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The Marmot Leadville Softshell is trimmer than you are, dude.

Whether you're competing in the Race Across The Sky or just racing against your personal best, the svelte Marmot Men's Leadville Jacket is your softshell. Trim enough to slip through the narrowest forest alley snag-free, and featuring the gale-proof, breathable protection of Gore Windstopper fabric, the Leadville is designed to take you to the summit, the finish line, or the end of the block at lightning speed. Venting side panels circulate air inside to keep your microclimate fresh, and a headphone-ported Napoleon chest pocket hides your tunes within reach.

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The description says it has a napoleon...

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The description says it has a napoleon pocket but I don't see one in the pictures. Is this the new 2010 style (which Marmot shows with a Napoleon pocket)?

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This is the 2009 version, which has an inside chest pocket, but no napoleon pocket. The Leadville was redesigned for 2010, with an external chest pocket, more length and more stretch. Backcountry.com carries the 2010 version also.

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I washed my Marmot softshell with desolvit...

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I washed my Marmot softshell with desolvit to try and get rid of the grease stains from the chair lift. No luck on the grease and it took several washings to get out the stain left by desolvit. Now it's the smell of the desolvit I can't get out.
Any solutions?

4 5

good shell.

had an older model and it's super high quality, comfy, and breathable, however...right at the very end of the zipper it would peel apart and it could get a little frustrating trying to zip it up...but that comes with wear...could happen to any other product too.

5 5

great jacket

I have never owned a soft shell before so I had no idea what to expect other than reviews I read. Once I got the jacket was amazed at just how much wind it blocks. the jacket is lighter than say the North Face Gravity or some of the others, but it is really resilient. I can easily wear it down to 40f with a base layer.

The fit is excellent. I am 6' @ 175lbs with a thin build and the large fits me great. Not too tight or too loose. The sleeve length is great as I have a hard time with sleeves being too short.

One thing to mention, be weary of the color listed. When I bought it I expected the color shown above under "Detail view" which is the same color listed on the Marmot site. The blue is not the same as pictured. On a side note, it is not the dull blue listed above under "more." The blue is actually a darker blue compared to "Detailed view" and really nice looking. It is a great color or I would have returned it.

How do you get the wrinkle out of the...

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How do you get the wrinkle out of the collar area? The jacket has a wrinkled from the rounded collar being flat and I can't seem to get rid of it.

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They are tuff to get back to the original form once they bend. Try to iron it with a ton of starch spray . It will make it stiff

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try also using like a thin towel or cloth to put over it before ironing it...then use the steam function...and it shouldn't mess up the softshell.

5 5

Nice Jacket!

I bought this soft shell to wear under a Spyder ski shell on days where the temps are moderate (20-30 degrees) and it works great. For colder days, I use a thicker fleece jacket as my underlayer. I also use it for cross country and snowshoe trips as the outer layer and I love it for it's light weight warmth and breathability! Besides its technical aspects, it looks great!

5 5

Sweet jacket

I use this when I run or when the wind really picks up. Very comfortable, windproof and breathable. Highly recommended

4 5

another solid marmot product

This jacket is IMO better suited for shorter aerobic activities, like going for a jog. It doesn't keep me warm when I stop, especially in below 40F weather. It's light, breezes well and beads up nicely in light rain. The fit is athletic, I'm 6' 200lbs and a size large fits me well with room for a microfleece underneath. The pockets are relatively roomy. Quality is good, it's well made. The materials feel and look nice. I got it on sale for $70, I do not think it's worth the full price, and I do not use it as a primary or everyday jacket. Hood and pitzips would have been nice.

Anyone know if the medium will have long...

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Anyone know if the medium will have long enough sleeves for 34-35 length arms? I'm 175 6ft looking for an athletic fit.

Is there anything I can consider that has a similar look but is more waterproof? It seems anything that is waterproof is will be pricer than $150.

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The medium will fit nicely. I am slightly smaller (5"-11" 165# trim/athletic) with monkey arms and the small fit my preferred trim (room for a baselayer) before I accidentally over-dried it. The medium should give you a little wiggle room, but still an athletic fit.

As for increasing waterproofness - nothing specific comes to mind because its kind of the nature of a softshell - possibly MHW alchemy or arcteryx solano. Perhaps worth your time to find something with a dwr finish or investigate shells.

If you go the shell route just make sure it has a high breathability rating (15000K min) to keep your skin from clamming - most GoreTex stuff is pretty good. The best bang for the buck is probably the Stoic brand lineup (formally backcountry.com brand). BC owns them + they really dish out the quality stuff.

5 5

Marmot Leadville Jacket

Nice jacket, has an athletic fit that's true to size IMO. I'm 6'0", 165 lbs, ~41" chest and a size large, which I usually wear, is perfect on me. This is a lightweight jacket but it blocks the wind well for its weight. It's not as warm or heavy as something like the MH Windstopper Tech jacket but it works well in a layering system. The large one I have weighs 18.5 oz.

3 5

Not that great ...

I wanted a softshell for running in the fall/winter in the Wash DC area. After researching several jackets I thought that the Leadville would fit the bill. It's not bad, it's light, somewhat insulated and fits well. I got it mainly cause of the bright orange (which BC no longer has) so I would be more visible at night. I ran in it one evening when it was 50 degrees and windy. I overheated after about 2 miles (I usually do 5)and was getting clammy inside. I then ran in the low 40's in the rain. Although it did block out the wind and did a decent job or regulating my body temp it didn't do a great job of keeping me dry. It is only "water resistant" at best. It was only a drizzle and eventhough I wasn't soaked, water did leak in. Best for casual use and moderate activity. My search continues, yes I will be returning it.

