Little impact in your pack but a big impact during sudden summer storms.
- Polyester shell stands up to abuse and keeps down the weight, while the fully taped seams and Gore-Tex Paclite membrane keep out all moisture
- Adjustable hood, hem, and hook-and-loop cuffs further seal out the monsoon rains
- Zippered underarm vents dump excess heat and interior humidity during rainstorms
- Front pockets hold necessities and are easily accessible while wearing a pack or harness
- Water-resistant zippers and a front storm flap reduce vulnerabilities to near zero for ultimate protection
- DriClime-lined chin guard provides comfort and a little insulation for your face during mountain storms
- Angel-Wing movement and lower back hem ensure coverage no matter how you stretch and contort your body in the backcountry
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Can i use this jacket for climbings, speacially in high altitude (over 6500m)?
Well, I suppose you could, but it really depends on what you are using it for. It can get pretty get cold that high and if you want to use only the Minimalist without layering it probably won't work too well. But with proper layering it will be a good waterproof shell.
It's water proof and great looking jacket that's very comfortable the hoods sinching is really nice.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I really have nothing bad to say about this jacket; Marmot has really set the bar high with this Jacket. This jacket is durable, comfortable, stylish, affordable and light. I have rock climbed in this jacket, bushwhacked in this jacket, went spelunking in this jacket, and it still looks brand new. My favorite features on this jacket would have to be the ability to raise your arms without lifting the jacket, the crazy long pit zips, and the Paclite Gore-Tex. If you are looking for a durable light weight jacket, then this jacket fits the bill!
I was wondering about the fit of the jacket. I am 5'8" and very skinny (105 lbs.) I want the jacket to fit nicely for hiking and just a walk in the city. I am still growing so if it is a bit long it doesn't matter that much, but it needs to be slim enough. I do not want much sag in the back and I do not want the sides of the jacket to parachute. I was debating between a Small and a Medium. Also, what jacket is better, this one? Or the outdoor research Foray jacket. And how do their fits differ? Thanks.
It may be tough to get a great fit in this coat for you. I am 5'10 165lb and I have a pretty atheletic build (skier/climber). The small fits me well in most dimensions. The medium is too billowy for me but the sleeves are pretty perfect. I chose to go with the small as I don't really intend to climb in this jacket so the long sleeves for overhead reaches wasn't really a concern. I think the Small will work for you base on height, but at your weight you will likely have too much volume in the torso regardless of what size you get.
I did a lot of research on jacket shells and it was hard to find a light weight gore-tex jacket that was stylish and affordable. Holds up well by its self in temps no lower then 45F but lined with a good fleece and light weight down jacket you'll never go cold. The jacket seems very durable hopefully will be my shell for many years to come. I'm 5'8 135lbs slim build I bought a medium and its a near perfect fit sleeves are a bit long but it doesn't ruin the fit at all. I'm a Marmot fan now and I have purchased the Minimalist pants and Vars hoody.
I've been using them for about a year now. I take them everywhere. Just an FYI, NOTHING is waterproof under extreme conditions. They will get moist when it really rains hard. I've also used the top and bottom as a rain suit on my motorcycle...it hasn't been a disappointment yet.
Great for cold conditions. In warmer conditions however, you just have to learn how to stay dry (they're a little warm for summer use).
Looking for lightweight weatherproof shell for hiking. Have had a good run with Marmot in the past but unsure of sizing for this. Will need it to go over soft shell and mid layers for work in up to -20C. Would normally stick with XL which aligns with TNF soft shell. Any ideas ? Im 6 ft - 220 lbs.
I love Marmot and have a number of their jackets. You'll probably be fine with the XL, but it may be beneficial to get layered up with everything and take a chest measurement. I'm 6'1" 180lbs and wear a large in a jacket/outershell.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have owned this jacket for 2 years now and I find it extremely versatile. I find it is slightly thicker than other rain shells, which I prefer. I think it allows the jacket to be used in more weather conditions than just rain.
