Often women have to sacrifice either fashion or function when buying a winter jacket. The Mammut Robella jacket offers both. The Robella is perfect for skiing, boarding, and most outdoor winter activities, but its sleek design will have you reaching for it for trips to the grocery store, commuting to work, walking the dog, or anything that takes you out the front door on a cold day.
The Robella is warm, with high-quality 80g fill, a detachable and stretchable snow skirt, Lycra hand gaiters, and a removable hood. On below-freezing days when most people want to hole-up indoors, a base layer and fleece or down layer under the Robella were plenty warm enough.
The seams are tight and zippers reinforced. The Mammut Robella could be worn just over skivvies at the top of a mountain, and you would not feel a bit of wind.
When it's just not cold enough for flurries and it's raining, the Robella jacket beads water, and the adjustable hood and gaiters keep the coat in place and ensure that not an inch of your upper body gets wet.
The articulated elbows make the jacket ideal for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities. Soft, stretchy hand gaiters keep all but your fingertips warm. Worn under gloves, the hand gaiters ensure no wind or snow makes it to your wrists.
Climbing a frozen waterfall or skinning up the side of a mountain? Unzip your pits to cool. Taking off the skins and heading back down the mountain? Snap up your elastic snow skirt.
Its rubbery detailing on the elastic will ensure the detachable skirt stays in place and winter doesn't get in. Pair this jacket with the matching pants and the snow skirt snaps into the pant waistband for extra powder protection.
The Mammut Robella spoils skiers. It has an easy-access wrist pocket for your ski pass, a few bills, and lip balm. The hood is big enough to fit over a helmet, adjusts in the back, and detaches from the coat by a zipper.
The jacket has three additional external pockets for cell phones, cameras, and snacks. A big internal pocket with an attached cleaning cloth can fit goggles and mp3 player. An opening and loop near keeps your earbuds organized and in place.
All the zippers have grippy pull tabs, so your gloves don't need removed to zip or unzip. Your gloves can be attached to a clip at your waistband when they do need to be removed.
The fit is flattering, feminine and the jacket comes in a color combos that will turn heads: deep purple with lime-green accents, black with blue, and bright blue with blue.
With its combination of fashion and function, the Robella is the choice for winter wear. The Mammut Robella retails for $330.
Sarah Klingler, a Pittsburgh, Pa native, was practically born on the snow. Before she was 18 months old, her parents strapped her into her first pair of skis, and she fell in love with winter.
She's a ski instructor at Seven Springs resort, but when Klingler's not on the hill with students, you can find her snowshoeing, cross country and telemark skiing, or hiking through the pow with her snow-loving Labrador, Emma.
When the snow melts, Klingler mountain and road bikes, hikes, horseback rides, whitewater rafts, and dreams about chairlifts.
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