A softshell jacket that protects you like a hardshell.
Crinkly hardshell jackets restrict your movement and don't breathe as well as softshells, but most softshells don't have the weather protection you need to ascend powder-capped peaks. Marmot's Men's Zion Softshell Jacket resolves that dilemma with the highly innovative Polartec Neo Shell, which combines the soft hand, breathability, and stretch of a softshell with the reliable any-weather protection of a hardshell. Marmot finished off the Zion with fully taped seams and water-resistant zippers to ensure that absolutely no water can get through.
An athletic fit brings the Zion close your body and leaves more space in the shoulders and arms for an unrestricted movement. Pack Pockets are always accessible even when you have a pack or a harness on. The storm hood is completely adjustable, and its laminated visor offers complete eyesight while you belay your buddy. Asymmetric cuffs keep the sleeves off your hands so you can grab onto the route comfortably. They're also adjustable, as well as the hem, to completely seal in all that toasty warmth.
- Polartec Neo Shell, fully taped seams
- Marmot M1 stretch face fabric
- Athletic fit, Angel-Wing Movement
- Attached, adjustable storm hood with laminated brim
- Water-resistant zippers
- Asymmetric cuffs with hook-and-loop adjustment
- Elastic drawcord at hem
- Pack Pockets
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What is the difference between this jacket...
What is the difference between this jacket and the Marmot Nabu? They seem to be virtually identical except that the Zion has a pocket on the upper right arm.
Basically weight, pockets, and liner material are the major differences. I'd suggest reading the blog post for more information: http://www.gearthirty.com/blog/2013/01/31/marmot-nabu-neoshell-jacket-preview/
Worth the price!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I've had the Marmot Zion Softshell for a few months and have put it through heavy rain, snowfall and serious abuse scrambling though dense timber and sandstone crags. The jacket kept me completely dry and warm while freezing rain came in sideways during a day hike gone wild. True to size, I'm 6' 5", 205lbs (slender) and the XL was a perfect fit. I was very hesitant to purchase such an expensive piece of gear, but have had no regrets with the performance or look/fit of this jacket.
Hi, I've been using the Zion jacket for...
Hi, I've been using the Zion jacket for last season, and the only problem was with the small hood, very unconfortable to use with a helmet. Do you know if Marmot has improved this on its new Zion Jacket, or it's just new colours...?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
2nd season with my Zion. The big difference with this shell, is that I use it to climb in nearly all season(except very warm conditions) In the past I always wore a light climbing layer, adding the shell as I broke out of tree line. The Zion breathes so well, I wear it right from the truck with a thin capilene top, and a very light arcteryx vest when needed. The puffy(hooded down sweater is in my pack, and goes on as soon as I stop. I can't say enough about this shell, for me it's the perfect blend of breathability and protection. As far as fit, it's pretty trim, which works well for my use as described above. Layered up for the resort,I prefer a looser cut hardshell.
Hi, I would need some guidaance on...
Hi, I would need some guidaance on compatibility of two jackets:
How would the Marmot Zion work with an Arcteryx Atom SV Hoody? Would the Zion on top of the Atom impair breathability?
Would the length of the two match?
Where I ski it tends to be 0�C to -20�C (max) but quite windy. Would that be overkill and maybe I should got for the Atom LT hoody?
Interesting question. If I were going to combine the two jackets (which I wouldn't), I would probably reverse them for fit-the Zion as a mid layer and the Atom on top, even though the Zion is going to give you better protection from rain and snow. But yeah, you're going to impair breathability of either over or under the other. It's a bit of a redundant set up. You'll sweat like crazy and trap that moisture inside the system. I would go with one or the other as an outer layer, then build from the outside down using at least a couple of thinner insulating layers that breathe well, but without water resistant/proof coatings of any kind. Maybe that's just me though.
I thought the Atom would not work as an outer Shell in terms of being waterproof and theat the Zion would fit that bill.
So what combo would you go for?
The Zion and a Patagonia Nano-puff hoody?
You could go all over the place in layering systems. I'm not a fan of hooded soft shells inside of hooded hard shells because I think it feels funky and messes with helmets, etc...I prefer a nice Windstopper beanie that I can use to control my temperature and still keep my head warm. But, the Nano-puff is a nice jacket. For high winds, I used to use a Rab shell, with a TNF Denali under that, then a Gore Windstopper under that, over a t-shirt or a Patagonia Capilene 3-4. It was a great combo that never left me cold, gave me the ability to shed layers when I needed to, and it seemed to breathe well enough, most of the time. Now, I still use the Rab, but I've become a big fan of Merino wool mid and base layers made by Icebreaker. I still use my Arcteryx soft shells regularly...hooded or not. The Gamma SV I'm wearing in my profile photo was and is a fantastic piece.
I'll tell you though, if you do want the weather protection, as nice as the Atom is, I would seriously look into the Zion. Hope this helps.
I have owned the Zion in a size large for 2 seasons, I also own a Marmot Baffin Hoody in medium, which is similar to the Atom SV Hoody. I wear the Zion for backcountry ski tours, mostly dawn patrols in Utah with a polypro layer and wool short sleeve shirt. That's typically what I wear for the active part of touring, even early when it's 10 degrees F. When we stop to dig a pit, or expect a slow transition or some other pause in the tour, I pull out the Baffin Hoody and wear it over the Zion, purely as an insulating layer. Then it usually comes off as I'm heading down, certainly before I start going aerobic again.
I also wear the Zion in the resort, in that case, I wear my insulating layers underneath. I agree with Phil that double hoods is probably overkill, but I generally don't find that they get too much in my way. I tend to use hats as well, but when I'm standing around assessing snow, or digging a pit, it's actually nice to throw a hood over my beanie or helmet.
So a lot of this depends on what you plan to do, but I like both pieces quite a bit. I know you posted this awhile ago, but maybe this insight will help you or someone else.
IMO, the Arc'teryx Atom LT hoody is a MUCH better jacket if you plan on layering. The powerstretch panels breathe nicely and work very well in tandem with a softshell.