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Marmot Zeus Jacket

rated 4.50 of 5 stars

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photo: Marmot Zeus Jacket down insulated jacket

I would highly recommend this down jacket to anyone looking for a coat of this style. It can't be beat for warmth versus the price I paid for it. This coat makes an excellent cool weather hiker and, with layering, an excellent cold weather hiker. It's light as a feather, but extremely warm.


  • Huge inside pocket
  • Warmth vs. weight is excellent
  • Free movement of arms without creeping up

I ordered a men's XXL, and it fits perfectly. There is room to layer inside, but with a single shirt on it still fits nicely. The huge pockets inside have ample space to carry everything I need in them, and the outside ones have a well functioning zipper and enough room to have my hands completely open inside them.

I love this jacket! It is extremely light, which is a big deal to me when putting it in my pack. It also packs into its own pocket and can be compressed down to fit nicely in a day hiking bag. 

This jacket is super warm. I had to switch to a lighter weight synthetic on my hike today and it was 35 degrees F! The fact that it doesn't ride up when you raise your arms is also another reason I purchased it. I hate exposing my stomach when climbing up steep inclines pulling on trees...

The fabric seems resilient, but I haven't really tested it enough to know yet. It doesn't seem bothered by the occasional branch so far. The fully zipped collar is also great at keeping the cold air from blowing down my neck.

Overall, if you're looking for a down jacket that can hold its own on cold days, this is the one for you!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90 on clearance

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.  


12/19/10 Update:

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.

Price Paid: $129

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.

Fabric: Blue
Fill: 800 fill down
Price Paid: $150

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Price MSRP: $175.00
Current Retail: $49.00-$78.75
Historic Range: $49.00-$200.00
Reviewers Paid: $90.00-$150.00
Weight 14.8 oz / 419.6 g
Main Material 100% Polyester DWR Bantam Ripstop 1.1 oz / yd
Lining Material 100% Polyester DWR 1.8 oz / yd
Insulation Material 800 Fill Goose Down
Price MSRP: $90.00
Historic Range: $44.96-$100.00
Weight 8.6 oz / 243.8 g
Main Material 100% Polyester DWR Bantam Ripstop 1.1 oz / yd
Lining Material 100% Polyester Embossed WR 1.8 oz / yd
Insulation Material 650 Fill Goose Down

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