Mammut vs Marmot – Brand Comparisons

In this article, we are going to be comparing the Swiss brand Mammut with the American owned Marmot, and much beyond the two letters difference in the company names.

Even though it might be considered unfair to pit a small mountain rodent against an extinct elephant, we will see how Marmot climbing pants and Marmot jackets compare against the world-renowned Mammut quality. Here is our brand comparison of Mammut and Marmot.

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What’s the Mammut Vs Marmot – Brand Comparisons?

History of Mammut

Mammut is the German word for mammoth. Headquartered in the Swiss town of Seon, the mountaineering and trekking company has been producing quality outdoor equipment since 1862.

The company is known for producing high-quality outdoor clothing and in more recent years, creating some of the world’s best climbing ropes and climbing equipment and clothing. In 2003, Mammut purchased Austrian rivals Raichle and rebranded their products under their name.

Material and Design

Mammut produces its materials while trying to maintain clean, ethical production. They have set themselves goals to reduce their carbon footprint and to ensure the welfare of the animal products used in their sleeping bags and accessories, certifying their products through various regulating bodies such as the Responsible Down Standard the Fair Wear Foundation. They produce some of their products from industry-standard Gore-Tex and combine this with Mammut Laser Fuse Technology to ensure the seams are sealed tightly against water and wind. Some of the products they carry consist of backpacks, helmets and jackets, which we are going to cover further.

Best Popular Designs – Jackets

1. Mammut Mellow Jacket

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The Mammut Mellow Jacket is a good, affordable, everyday jacket perfect for hiking and approaching the crag. It is a highly versatile jacket, packing Drytech 2.5-Layer technology into a light and compact product, ensuring that you stay dry while not having to carry much with you. This Mammut Jacket also has a two-way underarm zipper to help with heat regulation and a reinforced hood.

2. Mammut Casanna Jacket

Mammut Casanna Jacket

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The Casanna range is designed to be strong and robust against alpine conditions. Perfect for skiing and snowboarding as well as alpine hiking, they are ecologically designed to endure tough conditions.

Packed with 2 layers of breathable and waterproof DRYtechnology fabric and Ajungilak OTI Element insulation made of recycled materials, the jacket is complete with multiple features to ensure your comfort and warmth while spending an entire day on the mountain.

3. Mammut Camie Climbing Pants

Mammut Camie Climbing Pants

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With a relaxed chino look that would not look out of place in everyday situations, the Mammut Camie Climbing Pants seamlessly blend mobility and style. With a comfortable elastic waistband, a gusseted crotch and carefully shaped knees, the four-way stretch material will never limit your mobility. Complete with pockets for storing your brush in, or if you are using them for other outdoor activities such as hiking.

4. Mammut Massone Climbing Pants

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Similar to the Camie Climbing Pants, the Massone Climbing Pants are a combination of functional climbing wear and pants that are suitable for everyday use. They are specifically cut for rock climbing, ensuring mobility and stretch in all the essential places such as around the knees and crotch area. They also feature a comfortable elastic waist, the drawstring of which is concealed on the inside to ensure it never snags on the rock. The are made from lightweight and durable material and are the most technical rock climbing pants created by Mammut.

For those who prefer to climb in shorts or ¾ pants, check out the Zephir shorts or the Togira Pants.

Mammut has a reputation for high-quality, sustainable outdoor wear production. Their products tend to vary from the lower side of mid-range to the higher price range, depending on how strong, warm, and robust you require them to be. While often quite versatile, their products are often specifically designed for one activity and are highly refined to support the movements required to complete it. Now, let’s have a look at what Marmot has to offer.

History of Marmot

Marmot was founded in Colorado in 1974 as Marmot Mountain Giants by two university students who enjoyed making their own outdoor equipment. Only two years later, Marmot started a deal with W.L Gore & Associates and, after seven nights in a commercial freezer comparing sleeping bags with and without a Gore-Tex lining, adjusted all of their products to include the Gore-Tex material. The headquarters have now moved to Rohnert Park, California, and the company is still producing robust outdoor clothing and equipment to this day.

Material and Design

As well as being partnered with Gore-Tex Products, Marmot has engineered many unique and patented materials under their brand, notably EVODry – wind and rain protection made from upcycled materials and the Marmot MemBrain – a lamination lining that ensures water resistance. They, like Mammut, also try to produce their materials in a way that is fair, humane, ecological, and sustainable, placing ethical production alongside innovation at the heart of their company.

Best Popular Designs

Jackets

5. Marmot Minimalist Lightweight Rain Jacket

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The Minimalist Lightweight Marmot Rain Jacket is a light, fully waterproof outer layer that is perfect for hiking, cycling, and climbing approaches. The combination of Gore-Tex material and taped seams ensure thorough waterproofing and weatherproofing. Even the zip is water-resistant, despite being already protected by a storm flap. There are built-in Pitzips for heat regulation which increase the airflow around your arms. The hood can be adjusted for maximum facial coverage. Furthermore, arm mobility is unhindered due to Marmot’s Angel-Wing Movement design.

6. Marmot Neothermo Hoody

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The Marmot Neothermo Hoody is a compact and lightweight outer layer for Autumn and Spring weather, or a comfortable additional heat layer in cooler temperatures that fits easily under a winter jacket. Composed of polyester and elastane, it is flexible enough for use when climbing and bouldering in cold weather. The Polartec Power Grid design increases insulation while decreasing weight and mechanically wicks away excessive moisture. It is vibrant and stylish enough to look natural in an urban setting and packs down easily into a backpack.

7. Marmot Arch Rock Pants

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The Marmot Arch Rock Pants are durable and water-resistant, designed to dry quickly and keep moisture out. They are made of nylon and elastane to ensure comfort and mobility, particularly effective for a long day of rock climbing, and the gusseted inseam and articulated knee area increases the movement potential of the garment. They are also suitable for hiking and trekking and come in a variety of bright and vibrant colors.

8. Marmot Minimalist Pants

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Similar to the Minimalist Jacket, the Minimalist Pants are made of Packlite Gore-Tex fabric and are designed to be breathable, waterproof, and windproof, perfect for a day of alpinism or cold winter hiking. The seams are taped for complete water protection, and the ankles come with a snap-closing mechanism to hug your legs tightly and to keep the elements out. There is a flexible elastic waist for comfort, and articulated knees to enhance mobility. These pants are perfect for those who feel at home in higher altitudes where the temperature plummets and the conditions can change quickly.

Both Marmot and Mammut are very comparable brands, both creating products within a similar price range for similar activities. Depending on your geographical location in relation to the companies, the price of the products varies drastically, so you may be inclined to opt for Marmot products in North America and Mammut products in Europe, for example. Both companies aim to produce materials ethically and ecologically, but perhaps Mammut focuses a little more on this than Marmot. Mammut also seems a little more dedicated to tailoring their products towards climbers, and Marmot to trekking and alpinism, although both companies produce products for a wide range of outdoor activities.

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