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Little impact in your pack but a big impact during sudden summer storms.

The Marmot Minimalist Jacket trims down your pack weight for long hikes and treks into the unknown while its Gore-Tex Paclite technology guarantees it can keep you dry during torrential rains. With just the features you need for a safe, comfortable experience in the storm season, this 15-ounce rain shell keeps the rain out without weighing you down or letting you overheat during muggy 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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5 5

Marmot Minimalist Jacket

  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 220 lbs
    Size Purchased: xl

what a great jacket for here in Seattle. I've gone through other brands and find this jacket superior for this Seattle weather. it breathes well, fits well and keeps the rain out.
what more could I ask for!!

5 5

So far so good!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Haven't gotten caught in a torrential rain yet but sure to happen over the next several months on the AT. Given it a try in normal rain and it's a great coat.

5 5

Awesome piece of gear

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is my favorite jacket... so much so, I bought a 2nd one. The red and black are true to size. Soft and extremely comfortable. Not a rain proof jacket but great base layer.

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Don't you get a little clammy wearing a hard shell as a base layer?

1 5

NOT GOOD AT ALL

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm a hiker, and I frequently take 8 hour excursions to hike into areas where I may not see anyone else that day. I was going to use this on the West Coast Trail, a 75 km (or 52 mile) hike on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, hence the need for a good rain jacket. The first time I used it it wetted out in places. I thought this could just be because those areas didn't get a good DWR treatment, so I took it out during a 4 hour hike in the rain. Within half an hour, it wetted out. It should have beaded water, but the water soaked in. This does NOT mean it didn't keep my dry (just like all others talking about how it keeps them dry, even though it wets out), but basically what happens is the rain soaks in to the fabric and plugs the Gore-Tex membrane, meaning it can't breathe, so I found water (condensation from sweat) on the inside where it wetted out (basically the entire jaket). I cannot name a single type of person who should get this jacket. I tried contacting Marmot for warranty, and they told me I could get any other Marmot jacket I wanted because apparently this one is "a beginner shell". In my opinion, Gore-Tex should not be part of a beginner jacket. Thank goodness for Backcountry's willingness to take it back! Overall, DO NOT buy this jacket if you are doing anything! It CANNOT be relied on in the backcountry, or even the city! I thought I was getting a good deal on a Gore-Tex shell that was rated good by OutdoorGearLab. I think they overrated it. DO NOT BUY IT!

4 5

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 139 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

Last year I asked for the sizing in this jacket below and was recomended the medium. I got the chance to try it at a store and decided to get the small instead. The fit was perfect, it was really comfortable and the materials felt really durable. I had room to layer but not heavily, just the base layer, a light flece and an Atom Lt hoodie.
I used it a couple of times in rainy days around town and it performed really well but the DWR coating started to wear out quickly in my opinion.
The big test came last month when I took it to the "Dientes de Navarino" circuit (Trekking in the chilean patagonia). It held up really well in windy and rainy conditions , I had absolutely no problems at camp with heavy rain.
The problem I had was in the last day of the trek, I got wet while hiking in rainy/snowy conditions for several hours. I couldn't tell if it was the jacket that failed because I started hiking overlayered and sweated a lot, by that time the DWR coating was gone so I guess that limited the breathability.
Sadly I couldn't keep on testing it as it got stolen =(. I'm definitely getting another one. I loved the jacket, just need to be wiser at layering and apply a DWR treatment before a big trek.
If you get it with discount it's a real bargain.

Great Jacket

Hello! how does this jacket compares to the essence jacket by Marmot (has NanoPro Tech + MemBrain) but I did not see/ touch any of them. What would you recommend for durability and quality?

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The Minimalist jacket is a stellar piece - Gore paclite means it's light but durable. A great price for such high performance fabric. The Essence jacket is Marmot technology and is ultralight (6 oz compared to the Minimalist at 15 oz). The Essence jacket is stretch and has just a few more bells and whistles than the Minimalist - moldable brim, cooling vents, reflective hits. The Essence is more of an athletic fit, whereas the Minimalist is a regular fit. Both are great value and serve a similar purpose of water protection in all conditions. To the touch, the Minimalist is much thicker, the Essence is light and fast.

5 5

why ask WHY when you can stay DRY !!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I work outside and I use this jacket all the time when it rains. It beads off rain and keeps me dry all the time. The jacket is very breathable and the angel movement works great !! I been in pouring rain in this jacket and always kept dry. The jacket does get soaked if you're in pouring non stop rain but it drys quick and keeps you dry. I used this on a recent backpacking trip non stop rain and I was dry !

why ask WHY when you can stay DRY !!!

