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The essence of backpacking is getting out into the elements. When those elements turn cool and wet, grab the Marmot Essence Jacket from your pack and charge on. Marmot made this minimalist jacket with waterproof breathable MemBrain Strata fabric to prevent rain from soaking your base layers. Its fully taped seams keep water and melting snow from dripping down the fabric and sneaking in through the joints, and its highly water-resistant front zippers keep the jacket sealed tight. Weighing in at just six ounces, this simple, compressible rain shell won't force you to attempt complicated mathematical equations in order to figure out a way to fit it in your pack.

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5 5

Great in Australia

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Just got back from a trip to Australia, including Tasmania, where I had to travel light and deal with changing weather conditions. This featherweight jacket packed way down into its own pocket, kept me dry in the rain and warm when the wind rose.

2 5

Returning it.

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

It is a good jacket IF you leave it in your bag all the time and get caught out in rain and can throw it on, to salvage what u have on. IT IS COMPLETELY SEE THROUGH, WELL THE YELLOW WAS. Price point is too high to be a poncho, that's really what it is. A glorified poncho. Not for me.

3 5

Great jacket but watch out when washing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is really awesome. I got mine in 2011 for a 1 month backpacking trip in Peru. I used it a lot during that month, then as a rain jacket or windbreaker regularly. I always carried it in my backpack outside of winter. It packs in its own chest pocket, about the size of large orange. The interior of this jacket is soft as skin. In fact, I wore it many times with nothing underneath in-between wakeboard runs (even when I was still a bit wet, it never felt clammy at all). It breathes really well at the expense of maybe not being the greatest of windbreaker.
I am 5'10'', 165lbs with broad shoulders and the Medium fit perfectly. Rather athletic fit with just enough room to wear my Stoic Luft underneath.

After a year and a half of good use, I decided to wash it a treat it with DWR as it was getting dirty (mine was white with orange accents) and wetting-out in a few areas (though water never got through). Unfortunately, washing it (on gentle cycle and using Nikwax techwash) resulted in the inner layer delaminating in many areas, especially around the seams on the shoulders and chest. Maybe washing it in a front-loading machine could've prevented this, but this flimsy looking jacket did end up being flimsy. Other shells and jackets have gone through the same washing cycle with no problems at all.

It was my favorite jacket ever before that happened though...

Marmot did replace it under warranty, but for various reasons I got an Aegis instead.

Pros :
- Extremely light and packable.
- Feels like a second skin
- Excellent breathability
- Completely waterproof when it's not damaged
- Looks awesome

Cons :
- Delaminated in the washing machine!

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Hi Jerome, I bought this jacket for my husband about 2 years ago, maybe more? And, I washed it a couple of times when needed I followed the instructions on the label, using a powdered detergent. I think I washed it this way about two times and had no problems. I washed the jacket again 2 days ago using NikWax Tech wash, thinking of this will be very good as it is for water proof fabrics such Gortex. Well, I gues I made a mistake because the membrane is just peeling away from the fabric like yours did. So, I have no idea why this happened as Nik Wax is for waterproof fabric. But it is a liquid, not a powdered detergent. Anyone have an idea? At any rate the jacket is now ruined. So, it will have to be husband absolutely loved this jacket. he used it for road biking and hiking . So, I guess he will buy the same one. But beware....wash as the instructions say :( Denise

How windproof is this jacket? I'm trying...

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How windproof is this jacket? I'm trying to figure out if it could serve as a substitute from Hagl�fs Gram jacket to bring as a shell on the haute route. Anyone have any alpine experience with it?

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Hey Blide,

Although I don't have this particular jacket, the materials it uses is going to make it very wind resistant if not totally windproof. It will feel cold against your skin however so make sure you use proper layers.

5 5

It's like it's not even there

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

- Ultra light
- Stuffs into its pocket
- Vented
- Waterproof
- Comes in orange
- Hood cinches

- None

If you're looking for an ultralight rain shell, look no further. My size small weighs 5.95oz. and folds up to about the size of a baseball. The thing is so darn light that it's actually translucent. On cloudy days I throw it in my pack just in case and it's come through a number of times. Despite it's ridiculously light weight, it's still fully waterproof. I've worn it in torrentialish rain and come through dry. Awesome shell!

