Nice jacket, but odd fit
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Let me first say that this is one hell of a cool-looking jacket, nicely constructed and designed. It seems to be a good weight-- not too heavy, but more substantial than the light Cloudveil serendipity softshell that I've been using for backcountry skiing and winter hiking for the past 8 years.
The Elementalist is certainly more water and wind-reistant than the Cloudveil, and warmer too. I can't say how well it breathes since I never wore it outside and ended up returning it.
I liked the high hand pockets and the velcro closure at the wrists. I am 5'11", weigh just under 200 lbs., and wear shirts with 35" sleeves. My only other Marmot jacket is a Goretex hardshell, Large size... and it fits me like an XL (almost too spacious).
So I ordered the Elementalist in Large, expecting it to also be roomy. The sleeves were certainly long enough; they would have easily fit someone with 37" or 38" arms, but the velcro made that a non-issue. However, the body of the jacket was surprisingly snug-- about all I could wear under it was a long sleeved t-shirt and perhaps a light pullover.. and that would have been almost too snug.
This is obviously quite a departure in fit from the older goretex shell. I considered getting an XL, since I really liked the design, materials and weight of this jacket, but the sleeves on the XL would no doubt be at least 6" too long for me (assuming they'd be 2-3" longer than the Large). I've since ordered an Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody in XL, which hope will fit me better.
I rated this 3 stars, balancing the fit (0) with the fact that if it did fit me, it would be perfect (5). As usual, averaging out extremes sheds little light on anything!