What is the center back length of a medium?

Durable

Durable

This is an awesomely durable jacket. Took this after digging trenches around our 20 man tent to divert some major rain water

McCall ID

McCall ID

This jacket withstood some pretty impressive rain encountered during the late monsoon summer of 2014. The jacket held up well in a downpour we had one evening. It also combined well with a fleece to provide windproof and waterproof warmth.

5 5

Stay dry.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've used this jacket on several backpacking trips this summer, both in the Wasatch and the Olympic Peninsula. I've been in everything from downpours to light rain, and this baby has kept me dry through it all. Super lightweight but durable construction paired with GoreTex Waterproofing? You can't go wrong. It breathes well (even better with pit zips open), but if you were doing something high intensity like touring or trail running, I'd suggest getting something with GoreTex Active Shell, for added breathability.

Fits true to size, I'm 6 feet tall, 180 lb and a large is great. Fits well with either an insulating layer underneath or just a shirt.

5 5

Bomber Rain jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have used many rain jackets but I believe this is the best one of all. I want to start off and say I have many jackets for different purposes, so I have only used the minimalist in select conditions. This is a not a do everything jacket, but for what it is designed for (Rain) it does very well. The gore-tex paclite makes it a great light weight jacket to wear when it's storming out. It feels very light and offers a great range of motion when wearing it. Its a jacket that I would throw in my pack on a day hike if I expect a bit of rain. Now it is not a gore tex pro shell, its durable, but it does have its limits. I wouldn't take it on a multi day trip and use it as my primary protection from the elements. With that being said, I am more than satisfied with this jacket. If your looking for a dedicated rain jacket to wear around town or to throw in your pack if your expecting some rain, you should definitely consider the minimalist jacket.

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What Brian said. I live in San Diego, and have only used it once in an hour-long downpour so far. Dry as a popcorn fart. I'll be taking it to the High Sierra in September for a ten-day hike in the JM Wilderness, but I am bringing a dedicated windproof soft shell and using the Minimalist only as a rain jacket.

I've read some of the other comments on the exterior material saturating quickly and hence affecting breathability. While this may be true and while I don't want to seem like I'm defending my purchase, I have never found a rain jacket or hardshell from which perspiration effectively dries out through gore-tex without manually venting the jacket anyway. In my opinion, to think otherwise is a pipe dream. I sweat, and unless I unzip, I stay damp.

5 5

Nice Rain Jacket - Especially On Sale

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am impressed with the Marmot Minimalist Jacket. It is perfect for what I want it for. However, most of the criticisms that I've read in the other reviews are valid. Waterproof zippers would be a nice feature that would be superior to snaps and velcro. The jacket most definitely runs large. I got a medium and it fits perfectly. I don't wear a medium in ANYTHING." I'm not going to be climbing any mountains in driving sleet and freezing fog. I wanted a versatile rain jacket to walk the dog in the sping, summer, and fall. The Marmot Minimalist jacket will work perfectly for that purpose. It is nice to know that if I am lost in thought, and my dog pulls me into some alpine environment that I'll have a better shot at survival than if I had purchased another jacket! The Marmot Minimalist jacket is an extremely nice jacket if your expectations parallel its specs.

2 5

Pitiful DWR finish. Shell wets out.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm going to buck convention a bit by complaining about this jacket. It is adequate for casual use, but is a bit lacking for serious back country adventure.

From a design perspective, the jacket fits great and looks nice, but I would have preferred waterproof zips instead of storm flaps, snaps and velcro. It packs down nicely, and the shell material feels a bit more supple than other jackets I've had in the same category.

However, my main issue — which seems to plague a great deal of Marmot products is that their garment materials don't bead water well. I suspect the DWR process they use is just not up to the task, as I found the M1 softshell material and the Super Mica to also fail at beading water shockingly fast when compared to similar garments from Mountain Hardware or Patagonia.

While the jacket stays dry inside, once the shell is saturated, the GoreTex ceases to be breathable – or at least becomes less breathable than it was. While the water doesn't come through, since moisture isn't escaping as well, it will still feel clammy inside after more than 20min in the rain. (Notice in the photo that the shoulders and sleeve cuffs are super dark and soaked – this was from a 15 minute walk in medium intensity rain.)

