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Stretchy protection.

With Thermal R ECO insulating the front and Polartec Power Stretch fleece taking care of the rest, the Marmot Men’s Variant Insulated Jacket is a step above your average fleece jacket in warmth and performance. Thermal R ECO insulation is composed of recycled, high-loft fibers that deliver lots of warmth without the bulk. The rest of the body not only provides plenty of warmth, but the Power Stretch fleece also delivers the benefit of natural movement. Slide into the thumbholes for maximum protection from the weather and push yourself to a new level of endurance.

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5 5

My favourite Marmot product

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

I've used the Marmot Variant more than any other outdoor clothing for the last two years and never have thought of anything bad about this jacket.
It's a great mid layer for people who want be warm without inhibiting movement. The synthetic chest gives the jacket more warm than a normal power stretch jacket and protects the heat in the most important area of the body. It surprised me how much wind the insulated chest blocked.
All mid layers I'll wear in the future will be compared with this great Marmot Variant jacket.

4 5

The best ski 2nd layer I've ever owned

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

This is a very comfortable 2nd layer for those colder skiing days. Also it is very good as outer layer for those warmer sunny skiing days. I love the hybrid construction - insulated chest to keep your body warm and thinner sleeves to keep you away from sweating. And, the last but not the least, it looks cool.

5 5

Go to Jacket!

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

Great Athletic fit for active people looking to stay warm. Wore it yesterday in a 5k snowshoe with Marmot thermo fleece and was hot. Of course i was running, but it was 2 degrees out in Syracuse, NY. But is very comfortable 20-40 with little activity. I'm 5'8, 170lbs with 42" chest. Fits great and snug. Love the thump loops for extra wrist protection. If you have a belly, you might not like this jacket - it's snug everywhere. My wife was so impressed with this jacket, she just ordered one for herself.

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What size did you get?

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Medium

4 5

Dodged a Bullet

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

When this thing showed up I immediately went online to BC to return this.

My wife got home and talked me into keeping it. I'm really happy that she did. My initial impression was that this was just another overpriced fleece with Polartec. That is NOT the case!

The front panel actually does a lot to block wind and trap heat. Obviously the Polartec on the arms and back does what it always does and breaths while keeping you warm.

This is quite a unique piece. It's pretty light. My only gripe now is that the Polartec doesn't compress that well (the synthetic front does). You can roll it up pretty small but not compared to a full synthetic jacket.

I'm 5'10", 33" waist and 40" chest. I went with the M and it fits great. It can be worn as a mid layer or as a light jacket in cold weather if you are being active.

Hope this helps.

How is the wind resistance in the core? I...

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How is the wind resistance in the core? I am looking for a winter bike riding outer shell. Rides anywhere from 20-40 degree. I plan to use it as the outer layer with a thermal underneath.

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Hey Memp,

Under the conditions you are talking about you will be pleased. The front blocks wind but the back and arms are more breathable. If you are in 20-40 degree weather while riding a bike you will be plenty warm.

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IMHO you'd want something to block the wind a little better if you were to ride in 20-40 degree weather. Its fine alone with a jersey underneath down to 35 or so. But if you're going to ride in anything lower than that, I'd recommend some kind of light shell over the top. That's just my .02. I've had the jacket for over a year now. Its my favorite piece, hands down. Awesome jacket, very versatile, and useful in almost every condition. Works great with a simple base layer underneath for pretty cold conditions if you're active (down to 15 F or so) like snowshoeing or trail running. Or team up with some down and a shell and it'll keep you toasty down under zero.
Either way, its simply the best piece you'll own. Can't go wrong.

thinking about a midlayer for both active...

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thinking about a midlayer for both active pursuits and around town/ going to work. I'm torn between this and a Patagonia R2 fleece. This seems like it might be a little better functionally with breathable arms and back (especially riding with a backpack on), but I'm wondering how good it looks/ will it look dorky over a button-up wearing to work? so functionality, looks, versatility... what you y'all think?

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Personally I would go for the R2 because I think these kinds of composite jackets just look awkward... they seem like a good theoretical idea, but I have never been convinced enough to actually buy one... where as the R2 fleece is super soft and comfy, looks decent as long as you don't buy the most garish neon color, and has plenty of technical ability when needed.

4 5

Mid Layer Perfection

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

This thing is sick. I've worn it a bunch biking recently (anything from 40-60 degrees) and it's been perfect. I usually wear a light sweatshirt and then a vest, and this is essentially that all in one, with the fleece sleeves and insulated front. Although I do think it would be nice to have the insulation around the whole body. But I think I will be happy when I use it as a mid-layer for ski touring and I have the breathability in the back, so we'll see.

Overall, it fits super well (definitely a performance fit) and the colors are awesome, so it's pretty cool!

