Marmot Mica Jacket
Price Paid: $90
So far I have worn this jacket in a range of temperature in all types of wet weather. First and foremost this jacket does not leak and is VERY WATERPROOF! For the first month of wearing it temperatures ranged in the 70-80 degree range during wet humid rainy days. This jacket does not vent at all which is what I wanted. That being said, it never felt clammy or sticky on humid days. I was happy with how it performed in warm wet conditions.
For the ultimate test I decided to wear this jacket on a trip to the Cave of The Winds deck at the base of Niagara Falls. While standing on the observation deck you are literally feet away from the base of the falls being bombarded by the Niagara River. Underneath the Mica I had a long sleeve rugby shirt on which remained bone dry.
The weather has been getting colder here in Buffalo NY and I plan on using this jacket as a waterproof windproof shell with a down midlayer for warmth. THE WATERPROOF ZIPPER IS HUGE!! The other more expensive model that uses strata material has vents but does not have a waterproof zipper.
If keeping dry is what is most important to you, I would strongly suggest The Mica.
Price Paid: $130
Used the jacket daily for 4 months, mainly for hiking and cycling in moderately warm weather with frequent rain. Excellent for its weight and small bulk, and the hood is well designed.
However, in my case the jacket is absolutely not waterproof, not even water resistant! Also the jacket is already starting to wear out after only 4 month of normal use. Finally, at 5’9’’ 170lbs the medium just a little tight, perfect for wearing under a small shirt but too small for layering.
Good lightweight hooded wind protection, but just not good in the rain and not durable.
7 oz / 198.4 g
MemBrain® Strata™ 100% Nylon Ripstop 2.2 oz / yd