Marmot Minimalist Jacket - Women's

If I only had a Marmot.

Marmot never had much of a market share in the Land of Oz, presumably because of astronomical shipping costs. As it turns out, it’s a good thing. If the Wicked Witch of the West had a Marmot Women’s Minimalist Jacket, things would have been very different for Dorothy and friends. The Minimalist uses Gore-Tex Paclite laminate fabric to shrug off the nastiest downpour. Paclite was developed to be lightweight and packable, while remaining completely waterproof and as breathable as Gore-Tex Classic.

  • 100% seam-taped Gore-Tex PacLite laminate fabric means water has no chance of melting anyone wearing the minimalist
  • Underarm zips offer ventilation when you need to cool down
  • Angel Wing articulated shoulders give you complete freedom of movement without the torso of the jacket moving around
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Bring on the Rain

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

Feedback below:
I ordered the Deep Plum color in a size small and I love it. The color is true to the image. There is a slimmer fit but I don't plan to layer too much underneath. Worked just as it should in the last thunderstorm! Definitely would recommend for anyone looking for a top notch waterproof jacket.

Never leave home without it!

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

Bought this for my wife for a gift and she wasn't sure she needed it, but it has come in so handy. The fit is true to size as she pretty much wears a small. There is a little bit of room for layering but probably nothing really bulky. Excellent rain protection and it is impossible to find a gortex shell for this price point.

Two thumbs up

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the slate blue and love the color! It fits great and packs up small so I take it with me on all my adventures and travels around the world (or Utah, Idaho and Wyoming).

Nice Fit

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: medium

Bought this jacket in white for my wife. Medium fit her well as these seem to be sized small. Good rain protection. Inside is not lined, to the best of my memory. If I were to have to buy again, I would look for something similar, but with a lining.

Looked great, but tight around the hips

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

Just comments on the fit, as I returned this jacket and didn't test the waterproof-ness. The small was tight around the hips (I'm about 38" around) but fit pretty well around the chest (also about 38" there) and the medium swallowed me when I wasn't wearing a down liner (5'3", 135lbs). If I were planning on layering frequently, I would have gone with the medium but I wanted something a little more streamlined as this was supposed to be my spring/summer jacket.

It Has Earned My Trust

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

I was skeptical at first. I assumed that since this jacket treads the line between rain jacket and gore-tex hardshell, it'd be good at neither. I first used it as a daily ski shell all winter in Vermont and was impressed by its breathability. It fit well over a base layer and midweight down jacket. Since then it has kept me dry on a humid and rainy hike in Puerto Rico and in chilly, rainy spring skiing conditions. It wets out pretty quickly in places but is still breathable and waterproof. So far the lightweight fabric has stood up well to light abrasions from spruce branch whiplash and a few minor falls on rock/ice, but I'm curious to see how it'll hold up as I continue using it as my go-to jacket.

I like the looser fit of the small. It's a good layering size and the looseness prevents any back-of-the-neck sticky sweat buildup. The jacket rolls up into the hood and packs easily.

My only two complaints:
--The hood wasn't designed for a helmet and doesn't stay up over a ski or climbing helmet.
--The pockets aren't well placed for wearing a backpack.

Fantastic shell for the price.

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

I've really put this through the wringer and let me say, This shell protects me from rain, wind, snow, and cold weather. Nothing gets through it. Very tough to rip or tear. Not to mention is comfortable AND sexy. I plan on having it for life, its wonderful. Very good deal for the price.

Great construction and durability

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

Light, packable, breathable, and keeps you completely dry. I've been using this for three seasons and love the gore-tex outer fabric. Holds up well to washing and works great with layers for warmth.

Perfect rain coat!

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

Got perfect feedback from reviews on what size to order my wife and it fits her perfect, with room to layer! It's definitely water and wind proof and lightweight. The arm length is perfect as well which might be longer for people without long arm issues. I will be ordering myself this jacket as well in Men's, it's awesome.

great

    Great fit, true to size, easy to pack, breathable, and no problems in light rain.

    Mixed feelings

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The large was a little snug through shoulders/chest, but the XL doesn't fit right either. It has done well in lighter rain, but has not done well in heavier rain. My shoulders and back of my neck get damp/wet. Not a good combo in the Pacific NW.

    Anticipation of precipitation

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

    I bought this for my amazing sister, and here's what she had to say :

    "I LOVE this jacket! It keeps me dry without being loud or too hot. It's breathable and lightweight but still does the job. I almost look forward to rainy days now!"

