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How well would this jacket fare in Yosemite in the beginning of July? We will be in the back country facing temperatures in the teens at night and around 70 ish in the day...
Body temp and comfort are hugely subjective, but the core insulation should be fairly close to what you need, although the powerstretch on the arms might leave you a little cold at night if you're not moving. Throw another insulating layer on top of that and you should be pretty good. Early July in the Yosemite high country...bring lots of mosquito repellent and a net for your head and face. Hope this helps.
I love the fit most of all. I'm 5'9", 160 and it fits very nicely in the length and width. It's very light weight, colorful, non-binding,and slimming for a insulated jacket. So far I own one jacket and two variant vests (black and purple). My patagonia vest hangs in the back of my closet now.
This is a great jacket to add to your puffy collection. I love the slim cut and great colors! Nice and lightweight, it is going to be perfect for spring and fall, and layered under other jackets in the winter.
This is my go-to for XC skiing. I wear it over just a tech tank top in about 30-35 degree temps. It doesn't totally block wind, so I'd still use a wind proof shell in colder days. I overheat pretty quickly when XC skiing, and it's taken me many tries to find an ideal solution... This jacket is it! I agree it's a bit snug in the chest/shoulders, but it is stretchy so it still moves with you just fine. I wear a Medium and I'm about 5'5" and usually wear a size 6-8, 36C.
Tonya Clement, Marmot Athlete, reviews the Women's Variant Jacket featuring a synthetic insulated core and Polartec Powerstretch fabric. Learn more about Tonya at http://marmot.com/athletes/tonya-clement.
A slim-cut jacket that's perfect for autumn temps or layering on cooler days. Thumb holes are great and I like that the back of the jacket falls a little lower. Great jacket!
I was looking for a jacket that would give some extra warmth for running in the winter months here in Colorado. This jacket is a great design idea...stretchy polartec on arms and back and synthetic insulation on front core and a nice comfy soft collar that can be zipped up to ward off the wind. Two front pockets are handy too. The fit of this jacket is very slim/snug. For reference I am 5'4" 105 lbs and the XS fits but is snug..although I am able to layer two layers of 200gram Icebreaker baselayers under it for runs under 45 degrees. I think the most slim part of the fit is in the chest/shoulders. Lucky for me (in this instance anyway) is that I have a small chest 34A so it isn't a problem. If my chest was any larger this jacket would not fit me. I do have broad shoulders and that probably makes it snug in the shoulders because of my issue. This jacket keeps me comfortable while running in lower temps...would be great for xcountry skiing too. I think that Marmot could improve the fit so that more body styles could wear this jacket. If you have a slim build this would work well for you. It may be worth trying on two sizes to get a good fit depending on your shape. Hope this helps someone!
I love the Marmot Variant jacket! It is the ultimate jacket for many uses. The fit is perfect for running and other outdoor activities (it's an athletic fit). The core is lightly insulated to keep the rest of your body at just the right temperature to function at your best, whether it be trail running, walking the dogs on a cool day, or icing your legs in the river or bathtub! It is not bulky at all, which is also a great layering feature. I've used this jacket for all of these functions and hope to get another color soon!
DO THESE RUN SMALL?
Yes, it runs small through the chest and shoulders. I have written a full review and it will post soon.
Does this jacket pack down like the Patagonia Nano Puff? Will it be as warm to use it as a layer under a snowboard shell jacket in Montana/Wyoming winters?
No, it does not pack down like the nano puff. Look for something with Down insulation if you want something that packs down.