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Packable protection for the high places.

The Marmot Men's Essence Jacket offers reliable waterproofing in a super-light and highly compressible shell for alpinists, backpackers, and trail runners. Marmot's NanoPro MemBrain equips the Essence with waterproofing that stays highly breathable for intense activities, and fully taped seams enhance waterproofing by preventing rain and snow from seeping through. The jacket's athletic fit includes Marmot's Angel-Wing Movement for a full range of motion. Integrated cooling vents keep you comfy when you work up a sweat, and the moldable brim keeps the hood out of sight and conforms when stuffed in your backpack. The Essence also has 360 degree reflectivity to help keep you visible on early morning ascents.

  • NanoPro MemBrain
  • Fully taped seams
  • Athletic fit
  • Integrated cooling vents
  • Adjustable hood with moldable brim
  • Asymmetric cuffs with elastic
  • Elastic drawcord hem
  • 360 degree reflectivity

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Wasn't as breathable as it claimed to be

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 215 lbs
    Size Purchased: 2xl

I used this jacket several times and was soaked every time. I wish they would have put pit zips in for venting. I ended up contacting Marmot about it and they were awesome to work with. I ended up with the Super Mica at a great deal. That is a MUCH better jacket.


Major upgrade

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large for layering

I have the previous model as well and I can say the new version is much better. The stretch is great. It's more durable because of it. The breathability is noticeable. I found myself wearing this as a wind jacket on ridges on nice days. That was never the case before. The jacket was too clammy. I can honestly say, I an very happy in spending the money for the new one. The old set up can go into the golf bag.


mission 1, success!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 235 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

Had a 20 mile glacier crossing this past weekend. Day two of the trip turned in to a rainy Alaska summer nightmare. The cold winds from the glacier and the extra flowing water off the glacier was enough to get my heart racing. I finally had the opportunity to test this jacket. awesome mobility, and kept me dry for over 4 hours of cold wind and rain. For the weight vs price vs function i don't think there is a jacket better.


Finally An Ultra Light Shell With Vents

    finally there is an ultra light rain shell that has put a premium on breathability. This jacket has nice underarm vents that are always open. It is also stretchy, so it'll never impede movement. This jacket hands down beat competitors like the OR Helium.

    One thing for climbers, this one does not pack into its own pocket with a clip loop. But, I don't think its really an issue, if I'm taking a jacket on a multi pitch climb I usually have a pack.

    I want it to fit over a medium Mountain hardware Ghost Whisperer. What size should I need?

    Its hard to say, because it depends on how that Ghost Wisperer fits. But, in general I would say you likely want a size large to ensure that the down in the ghost wisperer properly lofts.

    Does this jacket pack into itself?

    Although it is not designed to be stuffed into the chest pocket it is possible. The zipper cannot be zipped with the jacket in its own pocket but it will fit in there.


    Fits small

    • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Height: 6'
      Weight: 187 lbs
      Size Purchased: large

    Looks like a quality piece but it seems to fit small. I'm 6ft tall and 185-190 lbs and I'm a large in almost everything. A large in this jacket just fit but I wouldn't have been able to layer much under it if I needed to.