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Minimalist Jacket

The Minimalist Jacket is one of Marmot's most popular and universal jackets. Weighing in at under one pound with Paclite technology, this jacket is designed for storing in your day pack, backpacking pack, and carry-on so that you are always prepared for high-elevation rain clouds, scattered showers at the crag, and all-day thunderstorms in the city.

  • Packable rain jacket is ready for inclement weather at a moment’s notice
  • Gore-Tex laminate supplies leak-proof protection in heavy rainstorms
  • 100% seam-taped construction is both abrasion resistant and waterproof
  • Adjustable hood offers an added means of protection against harsh weather
  • Bonded flap over the front zipper seals out severe gusts of wind
  • Integrated underarm zips provide adjustable ventilation for mixed conditions
  • Item #MARZ99B

Material
[face fabric] 100% recycled polyester, [laminate] Gore-Tex
Seams
taped
Fit
regular
Length
mid
Center Back Length
28in
Hood
cord adjustment
Pockets
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
Venting
zippered underarm
Claimed Weight
13oz
Recommended Use
bouldering, casual, hiking, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 2

not waterproof

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 9"
Weight
139 lbs

It seems like a really nice jacket, simple design, good quality, functional, lightweight, and I bought it because I saw so many good reviews of this jacket, but to my disappointment it turned out to be not waterproof which shoud be the most important feature of a hardshell jacket. It is strange that GoreTex Paclite membrane should be 100% waterproof, but on my second wearing in a medium rain for about 20 min or so it is soaked through on both shoulders. It seems the DWR coating on the shoulders have some problem, so the fabric got saturated. But still, GoreTex membrane should still be waterproof even with the fabric got wet out, if not, what's the difference between a hardshell and a soft shell which also relies on DWR coating for water resistance?

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>Rating: 5

Great Rain Coat!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
210 lbs

I walk six miles most mornings. This is a great coat in Spring through Fall in the rain. It is light and keeps me dry. It is short, so I also wear rain pants. Very happy with my purchase and I love the color. I got my wife one also.

>Rating: 5

Dry & wind resistant-4 Season Jacket

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 9"
Weight
170 lbs

5’9” and 170 lbs. I have 2 Marmot Minimalist jackets. Both XL. I prefer a baggy, long fit, and plenty of room for base layers. I use in all 4 seasons around Erie, PA. Gore Tex finish kept me super dry in heavy rain on many occasions. Water beads off the gore tex. Easy to wash and durable. Follow the care instructions for best results. The Gore Tex makes for a Quite jacket. The minimalist jacket is not as loud as my Patagonia torrentshell. The Patagonia is not gore tex. The minimalist is my outer layer during the winter months. I wear it over a (medium) Marmot 74 featherless 3M thinsulate. The combo keeps the heat in and the wind and cold wet snow out. The minimalist XL chest pocket will hold my Constanza size wallet and sunglasses. Waist pockets are large. The capacity of the right pocket is larger than the left pocket due to the chest pocket on the left side. The right pocket has space all the way up to the right shoulder. Room for seven 12 ounce cans in the right pocket. Or my kids scarves, hats and gloves. All pockets have Zippers and work well to keep water out. I like the Velcro on the waist pockets. I’m sure the Velcro kept items in pockets when I neglected to close the zipper. Pit zips and a baggy fit work great for airflow in humid conditions and to allow heat escape in colder months. My past jackets (all not Gore tex) Patagonia, Columbia, HH...even with the pit zips turned into a heat box. At my height the XL has extra length in the sleeve and waist. Sleeves extend to my finger tips. I prefer my hands dry and out of my pockets when it’s raining. And during the cold months the long sleeves help shield my hands from the elements. The extra length in the waist covers my backside and the top of my thighs. Useful when standing in the rain and when the ski lift seat is wet. The draw stings at the waist and collar are durable and hold tight. Easy to pull tight or cut loose with one gloved hand. Useful when the wind picks up. Also useful when it’s time for heat to escape. The attached hood is large and fits over a ski helmet. Drawstring on the back of hood requires two hands to tighten. I fold the hood neatly into a collar shape when not in use. This jacket doesn’t have an internal pocket for the hood to fold into. The hood has a brim. The hood brim covers the brim of my ball cap. When camping I fold the jacket into itself and pull the hood over as a cover. Toss in a t-shirt for extra fluff and it makes a decent pillow. The jacket can be packet tightly into its self using the right pocket quickly. Packs down approx. the size of a 20 ounce cylinder. Picked up my first minimalist (size M) around 2009 at a yard sale for $3. The M fit like a glove but left no room to layer under it. The older style jacket had fleece lined pockets and chin guard. The older style also had a mesh elastic inner pouch. Lost it in my travels around 2011. At the time I wanted to replace it but the cost was steep for my budget. From 2011-2018 I went through a few Columbia styles, Patagonia, HH and Woolrich rain jackets. They all wet through quickly, some tore easily and most of the drawstrings failed after a year. The above jackets fell into the $50-$100 range and were not Gore Tex. I highly recommend the Marmot Minimalist jacket. With discounts Back Country offers the minimalist at a great price for the quality. ——Marmot please bring back the fleece pockets, fleece chin guard and mesh internal pocket in the future . ——

>Rating: 5

EDC Performance

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 2"
Weight
165 lbs

This has became my new favorite rainshell. It is lightweight, but has the feel and waterproofness of a soft shell. I can really feel the thoughtfulness of the design with the functions of the cuffs and the chest pocket construction. It is a piece that I would happy to wear to wear in and out of the office, and more importantly on 14er's.

