Marmot Zeus Jacket
Price Paid: $129
I love Marmot gear, but the quality control on the Zeus jacket appears to be a problem (I've seen similar problems to mine posted elsewhere). Mine has several empty, or nearly empty down compartments along the inside of each arm that create very noticeable cold spots - big ones. What I essentially have is a double layer uninsulated nylon windbreaker over large areas of both arms - not good.
I live in Bozeman, Montana, and work and play in the mountains and need a good puff coat that I can count on to keep me warm. So far, this isn't it. I'm sending it in to Marmot for a repair that should take "4-6 week(s)" Great. I'll post another review in, let's see, February when I hopefully have this back, and let people know how the customer service was, and how well the repaired jacket works.
Other than the cold spots, everything else seems up to Marmot's usual high standards. Also, the fit is typical of the other Marmot gear I have: average cut (not space-suit tight like some others) with good freedom of movement and some room for layering. Nice, big dump pocket inside, and the main and pocket zippers don't snag.
If you do decide to buy one of these, I recommend going to a real store and checking that all the baffles contain down before purchasing.
My bad. My review critical of the down distribution is a bit off the mark.
Yes, there are problems with the way down winds up distributed in the arms, but it is not because of an unfilled compartment. The seams make it look like there are three different compartments encircling the arms, when there are only two. One of the compartments extends from the inside around to the outside of the arm.
As your arms swing and brush against your body, down will be squeezed away from the inside of your arms and effectively pumped around to the outside of your arms. This is not a good design, and another seam/compartment that traps the down layer on the inside of the arm is needed.
Other than this, it's a really nice jacket and is built with Marmot's usual attention to quality, which is great. So, I think it should get 4 stars.
Fill: 800 fill down
Price Paid: $150
I just moved to Montana from California and you could sat at the very least I was unprepared for the weather changes. We get rain, snow and lots and lots of wind here and I needed something that could be flexible enough to wear skiing, hiking, around town, and even walking the dogs...this is it.
I spent a lot of time researching online and bought the bigger Marmot down jacket with a hood...the Ama Dablam size L. It was just...too big. I am 5'11 and weigh 165 with an athletic build. I had to send it back.
Then I bought the Montbell UL down jacket with hood in black and while it was light, it just was weird. I know this may sound lame but it looked like a garbage bag with some puff. It might be the technical champ but you don't want to wear this thing in town, the fabric was just too shiny. Sure if you are on a trip, bust that sucker out and your friends will marvel at it's achievement but other than that it's just odd.
Finally I got this baby and it's perfect. I got a size L and it fits perfectly...stuffs down small in its pocket if you like to about the size of a Nalgene...maybe smaller. The colors are rad and it's just cool. I've worn it skiing with 35 mph winds (with a shell...but still) and plenty of times from 20 degrees to 40 with wind. This jacket is awesome and considering that you can use it for everything not that expensive.
As you can tell...I like it.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Marmot's Zeus Jacket is a lightweight down proof fabric that is stuffed with the 800 fill power goose down. A wind flap is tucked behind the front zipper to suppress drafts. Packs away into its own pocket for easy storage or travel!
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Made for serious adventures in the outdoors, the Marmot Zeus Jacket will keep you warm when the weather turns cold. Packed with features to ensure proper insulation and optimal comfort, this down jacket acts both as an outer shell or a midlayer in the coldest conditions! Ultra Light Down Proof Fabric 800 Fill Power Goose Down - The Best Down Available for Maximum Warmth, Guaranteed Minimum Fill Zippered Hand Pockets - For Convenience Packs into Pocket Wind Flap Behind Front Zipper - Protects Against Drafts 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
The Zeus Jacket delivers serious warmth for city life in the winter. Amazingly lightweight downproof fabric is stuffed with the finest quality 800-fill power goose down.
- EMS refers to the men's version
Key Features of the� Marmot Zeus Down Jacket for MenAngel-Wing movement800 Fill Power Goose downZippered hand pocketsWind flapElastic draw cord hemMarmot Zeus Down Jacket for MenThe Marmot Zeus Down Jacket for Men� is a great jacket to get you through the winter months. This product allows you Angel-Wing Movement, so that you can have a full range of motion in your arms without the jacket riding up, and letting in the cold. A wind flap behind the front zipper helps to protect you against drafts.� It has an elastic draw cord hem that you can adjust, to keep you warm in extreme weather. When not in use, it can be packed neatly into its own side pocket, and carried around with ease. It has zippered hand pockets for your convenience, and to store small items.� The Marmot Zeus Down Jacket for Men� is a quality buy, with many of great features.
- SunnySports refers to the men's version