I live in Florida. It rains a lot and it is also quite hot. This jacket will unquestionably get hot if it was worn in the summer months in the South. It has pit zips for ventilation to help alleviate overheating. But, the rain usually doesn't last more than 30 minutes at a time in FL. I have taken this to the Bahamas while sailing from Ft. Lauderdale and it worked flawlessly in the rough sea conditions. I just recently took it to New Zealand on many of their tracks and the Routeburn Great Walk and it was money. I have also used this as a ski jacket at Loveland, CO and Mt. Rose, Lake Tahoe in Jan/Feb time frame. It has a pull cord on the bottom to adjust to your waist to help retain heat in the winter, too. As long as you have the proper layers underneath, I find this shell to be awesome all year round.
I have 2 minor complaints. 1. The hood adjustment in the back is velcro and doesn't work hardly at all. Not that big of a deal and I think newer models have a pull-chord, so it's not a deal breaker. 2. They run a little big. I am 6'4" 190lbs. The sleeves are slightly long and it is a little baggy, especially the hood (hence the hood Velcro complaint) I probably could easily get away with the L. Although, the XL allows me to layer underneath comfortably during the winter months. Otherwise, this is one of my most heavily used pieces of gear.
Love this jacket, it has a strong gore-tex more thick than others.
Use this whenever its snowing or raining and so far it has done a very good job. At times it does get a little hot inside but the pit zips can usually eliminate that. One thing I have noticed is water runs straight off the jacket, gets caught on the bottom edge, then drips on my shorts/pants. I dont know if that is a design flaw or not, but it is the one con I have noticed.
Any idea on pit to pit measurement 2011 vs 2012 size small and medium? Thanks!
I love this jacket. I picked it up a few days ago and tested it in an unexpected torrential downpour and it performed nearly well as my Norrona Narvik and North Face Mountain Guide jackets. If you use the Minimalist for backpacking, around town, maybe even some light climbing this is the jacket for you. I wouldn't suggest this as your primary outdoor jacket, but if you have a few other technical shells this is a great way to round out your collection. Great summer weight/spring ski jacket. But I was impressed.
looking for a versatile jacket for berkeley daily temperatures and rain commute and have a marmot fleece but dont really want to layer up on a daily basis if i can avoid it which jacket would be best?
i am 6 ft, 200lbs
Dude, I live in Berkeley too! This jacket is awesome and lightweight, but it doesn't do much in the way of insulating. It's strictly a shell, great for biking/walking in the rain/wind. If you're looking for a goretex layer, this is the best one you can get for this price.
If you want something cheaper, the Marmot Precip is an awesome shell; smaller, lighter, more compressible, but less bomb proof.
Love Marmot jackets. Does this Minimalist have a velcro at back of the hood to allow it to roll up into a collar? The Marmot website picture of this jacket doesn't show it but it's in their description. Also does it have the inner zipper pull on the left pocket that you use to stuff the jacket into it? Thanks.
It does have velcro, but it only functions to adjust the hood; you can't roll it into a a collar. Also, there is no stuff pocket. Still an awesome jacket!
Thanks Thomas. My 2009 or 2010 Minimalist can be stuffed into the left pocket. The zipper has a zipper pull for it. Not that I use it often. I usually just stuff the jacket into the hood. My old jacket also has the velcro on the hood which can be used to roll the hood into a collar by securing the velcro on the hanger loop by the collar. I noticed that the new Minimalist has a shock cord at the back of the hood which gives it a better fit. So does the latest model have both the shock cord and the velcro? I wonder why the Marmot website picture didn't show the velcro. Hmmmm. But definitely an awesome jacket. Just looking to purchase another one with a different color. Thanks.
you are wrong. this jacket does stuff into its own pocket there are lts of neat videos on the internet that show this and it also show a cool little trick where you can roll the hood up and use the velcro with the jacket hook to make a collar and roll the hood up.
I really like the fit of this jacket. Realizing that it is not as heavy-duty as Proshell or XCR, will this still be a suitable downhill skiing shell (with appropriate layers)?
You could pull it off. Especially if you are more or less on piste most of the time. The place where the heavy duty shells really shine is in the trees or on rock where there is a lot of abrasion and potential for damage. To reiterate, since it is paclite it will not have the same durability as some of the heavier shells but is totally doable as a skiing shell.