Dana wrote a review of Marmot Minima Jacket - Men's on March 24, 2003
I bought this Minima jacket as a replacement for my aging North Face Mountain Light. So far, I'm really impressed with the quality of all the seams, and love the fit and cut of the Marmot over that of The North Face jackets. The light weight and fit of the jacket closely resembles that of the Marmot Precip Jacket I once had. Of course the Gore-Tex PacLite should prove to be bomb-proof for my endeavors here in Minnesota.
Nice touches: tight and close zipper tolerances eliminating the need for storm flaps (and reduces more weight I'm sure), 1 handed draw cord for the hood snugs up the sides too without the need for 2 additional side draws, scalloped-cut cuffs cover the backside of hands, adjustable cuffs feature a simple dot of velcro to retain flap at widest opening and angled gussets so tightening the cuff keeps the flap aligned with the cuff.
Drawbacks: starting the main zipper sometimes has difficulty in not seating fully into the slider (probably due to the close tolerances).
This jacket is loaded with carefully thought out details, with each one clearly taking into consideration its impact on overall weight. My only concern was picking between the Dark TerraCotta and the Electric Blue colors. I simply went to my local REI to try one on and consider other brands and models. They didn't have TerraCotta in my size but could get it in 6 weeks, for the full retail price of $225. With the great price BackcountryStore.com featured ($168.71), I was sold on the Marmot Minima.