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Gear News | Goodbye Baffles, Hello Cubes?

With its eye-catching cube-shaped design, Marmot's new WarmCube Featherless Hoody has bagged several prestigious industry awards. Here's a look at the tech behind it.

Released in autumn 2020, the Marmot WarmCube Featherless Hoody slipped under the radar a little, hindered by Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions across Europe. But, not to be defeated, this synthetic-insulated jacket’s reputation has grown and grown since then. It’s won a gold award at the esteemed ISPO awards, with the judges recognising its ‘innovative features’, ‘perfect thermal regulation’ and ‘sustainable approach’, and it recently picked up a gong from a leading outdoor magazine too.

Ditching the usual approach of horizontal, thin baffles, this jacket instead features cube-shaped baffles on the inside – an eye-catching and intriguing design called 3D WarmCube. These inner cubes are designed to wrap around your body to provide warmth and comfort, while the channels in-between allow the jacket to warm up really quickly but also to dump heat if you unzip the front zipper. The idea is to provide the best of both worlds: excellent warmth in colder conditions, as well as first-rate breathability and temperature regulation when you’re working hard.

The insulation inside the jacket’s cubes is made from 75% recycled synthetic insulation, which behaves like 700 fill power down. There is a lot of it too – 200g in total (80g of PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft and 120g of recycled Thinsulate Featherless) – ensuring this winter-ready jacket is very warm and opulently cosy. The cubes themselves are fluffy and lofty, while externally the jacket features flatter, sheet-style insulation. Being synthetic, all of this insulation performs well even when wet.

The eco credentials of this jacket are commendable too, featuring recycled insulation and a recycled Pertex Quantum Y (100% recycled ripstop nylon) in the shell fabric. You also get an adjustable hood, elastic wrist cuff gaskets for sealing in warmth, extra-long zippered hand pockets and an interior zippered pocket. There are also no animal fibres, “giving those who are focussed on animal welfare and avoiding natural fibres a great choice for a very warm piece of insulation”, according to Marmot. The jacket, which is available in men’s and women’s versions, weighs 530g and costs £350.

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