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900-fill goose down means you'll leave a fiery path in your wake.

The Marmot Men's Quasar Down Jacket uses 900-fill goose down insulation to cut through bone-chilling cold like a scalpel. You won't pay for this warmth in weight or bulk though, because Pertex Quantum fabric keeps the Quasar Jacket feathery-light and so packable that it can fit in its own pocket. If that isn't enough to make climbers and lightweight backpackers start to froth at the mouth, here's something extra: Marmot's Angel-Wing Movement fit that frees arms and shoulders for reaching and pole-planting without feeling the least bit restricted.

  • Pertex Quantum fabric is lightweight and highly packable
  • DWR fabric coating repels light precipitation and moisture so you stay dry
  • 900-fill Power Goose Down insulation lofts up easily and provides superior warmth without the weight
  • Angel-Wing Movement gives this jacket a cut that means freedom of movement and full range of motion in the arms and shoulders
  • Elastic drawcord hem seals this jacket at the bottoom

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5 5

Amazing Jacket

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

This jacket is not to be believed! It's light, it's warm, it covers your waist and lower back; it's beneficial in a wide range of temps. It also seems to be durable -- at least the way I'll be using it. I walk in my neighborhood almost everyday, and I can work up a sweat if my gear isn't right. This jacket really helps me regulate my body temp on those days from 20 -45 degrees. I know it's built to be a more technical piece, but I can love it, too.

5 5

The perfect down layer.. Enough said

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

This jacket is truly incredible. When I first bought this jacket, it was on sale and didn't have a single review.... I took the gamble because I trusted the Marmot brand name. The first trip I brought this jacket on was a 20 hour overnight hike of Mt Washington and the Presidential Range where we were hit with 70 mph gusts of wind in temperatures around 15 degrees. With a merino wool base layer, a thin fleece, and a rain jacket I honestly could not have been more comfortable.

I just got back from doing the W Trek in Patagonia (known for having some of the most volatile weather) where we encountered everything from 70 degree days of sun, sleet and hail, and constant 50 mph winds... yet again this jacket held up flawlessly.

I have found that with the following setup I can handle any weather from 10 degrees and up (and bring on the wind)- stoic merino wool base layer, Patagonia R1 hooded fleece, this down jacket, and my EMS ascent rain jacket (completely under rated).

Summary- Buy this jacket. It packs up extremely small in its own pocket, it is quite durable (still looks brand new), little bit long which I find to be a must, the red color looks amazing in pictures, it is VERY warm, and it layers perfectly. I am 6ft 2 and 185 lbs. The Large fits great as I can add the base layer and R1 fleece underneath. This is the perfect size as I find other lighter down jackets to have little effect and heavier down jackets to be too large to layer without looking ridiculous. Buy this jacket!

*I cannot speak to its ability when wet. I am religious about keeping my down items dry and therefore I have not been lucky enough to test this out :)

The perfect down layer.. Enough said
5 5

Ultralight with no sacrifices

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

Got this to replace my Montbell Plasma 1000, whose quilting doesn't keep the down distributed well.

Pros: The Quasar's construction is more solid. It's warmer overall (and more evenly). It has warm pockets, a better collar, and a drawcord hem. It stuffs into its own pocket.

Cons: Weighs a few extra ounces (worth it, no doubt). Takes up 75% more space when stuffed, which is still tiny, but a consideration if you're hardcore ultralight.

I vastly prefer the Quasar over the Plasma.

5 5

Best Micro Down around

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

So I took the time to look at the competition (North Face Thunder micro, Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer, and Patagonia Ultralight) before I bought this jacket. If you want to know the differences read on below. To put it in a quick sentence why to get the quasar. If you live in a drier cold climate and want the best fitting, best looking jacket, with the highest quality and amount of down fill....this is your jacket.


Fit: It is just a tad longer than the others which prevents any unwanted drafts. For those with tall torsos like me, this was a deal clincher. Loft: This is the only jacket with 900 fill. The others are 800 to 850 and usually have less down in weight. So in essence your getting more and higher quality insulation, at a similar cost in a microdown jacket. Quality: The stitching is top quality. The thickness of the ripstop nylon is just right. The 7d nylon on the Mountain Hardware feels so paper thin and fragile. Other have mentioned how they think the MH zippers are too small. I concur. I'll take the extra 1-2 ounces in weight and have less fear that I'm going to destroy my jacket on some inadvertent object. Function: I tried them all and I can't tell a difference in weight. They are all light and feel like you are wearing a warm layer of air. On a single digit windy ski day, I just wear a base layer, fleece vest, my quasar, and a gore tech shell and I'm comfortable. Looks/ergonomics: It's all personal but I think this looks the best. The North Face is to box shaped and puffy in the arms, the Patagonia looks like you're wearing a bunch of pleats, and the mountain hardware is the best of the three but the shoulder baffles are less appealing than those of the Marmot. I also like having the chest pocket. Mountain hardware doesn't have it.


