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    87 Reviews


    Little impact in your pack but a big impact during sudden summer storms.

    The Marmot Minimalist Jacket trims down your pack weight for long hikes and treks into the unknown while its Gore-Tex Paclite technology guarantees it can keep you dry during torrential rains. With just the features you need for a safe, comfortable experience in the storm season, this 15-ounce rain shell keeps the rain out without weighing you down or letting you overheat during muggy summer storms.
    • Polyester shell stands up to abuse and keeps down the weight, while the fully taped seams and Gore-Tex Paclite membrane keep out all moisture
    • Adjustable hood, hem, and hook-and-loop cuffs further seal out the monsoon rains
    • Zippered underarm vents dump excess heat and interior humidity during rainstorms
    • Front pockets hold necessities and are easily accessible while wearing a pack or harness
    • Water-resistant zippers and a front storm flap reduce vulnerabilities to near zero for ultimate protection
    • DriClime-lined chin guard provides comfort and a little insulation for your face during mountain storms
    • Angel-Wing movement and lower back hem ensure coverage no matter how you stretch and contort your body in the backcountry
    • Item #MAR2327

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Paclite, [shell] polyester
    fully taped
    Center Back Length
    28 in
    2 front hand, 1 chest zip
    underarm zip vents
    Claimed Weight
    15 oz
    Recommended Use
    rain shell, hiking, backpacking, trekking
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Terrible! Beware not water resistant

      Bought this for my son. He used it about 8 times it get him soaked in a mild rain. He contacted Marmot they wouldn’t help him or answer his questions. So sad since we wanted to bless him. I had other Marmot products. Like many they outsource and quality goes in the toilet and price stays the same

      Great shell esq rain jacket

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      I read a lot of reviews before purchasing this jacket and I have yet to be disappointed. I purchased the large because I like being able to layer with this over a puffy coat, and true to my expectations this worked perfectly with my nano puff. I was able to thoroughly test this jacket in hard and soft rain as well as on board a 60meter sailboat in Iceland with a lot of ocean spray. The most saturated I got it was around the waterfalls in Iceland and it performed better than expected. Not only was I impressed by the incredible performance in the moment, but I was also really happy with how quickly the jacket dried out and was ready for another outing. It took about 2 hours of a dry environment to get the jacket back to a usable level. Seam performance was outstanding in all of these various wet experiences. I also had some fun testing out the durability of the fabric on some screen runs, over and over I never was let down by this jacket. I would agree with some of the other reviews that it isn't the most packable jacket, but the value of its durability and performance completely outweighs the size.

      Great shell esq rain jacket

      Great jacket, great fit, and more...

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      I ordered this jacket to replace and REI jacket I lost. First, I've found that I can always trust Marmot for quality build and construction, and this jacket is no exception. All seams are well-sealed and it fits great. It's not too snug and not too big. Thus far, water-proofing has been excellent! I wore it for about an hour in an absolute downpour and I stayed dry, even on my shoulders and behind the zipper. One important improvement I've noticed over my old jacket is that this one is also so QUIET! My last jacket was like wearing a potato chip bag, but this jacket is silent, even with the hood up. This seems like no big deal, until you wear the hood up and realize you can still hear! I highly recommend this is you plan on possibly getting wet!

      Great jacket and ideal fit

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      I am 5' 9" and this jacket fits great for me in a large. It has enough extra room for me to have some space for some base and mid layers under it if I need it. The Gore Tex in the jacket is not as loud as other types of Gore Tex that crinkle a lot when you move around. Super waterproof and if you ever start to see that the water is not beading up on the jacket just get some tech wash and the jacket is just like new and is just as waterproof as the day you bought it. Very light weight and perfect for any winter or spring/summer activity.

      Decent semi-lightweight shell

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      Have been hiking for two years with this jacket. It is now my go-to shell, even just around town if it is rainy. I see folks complain about the velcro on the pockets, initially I thought the same but have come around. I now love this feature. Keeps items in, without the need for zipping.
      The fabric is decent, light weight and water proof. Have worn this throughout the Northeast US, and one trip to Peru. Performed well in the rain and drizzle.
      With any lightweight jacket the durability is sacrificed. I've noticed a couple holes in the sleeves due to wear and tear. I don't blame this on the jacket, but my own carelessness. A 3L jacket would probably not do this, but then again that is more expensive and heavier.
      The initial DWR is not the greatest, with noticeable wet-out very early on. This can be fixed with reapplication/dryer.

