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Rub the 4:00-a.m. haze from your eyes and then toss on your Marmot Men's Kingpin Softshell jacket before you head out for a few dawn-patrol ski laps in the backcountry. From the breathable softshell body fabric to the massive core vents and flexible Angel Wing construction, this jacket helps you reap deep powder stashes in comfort. Sneak in one last lap before the sun rises, stuff your skins in the chest pockets, and slide back to the car so you can be somewhat on-time for your ever-annoying 'job.'

  • M2 Softshell fabric has a construction that's highly breathable and resistant to wind and water so you stay dry
  • Polartec Powershield lining offers ample warmth without the weight or bulk of synthetic insulation
  • Core Venting Pack Pockets help exchange the hot air inside your jacket with cool air outside and give you a place to quickly store your skins
  • Angel-Wing Movement uses a gusseted design to give you a wide range of motion in the arms and shoulders
  • Water-resistant main zippers and accessory pocket zippers keep the elements from sneaking in
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what's up with the sizing?

    Just got the jacket (size XL) and so far like practically everything about it. Since it's a summertime don't have a chance to test it in the element.

    What surprises me the most is the unreliable measuring system. I have another soft shell jacket by Marmot and it both of them are slightly different in the way they feel and look. I am 6 feet, 178 lbs and for no reason at all one jacket is loose and the other one is not so much. Makes me wonder why!

    Anyways, looking forward to run in the snow later on .

    Almost great softshell

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

    I've put this jacket through its paces, and I'm pretty thoroughly impressed. My first experience with a softshell was a Mountain Hardwear Brono, which I fell in love with because of the way it shed water, blocked wind, kept me warm, but didn't pill up, get smelly, or have the general fleece problems. It didn't have a hood, and I finally decided on the Kingpin as my new softshell because I wanted one with a hood.

    Good: Burly fabric, perfect fit, very windproof, decently waterproof, looks great, not overly warm on warm days.

    Bad: Difference in materials on body, not that breathable, not that warm on cold days.

    I'll explain my good and bad. First, this jacket looks great. I get A LOT of compliments on how it looks (I have black), and it fits really well. I'm almost 5'10", 165lbs, and it's a close to body athletic fit, the kind I just wear over a t-shirt, which is what I wanted. It's good for anything down to maybe 25 or 30 degrees (Utah), but after that, I got cold, keeping in mind that I tend to stay pretty warm in cold weather. Windproofness is great, I would ride my bike at 25 to 30 mph in 25 degree weather, and I could barely feel a thing, whereas my exposed face froze. However, the windproofing comes as a cost, it's not that breathable. Before buying, everything I read online pointed to Polartec Powershield being much more breathable and a much better fabric than Windstopper. I didn't really notice a difference between the two. I sweat a lot, mostly in the armpits, and this jacket didn't do a very good job of letting me breathe. Part of the problem is that there are two fabrics in the jacket. A stiff, very warm and windproof fabric for the torso, and then a thinner one for the back, arms, sides of torso. It works well, but under the arms it's not breathable enough. I sweated a good deal, which is to be expected, but it didn't breathe well, even with the pockets open.

    Overall a great jacket, just not perfect. I would buy again, esp. on sale.

    All of the Above Jacket!!!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I bought this jacket about 3 months ago. Did my first 14'er winter summit, snowboarded in it every weekend since the season started and received countless compliments. Great jacket with no complaints yet. I am a 6'0, 180 pound, protein guzzling gym rat and I wear a medium which fits great (42inch chest). Athletic fit. I fit a Hot Chilly Layer underneath with a tshirt and have plenty of room.

    All of the Above Jacket!!!

    All of the Above Jacket!!!

      I bought this jacket about 2 months ago. Did my first 14'er winter summit, snowboarded in it every weekend since the season started and received countless compliments. Great jacket with no complaints yet. I am a 6'0 180 pound protein guzzling gym rat and I wear a medium which fits great (42inch chest). Very athletic fit. I fit a Hot Chilly Layer underneath with a tshirt and have plenty of room.

      Great jacket, very versatile

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      This jacket is awesome. Wish it had dedicated pit zips... that would help... but the pockets do double for venting but are lined so airflow isn't the best. Other than that, the fabric stretch is great, very water resistant, and feels windproof (I've never felt anything up to 40+ MPH). A great jacket to use for moist (not rainy, it's not waterproof), cold, and windy conditions.