5 5

love this jacket

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

everything they say is true. this jacket packs down super well. its lightweight and super warm. it will get wet (not waterproof) but it also drys super quickly. all in all it is just awesome!
COMPARISON:
had the patagonia nano puff before this and it was also all of the above. the marmot seems to control temp better. the nano puff always kept me warm but almost too warm sometimes (primaloft vs. down?). i find myself wearing this one and forgetting that i'm wearing it. i also find that the marmot is more of a fitted cut. the patagonia seemed a bit boxier and this seems slimmer.

3 5

Odd fit around shoulders

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Really disappointed when it arrived. Obviously well made and great weight for insulating under a shell for alpine touring, but the cut around the shoulders is noticeably puffy and uncomfortable. I'm 5'8"/150lbs and small was too small across back/under arms (but still puffy around shoulder seam), and medium was ridiculously puffy so I returned them. For the most part other reviewers don't seem to have a problem but I spoke to a large retailer (after I'd returned it) who sells the jacket and he agreed it's a weird cut around shldr and steers people to alternate makes.

Which jacket is warmer - this Quasar or...

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Which jacket is warmer - this Quasar or the Zeus?

Best Answer Responded on

They are pretty similar as far as warmth is concerned. This jacket is 6oz lighter then the Zeus, and uses 900 fill down, as opposed to 800. If you don't know why you would spend the extra roughly hundred dollars for this jacket then I'd say it's probably not worth it for you, go for the Zeus.

4 5

great but wish the sleeves were longer

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

I really liked the Quasar, but the sleeves were just a bit short. I am tall (6'4") with pretty long arms, and the sleeves on the Zeus in the same size (L) were about a half inch longer, which made a big difference. Otherwise, I really liked this jacket.

I wish more companies would make tall sizes for people in shape with longer arms. North Face is about an inch or two shorter for the same size. Thankfully Marmot has pretty long sleeves, and they make great gear and stand behind it.

5 5

Wow!! Another Marmot Star!!

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

LOVE this jacket! Super lightweight and uber warm and comfy. The medium was a bit too tight and had to go with the large, that allows me to layer even better underneath but not look bulky or oversized. Got it on sale so can't ask for anything more than that. The color is really cool and having the front pocket is always a nice plus. You can't go wrong with this one :)

Is this jacket available in a hood?
I am...

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Is this jacket available in a hood?
I am going on a 4 month cycling trip and want to use it as an under layer for cold nights and camping. If heavy rain, would it be ok as an over layer or should I wear a rain jacket over this marmot?

Responded on

Can't speak to the hood, but this definitely would NOT hold up in heavy rain. It would soak through, and once wet the down would lose most of its insulating power.

Responded on

David is spot on- in heavy rain this jacket will not stay dry. The DWR will resist some light moisture and snow, but wind and heavy precip will soak through on any down jacket. Grab a light weight rain shel ( http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-mica-jacket-men ) to put over this layer when the clouds open up. We do carry a hooded version check this link out! http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-quasar-hooded-down-jacket-mens

5 5

Awesome!

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

Recently I re-geared for the cooler months. I bought a Marmot Quasar Down Jacket, Front Range Fleece, and Vars Hooded Fleece all on sale at Backcountry. Since everything I have to comment on is common to all ... I'm being lazy and writing only one review. First, I love the jackets. Quality as usual with Marmot is awesome. The Quasar is extremely lightweight and warm, and eminently compressible. The two fleeces are very very comfortable ...

My only "issue" is sizing. I like the athletic fit, however, I seem to be in between sizes. I'm 6 feet tall, 190 lbs, 34-inch waist, 46/7 inch chest. Before I ordered, I went to a retailer and tried on Marmot gear. Although the larges fit great in arm and jacket length, they were so tight across the chest, under arms, and across the shoulders that I couldn't wear them. When zipped, they had the typical "spider" creases of something too small, even stretching the stitching around the zipper. Very uncomfortable under the arms. So sized up to Extra Large. Sleeves and jacket length a bit long now, but so much more comfortable. But I don't mind. In the winter I anticipate wearing them under my shell. A little extra length on the chair lift is kinda nice. I'm 50 years old, so maybe I'm just an old fart ... Hah!

I've had so much good luck with Marmot over the years I don't hesitate to recommend the jackets. The Vars hoody is pretty damn cozy, and I like it. The Front Range does stop wind! And the Quasar, well, I can't wait for the weather to drop below zero.

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just looked at your sizing complaint..... are you me?

but seriously, it seems like everywhere I go I'm an XL chest, Large/medium in sleeves in length. I don't get it. 6'1" 190lbs, 33waist 46chest. nothing fits. Glad to hear these worked out for you.

I've also looked at the quasar vs. the Vars. Which one would you recommend for more all-weather activity? You say you can't wait for the weather to drop below 0 for the quasar. do you think that this would be too warm for casual hiking in a nonagressive winter? ~30-40F?

What is the fill weight of this jacket?...

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What is the fill weight of this jacket? Can't find it listed anywhere.

Best Answer Responded on

Based on some rough mental math from Marmot's website, it's about 7 ounces (200g) of 900-fill down.

Responded on

Marmot says it's 85 grams / 3 ounces of down in this jacket. Oddly, it's the same amount of down whether you get the hoody or not.