      Good jacket for the price. Not great DWR.

      solid jacket

        Great paclite gore-tex shell, really gets the job done! Nice and packable great for backpacking, especially if you get caught ina deluge. If you want a little beefier jacket check out their alpinist model which runs gore-tex pro, but if you want a gore-tex shell for a good price this Marmot is the way to go!

        Just Ok

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Small
        • Height: 6'00"
        • Weight: 140lbs

        -Go to shell for going out when it's semi dry.
        -Good fit for me. I'm a thinner, 6' person and the length of waist and arms are a tad short but good for me.
        - I like the construction with the seams, sinches, and breast pocket. Great windbreak and deals nicely with a little moisture.

        -Not even close to water-proof (TBH, I only expect that quality from clothes that feel like they are made of rubber). The coat wet out soon after I bought it. I have not tried to treat the gortex yet, otherwise it wets out on my shoulders all the time when I shovel or am out in rain.
        -Velcro AND zipper pocket closure? Don't know why this was a design choice. Scratchy on the hands whenever you put them in.

        Fabric is junk

          Had worn this jacket for less than ten days. Wore though on the pocket where I kept phone in a couple of days. This was from fabric on fabric rubbing not from bushwhacking or scrambling, I was on relatively open trails. Shows wear at edges of sewn-in velcro strip pieces and here the zipper sits. This is on a garment that's had just a few days of use.
          Worst thing though is that it wet out the first sustained rain storm and had moisture dripping down the internal surface. As far as the wear, I knew this was a lightweight item so maybe its not really a backpacking item. But there is no excuse for a gore tex item wetting out the first rain storm it encounters.
          Backcountry doesn't process warranty for Marmot. Marmot warranty process, is not very user friendly set-up. DWill probably just right this up to experience, and do better research on the next purchase.

          True Minimalist Jacket

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size

          So this jacket is true to it's minimalist name. It's my favorite piece of gear (as a minimalist). True to size. Waterproof. Very easy to pack. Windproof. Super light-weight. Gortex.

          True Minimalist Jacket

          Fantastic rain coat

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size
          • Size Bought: Large
          • Height: 6'0"
          • Weight: 195lbs

          This my second Minimalist Jacket. I lost some weight and bought a smaller one. I wore this jacket while traveling in England, sailing in bad weather, and hiking in the woods. I have been caught in heavy down pours with no leakage at all. The hood gives very good protection. it over hangs enough to protect your face and neck. It minimalist is lighter (you barely feel it on) than other rain coats and sailing foul weather gear that I have used. The vent zippers under the arms and Gore-Tex allow for excellent breathability. I highly recommend this jacket. I only wish Marmot would bring back the gray color they dropped last year.

          Works great, very nice.

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times
          • Fit: True to size
          • Size Bought: Large
          • Height: 5'10"
          • Weight: 188lbs

          I got this jacket since I wanted something to keep my dry and also when it is not raining as a layer. To keep dry it works great specially because it has vents you can open to keep you cool and if you close them you will get warm.
          The fit is precise since it fits me well and snug, I have no problems with sizing.
          As for layering up, if its cold outside this is my last layer since it will prevent water from coming in and wind as well.
          Also I like that the hood will cover your head and your face.
          I really like it.

          Do not buy!

            The coat didn’t even last a year before it began soaking through. Definitely not waterproof like it claims! I bought a precip for my wife that has out performed the goretex. I was soaked through after a 20 minute light rain hiking off the blue ridge parkway. Save your money and do not trust marmots goretex.

            A step up from the precip!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
            • Fit: Runs large
            • Size Bought: Medium
            • Height: 6'1"
            • Weight: 174lbs

            I use the minimalist for when it’s not a constant down pour but a light persistent drizzle. The minimalist packs well and offers a premium feel at a price you can swallow. I love all the high quality features liked tapes seams and sealed zippers. The dwr is not the best, and can be a little discouraging to those not super gear savvy. I would recommend reapplying nikwax tx direct after a few uses and keeping the jacket clean as the goretex pax light material tends to not keep the dwr coating very well due to the two layer construction. If you have any questions feel free to reach out!