      One piece of info on fit: I wear a size medium in my marmot rain shell but I wear a small in their softshells. Just something to note... although everyone's fit is different.

      As advertised

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I'm 5'11 , and 150 lbs. Typical skinny guy with small rib cage. I ordered both Small and Medium. I chose Small because I wanted a tight fit with just enough room for tight base layer. Marmot's outer wear generally run a little big. I biked for 1 hr in 37 degrees weather this morning wearing this and Patagonia R1 hoodie (thin breathable fleece). I didn't get very sweaty nor was I cold. According to Marmot's website, this blocks 98% wind. I think it's true. That 2% wind coming in is what cools and lets me breathe, exactly what I wanted. This has very thin fleece lining inside. If you intend to wear it in below freezing temperatures, you will definitely need a insulating layer.

      Nice Jacket

        Really nice jacket, good softshell weight. I bought this to replace an Arc'teryx Gamma SV hoody and it's doing a great job. It feels just a touch warmer than the Gamma when you're in the shadows of a deep couloir but breathes and vents really well when you get out in to the sun. 6'1", 180, 40" chest; I bought a medium and it has a trim but not tight fit. It'll layer over an R1 no problem.

        The only complaints I have are fairly minor: the armpits are kind of high. They're not tight but you can feel the jacket a little more than you'd expect. Also the main zipper is difficult to operate with one hand due to the rubber which makes it water resistant. That's the tradeoff I guess but my Gamma had a regular zip and I never had problems with water getting through.

        Nice Jacket

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          This jacket is perfect for aerobic winter activity- I love it. The Marmot M1,2,3 system is really worth investment on each level if you are a winter "train at any cost" kind of person. (I am) I also wore it snowboarding in JHMR end of season and it kept me warm but sweat free and I had it completely zipped up the whole time from base to summit. I bought and planned on wearing this specifically for running in sub-zero temps, but this winter was down right balmy. I have one irrational complaint- the material on the inside of all Marmot soft shells has a soft "velvety" feel, this makes it perfect for performance poly blend layering- it also has an athletic fit- this makes it hard to just throw over a flannel. Of course this jacket is a performer- so my complaint is like whining about my Lamborgini Diablo's inability to haul the kids to soccer. That being said, I found this on my coat hook more than any other jacket that I own regardless of my plans (cold weather running) for it- this jacket just filled so many applications. Worth Every Penny.

          What's the CFM rating (windproofness) of...

          What's the CFM rating (windproofness) of this jacket?

          I'm looking for a relatively light, not...

          I'm looking for a relatively light, not so bulky jacket for winter. I live in Minnesota, where it's been known to get pretty chilly (-10F highs for a week and a half in January). Does anyone know if this holds up for use as a casual jacket at the cold end of the year in a temperate climate? Will it keep me from having to get my arms amputated while I wait for the bus for 20 to 30 minutes on a windy, subzero day?

          This jacket is very nearly windproof, but has very little insulation so you would definitely need some layers underneath, especially if you are standing around. Pair this with a thick fleece, or even better, a down jacket and you'll be toasty warm.

          For subzero temps you'd want a down jacket for sure. This jacket is athletic cut so you may want to size up if you're wearing a heavy fleece or a lofty down jacket (depending on your weight/build). Also, I've found the fleece lining inside to keep me warm down to about 20F as long as I'm moving. If you're standing around, definitely need extra insulation.

          if you're standing around for 20-30 minuted in super cold temps, look into down jackets/parkas.

          How thick is the lining on this jacket?...

          How thick is the lining on this jacket? Is it relatively thin like other fleece-lined Marmot softshells? I'm looking for a hooded softshell good for spring and fall, so I'd like a liner, but not a thick one. Thanks!

          I really like the clean looks of this...

          I really like the clean looks of this jacket.
          I would be using it as my main wintertime shell.

          My Q. are:

          - Is there a drawcord at the hem ,
          and one a bit higher up.
          (where the powder skirt is usually mounted)
          - Is there a rigid or wire supported visor on the hood?
          - What sort of lining is on the inside?
          Micro fleece/Dri-clime ?


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          There is only a drawcord at the hem, not one for a powder skirt or where it would be. The hood is laminated, but no wire. The lining is microfleece with driclime around the mouth area. It's a great jacket, I'd highly recommend it. If I didn't already have the Stoic Welder, this one would've been in my closet a long time ago.