User Review: Marmot Men's ROM Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180
Good fitting, adequate water repellency for a softshell. EXCELLENT breathability for the wind resistance offered.
- Water repellent
- Wind resistance
- Perceived durability
After years of using different jackets for different seasons (a sports hoodie or fleece for shoulder season and bulky Columbia jacket for winter) I decided to re-approach my outerwear with a layered system. First was the North Face TKA 300 fleece to keep me warm. The next was some sort of shell to wear over it when the conditions were a bit worse. I was torn over weather resistance (hardshell) and breathability/movement (softshell).
I decided that I'd forgo a little weather resistance, if the weather got *that* bad, I'd throw a rain jacket over top. After narrowing it down to a few softshells, the other being the MH Embolden and TNF Alpine, I decided to go with the Marmot (my first ever Marmot purchase).
Fit: (I got the XL) I initially thought the "athletic" cut of this jacket wouldn't fit my broad shoulder/chest, but if actually fit better than the others. Arm length was just right for my 6ft height, and I liked that the jacket length was a hair bit longer than the other 2, right at the hip bones, rather than just blow the waist. The XL , for me, gives just the right amount of room to layer over the fleece, but not overly bulky if worn on its own.
Adjustments: The usual - waist and hood. I liked that the waist pulls were in the pockets. The only nitpick is that the hood opening pulls can just flap around your chin if you don't have them under the zipper. I don't do mountaineering, so helmet fit is moot, but the cinches deal with the extra fabric well.
Breathability: This jacket breaths good, especially for not having pit vents. It has a different type of fabric in a strip under the arms, to the pits, then down the sides. The only caveat is that this fabric is less water resistant than the Windstopper fabric the rest of the jacket is comprised of.
Durabilty: Haven't really tested this, as I'm pretty gentle with my clothes. The one area that I worry about is the neck/chin area has some sort of felt on the inside, I wonder if the constant beard stubble I have may wear that area quicker? More time will tell.
Windproof: The jacket does its job: it keeps the wind out. Granted, I'm in the Midwest and haven't tested it on Mt. Washington (yet, plan to this fall!), but gusts up to around 40mph were handled well.
Warmth: As the norm with these types of jackets, you need to be active for it to perform. Just a good hiking pace will be sufficient. or use a liner.
Waterproofness: It's a softshell, they're not waterproof. That being said, the ROM jacket does pretty well in a mist, light rain, or gentle snow. During a recent 12" snowfall of pretty "wet" snow, it shed the dampness for about 15 minutes before I noticed the moisture wicking into the material. I think I may try to apply some aftermarket DWR treatment to see if that helps at all.
Another thing, this jacket looks nice. I got the blue one, I've had people mention how "cool" it looks. Can't go wrong with that...