Is this a winter jacket? My son is going...

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Is this a winter jacket? My son is going to college up by Syracuse NY so I am not sure how cold it gets there. Can he ski in it? He wants something that he does not need to have a ton of layers for going to class. He wants to take the jacket off in class and have a long sleeve "T" or sweatshirt on....not 4 layers.

Thank you
Liza

Responded on

It's quite a warm jacket, but not windproof or waterproof and doesn't have a hood, so it wouldn't make a great ski jacket, especially in the heavier, wetter snow of the NE. I'd suggest something with a sturdier fabric and a hood, with a lower down fill count.

Responded on

this jacket is made to be super warm, light, and packable. it's great for keeping warm, but would not be a great choice for an all around jacket. it is only water resistant. if the down gets wet, it will provide zero warmth.

if you like the marmot brand, something like the treeline will provide water protection and breathability, it is insulated, but also has pit zips so he can climate control while skiing.
http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-treeline-jacket-mens?ti=UExQIENhdDpNZW4ncyBTa2kgSmFja2V0czowOjY

5 5

Warm jacket

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

I love this jacket. It keeps me warm when temperatures drop at night. Very comfortable. I like how small the jacket compresses. It can be stuffed into it's own jacket. Remember to use the left side pocket when stuffing into pocket.

5 5

Very comfortable and warm

I love this jacket. It keeps me warm and it is very puffy, it feels like i am wrapped up in a cloud. The pocket acts as a sack to keep your jacket in. (use the left bottom pocket for this). I didn't know, and had a very hard time putting the jacket into it's own pocket.

5 5

Awesome Jacket!!!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I recently bought the Marmot Quasar Down Jacket. I weigh 140 pounds,height 5'11 and I am lean and long. The small works great for my long arms, neck and torso. I have compared it against the other high end brands such as Mountain Hardware and Patagonia. This down jacket is superior to the other comparable brands. It has a higher insulation factor of 900-fill goose down. Plus the 1 chest pocket makes getting to your personal time very convenient with out unzipping your jacket. Plus it is on sale at backcountry.com I also feel like the Marmot brand gives you a bigger bang for the bucket compared to Mountain Hardware and Patagonia...

4 5

Solid, warm jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I gave this as a gift to my father in law, he is cold all the time when he visits us so this jacket was a must have in the winter in UT. He is now warm, this jacket has solid construction so I am happy with the fit and likely durability.

5 5

Marmot is the best

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

Love BackCountry. Dont even know how much money I have spent here last year... BUT I just bought this EXACT jacket on another site for MUCH less. Regarding the jacket, no one does it better than Marmot. Marmot is Arcteryx quality if not above at half the price. This jacket is insane. SUPER light weight and SUPER warm. FIts like a glove. XL 6'1 225lbs. Tight through the shoulders though (Very athletic fit), so seriously consider ordering a size larger than you normally do. Long live Marmot.

gear heads, how does this compare to the...

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gear heads, how does this compare to the MH Ghost Whisperer Jacket? (no hood version of course) The easy positives of this jacket i can see so far are:

- Left chest pocket
- 10D fabric (i don't know what the MH GW has, but some people had said that it was fragile fabric?)

anything else? can't decide btw the two!

thanks in advance

Best Answer Responded on

The http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-ghost-whisperer-down-jacket-mens uses a down that is slightly lesser quality at 850 fill (still really good as most jackets in this category is 800). This jacket should be slightly warmer as it uses higher quality down and weighs a full 1.2 oz more meaning they put more down in the jacket. The Mountain Hardwear also uses an equal 10D fabric and will be very similar. Seems like for the price and the quality of down this one would be the way to go, unless you dont want that extra ounce of weight.

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Mountain Hardware makes awesome stuff no doubt about it. But? their fit and finish for whatever reason always seems off. Its like their products are roughhewn. I cant explain it but if I had to guess (1) they are trying for the look or (2) the time simply isnt put into finishing the product like Marmot can or does. Mountain Hardware is better than the North Face (IMO) but if you compare them to Marmot, it really ends up not being fair. Having said that, I rarely look past Marmot these days. Everything they make is spot on practically.

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when comparing insulation, 850 versus 900 fill does not necessarily mean either jacket is warmer or colder. that simply quantifies how much insulation is provided for a given weight. two jackets, one 850 and one 900, if they both weigh 10 oz, the 900 will be warmer. or, the 900 could be lighter (9.5 oz), provide the same warmth, and be more packable.

the telling stat here is weight. all fabrics being equal, the marmot is 1.4oz heavier with higher quality down, so should be warmer and nearly as packable. but remember, when talking about fractions of an ounce, some of that weight is because of the extra pocket. it's not all extra down. the deciding factors are probably whether or not you run hot, and intended use.

5 5

Great Jacket!

I am 5'11 and 145lbs. I bought a small and the fit is snug and perfect as mid layer. Very light with full range of motion when zipped up. Stuffs into its own pocket. The only difference between the jacket and the picture is the sleeve doesn't say "900 fill."

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