User Review: Marmot Men's Zion Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $310 (Retail - 20%)
Excellent hooded parka made of breathable Neo shoftshell fabric which has modest strech relative to some softshells. Fit is full (not baggy) so it accommodates layering with bulky insulation, e.g. synthetic down sweater. Adds warmth as well as wind and waterproof protection. Possibly overkill for ultralight hikers but the jacket's broad operating range and broad set of capabilities means it should be on everyone's short list, though it might not be the perfect match for your application.
- Nice selection of pockets
- Nice brushed lining
- Seems very durable
- Marmot warranty department
- A bit heavy
Excellent hooded parka made of breathable Neo shoftshell fabric. Adds warmth as well as wind and waterproof protection. Possibly overkill for ultralight hikers but the jacket's broad operating range and broad set of capabilities means it should be on everyone's short list, though it might not be the perfect match for your application.
Fit and comfort: Fit is full (not baggy) so it accommodates layering with bulky insulation, e.g. synthetic down sweater. Sleeves are somewhat long which is good for mobility. The velco cuffs keep the sleeves out of the way. The Neo shoftshell fabric has modest strech relative to some softshells. The soft brushed lining is very comfortable.
Adjustability: Good hood with good adjustments. Elastic drawstring waist. Nice velcro closures at the wrists.
Water resistance: The Neo softshell fabric is waterproof and the jacket is fully seam sealed.
Breathability: Good breathability, better than my lightweight Gore-tex XCR parka.
Moisture: The breathability and brushed lining do an excellent job wicking moisture away. There aren't vents such as pitzips but the breathability of the fabric doesn't require them.
Warmth: As a shell this jacket is warm. It might not be ideal for high levels of activity when it is only slightly cool but you can probably find another article of clothing in your pack, like a lightweight fleece pullover, for those conditions. On its own the jacket is warmer than just a Gortex shell, perhaps comparable to a Gortex shell with light insulation underneath.
Layering: The jacket is cut full. Though not a bulky fit, the fabric is not as stretchy as some softshells of the same size which give me a trim fit. With room for layering with bulky insulation this jacket plus insulation can be downright toasty in quite cold conditions.
Abrasion: I have not had the jacket long enough to really judge but the fabric seems quite abrasion resistant.
Function: A very technical and funtional jacket with two large pack pockets, an inside and an outside chest pocket and a small upper arm left sleeve pocket. Good hood adjustments. The velcro cuff closures work very well.
Ease of use: This jacket functions very well. See comment above.
Features: The main feature is that this is a breathable yet waterproof softshell. Otherwise, this is a technical jacket with all the necessary features (adjustable hood, multiple pockets) but none of the bells and whistles that might not add much other than unnecessary weight, e.g. zip-in lining capability, removable hood.
Construction and durability: The jacket is well made. I have not used it long enough to comment on durability but it seems very durable. Time will tell.
Conditions: I've had this jacket about three months and used it for fall and winter hikes and backpacking. I'm looking forward to determining its breathability and operating range in warmer weather. For really warm rain conditions I expect to used my large poncho. I hope and expect the Zion Jacket to become a full year piece in my pack worth the slightly greater weight for warmth and waterproof rain protection on cold, wet and windy summits.