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Highly breathable soft shell jacket that functions as an outer shell or a layering piece.

The Marmot Men's Approach Jacket comes with ultra-breathable M3 Softshell fabric, which makes it an ideal pick for winter trekking, light-and-fast ascents, and other highly aerobic activities. When worn as an outer shell, the water-resistant exterior holds off snow or light rain, and when worn as an insulating layer under a hardshell, the Approach provides added warmth and protection from the elements. An overall stretchy feel provides plenty of mobility during technical and demanding ascents.

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Good looking jacket

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I wanted something nice to wear for non-formal outings, and this jacket fits that mold. It is by no means a warm jacket. It is light and works very well as a windbreaker, but has very little insulation. When it gets cold I can get away with wearing a sweater underneath the jacket, along with a scarf. I have received many compliments for how nice it looks. It fits me very well, even with a sweater underneath. I weigh a little under 180 lbs and about 6 feet tall and I got a large. Would recommend this jacket for the same reasons I purchased it.


Pretty decent jacket, style is cool!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Height: 5'5"
    Weight: 145 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Overall a decent jacket but you'll need a long base layer underneath to shed out the wind in my experience. I'm 5'5 stocky built, I got a medium because I was able to zip up the neck area. Small felt like my wife's hand choking me after I forgot to flush the toilet. The arm length is long but not as super long as the Leadville version. Gonna get it altered, another $20. I'm beginning to believe Marmot doesn't like small people. I wish it had more fleece/lining inside though.

What is the center back length of a medium?



  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

Nice jacket, not lined. Good for that slight chill in the air, maybe a little cooler. Athletic fit. I got a small fits good(5.8 155) on the verge of being a little tight in the chest. I have another marmot in a med. Which is a little large now that's why I picked this one up. I like it.

Is this jacket lined? Looking for a lined...

Is this jacket lined? Looking for a lined Marmot light weight jacket that is water resistant but with a poly lining. Does such an item exist??

This jacket is not lined.

It sounds like your best bet is to look for something with a brushed polyester lining. A true lining will increase weight and warmth, while a brushed lining will be a good compromise of weight, warmth, and comfort.


Nice stylist softshell jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large

I got this for riding bike in winter and for alpine climbing later in summer. It repeals water pretty good in light showers and dries quickly. Satisfied with this one. It's a bit large and long for a small frame person 5'5",135 lbs like me.

What size did you get? I'm 5'6" , 160lbs, broad shoulders.

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Is this jacket fleece backed inside?

Is this jacket fleece backed inside?


Nice softshell

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Very comfortable and warm. Not bulky or tight. It looks very nice and I would recommend to anyone to buy one.


Incredible Fall Softshell

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Very comfortable and fashionable. Warm and great for short hikes and to go to work. You will love it.


Quick and dirty.

    The Approach soft-shell jacket is a nice piece. The M3 fabric breathes fairly well, but is not as stretchy as I had thought it would be. Not a problem, probably just my perception.the warmth is pretty good, but the Approach really shines as a layering piece. I throw it on with a merino layer or two and a hard shell if it's wet and I'm set.

    The cut is nice and seems to be more of an athletic fit than a regular fit.

    6' 225.  Size XL

    6' 225. Size XL

    Not a lot of room but perfect for active stuff. My go to blue bird ski jacket.

    Is this shell zip-in compatible with Marmot...

    Is this shell zip-in compatible with Marmot jackets like the Tamarack?

    The Approach softshell is not specifically part of Marmot's Zippin component system, but it may still be compatible. You could try chatting with one of the experts using the "Live Chat" link or even contacting Marmot directly since it is not listed anywhere.


    Wonderful fall/winter softshell

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I love this jacket. It works just as well as a casual layer around town as it does hiking through brush in the fall. It does pretty well holding off water, but after a while starts absorbing and gets a little heavier. It isn't a furnace when it comes to warmth, but with a good base layer underneath, I've had no problems in the 20s with 15+ mph winds. Overall, great jacket that does it's job well. My only wish would be to put the hand warmer pockets higher so that they don't get in the way of my hip belt.

    Wonderful fall/winter softshell

    I'm looking for a somewhat lightweight...

    I'm looking for a somewhat lightweight jacket for spring/fall (in New England). Seems like this jacket fits the bill just right? (BTW, I'm 5'10", ~150lbs so I'm thinking medium)

    Best Answer

    Yeah! This is a great jacket. Not super warm without layers. I'm 5'10" 140lbs and I wear a small because I like a very more athletic fit, but the medium definitely works for me as well.

    I ended up getting a medium though I may swap it out for a large as it's a little snug. Not tight but it could be hard to layer under. Otherwise great jacket.


    Awesome Softshell

      Bought the Marmot Approach to replace a MHW Offwidth softshell (cut way too short) and really prefer the Marmot. I'm 5'10" 140lbs 38" chest and the Small fit is perfect. Looking forward to using it this Spring on the MTB trails and hiking in Glacier NP. Marmot is becoming my preferred brand!

      I'm 6' 145 lbs what size should I get?

      I'm 6' 145 lbs what size should I get?

      Medium. Small probably wouldn't have long enough sleeves...

      Don't get me wrong, I love my Marmot Softshell. I've practically worn it out its so versatile. But, looking at your build, you should look into Stoic brand products. They're clothing is sized for you tall and lean guys. I'm 6' , 200 and the Marmot large fits me great.

      I'm 6'2", 185- swimmers build. Medium or...

      I'm 6'2", 185- swimmers build. Medium or large?



        This could possibly be the best hiking, skiing, biking etc. jactet I have ever owned, and it looks great too!


        Sleek (tight)

          This is a really nice jacket, but too sleek (tight) to layer much under. Got a medium, I'm 5'9", 185#. It has a niche in my gear for milder weather, but would get a size larger for cold weather. Quality is great, and jacket looks great as well. Side pockets are interesting, as they extend all the way up the front on the inside. Maybe carry tent poles there? Great value at this price.

          Marmot Approach Jacket

          Christian Santelices, Marmot Athlete and owner/operator of Aerial Boundaries ( reviews the Marmot Approach Jacket from the Teton Ice Park (