Reviewer Stats: 5'8" 135 pounds wearing a medium

5 5

Best mid-layer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I just pulled this baby out of storage for summer and it just made me so happy. I wore this almost everyday last winter, ice climbing , ski touring, resort skiing, alpine climbing, around town. It's a great piece. I keep my jacket in my pack on the skin track and just wear this, unless its windy. I'm 6'6" and 170 pounds and a large fits! The sleeves are even long enough when I have my thumbs in the holes. So I would say it runs long, not large.

5 5

Nice piece

  • Fit: True to size

Picked this up this winter in a marmot shop in park city. I like it for around the town wear. It looks nice, and is fairly warm. I like the slim fit that it has,that both allows for thermal efficiency and for looks. Overall great piece, but not something I would pick firsthand for a backcountry trek or etc.

climbing Volcan Domuyo (arg)

climbing Volcan Domuyo (arg)

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climbing Volcan Domuyo , Neuquén, Patagonia Argentina, variant jacket is great! warmth, light and comfortable!!

5 5

Amazing

This is my favorite jacket, so far this season it has been snowboarding with me twice, I use it as a substitute for a fleece. The jacket fits perfectly and is very warm. Not to mention I get countless compliments when I wear it to school. This jacket is perfect for a mid layer in snowy conditions, and a light jacket when it gets a little cold outside. Also, the sleeves have thumbholes which really help to keep the snow out of your gloves.
Bottum line: Amazing jacket, I would recomend it to anyone

4 5

Variant Insulated Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this for BC skiing, it nice for skinning in because of the large area that breaths. The front keeps the wind off and the body warm. You need to be a little careful of what you wear under it ( hiking in) or you could get pretty warm. I wear a Patagonia light wieght capline or a Swix shirt ( a little heavier) depending on the temp and wind. the Pat. for temps above 25 or 30 degrees and the Swix for below 25 degrees and of course the Jacket on top.

5 5

Great mid layer!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this primarily as a mid layer under a shell. Works very well for this purpose. Breathable enough to be comfortable, slim fitting, very nice piece. I use it frequently under shells because of how nice fitting and warm it in fact is. Highly recommend.

5 5

Super nice multi-purpose jacket

  • Gender: Male

I have the green (with white zippers) and it looks good and performs really well. It's has a lot of stretch and since I planned on using it for aerobic activities, I ordered a size down and it's just right. For those guys with long arms that are afraid to order down a size, don't worry, the sleeves are plenty long and have a lot of stretch. Good as a mid-layer insulating piece in cold conditions or also outer piece down to I'd say about the mid 40's.

5 5

What is it? Who cares!

This was easily the most confusing layer I had with me. It took me a few weeks to figure out whether it was a mid layer, outer layer, or even a base layer, and what I found out was it performs in all of these categories. It is made up of both fleece and synthetic fiber filled material, which makes it very versatile. It kept me very comfortable at night when I needed something warm, and it kept me comfortable when I would go for my morning jog before climbing (which I would wear it for as well). For any high exertion activity, the variant kept me warm, but not hot, and allowed my body to breathe. For any low exertion activity, the variant kept me very well insulated, and I would stay warm without wearing anything too bulky. Once I discovered this layers many uses, it became my go-to layer for practically everything we did in the backcountry. I would not recommend using it as an outer layer during the winter months. It’s a good insulator, but it would serve you better as a mid layer with something else on top.

What is it? Who cares!

How well will it block wind?

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How well will it block wind?

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The arms and back breath very well, This jacket is best used as a mid layer.

I was wondering how this jacket would serve...

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I was wondering how this jacket would serve as an everyday fall/spring jacket(nothing necessarily super aerobic).

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Hey Andy,

It would probably work just fine for that but is definitely meant for high output activities. No reason it can't keep you warm just hanging out.

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Hi Andy - I use mine for both layering and alone for both light aerobic activities and just around town, it's really well suited to a wide range of uses.

5 5

Perfection achieved!!!

This is the most versitile jackets i have ever worn.
I've used this for running in winter time, ice climbing, mountaineering, as insulation layer in the winter with nothing else but a gore tex shell. because the back is not insulated you wont sweat but you wont freeze either, because the front keeps your body up to temp. note that this jacket is best used for excercise, not so much for standing still and poking in your nose

This jacket is not really made for skinny people, if you're a big guy with a lot of muscles this is a perfect fit for you

Perfection achieved!!!
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Arthur makes a good point that this would be ideal for more muscular guys who want a more fitted jacket for high activity, however, it also works for us slimmer guys but you just need to order a size down. I'm usually a medium and I got a small and it's a good fit.

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Arthur, I can't decide if your photo is serious or you're just European.

5 5

Awesome Jacket

This jacket is sweet. It is perfect as a layering piece for skiing or ice climbing and stands by itself during less harsh activities. The wrist gaiters are good, but bulky as they added them in with extra fabric (weird). I have the green and it is sick!!!

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