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Marmot Minimalist Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Marmot Minimalist Jacket waterproof jacket

Seems good so far.


  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Pit zips
  • Nice hood
  • Fits good, even with insulating layer
  • Looks good


  • Price


I've only gotten to test it during the summer so far, but it is definitely waterproof and windproof. I'm one of those people that enjoy rainy/snowy days just as much as a sunny day. I go on day hikes and bike rides in the pouring rain, and this coat keeps me dry and cool, even when pedaling up hill (with pit-zips open and partially unzipped front).

It weighs 1 oz and packs down to about the size of a water bottle. i like to roll it up and stuff it in its hood. as functional as this coat is, i am however slightly concerned with the material that lines the inside, as I have had many, many items with this sort of lining (not Gore-tex, but rubber-esque materials) and have had it decay and crumble off after a year or two of moderate use.

I realize that the material type is what gives it its weightlessness, but for this price, I hope it lasts.

Edit 3/14: it's been almost a full year and she's still holding up great. I'm more confident in the external durability of the coat than ever before. I've had several huge dogs with bear-like claws jump onto me with it on, and even tho my heart skipped several beats, the coat surprisingly shrugged it off like any other pointy twig.

I've worn this all winter as my weather blocking layer over my insulating layers, and it performs flawlessly. I do dread the day that it wears out though, because of its price. Also, a lot of people compliment how good it looks. more than anything else I own. She's a sexy shell (but a little "swishy" when moving. You'll have to hold still to listen for things carefully.)

I bought the grey one which helps me blend in with my surroundings on rainy/foggy/snowy days. If I was in the market for a lightweight rain shell, I'd easily get this one again, but I'd look for it on sale. $200 is steep.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 (reg $200)

I had just bought a new shell for work $$$$. When my company decide that they wanted the guides to have the same jacket, but weren't about to put out the $$$$. So I went with the Marmot Minimalist. I have had it over a year now.

Let it be said that I don't give many reviews 5 stars unless they exceed my expectations. Due to the low $$$ this jacket does everything I need it to. I need a shell that would keep me dry in the summer alpine with pit zips and a high collar for the wind. I needed a shell with the inner lining that can handle the rigors of carrying a pack every day with a chest pocket.
I needed a shell that I can wear daily in the winter and long enough to cover my puffy and kidneys. Also with a hood that is adjustable. Outside materials that can handle the boony crashing I do snowshoeing.

This shell has me questioning the $$$$ I have spent on my other shells.


  • Gortex inner
  • High collar
  • Long length
  • Pit zips
  • Chest pocket
  • Adjustable hood and skirt
  • Price
  • Lightweight but not a light weight


  • Yet to find one


Source: received it as a personal gift

Bought this jacket as its function was for 'high aerobic' activities. Ran in this today in light rain but after 45 mins running jacket was wet on the inside, not to the extent of sweat running down your arms. Jacket was wet on tops of the shoulders and inside the arms. I did have both pit vents open.

Still deciding if it's worth the $399 NZD price tag as doesn't really do all it's say.

Fabric: Gortex Pac-lite

Great jacket which does all it should in changeable Snowdonia.

It has its limitations as do all products but it is light to wear, very comfortable and so far 100% waterproof.

It packs down to very small volume. I tend to overheat easily so use the pit-zips and open up when getting too hot. It's the best all-round shell jacket I've had.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £89 GBP

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