            Thank you for the review. I'm thinking of purchasing but really wanting to make sure I get the right size. I will be layering a lot of a Patagonia Nano Puff, I'm 6'1" 170 pounds, do you layer a lot with the medium, or would you go a size larger? Thanks for the review!

            Silas, sorry for not gettin back to you sooner. I would go with the same size as your nano puff. Someone like us in the y’all skinny side of things can go either way on sizing. The minimalist does run a little large but that gives good room to layer. Give me a call at 8015234039 if you have additional questions.

            Great basic rain layer

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times
            • Fit: True to size

            While not the most lightweight, the benefit of this rain jacket lies in its durability and reliability. You don't have to worry about all the potential snags from the branches you're walking through - this jacket just works. I've found the best success by reapplying a waterproof wax layer after heavy use, especially if I'm frequently carrying a backpack (the straps wear the coating away).

            I really “wanted” to like it......but...

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
            • Fit: True to size
            • Size Bought: XL
            • Height: 5'10"
            • Weight: 210lbs

            Ok. Bought this jacket. Love the way it fits. Looks to be a quality piece of gear. Just used it yesterday on a 6 mile round trip hike in light to moderate rain here in the mountains of North Carolina. Temps hovering around 45-55, depending on elevation. Foggy in the higher sections. Very humid to say the least. I was absolutely soaked after the first 3 miles. Inside and out. I had the armpit vents unzipped, but I could literally wring the water out of my clothes. I had to stop and find a rocky ledge to get under and do a complete clothing change. I don’t necessarily want to blame the jacket, because I did sweat a lot, but am I missing something here? Could I have done anything to prevent getting soaked inside and out? My Precip pants fared the same, as my pants were soaked as well. I really thought the goretex would breathe better. Any advice from anyone who has experienced the same? Or is this just a fact of life when hiking in the rain. I honestly wouldn’t have been any wetter if I had not even put the jacket on. Cold, yes. But not any wetter. I do think if I had just been sitting and not moving around, i would have been dry. Also think it will make a great shell for the cold and snowy conditions I plan on hiking in this winter. We shall see. Like my title said, I really want to like this jacket. Maybe someone could tell me what I was doing wrong?

            Hey David,

            I had a very similar issue. I recently wore this jacket for the first time during a heavy rain while going for a walk. The water repellant coating worked for about half an hour, and then very quickly my entire right side (shoulder, chest, whole arm sleeve) wetted out. It was colder out and I wasn't walking vigorously so did not sweat, but the inside of the jacket was damp and the puffy I wore underneath was wet. Anyone else have these issues? Is it this particular model/ year of the jacket? I'm also really hoping Backcountry or Marmot themselves will replace my jacket considering it appears defective (fingers crossed!).

            Worth Every Dollar!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I love this Jacket! Had it for over a year and it still keeps me dry. I used it working on boats during the summer and bike deliveries in the pouring rain. Its lightweight and doest feel heavy in hot weather. Side vents help keep it breathable or close them up when you want more warmth. After one year it still keep me dry! I never have had a coat work this well. Worth the money for sure.

            Didn't live up to expectations

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

            I went from my car to a building a couple of times over the course of a morning in a pouring rain and the jacket did not keep me dry. Water was in the shoulder area and the upper arms. Maybe I got a bad jacket. I expected more from Gortex.

            Hey James,

            Did you end up returning the jacket or getting a replacement? It's odd that so many reviewers appear to have this same issue considering the material it is made of is described above as "Gore-Tex Paclite technology guarantees it can keep you dry during torrential rains."

            Will this jacket stop wind from stealing body heat?

            Hey Curtis! This is a bomber jacket for water and wind protection.

            If you have any more questions feel free to hit me up directly. My phone number is 801 204 4694 and my email is

            Unanswered Question

            I'm 154 lbs,5 ft 9,chest:98cm,neck:39cm,sleeve:75cm,I kinda in the middle of the S size and m size,so should I get the bigger one or the smaller one that would suits me better?

