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If I only had a Marmot.

Marmot never had much of a market share in the Land of Oz, presumably because of astronomical shipping costs. As it turns out, it’s a good thing. If the Wicked Witch of the West had a Marmot Women’s Minimalist Jacket, things would have been very different for Dorothy and friends. The Minimalist uses Gore-Tex Paclite laminate fabric to shrug off the nastiest downpour. Paclite was developed to be lightweight and packable, while remaining completely waterproof and as breathable as Gore-Tex Classic.

  • 100% seam-taped Gore-Tex PacLite laminate fabric means water has no chance of melting anyone wearing the minimalist
  • Underarm zips offer ventilation when you need to cool down
  • Angel Wing articulated shoulders give you complete freedom of movement without the torso of the jacket moving around

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4 5

Love the fit

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

This is probably my favorite jacket as far as the fit. I have broad shoulders and its plenty roomy without being large everywhere else. The fabric holds up well to lots of use. After about 3 years the Gor Tex started to de-laminate in a few very small spots, but overall is still waterproof. I am on the fence as to whether or not I would buy a Pac Lite jacket again though. It does not breath well at all. The pit zips fix that on this jacket. If you need this mostly for colder weather, it shouldn't be a problem. I would not use as a light rain layer in the summer though, even though this is a minimalist jacket. I would go with a more breathable fabric.

5 5

Great Purchase

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

I purchased this to stay dry during a lacrosse tournament and it did not disappoint. I have worn for other sporting events and managed to stay dry during the summer downpours in the South. I was able to open the vents under the arms and managed to stay cool enough when the rain let up and the humidity kicked in.

5 5

Love It !!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: True to size

Wife loved the color and fit. Will keep her dry and warm

5 5

BEST OF THE BESTEST!

  • Fit: True to size

To same I am OBSESSED with this jacket in the Ice Green color would be an understatement!

I could go on and on about this jacket, but I will try to keep this short and sweet.

If you aren't familiar with Gore-Tex you should be! Its arguably the best waterproofing in the business. Its fully waterproof and breathable. The great thing about Marmot working with the Gore-Tex Paclite technology is how soft the material is that you end up with! Its so incredibly comfortable to wear even over a tank top without that rough plasticy sounding of a regular rain/gore-tex jacket. This has definitely become my new favorite jacket of all!

I HIGHLY recommend the Ice Green color because it is so gorgeous! and seems to look perfect on everyone I have seen it on!

Fits true to size, with a little room to layer as is normal and good for a rain jacket :)

4 5

Update from Antarctica

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

I tested the wind-protection in Antarctica, and I just tested the water-protection on a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. Two thumbs up on all accounts. The jacket does not have any insulating capability at all, so if you're getting cold you'll need extra layers underneath (and there's plenty of room), but it will definitely keep you dry and block the wind!

Does this jacket have a 2-way front...

Does this jacket have a 2-way front zipper?

Best Answer Responded on

Molly,

Great choice, great product, great manufacturer and great price. Unfortunately the Minimalist doesn't have a two way zipper and you'll not find a 2 way on any of the Marmot light weight jackets. Many manufacturers have eliminated two way zippers (for the weight weeny) on most of their products and it's a real bummer.

Stay dry and enjoy!

Scooter

5 5

Great Simple Waterproof shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

In looking for a simple waterproof layer to use for rainy days in Seattle and backpacking in the woods, I found the Marmot Minimalist jacket. The reviews were spot on in that the jacket is roomy enough to layer underneath. I am 5"4" and weigh 135 and the Small size fits perfect. The jacket itself is a basic shell so if it is at all cold you will need an insulating layer. I look forward to many trips with my jacket. The Atomic Blue is beautiful

4 5

Minimalist Jacket

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

This is my first official raincoat, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. It keeps me dry when I'm tooling around town and walking across campus, which is what I was looking for. I'm approximately 5'8, 170 lbs. The XL is roomy enough to fit a big fleece under.
One part I don't particularly like-the hood is shallow enough that it doesn't stay comfortably on if my hair is up in a pony tail. Other than that, it's perfect.

5 5

Marmot Minimalist Jacket

  • Fit: True to size

I'm 5'4" 130lb. I love this jacket! I ordered a small but the tag says SP and the website says a regular fit. It seemed slim throughout the body and cut up under the arms. The sleeve length is perfect. I love the fits but was worried about fitting anything under the jacket. I had a cotton shirt on and a patagonia fleece sweater over the shirt. I still had plenty of room and maneuverability. I plan on wearing this jacket in June, hiking and cruising in Alaska.
Sharon

Does this jacket stuff into a pocket for...

Does this jacket stuff into a pocket for easy packing?

Responded on

Hey Lisa,

No this doesn't have an official pocket for packing, but it does condense down very small.

Cheers~

4 5

Take that, Katabatic Winds!

