Marmot Men's Essence Jacket
Mountain-tested by guides, the Marmot Essence Jacket for men is tough and reliable to handle unpredictable weather, and super packable as a must have for any adventure.
- MemBrain®Strata™ 100% Nylon Ripstop
- Hooded rain protection
- Ideal for ultra-light hiking, adventure races and multi-pitch alpine climbs
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- March 27 2011
I LOVE THIS JACKET
I'm a fair weather backpacker and I don't intentionally go out on a trip when I know it's going to rain. I'm also an ounce-counter (I weigh everything) so I bought this jacket a couple of years ago to carry as insurance for those times the weatherman missed the mark. This jacket weighs only 7.2 ounces for size large (!) and the fabric is very light and flexible, so it is easy to shove into a convenient crevice in your pack. The quality of construction is IMPECCABLE, it keeps you absolutely dry, all the zippers are waterproof, and the hood does not let in wind and rain like so many other rain jackets do. To keep the jacket light there are no pit zips although I haven't seen that as a problem as I'm not usually on the move during a rainstorm. One caveat - the fit is what Backpacker magazine calls "athletic". I purchased my normal size large (I'm 5-9, 175 lbs and a bit wide in the middle) - it's fine wearing a long T shirt and fleece shirt, but I can NOT wear it over my puffy down coat which could be a problem if I was hunkered down in the rain on a very cold day. In retrospect I wish I had purchased size XL instead of L and in fact, getting a replacement is on my future want list. Also, I'm not a climber, but I'm not sure one could fit a helmet under the hood. I've owned a lot of rain jackets, some very expensive, but this is by far the best. I HIGHLY recommend this jacket, but also strongly recommend going a size larger than normal to allow for layering in cold weather.