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Marmot Approach Softshell Jacket - Men's

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    Highly breathable soft shell jacket that functions as an outer shell or a layering piece.

    The Marmot Men's Approach Jacket comes with ultra-breathable M3 Softshell fabric, which makes it an ideal pick for winter trekking, light-and-fast ascents, and other highly aerobic activities. When worn as an outer shell, the water-resistant exterior holds off snow or light rain, and when worn as an insulating layer under a hardshell, the Approach provides added warmth and protection from the elements. An overall stretchy feel provides plenty of mobility during technical and demanding ascents.
    • Item #MAR1908

    Tech Specs

    M3 Softshell (96% polyester, 4% elastane)
    Fabric Waterproof Rating
    Center Back Length
    (medium) 27.75 in
    Powder Skirt
    2, 1
    Wrist Gaiters
    Claimed Weight
    (medium) 1 lb 2 oz
    Recommended Use
    winter trekking, Nordic, light and fast ascents, layering
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Good looking jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I wanted something nice to wear for non-formal outings, and this jacket fits that mold. It is by no means a warm jacket. It is light and works very well as a windbreaker, but has very little insulation. When it gets cold I can get away with wearing a sweater underneath the jacket, along with a scarf. I have received many compliments for how nice it looks. It fits me very well, even with a sweater underneath. I weigh a little under 180 lbs and about 6 feet tall and I got a large. Would recommend this jacket for the same reasons I purchased it.

    Pretty decent jacket, style is cool!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    Overall a decent jacket but you'll need a long base layer underneath to shed out the wind in my experience. I'm 5'5 stocky built, I got a medium because I was able to zip up the neck area. Small felt like my wife's hand choking me after I forgot to flush the toilet. The arm length is long but not as super long as the Leadville version. Gonna get it altered, another $20. I'm beginning to believe Marmot doesn't like small people. I wish it had more fleece/lining inside though.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Nice jacket, not lined. Good for that slight chill in the air, maybe a little cooler. Athletic fit. I got a small fits good(5.8 155) on the verge of being a little tight in the chest. I have another marmot in a med. Which is a little large now that's why I picked this one up. I like it.

    Nice stylist softshell jacket

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

    I got this for riding bike in winter and for alpine climbing later in summer. It repeals water pretty good in light showers and dries quickly. Satisfied with this one. It's a bit large and long for a small frame person 5'5",135 lbs like me.

    Nice softshell

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Very comfortable and warm. Not bulky or tight. It looks very nice and I would recommend to anyone to buy one.

    Incredible Fall Softshell

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Very comfortable and fashionable. Warm and great for short hikes and to go to work. You will love it.

    Quick and dirty.

      The Approach soft-shell jacket is a nice piece. The M3 fabric breathes fairly well, but is not as stretchy as I had thought it would be. Not a problem, probably just my perception.the warmth is pretty good, but the Approach really shines as a layering piece. I throw it on with a merino layer or two and a hard shell if it's wet and I'm set.

      The cut is nice and seems to be more of an athletic fit than a regular fit.

      Wonderful fall/winter softshell

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I love this jacket. It works just as well as a casual layer around town as it does hiking through brush in the fall. It does pretty well holding off water, but after a while starts absorbing and gets a little heavier. It isn't a furnace when it comes to warmth, but with a good base layer underneath, I've had no problems in the 20s with 15+ mph winds. Overall, great jacket that does it's job well. My only wish would be to put the hand warmer pockets higher so that they don't get in the way of my hip belt.

      Wonderful fall/winter softshell

      Awesome Softshell

        Bought the Marmot Approach to replace a MHW Offwidth softshell (cut way too short) and really prefer the Marmot. I'm 5'10" 140lbs 38" chest and the Small fit is perfect. Looking forward to using it this Spring on the MTB trails and hiking in Glacier NP. Marmot is becoming my preferred brand!

        Sleek (tight)

          This is a really nice jacket, but too sleek (tight) to layer much under. Got a medium, I'm 5'9", 185#. It has a niche in my gear for milder weather, but would get a size larger for cold weather. Quality is great, and jacket looks great as well. Side pockets are interesting, as they extend all the way up the front on the inside. Maybe carry tent poles there? Great value at this price.

          Marmot Approach Jacket

          Christian Santelices, Marmot Athlete and owner/operator of Aerial Boundaries ( reviews the Marmot Approach Jacket from the Teton Ice Park (

          Marmot rocks!!!!!

            Actually picked this up on geartrade. Just received it today. Been wearing it around in drizzle and gusting winds and temps in low 40's. So far it blocks wind surprisingly well and sheds water well. It has a nice stretchy feel. Breathes great so far but haven't been doing anything strenuous. I have even left it on indoors at work and haven't been uncomfortable by wearing a jacket indoors.

            Update 11/30/11: After wearing this several times I have found the wind resistance less than I thought at first. It breathes amazingly well though. It does feel somewhat stretchy but actually stretches little at all.

            Weighed my XXL at 1lb 5.4oz.

            Just Right

              I was looking for a nice thin softshell without a hood. I have a welder softshell and liked it but wanted something a little loser fit and with no hood. I would say the thickness is close with out the fleecy lining of the welder.

              This fit the bill. Not too tight and fit is great. I wear an XL in most jackets and this was perfect.

              If you are looking for a thick softshell to keep you warm on a frigid day this is not your jacket. But if you want somethign light for those high output days you can't beat it.

              Marmot Approach Softshell Jacket

                Took it on a 7 day mountaineering course in Alaska. Kept me dry and warm. Great as a windbreaker too! Very durable fabric and doesn't show mud/dirt, etc. Great product!

                Is this jacket lined? Looking for a lined...

                Is this jacket lined? Looking for a lined Marmot light weight jacket that is water resistant but with a poly lining. Does such an item exist??

                This jacket is not lined.

                It sounds like your best bet is to look for something with a brushed polyester lining. A true lining will increase weight and warmth, while a brushed lining will be a good compromise of weight, warmth, and comfort.

                Is this shell zip-in compatible with Marmot...

                Is this shell zip-in compatible with Marmot jackets like the Tamarack?

                The Approach softshell is not specifically part of Marmot's Zippin component system, but it may still be compatible. You could try chatting with one of the experts using the "Live Chat" link or even contacting Marmot directly since it is not listed anywhere.

                I'm looking for a somewhat lightweight...

                I'm looking for a somewhat lightweight jacket for spring/fall (in New England). Seems like this jacket fits the bill just right? (BTW, I'm 5'10", ~150lbs so I'm thinking medium)

                I'm 6' 145 lbs what size should I get?

                I'm 6' 145 lbs what size should I get?

                Don't get me wrong, I love my Marmot Softshell. I've practically worn it out its so versatile. But, looking at your build, you should look into Stoic brand products. They're clothing is sized for you tall and lean guys. I'm 6' , 200 and the Marmot large fits me great.

                Im 6' 225lbs what would be a good size for...

                Im 6' 225lbs what would be a good size for me? thanks