            Unanswered Question

            Hi I'm size 47 chest let me know which size should I buy this jacket to wear a layer below average and not left me tight ?...

            I was wondering about the fit and sizing for this jacket. I'm 5'7, 180 lbs, 42" chest, 31" waist. I find with most apparel I fit in medium as long as there is enough room for my chest and shoulders. Would a medium be too small to use a light insulated layer or fleece with this jacket?

            Hey RCorpuz,

            Based on your measurements, I would recommend a Medium in the Minimalist Jacket. You should still have ample room for a light fleece or other insulating layer underneath. I have a couple Marmot jackets so feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

            Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

            I am looking to pick this jacket up but and stuck on whether to get a Large or an XLarge. I am 6'5" and about 210 lbs. I recently picked up an Eddie Bauer Travex jacket and it fits perfectly as a size Large. Any advice would be appreciated.


            Hello! how does this jacket compares to the essence jacket by Marmot (has NanoPro Tech + MemBrain) but I did not see/ touch any of them. What would you recommend for durability and quality?

            The Minimalist jacket is a stellar piece - Gore paclite means it's light but durable. A great price for such high performance fabric. The Essence jacket is Marmot technology and is ultralight (6 oz compared to the Minimalist at 15 oz). The Essence jacket is stretch and has just a few more bells and whistles than the Minimalist - moldable brim, cooling vents, reflective hits. The Essence is more of an athletic fit, whereas the Minimalist is a regular fit. Both are great value and serve a similar purpose of water protection in all conditions. To the touch, the Minimalist is much thicker, the Essence is light and fast.

            Hi everyone! How is the size of this...

            Hi everyone!

            How is the size of this jacket according to the size chart??

            Should I go for what the chart tells me (Small) or go fon a Medium. I'm 5'10'' and i weigh 143lbs (Skinny).

            Best Answer


            If you'd choose between those two sizes, I'd recommend the Medium.

            I am about 5'7" (148lbs) and have two of these in Large to wear as (alterning) winter jackets with lots of layering underneath.

            I do like my jackets a bit loose, though...

            If you don't need to layer up heavily, a Medium would probably do fine.

            In any case, a great jacket.

            Hey guys, I am 5'11" extremely skinny...

            Hey guys, I am 5'11" extremely skinny (distance runner) and am wondering what size to get. I was thinking about the small, but the length might be too short. The medium might be a tad big in the width and in the chest. Thanks!

            Best Answer

            Hey Chris,

            I would get the medium is this just by the length alone. I typically like to be at the smaller end of my jackets so that I can layer accordingly under them. The small will be too short in the center back length and sleeves.

            It depends on if you are okay with some extra material around the chest and on the arms. I am also 5'11'' and a runner and I tried this jacket on in a store the other day. The jacket is already cut generously to allow for layers, and I prefer the fit of the small. I have a 31" inch waste, and there was plenty of room for a 200wt fleece or a down jacket without any mobility restriction. The medium was just plain baggy on me.

            Just something to consider!

            Im 6ft tall and like 210 , athletic build...

            Im 6ft tall and like 210 , athletic build what size do you recommend I get?

            Best Answer

            Hey Al, most likely you will want to go with a Large, I'm 5'10 175, and the medium fits really well. Double check your chest size though as that's going to be the best indicator. A Large is 42-44 inches

            I'm looking for a new rain jacket for my...

            I'm looking for a new rain jacket for my partner's birthday. He's 6'2 and around 165lbs. He solidly wears a Medium in most jackets/tops--I'm wondering if I should stick with that for this jacket? Thanks for your advice!!

            Hi, Can i use this jacket for climbings,...


            Can i use this jacket for climbings, speacially in high altitude (over 6500m)?


            Well, I suppose you could, but it really depends on what you are using it for. It can get pretty get cold that high and if you want to use only the Minimalist without layering it probably won't work too well. But with proper layering it will be a good waterproof shell.

            Best Answer

            This jacket is perfect for climbing. The angel-wing construction allows you to lift your arms without raising the jacket. I have climbed in this jacket several times, and I have never been disappointed. If it is colder outside, then just use layers. This jacket is very versatile.