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

I bought this jacket specifically for the Antarctic Ice Marathon for wind protection, and it worked out perfectly. Roomy enough for layering underneath and to allow me to move comfortably while running, but fitted enough to not be bulky. I really like how the hood stays on when the jacket is zipped, regardless of how windy it may be. I'm not sure I agree with the tech specs comment that it's guaranteed breathable .... there is condensation on the inside whenever I wear it to run, and my fleece was covered in frost during the marathon because there was no air moving in the jacket. But it did a darn good job against the wind, and that's what I wanted! Love it!

5 5

Definitely recommended

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: True to size

I bought this jacket as a present for my mother. Her impressions were that "I've never owned a jacket that protected me from wet weather as well as this jacket does. I've worn it through a downpour and everything that the jacket was covering was completely dry. It fits true to size with room for base layers. I can even wear it over my puffy jacket without feeling restricted. I bought it in sea glass and love the color! I would definitely recommend this jacket for outdoor activities on rainy days!"

5 5

Excellent Jacket

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

I use this jacket both by itself and when layering. I is also an excellent wind blocker. I live in North Carolina, and usually a fleece of light jacket is all I need to wear under it. When I raveled to Chicago for a convention, this jacket did wonders over my down jacket, both keeping my dry and the wind out! It fits wonderfully and even has a little room for layering. Just make sure to try on the layers underneath the jacket when you receive it to ensure that the size will work with your needs.

5 5

Marmot Minimalist Jacket

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

I'm 5'6" and 140-ish pounds, with a pear shape. I had originally gotten a medium, because I used the size chart and measured myself. It was a little big, especially around the middle, and the sleeves were too long. I exchanged it for a small, and now I'm really happy with the fit. It's flattering, and I love the Seaglass color. There's still plenty of room to layer at least a tee and a hoodie underneath. The fabric is very comfortable, not plastic-feeling. I haven't been in a torrential downpour yet, but it handled a light drizzle perfectly.

Has anyone tried to fit a light coat such...

Has anyone tried to fit a light coat such as the Patagonia sweater coats under this? I like to layer while backpacking et al.

Best Answer Responded on

This is an awesome shell that is designed just for what you've described. Marmot sizing is generous and you'll find that adding a mid-layer such as the Patagonia down sweater or Marmot Sol down jacket will increase the warmth and comfort during the cold weather. There should be no need to go up a size to allow for the mid layer.

5 5

Great water-proof jacket

I wore this jacket hiking mt Kinabalu in Malaysia. On the way down It was non-stopping rain (medium to heavy). My hiking pants and shoes were all soaked inside out but my upper body stayed warm and dry. Best purchase I've made for the trip.

1 5

Maybe I had unrealistic expectations?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I don't know what I should expect from a guaranteed waterproof, Gortex, fully taped jacket but I did expect to be dry in a rain storm.
I wore this jacket for the first time last night to walk for a couple of hours in constant rain. Perhaps that was too much to ask?
By the time I got home I was soaking wet, my phone and money were wet after being zipped in the pocket and my jacket was soaked through to the point of being a few shades darker red.
I love the color by the way and the fit is great but what I wanted was for the jacket to function.
I'm not impressed, I was really looking for a jacket that could keep me dry in a rain storm.

4 5

Marmot Minimalist vs. OR Aspire

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

As an avid hiker and dog-walker, I needed a reliable rainjacket that could double for backcountry trips and casual, rainy strolls around the neighborhood (in the rare instance of Southern CA rain.) I started with a very disappointing Marmot (non-Goretex) jacket, which had me soaked to the bone after five minutes of moderate rain. After a chat with the fine people behind the scenes at Backcountry, I decided to try two jackets: the Marmot Minimalist and the Outdoor Research Aspire.

Both met and exceeded my expectations:
- Repels water during a moderately vigorous storm
- Lightweight and packable
- Fashionable enough for casual wear
- Zippered armpit vents for breathability

The finer details (why I went with an Aspire):
- The Minimalist comes in a gorgeous array of colors, while the Aspire is limited. The electric blue Minimalist was tempting, but ultimately, the slate black Aspire won me over for practicality/daily wear.
- While both have quality venting, the Aspire's vents are much larger, and I loved having the option to fully air the pits during a sweatier hike.
- The zipper quality on the Aspire feels more durable and waterproof, even though the waterproofing does take away a bit from the clean look (my opinion.)
- The hood on the Minimalist didn't fit my head right, and the top kept sliding over my eyes. I'm not sure why the Aspire works so much better in this regard, but my head is much happier with this product.

While I kept the OR and returned the Marmot, whichever jacket you choose will be an excellent, durable product that will keep you dry and happy. Both are a great investment.

Many thanks to the awesome Backcountry rep who suggested I try them both! I feel very satisfied with this purchase.