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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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Hi, Is this jacket the same cut/fit as the Marmot Artemis? Thanks

The Speed Light and the Artemis use Marmot's Athletic fit block, so they should fit similarly.

good afternoon, does it´s hood fit a helmet? im searching a jacket for alpine climbs in peru, do you recomend this one for that porpouse?

The Marmot Speed Light's hood has the ERG Hood Adjustment System which gives it enough adjustability to accommodate a climbing helmet. It would work well for alpine climbs in Peru since it is Gore-Tex Pro.

Feel free to shoot me any more questions about Marmot jackets:



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.

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

The Marmot Speed Light is Gore-Tex Pro same as the Arc'teryx Beta LT but the Beta SL is Gore-Tex Paclite. Both Arc'teryx jackets will be a little lighter and the Beta SL the most packable at 11.1 oz. All three jackets are waterproof but Gore-Tex Pro is the best weatherproof, waterproof material out there.

Feel free to shoot me any more questions about these jackets or if you want to try a few out in person:


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

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.



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?

I've owned a Speed Light for the past two years and it has done well. I've worn it mountaineering on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Last year it was -40 F at the summit, with 85 mph winds, and it worked great. I've only found two issues with mine. The zippers are harder to pull than other jackets I own. This especially doesn't help when you're sweating, wearing gloves, and can't open your pit zips. And, the front pockets go down to the hem. It's kind of pointless to have high pockets if your accessories can fall down in the way of your pack/harness. I own size large (my normal size) and I was able to wear a base layer, fleece and Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody under it comfortably.

No matter which jacket you purchase, they will both have DWR applied to them. As for differences between the two, the Speed Light does not have any internal pockets and is generally geared toward climbing - low weight, minimal accessories, etc. The price difference is partly going to be the name, but in my experience, I've found Arc'teryx's products to have a better fit and finish than others (larger pit zips and pocket openings, easier-to-pull zippers, two zipper pulls on each pit zip, instead of one, etc.) and have been worth the extra money.


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?

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

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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)

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?

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


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?

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.


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

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?

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?