5 5


Just perfect!! You would love walking in the rainforest With it...

4 5

Super light

I only gave this 4 stars because I have not had it long enough to know how durable it will be. It is super light. Almost see through. This is my favoirte go to jacket because it is so light there is never a reason not to have it. It is only 6oz which means it packs down to nothing. I have never been wet wearing it. I use it often for mountain biking and road biking. I have been in a few really good rain storms and never been wet. I have 3 or 4 rain jackets. I don't know if this jacket would keep you as dry as gortex after a long day in the rain. But it packs down much smaller than any of my gortex pack light jackets. And I have never been wet.

does this jacket have a stow-a-way hood?

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does this jacket have a stow-a-way hood?

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Nope. Check out the nice pic below from Jay

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The hood does actually roll down and can be secured with the velcro strap on the back of the hood. Roll it down, put the velcro strap through the hang loop on the inside of the jacket. It works, and at no extra weight of a zipper or other "stowing" features.

5 5

Great Performer

Wow. What a jacket. Fits, looks, feels, and functions fantastically. It has turned a few heads around town ;o)

Had this for a month now and worn it in the cold, wind and rain in the Pacific Northwest. It's kept warm, cozy and dry. I can't feel the wind blowing THROUGH me. Windproof? Checked. Can't believe it's a 2.5 layer. Doesn't feel or wear like a similar 2.5 layer jacket from another brand. Weighs next to nothing but performs far above its weight.

Using it as a running jacket in cold, rain and wind. I know, it's not designed for running, but you know what? It works due to it's light weight and next to skin feel. It's kept me dry and warm in a solid hour of running in the rain and wind with temp hovering in single digit. Could be a bit more breathable, maybe vents, but not complaining. Still an awesome option for running if you want windproof, rainproof, lightweight with a hood. I may not be the fastest runner out there, but I have got to have the best looking gear hands down ;o)

I'm 5'3, 120lbs and the x-small allows for a tee underneath, perfect fit for what I use it for. The small would allow for a few more layers.

Overall - a true performer from Marmot.

4 5

Great Ultralight Shell

I am a rain jacket addict. I've been through like 6 jackets in the last three years. But its because I strive for perfection. I finally found a truly waterproof-breathable jacket of awesomeness in the Mountain Hardwear Carnic, but I wanted something a lot lighter, as that weighs over a pound. So I restarted my search in ultralight shells. So here is my review of the Marmot Essence.

I have had the jacket for about two months, and used it in four or five storms. I have been really impressed so far. Firstly, the construction is super cool. I really bought this jacket because it was the lightest waterproof jacket I could find. That part of the deal it definitely lives up to. It packs down incredibly small. It also fits really well. I am a tall 6'6", but only about 180lbs. I like getting an XL in jackets like the Carnic, but for the Essence, I wanted a tighter fit. The sleeves and body are just long enough, but they are long enough. Secondly, the performance of the jacket so far has also been excellent. It has been perfectly waterproof despite the incredibly thin material. And for my main concern with most jackets, the breathability has been good. It is not breathability of my three layer Carnic, but much better than cheaper 2.5 layer jackets with the white laminate inside.

I rate this jacket a four out of five because the performance is great, but not ground-breaking and the durability will be tested over time I'm sure. But overall, I love this jacket and it will spend many days in the bottom of my pack, and hopefully not too many storms. If you are looking for the lightest of the light as a backup jacket or emergency shell, this is the ticket.

Write your question here...does this...

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Write your question here...does this incarnation have pitzips?

If not, what lightweight Strata parka does?

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It has small vents, but not pit-zips. The Super Mica does have pit-zips.

Marmot Essence (left) and Marmot Super Mica (right)

Marmot Essence (left) and Marmot Super Mica (right)

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Awesome picture!! The jackets look great, and the photo helped me decide to purchase one as a gift.

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If you guys get the chance, post a photo of them packed as small as they go!