            I was wondering about the fit of the jacket....

            I was wondering about the fit of the jacket. I am 5'8" and very skinny (105 lbs.) I want the jacket to fit nicely for hiking and just a walk in the city. I am still growing so if it is a bit long it doesn't matter that much, but it needs to be slim enough. I do not want much sag in the back and I do not want the sides of the jacket to parachute. I was debating between a Small and a Medium. Also, what jacket is better, this one? Or the outdoor research Foray jacket. And how do their fits differ? Thanks.

            It may be tough to get a great fit in this coat for you. I am 5'10 165lb and I have a pretty atheletic build (skier/climber). The small fits me well in most dimensions. The medium is too billowy for me but the sleeves are pretty perfect. I chose to go with the small as I don't really intend to climb in this jacket so the long sleeves for overhead reaches wasn't really a concern. I think the Small will work for you base on height, but at your weight you will likely have too much volume in the torso regardless of what size you get.

            Looking for lightweight weatherproof shell...

            Looking for lightweight weatherproof shell for hiking. Have had a good run with Marmot in the past but unsure of sizing for this. Will need it to go over soft shell and mid layers for work in up to -20C. Would normally stick with XL which aligns with TNF soft shell. Any ideas ? Im 6 ft - 220 lbs.

            Best Answer

            I love Marmot and have a number of their jackets. You'll probably be fine with the XL, but it may be beneficial to get layered up with everything and take a chest measurement. I'm 6'1" 180lbs and wear a large in a jacket/outershell.

            I can concur with Matt on this one. The Marmot Minimalist is a reasonably relaxed fit that would be comparable to a similar jacket from The North Face. Neither of these companies goes very trim with their light shells. You should be solid with an XL.

            Unanswered Question

            Any idea on pit to pit measurement 2011...

            Any idea on pit to pit measurement 2011 vs 2012 size small and medium? Thanks!

            looking for a versatile jacket for berkeley...

            looking for a versatile jacket for berkeley daily temperatures and rain commute and have a marmot fleece but dont really want to layer up on a daily basis if i can avoid it which jacket would be best?

            i am 6 ft, 200lbs

            Dude, I live in Berkeley too! This jacket is awesome and lightweight, but it doesn't do much in the way of insulating. It's strictly a shell, great for biking/walking in the rain/wind. If you're looking for a goretex layer, this is the best one you can get for this price.

            If you want something cheaper, the Marmot Precip is an awesome shell; smaller, lighter, more compressible, but less bomb proof.

            Love Marmot jackets. Does this Minimalist...

            Love Marmot jackets. Does this Minimalist have a velcro at back of the hood to allow it to roll up into a collar? The Marmot website picture of this jacket doesn't show it but it's in their description. Also does it have the inner zipper pull on the left pocket that you use to stuff the jacket into it? Thanks.

            Thanks Thomas. My 2009 or 2010 Minimalist can be stuffed into the left pocket. The zipper has a zipper pull for it. Not that I use it often. I usually just stuff the jacket into the hood. My old jacket also has the velcro on the hood which can be used to roll the hood into a collar by securing the velcro on the hanger loop by the collar. I noticed that the new Minimalist has a shock cord at the back of the hood which gives it a better fit. So does the latest model have both the shock cord and the velcro? I wonder why the Marmot website picture didn't show the velcro. Hmmmm. But definitely an awesome jacket. Just looking to purchase another one with a different color. Thanks.

            you are wrong. this jacket does stuff into its own pocket there are lts of neat videos on the internet that show this and it also show a cool little trick where you can roll the hood up and use the velcro with the jacket hook to make a collar and roll the hood up.

            Hi I really like the fit of this jacket....

            I really like the fit of this jacket. Realizing that it is not as heavy-duty as Proshell or XCR, will this still be a suitable downhill skiing shell (with appropriate layers)?

            You could pull it off. Especially if you are more or less on piste most of the time. The place where the heavy duty shells really shine is in the trees or on rock where there is a lot of abrasion and potential for damage. To reiterate, since it is paclite it will not have the same durability as some of the heavier shells but is totally doable as a skiing shell.