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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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  • Q & A

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Softshell. Performance of Hardshell

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

Great jacket. I have been looking around for Polartec Neoshell jackets and have finally found this. The material is awesome, soft and flexible yet performs like a Goretex shell.... Gore will hate this.

love it

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

I really like this jacket. The reason it stands out is the supple neoshell. Truly amazing and to me a game changer to Goretex pro shell or something (loud, uncomfortable, etc.). This stuff just hangs on you like a supple cloth. Plus it is quiet too as opposed to a noisy typical hardshell. I use it as a light jacket and then I wear a down vest under it for warmth. I wear a vest because I've found it difficult to put a jacket on underneath. Basically, unlike a lot of shells, the sleeves are tapered and very narrow at the forearm so even thin jackest are tight at the forearms. I wish they hadn't done that but you can't have everything. If they had fixed this and added venting (pit zips?) then it would be perfect! It does allow some wind which I noticed when it is 20 out and super windy. Otherwise rock solid!

Pay once for twice the performance

    "Innovation" is tossed out there way too frequently but, in this case, I'd say it's right on the nut. Marrying a hard shell with a soft shell opens up the market to backpackers looking for maximum functionality.

    I actually had an instance of a mistake turning in to a positive. I'm 6', 190 lbs with pretty wide shoulders and am a consistent Large which is what I ordered. When the Nabu arrived I threw it on and couldn't have asked for a better fit. It had the nice low profile look I wanted, perfect arm length with no restriction of movement. I started layering to see what I could handle and I threw on a wool baselayer, light fleece and a low profile puffy but because of the stretch of the Nabu, felt perfectly comfortable. It was only days later after a trip that I looked and realized I'd been delivered a Medium. Might be something to think about if you're on the sizing fence.

    Rock freaking solid in the rain and while it doesn't offer the insulation of it's counterpoint, the Zion, I've found myself turning to this instead of a fleece when I'm on the trail. Seems to regulate my body temperature perfectly. Even though there aren't pit zips, when I start to feel clammy I'll just unzip the side and Napolean pockets, or just open up the front, and I'm good to go.

    The hood is a little large and made for a helmet. But there's enough stability in the brim to keep it from obstructing my view.

    The pockets are perfectly positioned for use with a pack and all the zippers function smoothly.

    I did have a little mishap with the first jacket I ordered as the cinch for the hood broke almost immediately. My gut tells me it was an anomaly as I have a fair amount of Marmot stuff and it always holds up well. Backcountry was awesome about taking care of me. Great customer service.

    I've never been one to bring along a softshell on most trips but given the dual uses with the Nabu, (and killer good looks), this one has found a place in my pack.

    Marmot Nabu

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

    Recently got this jacket (thanks to it being on clearance) and absolutely love it. I haven't tested it in harsh conditions yet, but it is definitely waterproof and breathes nicely. I bought it for spring skiing, so the real test will come in a few months.

    Regarding sizing, I am 5' 9", 160 lbs with a 36.5" chest and a sleeve size of 32/33. The small fits me perfectly. I initially ordered the medium, but it was VERY baggy around the chest and mid-section. I have an athletic build and even when I put three thick layers on underneath, I still had about 3 inches of loose fabric on either side. That being said, the sleeves are a bit narrower than would be expected. As I got this for spring skiing, I don't expect to wear heavy layers underneath, so it won't be an issue for me. However, if you do plan on multiple heavy layers, the sleeves will be very snug. The proportions are just a little off on the jacket, with the chest/mid-section being just right but the sleeves being a bit snug.

    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

    Not really a softwhell.

    • 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.

    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.

    A nice balance

    • 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.

    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.

    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.

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

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

      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.