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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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5 5

Yay - It Fits!

  • Height: 5' 4"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I am 5'4" and 150 pounds with a pear-shape "petite" body type. I bought a size Large and that's perfect. The sleeves are a teensy bit too long, but it doesn't matter since the cuffs can be made snug. It's long enough to cover my butt, but not so long that it looks like my boyfriend's jacket. The pit-zips are awesome, and I stay dry even with the zips are open. The high-visibility green color is awesome for outdoor activities, and there is a little bit of reflective tape which isn't really needed for the high-viz green color. The hood is nicely adjustable and the adjustment does stay-put.

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Marmot Minimalist in Hawaii. The BEST lightweight, breathable, price-point piece to add to your collection. Layer over fleece if it's cold, but is a great stand-alone if it's warm with precip!

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Awesome picture Natalie !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Excellent rain jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

I've owned this jacket for 2 years now. It's the best rain jacket I've had. I had a PreCip, but eventually the waterproofing wore out, and refreshing it didn't work. Even when the PreCip was new, I'd feel moisture on my arms. This jacket doesn't have that moist feeling, and being Gore-Tex, has kept the waterproofing through 2 years of regular use. I love it, and have gotten a friend to buy one too!

Can anyone compare this to the Marmot PreCip? Specifically the fit and "noise factor". I find the PreCip NanoPro makes too much of a crinkly sound. Is PacLite quieter?

Responded on

This is definitely a step up from the Precip. The fabric is very soft to the hand and makes no noises. It's a really nice jacket that is not only functional but really nice and clean looking.

i'm just shy of 5'11...145lbs and slender but am leaning toward a L for length. yes/no?

Responded on

The center back length of this jacket is 27.25 inches for a medium. If you plan on wearing any layers under it, I think that L would probably work.

Best Answer Responded on

I am those exact measurements - 5'11, 145. Medium still gives me plenty of room for layering and is long enough.

5 5

Great jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I was skeptical about ordering the dark raspberry, but very glad I did. Gives a punch of color without being in your face. The fit is awesome; at the hips, the sleeves are a perfect length, pit zips, etc. Can't go wrong. I wear to work, hiking in the Cascades and around town. Love it!

5 5

Love

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 125 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

This jacket is great. It's waterproof, it's breathable, it doesn't make the annoying sound of cheap Gore-tex material, and it keeps you dry!!

I love the pit vents, too; makes for the perfect rainy hiking shell.

I will say, however, I typically am a medium in just about every jacket I own, and I find myself swimming in a medium in Marmot. I have a small in the Minimalist and it fits great.

4 5

stylish fit, keeps me dry!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 127 lbs
    Size Purchased: XS

i haven't yet worn this jacket in a torrential downpour, but i have used it as a light windblock for speed hiking and running, as well as in sleety/snowy conditions. it keeps me dry and warm enough with layers underneath, and i love the flattering fit. i am usually a small in jackets, and i went for the XS in this, as i pretty much live in it around the city and otherwise. it doesn't allow for much layering room, but i can fit some smartwool and capilene layers under it just fine.

1 5

Total Product Failure in City Conditions

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

I bought this jacket in spite of reading a review stating that someone had experienced a total product failure. I went ahead because it was recommended by my guide company for Aconcagua. I've worn it three times in city conditions, no washing or mistreatment of any kind, and this sucker leaks like a sieve. Absolutely not sweat accumulation. I walked around the block in the rain. I live in Ecuador and I'm SOL in terms of getting a decent quality Gortex jacket before I leave for my climb in two days. In terms of design, it's OK. It is minimalist- big enough to layer a med-down jacket under (sm on a 5'2' 110) a chest or shoulder pocket would be nice, or an inner pocket, velcro on the wrist closure seems flimsy and will probably wear out quickly. Basically, if you want a simple wind breaker- this is a green light, but if you intend to be protected from the rain or melting snow, get an Arcteryx. I wrote Marmot to see if they will help me. I won't get back to make a return to Backcountry until May 2015. I'll update this based on that response from Marmot. *update- I also got the Minimalist pants, though they never saw rain, they were shredded after three weeks on the mountain. Just not strong enough material for climbing and/or the occasional brush with a crampon.

Responded on

That is sad. Ive used it and it never fails!

5 5

Its all about GoreTex!

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

I got this as a gift and the person has used it a couple times. The GoreTex Paclite material is the cream of the crop when it comes to rain shells. But this jacket can handle so much more. With a bit of layering it can handle a day snowshoeing or even skiing. The fit is great and the pit zips give you the freedom to shed heat in a hurry so that you can avoid sweating. Recommendation .... Buy it!

What is the center back length of a medium?

5 5

Rain, rain, go away! Minimalist hurray!

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

The minimalist is exactly what the name implies: minimal and simple. Two hand pockets, two pit vents and a one way zipper. This jacket is very lightweight and packs down very tight but comes in handy when the wind or rain get goin!

Yet another product I used for my 6 month trip in South America. It held up to the wind of Patagonia and the rains of the Ecuadorian rainforest.

This is a great jacket and I would say it fits true to size. I'm 5'3" and bought a small. I was able to fit a thin synthetic underneath for really cold days, but wouldn't be able to fit a puffy down. Coloring is as is shown on the website. I don't think the turquoise that I bought is an option anymore.

The minimalist protecting me while I try to fly like a condor with the winds atop a summit in Chile!

Rain, rain, go away! Minimalist hurray!
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 but have feedback to share
  • 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