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Moderate weather protection for demanding days in the alpine.
- Marmot M2 Softshell fabric stretches, breathes, and repels blowing snow with its DWR coating, which enables protection in all but the worst weather
- Adjustable hood and hem as well as asymmetrical cuffs further seal out the snow as it blows around
- Windproof body and sleeves take the edge off the cold and breathable side panels and back ensure you don't overheat while skinning uphill
- Front pockets and a sleeve pocket hold necessities and are easily accessible while wearing a pack or harness
- Internal media pocket holds a camera, radio, or cell phone where it won't freeze
- Angel-Wing movement and lower back hem ensure you have coverage no matter how you stretch and contort your body
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not what i expected
first of all, i don't own this jacket, so take this review for what it's worth. there are currently no reviews of the jacket, so i thought i would share some useful info about the jacket until someone posts a legitimate review.
first off, i almost bought this jacket online, but decided to hold off, and went and tried it on at the backcountry.com outlet. very glad i did. it was disappointing.
1) it's a glorified hoodie. i own a mountain hardwear brono softshell that i absolutely love, and want another similar softshell with a hood. i mostlly love the comfort of the piece, the fact that it's not hard and crinkly like a hard shell, but that it's also bomber tough fabric. the marmot vapor trail is NOTHING like that. the fabric is soft, doesn't feel very durable, and is very very light, like a 40 - 50 degree weather piece. it honestly feels like a hoodie with a touch of harder fabric (very little) and some waterproofing.
2) the fit is very un-Marmot-like. I also tried on a Marmot Kingpin softshell, which i loved the fit of. this softshell fit way too tight in the torso, the arms are practically skin-tight, and it's too short. i could have tried on a medium if i had liked the softshell, but the fact that the fit between two different models in the same companies line is disappointing.
overall, i wouldn't buy this softshell. it might be good for running or aerobic activity in colder weather, and maybe that's what it's designed for. but it wasn't for me, and wasn't the type of casual winter wear piece that i was looking for.
hope this helps
I'll be backpacking through Europe this...
I'll be backpacking through Europe this summer and I need to pack a light-weight jacket to keep dry during surprise rain storms that I might encounter. Would you suggest that the Vapor Trail Softshell be a great choice for such a trek or more so the Minimalist (open for other suggestions)?
This is a good, light jacket, but it probably won't be as waterproof as a Mountain Hardwear Drystein or Arc'teryx Alpha SL, being as it is a soft-shell. The two jackets I mentioned are fairly pricy, though. A lower price option is the Columbia Stormin' Warm, which comes in a 1 lb 12 oz, so it may be little heavy for what you have in mind. Best of luck!