Mammut is synonymous with quality, being Swiss though, I don’t suppose you would expect too much else! From their humble beginnings as a rope manufacturer almost 150 years ago, they have grown into a multi million pound international Sports Group who’s product range encompasses mountaineering, ski sports and outdoor sports. Over the years Mammut has been at the forefront of technological advances, spending huge amounts of time and money in research and development alongside some of the world’s leading material manufacturers to bring us innovations such as: ColdBlack, ‘C’ Change, Gore-Tex XCR and many more.
Their clothing product range is vast but for many years they have had a professional line, recently known as the ‘Extreme Range’. This core array of items have been tailored for those end users that want the best, the latest technologies and pieces that perform like they’re supposed to with absolutely no compromise.
In 2012 Mammut will be 150 years old, to mark this occasion they have gone back to the drawing board and re-designed the ‘Extreme’ range calling it ‘Eiger Extreme’. This collection will be available from late August 2011 in a limited number of stores worldwide. As a Mammut premium retailer V12 will be one of the few select stores that will be stocking it. Having seen the range in full, we thought it would be an idea to give you a taster of what is to come, a chance to hear about the latest innovations and technologies that Mammut have been working on to incorporate in this very unique and special collection.
The Nordwand Jacket is the 3 layer Gor-Tex Pro Shell which takes the place of the Logan Jacket, this is an extremely tough, abrasion resistant full stretch 3-layer Jacket which comes with a completely new hood adjustment system that ensures you have a perfect fit every time, helmet or not. There is a new switchback Velcro adjustment system to seal the cuffs, front access pit zips, front pockets to allow easy access if your wearing a harness or rucksack and a detachable snow skirt to name just a few features. The Logan Jacket became Mammut’s high end signature piece, the Nordwand looks like it will steal it’s thunder.
Next up comes the Felstrum Half Zip Jacket, probably my favourite piece of the collection. Made from Gore-Tex Active Shell 3 layer designed for fast and light purposes this material feels great, even next to the skin, it has a much higher breath-ability aspect than other Gore-Tex fabrics. Although this is a light fabric (297g for a medium Felstrum) it feels like its not going to rip if you brush up against a rock or suchlike which has always been the problem with paclites.
It also comes with a brand new and innovative zip: the spiral is placed directly on the outer material in order to reduce weight and avoid sewing. A front pocket and pit zips are all thrown in all at under 300g! This jacket feels great to wear, looks amazing and has a feel and design about it that screams of practicality and fast single day ascents!
The Gipfelgrat Jacket is a Polartec NeoShell Waterproof soft-shell, there has already been a lot of interest in this jacket, the perfect Alpine companion, whether your bagging peaks, multi-pitch climbing, ice climbing or skiing. It pretty much covers all your needs. A 3 point hood adjustment system, front-reach sleeves, switchback Velcro cuff adjustment system, pit zips…..
The Eiswand Pull is a Polartec Thermal Pro Insulation piece that has an incredible warmth to weight ratio, it really has to be tried to be believed. Flat lock seams, thumb loops and a lightweight thin and close fitting hood made from Polartec Powerstretch are just some of the features that help make this a no-brainer when it comes to layering insulation.
The Moench Longsleeve is a Polartec Power stretch item similar to the Kula in design and fit. A top end base layer that has incredible stretch and fast drying capabilities, thumb loops, a high collar for neck protection and covered chin protection are just some of its features, a lovely functional piece.
The Nordwand Pants as the name would suggest are the matching trouser set to the Nordwand Jacket. Made from the same Gore-Tex Pro Shell material they come with a raised waistband with incorporated Coolmax moisture management, full length drop-seat, snow-skirt to suit both alpine and ski boots to name a few features, a suitable match for the jacket without question.
The Eisfeld Pants are Schoeller Soft Shell Dryskin Pants that incorporate ColdBlack technology. Coolmax moisture management raised waistband, Snowskirt suitable for Alpine or Ski Boots and many other refinements make these pants a must have for ski touring, classic alpinism or backcountry skiing.
Well that’s most of the Men’s kit sorted, now have a look at the Women’s, this is entirely new as previously there has only been an Extreme range for men. The items in general are similar to the men’s in terms of fabrics and what they do but have a feminine cut with specific details that address many of the details other manufacturers leave out. kidney warmth being one such example, Women generally suffer more from cold in the kidney area than men so in the Mittelegi Jacket the snow-skirt is made from a warmer material so it protects the kidneys more. The reaction we have had so far from our female customers that have seen the range has been amazing, favourite picks so far seem to be the soft shell and the trousers, with very agreeable comments regarding the Mammut colour pallet for the collection.
The Mittellegi Jacket is the equivalent Nordwand made from the same Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3 layer material, it has the same new hood adjustment system and the other refinements that the Nordwand has with a feminine cut and a detachable snow skirt made from a warm material to help protect the kidney area.
The Ultimate Westgrat Jacket is a soft shell made from Gore Windstopper Extreme 10615, comes with 3 point hood adjustment system, switchback cuff Velcro system, front-reach sleeves which are ergonomically tailored to climbing movement, font access pit zips and much more. A beautiful soft-shell jacket.
The Schneefeld Jacket is a hooded Polartec Thermal Pro insulation piece that has outstanding insulation to weight properties, flat lock seems, thumb loops and covered chin protector to name a few of its features. Pretty much exactly what you want from an insulation piece.
The Jungfrau Longsleeve is the Equivelant of the men’s Moench with all the same features, such as flat lock seams, thumb loops, covered chin protector with flat, non protruding edge, heat treated using laser cut and an alpine fit. This is an exceptional base layer.
The Mitellegi Pants are the matching set for the Mitellegi Jacket again with all the same features as the men’s equivalent trousers the Nordwand Pant. The most robust pants of the range. Raised Coolmax waistband, full length drop seat with zips that continue onto the upper leg and can be used for side ventilation, snow skirt for both alpine and ski boots, hem reinforcement and crampon protection made from Schoeller Keprotech to name a few.
The Eismeer Pants are Schoeller Soft Shell pants with the same features as the men’s Eisfeld Pants. Made from soft highly elastic Dryskin material, ColdBlack technology, which makes dark materials behave like light ones, absorbing up to 80% of the sunlight, Coolmax moisture management, externally adjustable waistband……
There is also a Nordwand Glove made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3 layer material, a fast drying Stollen Beanie.
The Nordwand TL is a thinsulate lined fully speced gaitered B3 mountaineering boot with a speed lace system, easy entry system, waterproof YKK zipper on the gaiter and an insulated carbon innersole. Built around the heritage that is Raichle and the run away success of the Mammook, these are boots to go higher with!
Finally the Trion Nordwand 35 is a roll top closure rucksack with many new features, some of which include: removable hip belt, a large front opening to main compartment, detachable crampon pocket, ski carrier, ice tool and pole attachment …..
To see all the products in full and more information look out for them near the end of August at the store, we will post when they are available via face-book and the news section of the site.
Having tried some of these products already it has to be said that Mammut have not let us down, their dedication to innovation and quality has produced a stunning end user collection that it will be very hard to beat. Of course they’re not cheap but then what items of quality are?In this game you get what you pay for, I’ve had my Logan Jacket for more than 6 years now, granted it’s a little dirtier and there’s the odd scuff mark on it but in terms of its looks and how it performs it works as well now as the day I bought it. The old Extreme range was already in a class of its own but the new Eiger Extreme Range has taken it at least one step further possibly two!