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Lose pack weight with help from the Marmot Men's Minimalist Jacket.

Marmot created the Men's Minimalist Jacket to meet the demands of weight-obsessed alpine climbers who need full-weather protection at running-shell weight. Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex PacLite material keeps you dry through nasty storms and helps keep the Minimalist Jacket's weight to a scant 16oz. Marmot added two high-riding pockets, which are accessible with a pack on and pitzips to help you stay cool when you break trail.

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5 5

Great at keeping you dry

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this shell for mountain backpacking and skiing (above 5000 ft). I found it to perform excellent in these activates. The arm pit zippers are useful for heat loss regulation and the hood is adjustable and large enough to fit a helmet underneath.

I had some troubles finding the right size. It has a large fit and it can accommodate 2 layers of insulation (polartec 100 and 200). For my height (6.3ft) and my weight (195lbs) size L was a good fit.

5 5


Super lightweight, packs small and provides great protection against the gnarliest weather.

I had this jacket and the Arcteryx Beta SL to try at home and decided for the Marmot. The Beta Sl was great, too, but I liked the extra space in the Marmot for extra layers. I also like the velcro strip in the back of the hood, so you can prevent the hood from dropping too far into your face, but if the weather takes a serious turn for the worst, you can put the hood all the way down to your chin and hunker down.

The other cool thing is how much space you have inside. I wore a heavyweight fleece jacket, a long sleeve and a technical short sleeve shirt underneath and still had space for my DSLR with a 105mm zoom lens. The jacket's hood extended quite a bit, so it covered the camera body while taking photos. The lens stuck out a little, but there was only light rain and the lens hood protected the lens from any rain drops. The photos turned out great!

I got the green jacket, because it was seriously discounted (2011 model). The color is quite "vibrant" or in other words: People will notice you! :o) I don't care though. It was a great deal and the jacket is very functional and worked out great for me in the Alaskan backcountry.

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I heard the 2012's were redesigned to be...

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I heard the 2012's were redesigned to be a trimmer fit. I have a 2011 Pre-Cip jacket in small (I am 5'9", 145lbs) and it fits good. Should I go with a medium due to the change? I wouldn't mind a little more room, but just a smidge. Thanks!

mens thigh length waterprof marmot...

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mens thigh length waterprof marmot jacket

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Sorry, Marmot does not currently have a men's thigh-length waterproof jacket in production.

Hey I'm 70'5'' (inches) and 158 lbs. Would...

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Hey I'm 70'5'' (inches) and 158 lbs. Would a large or medium fit me? I'm not a big fan of wearing clothes with too much slack.

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Medium should be good. Large will be huge.

5 5

Note to Marmot

I loved this jacket....but returned it because I want it in a WOMEN's size XXL so it fits my woman's body. Marmot, please make it for us bigger women!!

Doing a race which requires we carry:


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Doing a race which requires we carry:

"jacket with hood and made with a waterproof (recommendation: minimum 10,000 Schmerber) and breathable (recommendation: RET lower than 13) membrane (Gore-Tex or similar) which will withstand the bad weather in the mountains."

I'll have a small hydration pack with limited space, does this jacket compact well? would you recommend it for running?

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Well, I would recommend the Marmot Nano above this one. It's about 7 oz. lighter, and packs a lot smaller. That said, Gore Tex isn't that breathable, and you'd save a good bit of money by going with the Marmot Essence Jacket. By Gore's own tests, it uses a more breathable fabric, and is a couple ounces lighter, and a bit smaller.

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Thanks James. I went with your recommendation and it lead me to the Marmot Super-Mica Jacket; seemed like a good middle ground between the Nano and the Essence.

Hey I'm 5'11'' and 185 lbs. Would a large...

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Hey I'm 5'11'' and 185 lbs. Would a large or medium fit me? I'm not a big fan of wearing clothes with too much slack.

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I think you could wear a Medium but it will be more of a snug fit.

5 5

Totally rocks

Was headed to NYC a couple of weeks ago to walk the store windows. There was a chance of rain in the forecast for the entire time I was there. Decided I would take my new jacket, rather then an umbrella, because walking in NYC in those crowds at holiday time is a giant pain. Second day there it started to rain and boy was I happy I had my jacket. Pulled it out of my backpack, tossed it on, pulled the great hood up and stayed dry and did my job all day long. I am done carrying an umbrella altogether now. Love this jacket and everything it does.

5 5

Minimalist - Lightweight and useable

I have two Minimalist jackets. Lightweight, easy to bring and works well for both hiking and skiing.

Marmot Minimalist Jacket

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Marmot Athlete Keith Garvey reviews the Minimalist Jacket and PreCip Full Zip Pant. Keith is the owner of All Mountain Adventures and is a IFMGA/AMGA Certified Guide.

Marmot Minimalist Jacket

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Fabrizio Zangrilli, Marmot Athlete and Professional Guide, reviews the Marmot Minimalist Jacket and Scree Pant while training for an expedition to K2.

how would this work if i layered it with...

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how would this work if i layered it with a marmot zues down jacket?

5 5

What size

I am 6' and about 175-180 should I get medium or a large I plan on wearing a Patagonia puffy under it. I wear a medium in the puffy if that would help with the size. I juat hate to get a large and should have gotten a medium


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Which Patagonia puffy? Will you be riding the subway, the chairlift, or walking the mountains? If you are constantly moving, consider wearing another thin layer under the shell, and pull the Patagonia puffy on during rest stops.

2 5

Not for me


- No frills minimalist jacket - very light weight, packable and good value for paclite


- Pockets are too low to access with a hip belt or harness on
- Hood doesn't have a two way adjustable hood (it has a velcro strap in the back to pull the hood back - if not wearing with a helmet, the hood is huge and difficult to fit properly)
- Hood was not big enough to fit my ski helmet (I have a big head)
- Sleeves were too short - mid and base layers were exposed when i reached over my head


- I returned this jacket in exchange for a MH Typhoon (which I am very pleased with), the negatives outweighed the positives, there are better paclite shells on the market with similar price points

Does the Minimalist jacket have a watertight...

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Does the Minimalist jacket have a watertight front zipper? I can see that the chest pocket does, but the main zipper is hidden behind the storm flap.

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The main zipper behind the storm flap is not a watertight zipper.

Is the Dark Violet really purple? Or more...

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Is the Dark Violet really purple? Or more of a subtle/bluish purple?

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Hey Andrew,

Definitely more subtle and blueish.

Does the minimalist jacket have any inside...

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Does the minimalist jacket have any inside pockets?

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This jacket does not have any internal pockets.

so this would be a suitable snowboard...

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so this would be a suitable snowboard shell?
like most gore-tex shells?

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Sure, with the right layers on this would keep you dry and block the wind. Another nice feature is the pit-zips if you start to get too warm.

5 5

Amazing Jacket

Upon receiving the Marmot Minimalist I was a little hesitant about the size. I was surprised with how large a medium was. After wearing it for a few days though I realized that it is perfect for me. It allows a bit of room for layering and ultimately has great range of movement. The only issue I have run into was with the small plastic pieces that help cinch the drawcord around the waist. I would tighten the waistband and within 5 minutes it would be loose. Luckily I am friends with the son of the CEO of Marmot so he took it in and had it fixed for me within a couple days. Now, I honestly have nothing to complain about. I know from talking to Marmot representatives on the phone that they do have a great product warranty and were willing to take my jacket back and fix it for free despite my connection to the company. In conclusion this is a fantastic jacket. I love mine and will probably purchase the same product or a similar one by Marmot as soon as my current one wears out.

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