Keep in mind this jacket has only been used about five times, only one of them being in the back country (most recently) and the wrists and shoulders wet out in 5 min. That is just unacceptable.

Pitiful DWR finish. Shell wets out.
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I agree with this review. I just got the jacket and have worn it five times in the field in moderate to heavy rain. I like the fit, and to reiterate, it does stay dry on the inside. However, I was also surprised at how quickly the outer material soaked through especially at the shoulders. At first, water beaded off as expected, but the jacket has already developed areas that become wet like the picture in the review above. It does seriously impact the comfort and breathability of the jacket and now I am worried that eventually it might soak through. I am a field biologist and work long hours outdoors hiking and bushwhacking etc. and these things are important to me. For a $200 dollar jacket, I wasn't expecting to be considering applying a new DWR coating after such little use.

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Polyester will never bead water very well. If you want the outside layer to bead water, you are going to have to treat it with silicon spray found at like Walmart for $8 a bottle. They make some that works with Goretex materials. The only waterproofing part of the jacket is the Goretex material underneath the polyester.

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Interesting. Wasn't aware of that. Still, seems like a bad design decision, as Gore-Tex is reputed to be significantly less breathable once the outer shell layer has been saturated.

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I have had a similar experience, I work in western Panama (its very wet here) and every time I have taken this jacket out it has soaked out in 10-20min. The decreased breathability is a huge issue to me as it is quite warm and I end up sweating so much wearing the shell becomes redundant. I got to say this is my first Marmot garment and I am quite disappointed by the performance.

Hi everyone!
How is the size of this...

Hi everyone!
How is the size of this jacket according to the size chart??
Should I go for what the chart tells me (Small) or go fon a Medium. I'm 5'10'' and i weigh 143lbs (Skinny).

Best Answer Responded on

Alexander,

If you'd choose between those two sizes, I'd recommend the Medium.
I am about 5'7" (148lbs) and have two of these in Large to wear as (alterning) winter jackets with lots of layering underneath.
I do like my jackets a bit loose, though...
If you don't need to layer up heavily, a Medium would probably do fine.

In any case, a great jacket.

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I'm 5'11" 170lbs, 40" chest, 34" waist, 35" sleeves and medium fits well with room to layer light weight down jacket underneath. IMO this jacket is cut with plenty enough room for layering.

5 5

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is an awesome jacket. It's my first experience with Gore-Tex, so I'm sure that's influencing my enthusiasm towards this. When I was pricing jackets this one seemed to be the best value, especially at a sale price. So far I have used this more as an outer, windproof layer than a rain jacket, but it works great for rain as well. It works great to keep wind and rain out when on a motorcycle or bicycle. You get really good coverage with the hood and chin part. Sometimes I find myself fighting the chin part when the hood is not on because it's rather tall (gets in the way a bit when dealing with a moto helmet). The hood opening is a bit tight as well; I typically can't don the hood unless the top of the jacket is unzipped slightly. Other than these very minor issues, I love the jacket. Lightweight, waterproof, windproof. It has done well through winter, and I'm interested to see how it performs during summer.

5 5

Conquer the Elements!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This ranks among the best pieces of gear I've ever owned.

Lightweight, amazing functionality, durable build and looks good to. Keeps out the elements no matter the condition, making it the perfect shell for everything from backpacking, backcountry skiing or just walking around campus in the rain. It's the jacket I find myself wearing most, and love it every time.

Hey guys, I am 5'11" extremely skinny...

Hey guys, I am 5'11" extremely skinny (distance runner) and am wondering what size to get. I was thinking about the small, but the length might be too short. The medium might be a tad big in the width and in the chest. Thanks!

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Chris,
I would get the medium is this just by the length alone. I typically like to be at the smaller end of my jackets so that I can layer accordingly under them. The small will be too short in the center back length and sleeves.

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It depends on if you are okay with some extra material around the chest and on the arms. I am also 5'11'' and a runner and I tried this jacket on in a store the other day. The jacket is already cut generously to allow for layers, and I prefer the fit of the small. I have a 31" inch waste, and there was plenty of room for a 200wt fleece or a down jacket without any mobility restriction. The medium was just plain baggy on me.
Just something to consider!

Im 6ft tall and like 210 , athletic build...

Im 6ft tall and like 210 , athletic build what size do you recommend I get?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Al, most likely you will want to go with a Large, I'm 5'10 175, and the medium fits really well. Double check your chest size though as that's going to be the best indicator. A Large is 42-44 inches