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ROM Softshell Jacket
You could be skiing sunny May corn snow or leading a group across a glacier on a clear day in Alaska—either way, moderate aerobic activities in cool, not-too-wet places darn-near beg you to enlist the Marmot ROM Men's Softshell Jacket. Marmot made the ROM, which stands for Range Of Motion, from a combination of Gore's WindStopper and Marmot's M2 softshells to stop stiff breezes and sudden sleet in their tracks while still offering plenty of breathability and mobility so you can move comfortably and freely in the mountains without exposing yourself to the elements.
Reaching high above you for a hold or throwing up high fives is easy thanks to the ROM's Angel-Wing Movement. The adjustable hood provides protection from gentle drizzles when you're braving squally spring days out of doors. Zippered hand, chest, and internal pockets won't let your gear come tumbling out when you get inverted on a tough boulder problem, and the hook-and-loop cuffs and elastic drawcord hem make sure drafts stay at arm's length when you're on the trail, wrestling pebbles, or celebrating a successful day with some aggressive cheersing.
- Versatile softshell made for moving in the mountains
- Gore Windstopper fabric blocks wind and repels light rain
- Fabric is also breathable and stretchy for active comfort
- Angel-Wing movement allows increased range of motion
- Adjustable hem, cuffs, and hood seal out the elements
- Multiple zippered pockets secure on-trail essentials
- Item #MAR01EF
What do you think about this product?
March 23, 2019
Great Lightweight Jacket for Layering
First off, this is a pretty versatile jacket. I've worn it resort snowboarding, splitboarding, traveling, and on my way to work - it's been great when the weather isn't. It's not truly
March 28, 2019
Thank you so much for your review John! We appreciate the feedback immensely :)
March 8, 2019
A great shopping experience!
A great shopping experience!
February 13, 2019
Nice softshell with a comfortable fit. Love the windstopper shell, and everything here seems pretty durable as well. Loving it so far.
December 5, 2018
Pretty solid, not what I was looking for
I was searching for a softshell to use as an outer layer when climbing or midlayer when touring, so I picked up a Marmot ROM and Outdoor Research Ferrosi. After trying them on and comparing the two, I went with the Ferrosi. The ROM has burly wind panels in the torso and has a thicker fabric, which would serve great on really windy days or as an outer ski touring layer. Howver, it just wasnt what i was looking for.
November 25, 2018
Great for Seattle weather
This has proven a great 3-season jacket in Seattle -- I walk to work and wear this most days. Fit is a big larger than ideal, but sheds rain and wind pretty well. The non-GoreTex parts will soak through in a proper downpour (wish more of it was GoreTex, like previous versions!), but works great at what it's designed for, assuming you know only the top 1/3 is truly wind/waterproof.
October 31, 2018
Bought as a gift
Bought this jacket as a gift for a friend. He loves how stretchy it is! He lives in SLC and wears it on the regular. He is very active with hiking, skiing, and running. He would reccomend this jacket to anyone who has an on the go lifestyle!
September 11, 2018
Not the old Marmot ROM
I have the old Marmot ROM jacket, which is Goretex Windstopper (3 layer windproof) on the front, back, hood, and arms, with a breathable strip of Marmot single layer soft-shell on the sides under the arms for ventilation. I wore it a lot mountaineering and backcountry skiing, a great piece. But with the zipper going out, I tried the new version. Strangely, the Goretex Windstopper is now only on the hood, upper half of the front, upper third of the back, upper half of the arms. Thats why the garment is two tone. The breathable fabric now surrounds the mid-body and lower arms, which defeats the purpose of the garment in any kind of wind situation. Marmot should go back to the old design. The chest pocket on the new version is bigger and an improvement though.
February 1, 2019
Very helpful. Absolutely agree that I miss older versions where the Goretex Windstopper material was placed throughout - this is, in my opinion, what separated the ROM from other more light windshirt-type jackets. The side panels provide just enough ventilation without compromising weather protection. I still use the old ROM as a burlier soft shell for climbing and mountaineering, biking in cold and windy temperatures, 3-season travel and more. I appreciate the new ROM is trying to shed weight, especially since my only real dislike of the old ROM is in fact its weight - but it is worth the trade off for weather protection and versatility, so my old ROM comes along with me for almost any trip. I was hoping to buy a replacement for my now aging ROM, but won’t be buying the new one if it doesn’t have the same wind proofing. Please go back to the old design!
February 2, 2019
Agreed, have the old version, amazing what a totally windproof lightweight shell can do for you. In fact, I picked up a NOS one after reading this review! Although it can get soggy relatively quickly, fills the role of "jacknife" jacket, really useful in super cold over layers too. Wish the neck of the hood was a little more roomy, but that's my only complaint.
April 12, 2018
Great 3 season jacket with a nice hood. Lots of other nice features. Not recommended for those extra cold or rainy days.
