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Marmot may have named the Elementalist Softshell Jacket the way it did because this is one softshell that can do it all. Part of the Marmot M2 series, the Elementalist offers an ideal balance between weather resistance, breathability, and warmth for a wide range of activities in moderate conditions. The secret to its versatility may lie in the careful placement of materials: heavier fabric where you need the most protection, and lightweight double-weave where you tend to overheat.

  • Gore WindStopper M2 softshell fabric is windproof, highly breathable, and water- and abrasion-resistant
  • Reinforced shoulders and elbows stretch to allow free movement and provide extra durability; also feature fleece backer for extra warmth
  • Stretchy fabric and Angel-Wing Movement give you full range of motion
  • Lighter-weight, highly breathable double-weave softshell fabric in the underarms adds breathability and reduces bulk
  • Storm hood features laminated brim for extra protection and peripheral cord adjustment for the best possible fit
  • Hook-and-loop tabs at the cuffs seal your sleeves at the wrist to help prevent snow from stealing your warmth
  • Hand pockets are place high for compatibility with a harness or pack waist-belt
  • Zippered pockets on the front and interior give you plenty of places to stash small items
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Phenomenal Jacket!!

    I am 5'8"165 lbs, and the medium fits me perfect. I have uses this jacket for Heli-skiing in the Alps at around 10-20 degrees F with the Marmot Vars Hooded Fleece Jacket layered underneath. It breaths well, stands up to high winds and is extremely water resistant. No complaints.

    Nice jacket, but odd fit

    • 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!

    Of course there is going to be a discrepancy between fit of a softshell and a hardshell, just based on the intended use of the piece. A hardshell is supposed to fit over layers, and will fit baggier, while a softshell is meant to be worn with maybe just a baselayer underneath, eliminating the fleece and hardshell layering system. It's the whole reason softshells have been designed. So the fact that the body fit snug is to be expected. I do however, agree, if the sleeves are too long, that is a problem with fit. However, rating it a 3 because it didn't fit you personally seems a bit harsh.

    Perfect for its purpose

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Hiked, fished, and bummed around town in this jacked and it is absolutely perfect. Its no rain jacket, but as far as its intended purpose of shedding off light rain, breaking wind and retaining heat on cool days this thing is well worth the money. I've had mine for 2 years and it still looks and feels great. The pockets are very nicely placed, one interior breast. one exterior, and one arm along with the standard two. However, this is NOT a winter jacket. The chin is too low, the fit too snug and the sleeves too narrow for layering to accommodate winter layering.