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Lightweight shell with waterproof fabric gets you climbing quicker than a flash.

It may weigh less than a pound, the Marmot Men's Speed Light Jacket boasts some serious protection to keep you comfortable while you climb. Gore-Tex Pro 3-Layer construction with fully taped seams makes the fabric completely waterproof so you stay dry in case a storm rains down on your parade. Angel-Wing Movement lets you reach, stretch, crouch, and bend on the wall without exposing your body to the cold weather. Water-resistant PitZips let out some steam while you climb, and they close up when you belay your buddy. Water-resistant Pack Pockets are accessible even when you have a harness or pack on. And the nylon ripstop shell handles the wear-and-tear lifestyle of rock climbing enthusiasts.

An athletic fit reduces bulk around your body and gives enough room in the shoulders for unrestricted movement. Its Gale-Force hood tightens across your head when the winds howl thanks to the ERG adjustment system, and the laminated wire brim keeps the hood out of eyesight so you can focus on the rock you're climbing. Asymmetric cuffs keep the sleeves out of your hands. An elastic drawcord at the hem prevents blustery blizzards breezing up your body. 

  • Gore-Tex Pro 3-Layer membrane, fully taped seams
  • Angel-Wing Movement
  • Athletic fit
  • Water-resistant PitZips
  • Gale-Force hood with ERG adjustments and laminated wire brim
  • Asymmetric cuffs with hook-and-loop adjustment
  • Elastic drawcord at hem
  • Water-resistant Pack Pockets

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1 5

pockets filled with h20...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 215 lbs
    Size Purchased: xl

Bought the jacket for a trip to new zealand, to replace my old OR gortex shell. Thought I would step it up with the speed light because of the potential for heavy rain, and oh boy that was a mistake! The first good rain I had, the pockets filled with water (not a little water, but like FULL of water) I thought it might be a fluke, so I dried they out. The next rain I had, I made sure the pockets were zipped perfectly, with the zipper tucked under the little hood. no go. still didn't work. Very disappointing to have this piece of gear not work as advertized on the other side of the globe. It rains a lot in new Zealand, and i expected more form marmot (i have loved all my other marmot products). If it was to rain more than .5 cm the pockets would just FILL with water, what a weird flaw. So far I have worn the jacket a total of 60 times, and in 35 rain storms. About 15 of those rainstorms have been sprinkles, and the other 20 I got water in the pockets. One storm I must have had close to 200ml of water in each side. What didn't make since to me is that the waterproof zipper kept water in but not out... typically I don't write reviews this quickly, but I figured it would be worth while because of this failure. I found a similar review on another web site, so I am not the only one.

Unanswered Question

How does this compare to the Arctyrx Beta LT or even the SL? Mainly concerned with waterproofness and weight/packability.

I am 6'2, 180lbs. what size would you recommend?

Responded on

Hey Thep!

I recommend trying a size Large. Let me know if you'd like to set up an order or if you have any other questions.


Unanswered Question

How would this jacket compare to the Arc'teryx Beta AR? A good friend who's experience and reviews I trust owns a Beta AR and swears by it.

From the descriptors, they seem to be both constructed for similar functions. The only difference in material I see is the DWR treatment on the AR. Is it simply the brand name causing the pricing discrepancy?

I intend to use the shell as an outer layer, over base and insulating layers, for alpine climbing and ski mountaineering. Would this jacket be appropriate? Is there another that may suit my needs apart from this or the AR?

5 5

Pricey but worth every penny

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 200 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

Weatherproof without feeling like I'm wearing a plastic bag. The breathability is superior to every other rain shell I have ever owned. Love the enormous pockets. Long tail in back keeps seat dry when sitting on wet surfaces. Roomy - being 5'9" and about 200lbs I struggle sometimes with the "athletic cut" and this jacket gives me room everywhere I need it. Super light weight that packs down to practically nothing so it's with me all of the time.

I am 5'8" 190lbs what size do you recommend?

Responded on

I am 6'2" 200 lbs, wear a large. If you put layers under it not as roomy as say a Arc'Teryx Beta AR though

I'm 5'8" 190 lbs, what size do you recommend?

Marmot Speed Light Jacket

Marmot Speed Light Jacket

Backcountry skiing in Vermont
Jacket packs small, bright color stands out in the woods. I have brushed against a few trees, no damage.
Only minor issues, hood is a bit tight over my helmet. Velcro cuffs need more velcro area, come undone sometimes.
Great Jacket!

Does the Speed Light STRETCH? How much? Where? In which Directions? (I've noticed some GoreTex Pro items stretch)

Responded on

This jacket does not stretch. It's got a TINY bit of give if you pull it diagonally across the weave, but it's not enough to add any utility. Most technical shells are not going to stretch.

What is the center back length of a medium?

How does this compare with the Patagonia Super Cell?

Responded on

The Super Cell uses a lighter Gore-Tex so its a little lighter and packs easier than the Speed Light.

5 5

Sheltowee Trace - Fall 2014

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

I needed a new light rain jacket and bought this one before leaving Denver, CO to thru-hike the Sheltowee Trace Trail. I mostly used it in combination with a very thin & light base layer but also used it with no base layer at all. It felt pretty good either way. I got through two very bad rain storms and the jacket performed perfectly (unlike my pants which got soaked but that's a different story). I also used it to go through some overgrown (thorny bushes and such) part of the trail to protect myself and it seems fairly resistant. Overall, I'm really happy with this purchase.

Would this be suitable for snowboarding in Japan with temperatures below freezing? This combined with a Arc' Atom LT for my main insulation layer?

Responded on

Hey Sean Makin,

I would advise you look at one of the heavier shells for snowboarding. This jacket is super light and is made to be very breathable. If you are going to be hiking around in Japan then it could be a good choice (if you run hot). I would like to mention this does not have a powder skirt.

This would be a good choice depending on what you think you will be doing in Japan and if you can sacrifice the powder skirt.

5 5

The rescue helicopter will find me

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

Insane how well it performs for its weight. Great fit. Best hood. My only complaint is that it packs down too small to make a nice pillow :)

The rescue helicopter will find me
Responded on

This picture was taken at Matterhorn Peak in the Eastern Sierras.

being that its a Pro Shell and not Paclite,...

being that its a Pro Shell and not Paclite, how packable would you say this Jacket is? I know that its lighter than the Minimalist, but is it bulkier in a pack?

Responded on

I wouldn't say that packing should be the biggest priority. It should be how well it protects you. What activity will you be doing with it?

How can I distinguish between models with...

How can I distinguish between models with different Gore-Tex versions. I mean to distinguish older from newer models?

Best Answer Responded on

It was only last year that the new Gore-Tex Pro was put into place so anything 2012 or older will have the older Pro model. The variants in the sku that are on sale are the 2013 models and the variants that are currently full priced are the 2014. Either way both models should be the newer Gore-Tex Pro.

what is the center back length on this for...

what is the center back length on this for the XL? also, should I size up to get the hood over a Ski helmet?

Responded on

This jacket in size XL will be just shy of 30 inches. The hood is already helmet compatible so you shouldn't need to size up to keep you noggin protected and dry at the same time.

I've seen two versions of the black color-way...

I've seen two versions of the black color-way online. One is all black, and one has white/grey highlights. Which one is this, or do you have both styles?

Responded on

I think the all black is the original model with the older version of the Gore Tex Pro fabric. The white zip version is updated, but was a 2013 color, from what I can gather, so it's discontinued, and on sale most places.