How would this jacket stand up to temperatures...

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How would this jacket stand up to temperatures 20-30 degrees? Would this be a good jacket to get if I'm just walking around and not doing anything really active?

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It would be perfect for that. If it gets colder you can just layer underneath.

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It depends on how "hot" your body runs typically + how much you intend on layering below it. I typically retire this piece from about 40 degrees and below unless I am moving a lot. It is wind resistant, so if you can generate enough heat from your activity you'll be fine, but if its a slow saunter, I would suggest a heavier softshell - if you like this look check out Marmot's Gravity Softshell or go the Mountain Hardware route (alchemy or android perhaps).

I'm debating between this, MHW Alchemy,...

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I'm debating between this, MHW Alchemy, and Back Country's Shift, which would you recommend. I need a jacket I can run in during the fall and winter but at the same time keep warm. I hate lugging around a big down jacket then having to take it off when I go inside (like the mall). I want something a bit lighter but at the same time can keep me warm. Between the 3 which is the best (cost not a factor). I've already tried on the BC Shift, seems a bit too light. Any thoughts?

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I can't comment on the other 2, but having used the Leadville a ton, I can say it offers a great combination of breathablity and weather protection. The windstopper front and back keep the weather out, while the breathable side panels do a great job dumping heat and moisture when you're working hard. I also like how stretchy and lightweight it is. Not the warmest soft shell out there, but it works great for aerobic uses as well as layering.

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The Leadville Is definitely lighter than the Alchemy + I would presume also much lighter than the BC Shift based on its weight/reviews. I personally love my Leadville - so much so that when I lost it, i bought another. That being said it not a stand alone piece in cold weather without activity (more of a transition seasons 40-65). Its windproof against most any reasonable speed, but its not insulated much, which makes it great for packing size/weight wise. The material is reasonably durable (no wear after a year of constant use + frequent washing), but not at burly as most arcteryx, BC, + slightly less than Alchemy. Water resistant at best, but not a sponge either. Highly breathable, but still has cloth pockets which makes it seem slightly warmer w/o sacrificing much breathability + never clammy after a workout. The fit is athletic, slightly more trim than the Alchemy. For running, my suggestion would be the Leadville.

What is the difference between the Leadville...

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What is the difference between the Leadville and the Sharp Point? I'm looking for a soft shell that will provide some warmth during the fall and winter but can be used for runs in the cold. How breathable are each, which would you recommend for outdoor activities but at the same time can be used casually for some warmth.

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The Sharp Point is made completely of windstopper fabric with a fleece backing, so it is the warmer of the two. The Leadville uses a lighter windstopper fabric on the front and back and has air permeable fabric on the side panels for breathability. The Leadville is not as warm, but more breathable. It sounds like the Leadville would work best for you.

5 5

functional style

This is my go to jacket for temperatures 30-65, depending on activity level + weather conditions. It fits like a glove, but is stretchy so its non-restricting. I am a trim/athletic 5-11, 165 + got a very form fitting S, but could have worn a M w/ some play in it (depending on your preference).It does an amazing job of keeping the wind out + pretty good in light rain. It doesn't retain heat + smell issues are much less of a problem than anticipated w/ it having a polyester shell. I can easily transition inside - out w/ this jacket on w/o taking it off or w/o looking like I just got off a mountain.

Finally, its comfort - Amazing. Its such a light fabric that feels good against the skin on the inside + out. The zippers all work great (neck protected too), the collar is a great size to retain heat, but not choke.

$150 may be a little steep, but if you catch it on sale like I did, go for it.

How does this compare to the marmot gravity...

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How does this compare to the marmot gravity jacket? Pretty much the same?

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The Leadville is quite a bit lighter than the Gravity, but not quite as warm. The Leadville has Windstopper fabric front and back with air permeable side panels, so it does a great job of blocking the wind but allows for breathability. I would say the gravity is best for someone looking for a warm softshell and the Leadville is best for someone looking for a softshell for faster paced activity's.

4 5

Nice jacket

I'm 6 feet, 210 pounds so needed the xl so I can get a couple of layers under it. So far have used it for lift-service tele skiing down to 20 degrees.

I'm 6'4", 200lbs, with long arms (35 -...

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I'm 6'4", 200lbs, with long arms (35 - 36in) what size should I be looking at? I'm thinking the large or extra large.

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XL, large would fit pretty tightly.

I'm 5'8" 145, and apparently fall inbetween...

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I'm 5'8" 145, and apparently fall inbetween the small and medium. What is the the reccomended size? Thanks

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I'm 5'9" 150 and I wear a small. I'm lanky, but it's cut like I am. I have long arms and skinny torsoe. It works over 2 thin base layers, or 1 thin baselayer, 1 100weight fleece.

YMMV

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we are exactly the same size and I have the medium. I tried on the S and M and went with the bigger size because it's just more comfortable around the chest and shoulders while not being too big or baggy. I don't like things being too big at all, so that should tell you that the medium is pretty much perfect with the fit allowing some movement and layers underneath while still looking sleek because of the athletic cut. Just another opinion to go along with the one above.

I am 5'9" 1/2, 175 Ibs, 43 inch chest, but...

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I am 5'9" 1/2, 175 Ibs, 43 inch chest, but short arms (32 inch). Should I go for Medium or Large? Thanks

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The medium's sleeves will probably fit you right, but the large may be the fit around the torso you'd prefer.

If you want it fitted go with the medium, if you want it more relaxed, go large.

GL

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