Marmot Minimalist Jacket - Men's

Little impact in your pack but a big impact during sudden summer storms.

The Marmot Minimalist Jacket trims down your pack weight for long hikes and treks into the unknown while its Gore-Tex Paclite technology guarantees it can keep you dry during torrential rains. With just the features you need for a safe, comfortable experience in the storm season, this 15-ounce rain shell keeps the rain out without weighing you down or letting you overheat during muggy summer storms.

  • Polyester shell stands up to abuse and keeps down the weight, while the fully taped seams and Gore-Tex Paclite membrane keep out all moisture
  • Adjustable hood, hem, and hook-and-loop cuffs further seal out the monsoon rains
  • Zippered underarm vents dump excess heat and interior humidity during rainstorms
  • Front pockets hold necessities and are easily accessible while wearing a pack or harness
  • Water-resistant zippers and a front storm flap reduce vulnerabilities to near zero for ultimate protection
  • DriClime-lined chin guard provides comfort and a little insulation for your face during mountain storms
  • Angel-Wing movement and lower back hem ensure coverage no matter how you stretch and contort your body in the backcountry
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You Already Know!

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M

its amazing, warm, soft, and is truly a must have.
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Didn't live up to expectations

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I went from my car to a building a couple of times over the course of a morning in a pouring rain and the jacket did not keep me dry. Water was in the shoulder area and the upper arms. Maybe I got a bad jacket. I expected more from Gortex.

Best rain jacket for the money

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

FIt as expected. I got rained on for 8 hours straight while in a canoe paddling and not only did I not get wet but I also didn't create a micro climate inside the jacket. I didn't get any wet spots by the seams either. All in all this jacket is just as good as any Paclite Gore Tex you would get from Arcteryx in my opinion.

Great Jacket

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

This jacket has kept me dry during torrential rains for two days. Impressive.

Great Rain Jacket

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

This is a great jacket for the price point - it's kept me dry without issue (although I haven't had any half to full day excursions in it yet). It's lightweight and packable, and has become my go-to rain jacket around town. Fit is good - not overly large that it feels baggy but not so tight that you can't layer effectively underneath.

Exactly What I Wanted

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

I was looking for a very basic and lightweight rain shell to replace an older rain jacket (a jacket that I had run into the ground, so to speak, after years fishing and abrasive outside activity) and this jacket is just that; very basic in design, extremely lightweight yet seemingly pretty darn rugged. Couldn't be happier with this purchase!

Great gear

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

I live in Florida and work outside a lot. I've needed a jacket that can take a downpour and not get saturated. This is finally the one.

I've had this in a few Florida heavy rains now and it has held up beautifully. Everything stayed dry from the rain, but typical moisture from sweating in the heat stays in during exertion. The pit-zips are great and the pockets stay dry. The water wicks right off.

I'm 6'01", 210 lbs with a 36" waist. I bought an XL and it's just loose enough around the waist to cover my pouches and meter on my belt. A large might have been sufficient, but I wanted a little room to cover the tools on my waist.

It's very easy to stuff in my gig bag and has not snagged on any of my sharp tools.

I just ordered a second one that I can keep in the car and wear out without it smelling and looking like a work coat.

Right price

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

I bought one of these during a sale at my REI. I've used it on three weeklong expeditions, one in the Tetons in January and two to Moab since then. It is my go-to rain and snow shell front country and back. It has never let a drop through. My only qualm is when you cinch the skirt it rides up more than other jackets I've owned. Not a big prob.

Not fully waterproof

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

I've had this jacket for about 8 years now. Initially it was great—I used it on the requisite hiking and backpacking trips, but also as a rain jacket on my motorcycle in the Texas summer showers. Initially it worked incredibly well, but over time, even with reapplication of DWR, it's less than what I need.

When I first got it, I used it heavily in downpours while riding my motorcycle, frequently at 70mph on the freeway. It kept me ALMOST bone dry, with the exception of one little dribble that worked its way through the front zipper. I couldn't complain, I was subjecting it to harsher conditions than it was designed for.

However, over the last three years, I've been using it here in New England as my hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering shell, pulling double duty as my bicycle commuting rain jacket. During this use, the waterproofing has suffered.

in early 2014, one of the seams inside the left armpit started experiencing delamination. I contacted Marmot, and they fixed it up (for free under warranty, I believe). When I received it back, I decided it was probably due for another DWR treatment. I always use spray-on rather than wash-in for membrane products. Shortly thereafter I started to notice that my shoulders felt cold and wet under my pack straps, primarily when biking but also when in the woods. At first I thought it might just be heat conduction from the cold water on the face fabric. But eventually I noticed actual soaking on the garments beneath the jacket. I've retreated DWR several times, and always give the shoulders some extra love, but no matter what I do they always soak through after a short while.

