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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

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

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Does this jacket stuff into a pocket for...

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Does this jacket stuff into a pocket for easy packing?

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, but have feedback to share
  • 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...

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

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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.

5 5

Lightest summer jacket I've ever owned!

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

The Minimalist jacket has rapidly become my go-to rain jacket/wind breaker this summer. The Gore-tex paclite material means that it is insanely light (even my ounce-obsessed mum was impressed with the weight) but it's also top-notch when it comes to water resistance. I had the pleasure of putting it through the wringer during tropical rain storms sailing this past spring and it stood up to every test the ocean could throw at me!

Hi, I'm only familiar with European sizes....

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Hi, I'm only familiar with European sizes. According to sizing charts I would need an M, but am not sure if I then will be able to wear anything underneath. My height is 170 cm and weight is 66 kg. Is M or L recommended? Thanks

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I would go with the medium if you only intend to have a base layer underneath or a tshirt. If you hope to regularly layer for warmth, size up to the Large.

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I'm about the same size as you and I have a medium in this jacket. Like Arthur says, it's the perfect size where I can layer for warmth without it being baggy on me.

I'm about the same size as you and I have a medium in this jacket.  Like Arthur says, it's the perfect size where I can layer for warmth without it being baggy on me.
5 5

Love it!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a warm body and usually just require a lite puffy coat and a wind resistant shell. This coat is very light weight and keeps me dry as well. I've made it my everyday coat and use to for cycling as well.

5 5

Fantastic jacket!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket is fantastic. It's waterproof and strong, but at the same time light and compactible. The underarm zippers allow for easy ventilation, and also allow access to layers under the jacket (for instance, I can reach into the pockets of my fleece through the pit-zip holes). It's form-fitting and adjustable enough to look good on different body shapes, with or without layers underneath. I'm 5'8" and weigh 135 lbs. I would normally be a small, but I usually wear a medium in jackets because (like someone else who wrote a review) I have wide shoulders. One note on the color -- I previously bought the "vibrant purple" but the color turned out to be more of a bright puce, rather than the deep purple that was shown on my screen. I now have the "grass green," which was more true to the color shown. Marmot is a great brand in general, and this jacket, being Goretex, is even better. Highly recommended!

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Thanks for the 'heads-up' on the 'not-so-purple' color; you've prevented a lot of people, myself included, from a great disappointment!

5 5

Great Jacket!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have worn this on many backpacking trips and with everyday errands. I've had it for 3 years now and it is showing no wear and tear. The Gore-Tex material is great and worth the extra dollar! I have used this in cold temps with a light layer underneath and it has done a great job blocking out the wind and cold. I've also never had a problem with water getting in, sometimes in warm heat there is a bit of condensation build up from your body though! This jacket rolls up pretty small and is rather light which makes it a great travel companion.

It does have a bit of a feminine cut in the back which may hug a curvier woman slightly tighter, so if you are worried I may recommend sizing up.

5 5

just as I expected

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Right after I purchased it, a rainstorm came. I wore it hiking with a fleece underneath and it was perfect. I have had a pre-cip in the past and this one is a step up. Good choice. Fits just like the pre-cip.

Love this Jacket

Love this Jacket

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It's the light blue one. This jacket is perfect for keeping you warm and dry in all conditions.

Does anyone know if this jacket has a liner...

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Does anyone know if this jacket has a liner of any kind in it (mesh or nylon)? or is it one of the straight single layer jackets. I can't find a photo of the interior anywhere!

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There isn't a separate liner in this jacket - but it does use gore tex paclite. There is a driclime material on the chin area that makes for a nice soft layer where the jacket hits your face. On the inside gore tex paclite shells use a specific gore tex membrane with a protective layer made of an oil-hating substance and carbon. So the interior doesn't feel the same as the exterior - it's that protective layer that will be against your skin. Not a liner since everything is welded together, but I find paclite jackets to be perfectly comfortable against your skin.

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