Marmot Minimalist Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 (reg $200)
Seems good so far.
- Pit zips
- Nice hood
- fits good, even with insulating layer
- looks good
I've only gotten to test it during the summer so far, but it is definitely waterproof and windproof. I'm one of those people that enjoy rainy/snowy days just as much as a sunny day. I go on day hikes and bike rides in the pouring rain, and this coat keeps me dry and cool, even when pedaling up hill (with pit-zips open and partially unzipped front).
It weighs 1 oz and packs down to about the size of a water bottle. i like to roll it up and stuff it in its hood. as functional as this coat is, i am however slightly concerned with the material that lines the inside, as I have had many, many items with this sort of lining (not Gore-tex, but rubber-esque materials) and have had it decay and crumble off after a year or two of moderate use.
I realize that the material type is what gives it its weightlessness, but for this price, I hope it lasts.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £89 GBP
Great jacket which does all it should in changeable Snowdonia.
It has its limitations as do all products but it is light to wear, very comfortable and so far 100% waterproof.
It packs down to very small volume. I tend to overheat easily so use the pit-zips and open up when getting too hot. It's the best all-round shell jacket I've had.
Fabric: Gortex Pac-lite
Bought this jacket as its function was for 'high aerobic' activities. Ran in this today in light rain but after 45 mins running jacket was wet on the inside, not to the extent of sweat running down your arms. Jacket was wet on tops of the shoulders and inside the arms. I did have both pit vents open.
Still deciding if it's worth the $399 NZD price tag as doesn't really do all it's say.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Rain wear for the dedicated outdoors person, Marmot's Minimalist jacket is a lightweight shell, while Gore's inimitable Paclite gives it guaranteed reliability.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Designed for those who move fast and light, the Marmot Minimalist Jacket provides unparalleled emergency protection. It compresses into nothing so you never have to leave home without it! Perfect for quick summit attempts and weekend trips alike. GORE-TEX(R) with Paclite(R) Technology PitZips(TM) - Underarm Zip That Extends Into the Body for Aggressive Venting 100% Seam Taped - For Full Waterproofness Attached Adjustable Hood - Offers a full range of adjustability for complete weather protection Chest Pocket with Water-Resistant Zipper - Chest Pocket with W/R Zipper Zippered Hand Pockets - For Convenience Storm Flap over Zipper with Snap/Velcro(R) Closure - Storm Flap over Zipper with Snap/Velcro Closure Elastic Draw Cord Hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather Angel-Wing Movement(TM) - Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Rainwear for the dedicated outdoors person, the Minimalist is a lightweight shell, while Gore's inimitable Paclite gives it guaranteed reliability One of Marmot's best selling Paclite jackets, redesigned with a less-bulky, trimmer fit forstreamlined, rainy-day play
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
When saving weight is critical to your mission, choose the Marmot Minimalist jacket. It's made with Gore-Tex(R) PacLite(R) and weighs a mere 15 oz. 2.5-layer Gore-Tex PacLite is engineered specifically to be light, packable and more breathable than other 2- or 3-layer Gore-Tex fabrics. Lack of need for a separate lining allows fabric to be light and compact; combines durable wind- and waterproofness with exceptional breathability. Micro seam allowances increase breathability and suppleness, and save weight; all seams are sealed for complete protection. Laminated, mini stormflap protects front zipper; chin guard protects from zipper abrasion. Pit zippers allow built-up body moisture to escape. Adjustable hood, drawcord hem and asymmetric rip-and-stick adjustable cuffs add protection. Marmot Minimalist jacket features Angel-Wing(TM) Movement construction for unhindered range of motion.
- REI refers to the men's version