Marmot Super Mica Jacket

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Specs

men's
Weight 8.7 oz / 246.6 g
Main Material MemBrain® Strata™ 100% Nylon Ripstop 2.2 oz / yd

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The best raincoat is the one you have with you. This…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $199

Summary

The best raincoat is the one you have with you. This jacket is so light there is never a reason not to carry it. However, I carry it only when I don't really expect significant rain. This is because it is so light that it is not really a hard shell—a little wind blows it against your skin/base layer, making it colder than a stiff hard shell. If I know it will rain, I would carry a heavier, stiffer jacket or at least a fleece to keep this jacket off my arms.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Pit zips

Cons

  • It is colder than a true hard shell in wet, windy conditions
  • It starts to wet out faster than I would expect for a new rain coat
  • At $200, this is pricy for the value

I am a fan of Marmot clothing because it frequently offers the best balance of ultralight weight, performance and price.  This jacket pushes the envelope a bit in that it is SO LIGHT that it barely performs its function. I refer to the very-thin fabric that, in a wind, hugs my arms and makes me colder than I would be with my Arc'teryx Alpha SL

If I know it will rain, I will carry the extra weight of the Arc'teryx or perhaps my very-old Marmot Precip.  I am not unhappy with the jacket, but its function is limited to hikes where it MIGHT rain. I would recommend it, but only if you have the $$ to spare for this limited functionality.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Marmot's Men's Super Mica Jacket page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Marmot's Super Mica Jacket is durable, with pro features, and then bring the whole package in at just under an incredible nine ounces. Plus it has been updated with Marmot's NanoPro MemBrain fabric which makes it waterproof and breathable.

- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version

Ultralight, ultra stormproof. The Marmot Super Mica Rain Jacket for men with NanoProTM is not only waterproof and breathable but stretchy, making it ideal for climbs and scrambles.

- REI refers to the men's version

Marmot Super Mica Jacket for Men Stay warm and comfortable with this stylish Marmot Super Mica Jacket for Men. A NanoPro Membrain shell gives you optimum breathability, ensuring you don t get too hot. This jacket is durable, yet it features lightweight materials, weighing only 9oz. Thanks to pit zips, you have the chance to air out the jacket, preventing you from overheating. And, Angel-Wing Movement sleeves prevent you from being constricted. Asymmetrical cuffs give you more coverage. The seams are completely tapped, which blocks out the elements. Enjoy the outdoors like never before with this dynamic Marmot Super Mica Jacket for men.

- SunnySports refers to the men's version

True, the Marmot Men's Super Mica Jacket does feature pro-level waterproofing, all-universe breathability, and enough technical features to confuse a space shuttle engineer, but that's no reason to drool on yourself. Sure, the NanoPro MemBrain laminate is rated 10K waterproof and 47K breathable (is that even possible'), and the seams are fully taped, and the zippers are waterproof, and there are underarm vents, and the pockets are harness- and pack-compatible, and the hood is designed to work with helmets, but other than that' Fine, the ergonomic Angel-Wing movement helps you hike and climb in serious comfort, and the Duralite reinforcements prevent tears in high-wear areas, and the hook-and-loop asymmetric cuffs don't ride up, but that's seriously it.

- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version