Marmot Leadville Softshell Jacket - Men's
MarmotLeadville Softshell Jacket - Men's

A high-octane adrenaline junkie.

What's on the itinerary for today? A morning jog followed by an afternoon climb, or maybe you'd prefer to brush up on your cross-country skiing and do a little of fat biking, just for fun? No matter what you choose, the Marmot Men's Leadville Softshell Jacket will hang every step, reach, stride, and stroke of the way while delivering comfort on all but the coldest and soggiest days.

A WindStopper membrane banishes howling winds from your core while staying highly breathable, which allows sweat and moisture to escape. Breathable side panels bring additional ventilation when engaging in cardio-heavy activity, and these same panels feature Angel-Wing Movement for maximum mobility. An elastic drawcord hem can be tightened down for a snug and secure fit. A variety of interior and exterior pockets with concealed zippers ensure trail necessities can comfortably tag along on all of your heart-thumping adventures, because nothing's worse than getting hungry when you know you have to run three more miles and then climb directly afterwards.

  • Gore-Tex Windstopper Softshell
  • Marmot M2 softshell sides
  • Semi-fitted
  • Angel-Wing movement
  • Elastic drawcord hem
  • Hand and chest pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great for Cross Country Skiing

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

As mentioned above, bought this for cross country skiing. Have had it out a couple times now and really like it. It is a jacket designed for high aerobic activity, so if you're looking for something to keep you warm on a casual hike this probably isn't the jacket for you. The side panels vent heat well. The windblocker feature also works well. I've used this jacket at and at slightly below freezing with just a light merino wool base layer while skiing and been perfectly comfortable. One of the reviews below mentioned that the sleeves are too long. Well that's by design. They're that way to keep your wrists covered when your arms arm bent running or holding ski poles. (Try it. Next time you're wearing a long-sleeve shirt hold your arms at your side and notice the sleeve come to the top of your wrist. Now bend your arms 90 degrees and notice the sleeve rides up an inch or two. That's why the sleeves are long on this jacket!) The arms move well and I've never felt the jacket constrictive. The zippered pockets are all good size. I love the zippered chest pocket for holding maps. I'm 6'2" and 220lbs and the XL fits great. I can layer a fleece underneath it if we stop. Usually though if I'm moving the jacket with a thin base layer is perfect. I think it's a good looking jacket too. By coincidence I also have Marmot's Scree softshell pants that I wear while skiing and the all-Marmot combo looks sharp. (Look good ski good, right? LOL!)
Bottom line: I would highly recommend this jacket for high aerobic activities like cross country skiing, running, or cycling.

Had to size down

  • Fit: Runs large

Shout out to my customer, Nathan Whaley, for giving me some awesome information on this jacket. He picked up the medium initially but decided it wasn't as fitted as he'd like so he had to exchange for a small. Here's what he says...

"Just got the small. Fits exactly how I wanted it to. Slim and close to the body.
For reference for your other customers I am 5'10' and 162 lbs.
Sized perfect for up to a medium / heavy base layer.
That's about it for space in the sleeves but you can also fit a Patagonia M's Nano Puff Vest (size medium) underneath the Leadville and over the base layer. Tight fit but again, that's the intention as far as my uses."

Nathan will be using his jacket for cycling and casual wear.

Thin but layer-able

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

I favor a softshell jacket for the ski resort on all but the coldest days. The Leadville jacket is thin, but the Windstopper softshell packs a lot of warmth. A base layer and wool sweater underneath makes for plenty of warmth!

Thinner softshell

    I ordered this for spring/winter in the Northeast, loving the color, cut and fit, but unfortunately fabric is too thin for our temperature. Great for warmer weather!

    My kid looks great!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    I'm jealous. Too bad I'm too fat to fit into Marmot stuff b/c my 12 year old son looks like a million $ in his Marmot shell and pants. Of course he's skinny as a rail and that's what Marmot clothing is built for. Skinny / in-shape people. Not overweight and aging skiers. But hey, I can still lose the weight and maybe fit into my own Marmot outfit next year!

    Runs large

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large

    I'm returning it because of the fit. I have a Marmot shell in large that fits perfect and given that this is an athletic cut I thought a large would be the right size. However this jacket runs large imo. I never, ever complain of sleeves being too long, actually just the opposite, but with this jacket the sleeves hang down to my knuckles if the cuff isn't cinched in.

    Gave it as a gift and it's well-loved

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    Got this and the leadville vest for the dad-in-law and he loves it. We replaced his old Marmot gear from years ago and the fact that the sizing is spot on was great, so it was an easy swap. He uses these for skiing and has no complaints at all.

    Great High Aerobic Jacket

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

    I got this for winter running. I wanted a jacket that blocked the wind but would also let the heat out. The Leadville does both superbly. This jacket with a thermal top has protected me through sub zero windchills.

    Model updates

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

    I really liked the previous version of the Leadville and was excited to see what revisions were made. I would say that it's a couple steps forward in functionality and a couple steps back in style and quality.

    -3/4in longer back length (size medium)

    -1/2in shorter arm length

    -The hidden zippers are now regular reverse coil zippers with corded zipper pulls

    -The seams on the sleeves are unbound. All of the major seams in the previous version were bound.