Marmot Super Mica Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $199
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.
- Pit zips
- 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.
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Marmot's Super Mica Jacket is durable, with pro features, and then bring the whole package in at an incredible nine ounces.
The Marmot Super Mica Jacket is the complete package. Ridiculously lightweight, completely waterproof, and stylish to boot, this jacket allows you to stay out from dawn to dusk without worrying about what jacket you'll need! Marmot MemBrain(R) Waterproof/Breathable Fabric Micro-Stitched and 100% Seam Taped for maximum waterproof protection Gale-Force Hood with Reinforced Brim ERG Hood Adjustment System PitZips(TM) with Water Resistant Zippers Pack Pockets(TM) with Water-resistant Zippers Duralite Zonal Reinforcements Asymmetric Cuffs with Velcro Adjustment Integrated Cooling Vents Reflective Logos 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
The Super Mica jacket from Marmot has a multitude of pro details, and, incredibly, the entire package comes in at only 9 oz.. MemBrain(R) Strata(TM) 2.5 waterproof, breathable laminate reduces internal condensation to effectively increase your comfort range without weighing you down. Micro-stitched for durability and 100% seam taped for complete protection. Storm hood with a reinforced brim and ergonomic hood adjustments shields your face from the rain while allowing good vision in all directions. Bonded Teflon(R) reinforcements on shoulders and hips reduce wear and tear. Water-resistant zippers throughout ensure wet weather doesn't penetrate and save precious ounces by eliminating the need for bulky overflaps. Slim, bonded interior wind flap backs front zipper. Pit zippers provide ventilation to help keep your body temperature regulated. Drawcord hem and asymmetric cuffs with rip-and-stick tabs adjust for serious weather. Pack Pockets(TM) allow easy access even with a pack on; integrated cooling vents discourage the buildup of body heat. Reflective logos improve nighttime profile. Marmot Super Mica features Angel-Wing Movement sleeves for unrestricted range of motion.
True, the Marmot Men's Super Mica Jacket does feature pro-level weatherproofing, a sub-nine-ounce weight, and enough technical features to drown a space shuttle engineer, but that's no reason to drool on yourself. Instead, reach for this three-season storm shell when you need to save space and weight in your fast-and-light trail pack and you're sure foul weather is on the horizon. The best part' Despite all the attention to the performance, plenty of time was devoted to dialing in the fit. Ok, maybe it is worth drooling over.