If you are in search for an interchange jacket, this Marmot Bastione Component jacket review is a text for you. This is a 3-in-1 system at its best, so keep reading.
- Truly 2 jackets in one.
- Great features, which include 7 pockets in total, in both jackets.
- Removable hood.
- Great materials.
Where to buy
If you buy online, then the best place regarding the price and shipping is Amazon.
If you search the Internet for jackets of this type you will notice at least the following three terms:
- Interchange jackets.
- Component jackets.
- 3-in-1 jackets.
So do not be confused, they all describe essentially the same system which includes: a) an external rain shell jacket, b) an internal and removable jacket, made of fleece or of some other material. They can be used together, or each of them can be used separately. This is what makes such a system great and suitable for all seasons. I have been using such jackets for several decades already and know that they are usually expensive but definitely worth the money.
It appears that brands like Marmot and The North Face use the term ‘component jackets’, while Columbia typically uses the term ‘interchange’ or even ‘interchange 3-in-1’.
You can read more about this system in my separate text.
Who is it for
The jacket is ideal for:
- Around town use.
I myself am using my interchange jackets for all these activities. You can see one of my jackets in this text.
As the name suggests, this is a tool for all seasons. Need something for winter, no problem, use the jacket as it is, with its both components. Need only a rain shell jacket for around town use or in your outdoor adventures. In this case, just remove the internal layer and you have it.
Need a warm jacket in dry conditions e.g. at home, at work, for commuting, or in camp? Again, no problem, the internal jacket of this system will do the job.
The external jacket
This is a fully waterproof but breathable hard shell rain jacket, so-called two-layer construction. It comes with Marmot’s MemBrain waterproof technology. All seams are taped of course.
On the front, you have a zipper protected by a storm flap and equipped with velcro tabs. It should be mentioned that this is a two-way zipper, a construction which is there to add ventilation when needed and which may be useful when you have your climbing harness on. Additional zippers are under armpits where you have rather long vents for extra ventilation when needed.
Two hand pockets are with zippers and you also have one chest pocket with a vertical water-resistant zipper. One additional zippered pocket is on the inside of the jacket. So 4 pockets in total on the shell jacket, I am sure this is something everybody likes to have.
The cuffs are adjustable, you have velcro tabs here for this purpose. Adjustability is available on the hem as well, for this you have drawstrings on both sides.
The design includes what they at Marmot call the Angel-wing construction. This gives a lot of mobility and no restrictions in moving your arms in any direction. The same you have in other shell jackets from this brand, like Marmot Minimalist and Marmot Essence.
Naturally, the hood is the same waterproof material as the shell jacket, see the picture above. It is with a laminated brim, it is completely adjustable, and it is also removable, you have a zipper for this purpose.
The internal jacket
This is again a nice piece of garment, it looks great and stylish, perfect to be used as a standalone jacket. Its style is such that it definitely allows for extra layers underneath it. Note, this is not a fleece jacket, as you can realize from the picture, but it is definitely warm and cozy.
The material is water resistant and the jacket is insulated with a layer of Thermal R insulation. It is with a full zipper, and you have two hand pockets with zippers as well, plus one internal zippered pocket.
On the cuffs, you have elastic only, no adjustability, but the hem is again with drawstrings and it is adjustable. So as you realize, this piece alone is a nice jacket for itself.
Pros & cons
It is hard to find any true objection to this jacket. Here is my summary:
Specifications & summary of features
- Shell: MemBrain 10 2L, 100% Nylon 4.6 oz/yd.
- Seams taped.
- Pit zips.
- Water-resistant zippered chest pocket.
- Water-resistant zippers on hand pockets.
- Lining material: 100% Nylon WR 1.3 oz/yd (Liner); 100% Polyester Embossed WR 1.3 oz/yd.
- Insulation material: Thermal R.
- Center back length: 29 in (74 cm).
- Fit: regular. This implies relaxed shoulders design and a straight hem.
- Average weight: 3 lbs 1.6 oz (1406 g).
- Purpose: mountaineering, hiking, travel, casual.
- Removable and adjustable hood.
- Adjustable cuffs.
- Elastic draw cord in both components.
- Each component with an internal zip pocket.
- Angel-wing design.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
So to summarize this Marmot Bastione Component jacket review, what you have here is one great example of the interchange jackets, a piece of garment with plenty of features, suitable for various outdoor activities as well as for around town use. This is a true all-season tool, completely waterproof and breathable. The designers of this jackets have added a few details in order to improve ventilation, like the long pit zips, and the two-way zipper. This all makes the jacket suitable for dynamic outdoor activities. I have included this jacket in my list of 10 best waterproof interchange jackets for men.
Good thing to know is that the internal jacket can be used in combination with any other Marmot shell jacket (some of them are mentioned above). The same holds for the external jacket, it will fit many of Marmot’s soft shell jackets or fleece jackets.
You might want to see this brand new model from the same brand, the Marmot Featherless Component Jacket For Men.