The mobility and breathability of a softshell and the protection of a hardshell.

Alpine climbing requires a stretchy and breathable softshell with the occasional weatherproof features of a hardshell, and the Marmot Men's Nabu Softshell Jacket gives you both. The Polartec Neo Shell, along with fully taped seams and water-resistant zippers, make this stretchy softshell completely waterproof and windproof. It also stays highly breathable despite its waterproof qualities, and it pulls moisture away from your skin so you stay dry if you start to sweat.

An athletic fit pulls the Nabu close to your chest to reduce bulk, and it leaves plenty of room in the shoulders and sleeves for the unrestricted movement you need on the wall. Pack Pockets are always accessible even with a pack and a harness on. Its adjustable hood has a laminated brim to stay out of your eyesight when you belay your buddy. Asymmetric cuffs keep the sleeves off your palms so you can grasp onto those holds comfortably. And they—along with the hem—are adjustable to seal out the cold and keep the warmth in.   

  • Polartec Neo Shell, fully taped seams
  • Marmot M1 Softshell fabric
  • Athletic fit, Angel-Wing Movement
  • Attached, adjustable storm hood with laminated brim
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • Asymmetric cuffs with hook-and-loop adjustment
  • Elastic drawcord at hem
  • Pack Pockets

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4 5

Good enough for Alaska

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

I bought this jacket just before heading out on a trip to Alaska for some back country fly fishing. We spent several days on a river way out in the boonies fishing for salmon. We got rained on almost every day, including one day on which the rain was nearly constant and ranged from a light sprinkle to a solid downpour. I didn't really expect the jacket to be 100% waterproof, but it turns out this thing repels water like a champ and I stayed nice and dry all day long.

As for warmth, the temps were in the 50s to low 60s and I stayed mostly comfortable with just a t-shirt under the jacket. I did get a little chilled a couple times after standing still in deep water for too long (with waders, of course), so I would advise a mid-layer depending on the conditions.

I'm 5'11" and 180 lbs with an athletic build. I purchased a large and was happy with it. The medium probably would have fit fine, but the large leaves just the right amount of room for some layering.

Good enough for Alaska
4 5

Not really a softwhell.

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

No doubt this jacket is nice, stretchy, breathable and light. But I see almost no difference with a Gortex Proshell Jacket. It lacks insulation so if your looking for warmth you'll need a midlayer.

As a Softshell I would rate it a 3 out of 5 for the lack of insulation.
As a Hardshell I would rate it a 5 out of 5 for its confort, movility, lightness and brethability.

4 5

Great fabric and details, a little slim

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

This NeoShell material is lighter than the first generation on the Zion Softshell, stretchy, more packable and the lining is so much nicer than the 2 layer membranes fabrics with rubbery feeling against the skin. The hood, the pockets, the length were terrific, but the width through the shoulders and sleeves was just a bit snug for a down sweater underneath. I'm 5'11, 178 lbs, pretty slim and the large was the right size, just not quite the right cut for me. The only other concern would be the skinny wrist velcro. Otherwise this would be a keeper.

How do I wash the marmot Zion (polar tea...

How do I wash the marmot Zion (polar tea neoshell) jacket?

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New BC Guy,

First I'm sure the team would like to welcome you.

Care of your Marmot Zion softshell jacket is best handled by using the Nikwax Tech Wash and Softshell package which will be gentle during washing and enable your jacket to retain it's water resistance. You'll find the Nikwax package at the following URL

Have a happy Backcountry experience and enjoy your awesome Marmot jacket.


5 5

Marmot nabu

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

As far my favorite jacket :)

Marmot nabu
5 5

A nice balance

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I'm not in the "I have no use for a hardshell jacket" camp - yet - but I'm getting there. This jacket is a nice blend of soft feel, stretch, waterproof-ness and breathability, and has put the hardshells I have on the back burner.

I haven't had a chance to test it in a downpour, but so far in wet conditions it has performed. I do notice a bit of draft where I don't think I would have with a Pro jacket, but that's on me since I just need to layer differently. Got the XL at 6'0" 205#, and it fits perfectly.

5 5

Lots of research paid off

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

This jacket is a great deal on sale. After considering many other brands, I finally found good information on the Neoshell fabric that made it the clear winner.
I just finished a week of ice cclimbing in Banff, with temps ranging from the 20's to 30's, including swimming through snow and getting sprayed on by dripping water. This jacket lives up to the reputation of being breathable on the approach and keeping you dry and warm on the route. I wore only a Patagonia R1 hoodie underneath and only neaded my puffy a few times.
The hood on this model fit over my climbing helmet no problem, and the four pockets were very useful for stashing sunglasses and swapping out gloves.
I'm 5'10" and 160lbs and the medium is perfect.

5 5

Game Changer

Believe the hype when it comes to Polartec Neoshell...this jacket will keep you dry like a traditional membrane waterproof jacket, but breathes like a softshell. It has minimal features, but all of the ones you need, like 3 exterior waterproof pockets, and cinches for the hood and bottom hem. The fabric has a generous amount of stretch to it, and overall the active intentions of this piece are obvious. I am 5'10" 150# and got a large as I will be using it primarily for backcountry skiing, and wanted to ensure room for layers. It fits a little baggy in the chest, but the arms and torso length are spot on.