June 18, 2017
This is one of my favorite jackets that I have. I'm not a huge fan of the wind, so I got this and it definitely helps. I have used it climbing and hiking up on windy peaks and this jacket has never let me down. The jacket does run a bit large, but it makes it easier to layer and throw on an insulating jacket underneath. I would definitely recommend it for any outdoor activity.
March 14, 2017
Love this jacket
I have used mine from 2010-2017 and while my Marmot signs are all worn off and I'm about to put it out to stud, it is the best jacket I've ever owned. It kept me just right in mild weather, and nice and warm in freezing Joshua Tree winter winds. Just bought another.
January 22, 2017
I've had the ROM for over two years in Western Washington, it gets used every weekend in fall/winter/spring. It's seen 70+ mph winds, short stints in temps down to 0°, holds up to light rain for about 45 minutes, drys reasonably fast, and it even looks good in town. This is not a warm jacket, but the wind protection has allowed me to travel with minimal layers (usually just a light base) for extended periods in variable temperatures. Once movement stops, the jacket chills very quickly. Disclaimer: my body type runs hot, so I frequently find myself in sub 20°s for some time wearing only the ROM while everyone else in my party has dawned down jackets. Otherwise, I love this jacket and will buy another when this one has given up.
December 4, 2016
April 30, 2016
Excellent Spring and Fall Jacket
I never saw the point in softshell jackets because I thought light, Goretex rain gear made them redundant. Now I wear my ROM jacket in wind and light rain, and save my Oracle rain jacket for real precipitation. The ROM is very comfortable, sheds heat (you'll need layers if it's cold,) and seems durable. I don't worry about it de-laminating as even nice rain gear does over time with use.
March 15, 2016
I just got this jacket so I cant remark on the wind/rain resistance, but, everything else is perfect! Iv been looking for a good raincoat that fits, and Iv looked at REI, NorthFace, Mammut, and seemingly every department store. I am petite, but I have long(for my size) arms, and its extremely hard to find things that fit without being too tight, or too baggy and make me look like a dwarf. After several returns, THIS is the jacket Im sticking with. Thank you Marmot and BackCountry!
March 14, 2016
Marmot ROM softshell--poor fit
I bought this for a lightweight softshell to replace my old Marmot Kingpin. I ordered both a M and L, and neither fit. The "Angel Wing" arms were nonexistent--with raising arms (as in climbing) both sizes pull the hem up. The L was baggy, the M was a nice fit except for the arms. The pocket zips are low on the garment precluding access with a harness. I'll keep using my Kingpin (which has longer arms and higher pockets, and underarm zips) and wait for a better fit among other brands (e.g. Rab fits well).
February 24, 2016
Not warm, but STYLIN!
So I bought this jacket thinking it's all I need during the winter. (gosh I'm an idiot). Turns out I ended up buying several downs jackets instead but I still love this jacket. Now that it is spring, I wear this to work every morning, as well as when I'm outside on my bike at night. It's a great look!
January 5, 2016
Don't buy this jacket to keep you warm..
Buy it to look fantastic! The jacket fits me perfectly. I have an athletic build and it seems to be tailored for me. It helps that the material stretches in the right places. The other day I made the mistake of wearing it without a mid-layer at freezing temperatures, so I wear it now with a HH base-layer and long sleeve Icebreaker merino wool shirt. This combo seems to work well around town with the temps around the 30's in Seattle. Some thoughts: -The hood is very small. I doubt you can fit a helmet of any kind under it. -I have short arms and it fits me. -The material is thin; I recommend wearing non-bulky base and mid layers. -I don't think this is a good choice for a packable jacket. Although, it is thin, it doesn't seem to compress very well.
November 28, 2015
April 26, 2015
Great spring & fall jacket
40.5" chest, 33" waist. I got this to replace an old North Face McKinley that's seen better days. I've worn the ROM maybe 10 times, and it's been great. I wear a 34 dress shirt, and the sleeves stop right above my thumbs. It's not lined at all which gives it a wider temp range. Spring and fall in Boston usually means lots of wind and large temperature swings and this has kept me warm without overheating. It looks good with a polo or button-down on the way to the office, and has enough room for a fleece underneath at night. I'll probably wear it bike commuting in the winter and for some spring skiing next year. Update: I've had this for a while, and it's holding up really well. It's been from the spring streets of Boston to the high-altitude cities in Peru where a possum chewed through a pocket. Marmot fixed that for $30, which was nice. I was really hoping this would work for winter bike commuting, but I run too hot. If there were pit zips, it'd be awesome, but no cigar. I like the jacket, but wouldn't buy it again given the price.
January 28, 2015
A classic softshell for mild weather
Light weight, breathable, windstopper and keep you warm. I have used it during my SLC ice climbing in nearly freezing temperature and climbed Mt Rainier with it in late Aug. Performed pretty well as a softshell jacket. Wish it could be a little more water resistant but I know I can't ask too much of this from a softshell jacket. I have a black one but I wish I have bought some shining color. All three pockets are great for cellphone or handing warming. Doesn't come with a two way zip is a disadvantage during belaying.