About two months ago, the seam that Marmot had repaired started delaminating again. The shoulders are still wetting through.

While this jacket keeps me fairly dry, I can't give it a decent rating because it doesn't live up to expectations. From what I have heard, Gore-tex products should last 10-15 years when treated with care. Mine goes in the wash after every second or third use (unless I'm riding, in which case it gets washed as soon as there's sunshine in the forecast). I retreat the DWR at least once a year. I wash with soap, not detergent, and do a second rinse. These are all care guidelines from both Marmot and Gore-tex. Even with this care, the jacket doesn't hold up as much as I'd like it to.

Tough and no piggy banks were injured.

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

My brother has had this for 5 years now. He definitely has put it through the wringer. He spends full days out in the high alpine, searching for rare, native plants. He doesn't ever go inside, so he needs a very waterproof jacket. He always stays dry in the Minimalist.

He was nervous to spend so much and at full price, but he hasn't regretted it. He wears a very heavy pack, up to 75 lbs or more and carries sharp tools. So, having a strong jacket is necessary. This has been impressive, considering is a light weight rain jacket, and not a bomber ski jacket. It's still is very good shape.

The minimalist packs down. There are some that will get smaller, but you'll pay a lot more. Same with the breath-ability. It breathes fine, but you'll pay more for a little more breath-ability.

He is pretty beefy. His bulk is in his chest. He has big shoulders and arms. He is typically a large and the large is right for him in the Minimalist, as well.

This is a solid jacket that I sell confidentially. It will keep you dry for days!

Tough and no piggy banks were injured.

Didn't keep me dry.

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

Hiked for 4 hours in continuous light rain. By the end of my route drops were falling on the back of my neck through the hood. The matching Marmot Minimalist pants were soaked wet, as if they just came out of the washing machine. Won't trust this product with anything but short walks from car to office and back. I hoped the concept of waterproof-breathable fabrics can do what the manufacturers claim, but now I sincerely doubt it.

It did keep me dry on shorter rainy hikes, for about 2h. I also make sure to restore DWR and re-apply nikwax every year or so. Have it since 2013.

You wont get wet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Size Bought: large

I work in the yachting industry and needed a light jacket for the summer months that would keep me dry. With big vents and a lightweight design thats exactly what you get. I can stay dry without getting over heated. The sleeves are long and the hood is big for optimal water protection. The jacket does fit a bit short. I wish it had just a bit more length for a taller body/fit. Overall I have had to adjust the lines of the boat during rain storms blowing sideways, and this jacket kept me dry.

Awesome

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

LIghtweight, waterproof, packs easily. Breathes reasonably well. If you can get it on sale, it's a no-brainer.

Great rain jacket

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

I keep one of these in my day pack at all times in case I encounter storms on any hikes. It's a lightweight rain jacket with overall good quality. It doesn't restrict my movement and seems to be pretty durable. So far so good.

Will this jacket stop wind from stealing body heat?

Hey Curtis! This is a bomber jacket for water and wind protection.

If you have any more questions feel free to hit me up directly. My phone number is 801 204 4694 and my email is kswistak@backcountry.com

Great

    Easy to pack, breathable, and no problems in light rain. Runs a little longer lengthwise.

    Unanswered Question

    I'm 154 lbs,5 ft 9,chest:98cm,neck:39cm,sleeve:75cm,I kinda in the middle of the S size and m size,so should I get the bigger one or the smaller one that would suits me better?

    Is the hood ski helmit compatible?

    Hey David,

    The hood is ski helmet compatible. Email headed your way.

    Awesome and then some

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

    I took this jacket camping and it kept me dry, cool and its very light. feels comfortable and it has vents to cool down if needed. And since I am always hot, the vents did help. overall looks great and feels great. And best of all it is Wife approved, since she is into fashion, and I am not.

    Awesome

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

    This jacket is great. Have used it in rain storms on the boat here on Long Island, just took it to Bergen,Norway where it rains more than shines. Hiking in sideways rain on the folgefonna glacier. Bone dry each time.
    This thing rules. A great buy.