    Very Happy With Jacket

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

    I bought this jacket based on reading the reviews, particularly from someone whose size and measurements were just about mine! It fits. It's comfortable. Seems well made. I had planned to only use it as a rain jacket but as another reviewer said, I too think with warm under layers this could be a ski jacket too.

    Like, wanted to love

      I've been a huge huge fan of the Marmot Minimalist rain pants for ages, and when the last downpour had battered my rain jacket I decided to upgrade. I like this jacket, but I don't love it. I'm 5'2, 110 lbs, and find the fit is boxy and large, I wish it came in XXS. I'd definitely size down on this one, and still have more than enough space to layer and bundle. Even with multiple base layers, sweaters and the Marmot Quasar underneath I still feel like the jacket is large. Still keeping my better fitting EMS rain jacket around for lighter storms....but keeping this for torrential downpours.

      Nice material seriously

        I really wanted to keep this jacket but can't get over the hood part where it covers your mouth. The pulled in waist adjustments rock it raised the height from my upper thigh a little bit higher where I would of like it. The Velcro around the wrist rocked I have small petite wrist so love that feature. I would love this jacket and would keep it if they make it without the hood.

        Simple is the word.

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

        Albert Einstein once said, “Make things as simple as possible, no simpler.” And if that doesn’t answer all your questions, here’s what I have to say. I bought the Minimalist jacket several years ago filled with anticipation and joy, joy that I might have have found the jacket that exhibited the perfect combination of light and long-lasting; comfort and versatility; breath-ability and impermeability; sexy and cute. I’ve taken this jacket to the windy peak of Chirripo in Costa Rica to the stormy skies of Montana. It’s super compressible and lightweight and it fits wonderfully over layers if need be. I have experienced some serious condensation with this jacket, which is no fun for anyone, but I attribute it to the high humidity I was in, sometimes, you’re just going to sweat a lot when it’s hot and raining, so embrace it. In the meantime, take a hint from ‘ol Einstein here, sometimes you don’t need a product with unnecessary features and gimmicks, just one that works, plain and simple. Marmot gives you...the minimalist.

        INCREDIBLE

          Kept me warm and dry through numerous rainstorms on a month-long expedition. So easy to pack because it's so small, yet sturdy enough to portage through dense brush. This jacket was a lifesaver!

          Thanks for contributing to the Backcountry community Catie! Glad the Minimalist jacket has treat you well so far. Where was your month long expedition? Feel free to reach out to me directly if you ever have any backpacking gear related questions in the future!

          Expert Gearhead
          Jelam@backcountry.com
          IG: jimmyelam

          Not great for heavy precipitation

            The jacket is well made and does fine in light rain. However, it doesn't seem to do well in heavy precipitation. I wore it while shoveling in the snow today and the water soaked through the back.

            Maybe that was sweat?

            My mom trusty trail jacket

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

            When the wind picks up or the rain clouds move in the is her go to pack/trail jacket.
            The gor-tex paclite makes it easy and light to stow away until moments before the storm. The name is very fitting the "minimalist" approach to this jacket it was she loves, no bells and whistles, just a shell to keep her dry.
            She says it's great for around town use as well with its sleek stylish look.

            It fits!

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

            I live in FL and there aren't any stores that carry the variety of product that Backcountry does, so I ordered 8 jackets to try on & compare. I need a jacket for an upcoming hiking trip to Nepal & Tibet as well as raining day tours when I am off a cruise ship. I think this jacket will work well. I gave it 4 stars because I haven't put it through the paces yet, but will update once I do. I am 5'4" ,180 lbs, 38DDD. I ordered all the jackets in XL and tried them with a fleece sweater underneath. The Marmot jackets seemed to fit me the best, with the most room in the chest. Patagonia was the tightest. I tried the Black Diamond Alpine Start Hooded Jacket but my biggest complaint is that it has no pockets and the material did not seem waterproof. The fit was good though. The Columbia jackets were a little snugger on me but would work. The Pardon My Trench jacket was very long and the belt cuts the torso in 2 visually. The Arcadia II Jacket wasn't bad but no pit zips and it it looked like water could get in through the seams. It did have mesh that covered the plastic interior though which was nice.
            So at the end my favorites were the 3 Marmot jackets: PreCip, Southridge & Minimalist and the North Face Venture Jacket. I excluded the Southridge because it didn't have any pit zips. The Marmot PreCip and the North Face Venture were very comparable. They were both very lightweight, with a plasticized white interior. In the end I went with the Marmot Minimalist Jacket because it had everything on my wish list plus it is made with Goretex so it will breath. It is a little heavier in weight. The seams are really well sealed. I also love the way you can tighten the cap so it stays put and frames your face. No hands needed to keep it on your head.