I was looking for a well-made, lightweight, packable jacket with hood that would be good for slight drizzle or sudden downpours while hiking at home in the Pacific Northwest or out on my travels. After much research, I settled on the Marmot Minimalist and have pretty much not been disappointed.
The Gore-Tex Paclite membrane is so thin, so protective and, yes, so wonderful! The whole jacket can wad up or pack nice and flat, yet the Gore-Tex membrane keeps rainwater at bay. I HATE the feeling of sweat and moisture buildup in my jacket on a rainy day, and the Minimalist keeps me dry AND breathes well so I can avoid feeling sticky and just plain icky.
If considering this jacket, do pay attention to the sizing chart. Unfortunately, I fall in between sizes. At a petite 5'3" and 120 lbs., my measurements fell smack dab in between small and medium. To be safe, I sized up to the medium. The fit is less than ideal as it does feel a bit too big, but I am more comfortable with the fit when I'm wearing several layers underneath -- though no matter what I'm wearing, the sleeves are too long.
If, like me, you are in between sizes, Chat with someone from Backcountry and they can arrange to have both sizes sent; they will include stuff to return the one that you choose not to keep (you pay for both, but know that one will be returned and refunded).