Marmot Mica Jacket
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.
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.
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The winner of several prestigious design awards, it couldn't be any lighter and still be called a jacket Supremely detailed and pro-minded, The Mica is made for traveling light in tough conditions The Mica is 100% seam taped, waterproof, and highly breathable, thanks to MemBrain Strata fabric It also features an attached adjustable hood and Velcro cuffs, a water resistant front zipper, and it packs neatly into its own pocket
In favor of the Mica Jacket's feathery, six-ounce weight, Marmot engineers ditched the bells and burned all the whistles. The still highly capable 20k-rated weatherproof fabric allows this jacket to fend off three seasons of nasty, mountain weather. And despite its minimalist design, fast-packers, hikers, and gram-counting backpackers will find comfort beneath this jacket's breathable membrane and articulated fit.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Marmot Men's Mica Jacket DECENT FEATURES of the Marmot Men's Mica Jacket Marmot MemBrain Strata Waterproof/Breathable Fabric 100% Seam Taped Attached Adjustable Hood Water Resistant Front Zipper Packs into Pocket Zippered Pockets Reflective Logos Adjustable Velcro Cuff Elastic Draw Cord Hem Angel-Wing Movement The SPECS of the Marmot Men's Mica Jacket Weight: 7 oz / 198.4 g Material: MemBrain Strata 100% Nylon Ripstop 2.2 oz/yd Center Back Length: 28in. Regular fit
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