>Rating: 5

Simple, light, almost hardshell

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

This is a great Gore-Tex jacket that I could use just about anytime in any season for wind and water protection at a great price. It's very stripped down and basic, which is exactly what I am looking for when weight matters more that extra zippers, pockets, and features I may not use. It's also worth noting that the fabric feels pretty burly. Haven't tried bushwhacking off trail, but I wouldn't be too concerned about being careful. The fit is roomy if you size up for layering, and the velcro flaps at the cuffs are nice and wide. Recommended for everything from hiking to boating. Rain, spring skiing, windy days. It's all fair game.

>Rating: 5

The Perfect Rain Jacket

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

I wanted one jacket for everything from walking the dog to backpacking and all things in between. After doing more research than anybody ever should, mostly at work, I landed on the Minimalist. In every aspect it has met or exceeded my expectations. It is light, compact and thus far has kept me dry.

>Rating: 4

good pants

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Weight
150 lbs

The only place I found this jacket was on Campsaver. I need a rain jacket to take on my trip to Nepal that has good technical features and is light, wind, water resistant and high quality. I need to be able to layer under it and I don't want to spend $400. This looked like the perfect item. I looked everywhere for something like this and Campsaver was the place. I'll update the review in a month when I get back.

>Rating: 4

an option

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
202 lbs

Like how my first version of this jacket shed water but not enough room for layers underneath.

>Rating: 2

Poor fir

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
200 lbs

I had purchased the precip and liked it. I live in a warm climate so bought a medium( usually wear a large ) as I only wanted a T-shirt under. Precip fit with room to spare. I decided to upgrade and pass the precip to my son. The fit of the minimalist is terrible. Loads of spare room on the waist and arms, but the chest is very tight. I have to leave the armpits unzipped just to zip up the jacket. I do have a broad chest but would think that the whole thing should be in proportion.

>Rating: 1

Id have to say, skip this one...

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
195 lbs

I research things almost to an obsessive point. This jacket seemed to fit the bill - 28in back seam, gore-Tex waterproof, few bells and whistles. First, the back seam isn’t 28in. It’s a bit longer and not what I was looking for. Also I found the shoulders and chest to be a bit constrictive. I was looking for something more like a trucker fit almost for brief forays into rain without something so long as too look unusual but still giving me wp shell protection, layering option would also be nice. Large was far too big even for my larger frame, esp in length. The jacket was not waterproof during my 15 minute walk through moderate nyc rain. It soaked through. Now my torso is wet. I’m not sure why this is happening bc this is supposed to be a wp gore-tex product. Overall disappointed with the fit and reliability of this product.

>Rating: 1

Marmot rain jacket

I bought this as a rain coat and it performed terribly after 3 uses. My wife bought the precip and her jacket outperformed mine. My shoulders were soaked after a 30 minute hike through drizzle and light rain. I called marmot and they told me I needed to reapply waterproofing after every couple wears in the rain. Works well as a shell but definitely not the GoreTex quality!

>Rating: 5

Loving It So Far.

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>Rating: 5

Bomber!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 4"
Weight
160 lbs

I bought this jacket because I wanted something that would keep me dry and also serve as a durable layer to protect against briars and the occassional scramble down a rock face. This jacket certainly met and exceeded my expectations! A truly rugged piece of backcountry apparel. If you’re looking for something that will keep you dry, save on weight, and not rip at the first snag of a briar, look no further. My only caution with this jacket goes to my fellow vertically blessed brothers out there. I got this in a medium, and I do wish that it had more length. I tried the large on at a retailer and it was just too baggy (The bane of the tall and skinny man’s existence). After four years of heavy use, I gifted this jacket to a friend and upgraded to the Arc’teryx Beta SV for added back length and that has been perfect for me. However, other than my own personal desire for more length, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this jacket. It never wetted out on me. The pit-zips provides incredible breathability. It stores nice and small into its own hood. Fantastic piece of equipment!

I
>Rating: 5

Loving it

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 3"
Weight
150 lbs

I rarely write reviews but I love this jacket. Fits great, I’m 5’ 3”, 150 lbs. medium is perfect. I travel extensively and it’s the perfect weight and can be rolled up and stashed in my backpack. It springs back to life in no time. Blocks the wind, and can be worn in a wide range of temperatures. I highly recommend this jacket. Chilly mornings to evening wear.

>Rating: 5

Loving it so far.

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 2"
Weight
150 lbs

Bought this jacket as a rain/wind jacket. I have worn it a couple of times so far. I wear a arc'teryx cerium under it and it is perfect for those chilly windy mornings.