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What size would you recommend for a 6'3,...
What size would you recommend for a 6'3, 205lbs athletic build person? Based on the size chart from Marmot, it would be ~L, but from the other reviews and comments, the more appropriate size seems XL..
Awesome Backpacking down jacket
I bought this jacket for cold winter backpacking and camping trips. The fact that it fits into its own pocket is a great feature and doubles as my pillow while sleeping. Overall, a great buy and I'm very happy with the purchase.
Trying to choose between the Hunker Down...
Trying to choose between the Hunker Down and the Mountain Hardware Phantom. Primarily for staying warm in 0-32 degree weather with wind (light to moderate hiking). Seems like the Hunker Down is built a little bit tougher, which is a plus - but it is only 650-fill. Also, is the Hunker down comparable to the Marmot Zeus? Or is that a lighter weight jacket?
The weight of the Zeus is 14.8 oz versus 1 lb 9 oz for the Hunker Down, so the Zeus is quite a bit lighter. This is due to it having a lighter weight shell and higher fill power down (800 vs 650) As you said, the Hunker might hold up to abrasion or tears a bit better, but at the cost of more weight and bulk. Either way you should be warm. Hope this helps.
My first impression of the Marmot Zeus jacket when I recieved it in the mail was the quality of comstruction. It is top notch. Then I tried it on and it fit perfectly. I'm 6' 3'' / 190lb. and the size L is just right. The sleeves are long enough so when you reach, they don't ride up. It has a plush feel to it and it seems to "dissapear" when you put on due to it's light weight. (Mine weighed 15.3 oz. on my digital scale).
I originally bought it for warmth insurance on back country ski days to be kept in the bottom of my pack. But it is such a nice garmet, that I like to find any excuse to wear it. The jacket is amazingly warm considering how light it is. Definately an excellent value for the price.
Fits like a glove - packs real small and layers well with hard shells - good product
My Marmot layer system
So far so good. I purchased the Zeus jacket as part of my layer system. I wore a baselayer and the Zues jacket out on a sunny 20 degree day with 20 to 30 MPH winds, felt a little cool from the winds. I added my Aegis rain jacket over it and was toasty warm! A reasonably lite weight system which will work for me.
Great down coat
I tried the Patagonia down sweater first, and it felt more like Fatagonia it was so bulky. Switched to the Zeus and fit is much better. The only thing I don't like about the jacket is the pull ties for tightening the waist are at the front (by the front zipper). I normally buckle by powerstretch gloves together on the pull tie along the side, so I don't do this with the Zeus since it would look funny having gloves hanging down near my crotch.
Shrine Mountain Inn (Chuck's Cabin)
Love this jacket! I bought it knowing I was going to be camping two weekends in a row in the Rocky Mountains in January. I wanted an extra insulation layer that was lightweight and easy to pack. I loved being able to zip this entire jacket into its pocket and then stuff it in my pack. It was perfect! I was warm and didn't feel I was packing around any extra bulk.
I own a marmot Zues down jacket, I was...
I own a marmot Zues down jacket, I was wondering if the marmot gravity softshell would be a great outer shell for the down jacket?
I prefer more of a technical jacket that is waterproof and windproof. The Marmot Gravity is a nice softshell but I think you can find a better alternative. Something like the Marmot Hyper jacket would be a better choice IMO.
Not warm enough
My first down jacket and I'm not impressed. I've always heard how down is usually warmer than synthetic insulation so I figured I would give it a shot. Well...stepping out in the cold (30F) I can feel the cold air seeping in through the jacket right away, with no wind. My 100g Primaloft jacket blocks 100% of the wind, is much warmer, looks better, is easier to care for, has more pockets AND a hood, is less bulky (no 'michelin man' look whatsoever) and doesn't weigh that much more than the Zeus does. I'm sticking with Primaloft for sure. I do like the 'ocean blue' color of the Zeus but that's about it.
Great lightweight down jacket
I bought this jacket in 2008, and I'm still using it. It's very lightweight and very warm and suits most of my winter activities perfectly. Excellent for belaying, food stops when climbing Hvannadalshnjúkur, when cooking in camp or standing for a long time during outdoor courses e.g.
It packs to it's own pocket and you hardly notice it in your backpack, but be careful when packing it with sharp objects - it will tear!
Best Durability - Zeus, Pat. Hi-Loft, or...
Best Durability - Zeus, Pat. Hi-Loft, or NF Nuptse?
I am looking at the Marmot Zeus, NF Nuptse, and the Patagonia Hi-Loft - all seem to be about the same in terms of warmth. Any feedback on what is more durable in terms of both damage (first), and wind-resistance (second)?
The Zeus uses 1.1 oz ripstop, the Nuptse 50D 1.8 oz, and the Hi-Loft 20D 1.4 oz. I wear a jacket with 20D 1.05oz fabric that has taken sticks and rocks without issue and is windproof as far as I can tell. Any of the fabrics will be fine.
Both the Zeus and Hi-Loft use 800 fill down while the Nuptse utilizes 700 fill. That the Nuptse uses lower-fill down and weighs almost twice as much would eliminate it for me.
Between the Zeus and the Hi-Loft, I would go with whichever fits better. You can't go wrong with either one.
Marmot Zeus Jacket
Marmot's own Curly shows off the Zeus Jacket in this edition of Curly's 30s
how long is the center back length in a...
how long is the center back length in a medium of this jacket?
Should be approx. 28 inches.
Center back length in med is 27 1/4"
I am 6'1", 245lbs with a proportionate...
I am 6'1", 245lbs with a proportionate beer gut. Waist of 44", sleeve 35". What size would be a good fit? for me?
Probably XXL. There is a sizing chart below the price that you can use with your measurements.
I got this jacket last winter for a midlayer, it is very warm but the few times I wore it as just a jacket something would happen to it. brush against a twig, pop a hole, scrape a wall what do you know it tore. I own many a jacket but this one is just meh. Would have been great if it were just made of a tougher material.
I'm 6'4", 205 lbs, what size would be best?...
I'm 6'4", 205 lbs, what size would be best? I generally wear XL in everything to get the sleeve length.
I think the XL for torso and arm length, but I believe it will fit you a bit loosely around the waist. Backcountry has a very good return policy, if you aren't happy, though.
I'm about your same size: 6'4" and 195lbs. I got the large because I wanted something with a fairly snug fit and, somewhat to my surprise, it fits great. Doesn't have any length to spare, to be sure, but I don't feel like it's too small. But again, I wanted something that fit more like a sweater.
What I like about the Marmot that beat out other jackets by North Face and Patagonia was the fit of the arms: when I lift my arms over my head with the Marmot the jacket doesn't ride up. Other jackets all ride up big time due to the cut of the sleeves and the way they are attached to the body.
Hope this helps.
Vs First Ascent by Eddie Bauer?
Vs First Ascent by Eddie Bauer?
For those who have experience with with the Eddie Bauer First Ascent vs the Zeus, what would you about each? The FA (first Ascent) leaks down every time I wear it, VERY annoying.
I am HIGHLY considering returning it.
If you're trying to compare it to the Downlight Sweater I have both. The Zeus is slightly warmer. The Downlight Sweater is slightly lighter. The face fabric is a little heavier on the Zeus than the DS so it doesn't lose down at anywhere near the same rate as the DS. The DS does leak down, but that's because it has such a light shell - and a plume or two at a time isn't going to make much of a difference for a long time. You will lose down from almost any jacket or sleeping bag but if the annoyance is just too much you can't go wrong with the Zeus.