Marmot Minimalist Pant - Men's

Gore-Tex protection without unnecessary extras.

When you want protection from the elements without extra bulk, pull on the Marmot Minimalist Pant. Marmot built the Minimalist with Gore-Tex Paclite fabric for the adventurer who knows they want to make miles without lugging extra weight. Fully -taped seams seal out precip when you’re trudging through the backcountry on snowshoes, and articulated knees and ankle zippers mean you enjoy a more ergonomic fit while plummeting downhill on your skis or board.

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Great Pants

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

I have used these for work for over the last month or so working outside in the rain for multiple hours a day and they have kept me really dry. The only moisture that I had on the inside was from me sweating not from the pants leaking through. The fit is true to size and they fit great. If you are looking for a lightweight waterproof pant.

Unanswered Question

What is the inseam measurement of the large pants

Not Waterproof

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

I've had these pants for 4 years now. I initially got them to complement the jacket of the same brand and model, both backpacking and for rain protection when riding my motorcycle.

I can't say I can ever remember a time when these were actually waterproof. They've always leaked through the zipper. They also soak through the seat of the pants, though this could be because I use them on to commute in the rain on my bicycle. However, my biggest frustration is that anytime I get somewhere and take these off after being in the rain, the water on the exterior of the pants somehow makes it to the interior. I'm not sure if it is condensation from the external fabric being cold or if the water is actually soaking through, but I am incredibly uncomfortable every time I have to put these back on after being in the rain once already.

A second frustration is that the leg zippers are not full-length. This makes changing layers when mountaineering difficult, as I am typically wearing crampons.

I also have found these pants to be highly unbreathable, even for gore-tex. This is purely anecdotal, but I feel like the pants are only half as breathable as the jacket.

These pants are water resistant, but by no means waterproof. I've retreated the DWR and still keep running into the same issues. Here's a quick guide of my applications for these pants and the outcomes:

Hiking: Not very breathable, even for Gore-tex. Can't sit in these as the seat of the pants will soak through, even in snow.
Cycling: Again, not breathable. Also, the seat soaks through in as little as 2 miles.
Motorcycle: Water pools in the crotch, and leaks through the zipper

My takeaway from the Marmot Minimalist products is that Gore-tex paclite technology is incredibly inferior to their pro tech (3L). I've upgraded my upper shell, and I'll be replacing these pants sometime this year as well.

Earns its name.

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

This lightweight, packable pant from Marmot earns the minimalist title without sacrificing on performance. If you're looking to stay dry, these pants will deliver on that time and time again.

The Pac-Lite also means they don't take up much space, so you'll be more likely to bring them along for those times when Mother Nature sneaks up on you.

Killer Pants

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

Great pants! Kept me dry on a week long excursion in Iceland...constant rain and wind were no match for these bad boys! I'm 5'9 and 155lbs, the mediums fit perfectly over my regular pants.

Best Bang for your Buck!

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

If you are looking for a waterproof pant that won't break the bank, look no further than the Marmot Minimalist Pant. It is the only Gore-Tex Paclite pant in this price range, so if you are looking for a truly waterproof pant this is the best bang for your buck. You won't find another pant that performs as well as the Minimalist without paying $200 or more. The fit is great, but if you are looking to layer up, consider going up a size. I have been impressed with all of the Marmot gear that I own, they do a great job of making solid gear that doesn't break the bank.

going to colorado for christmas what kind of base layer do you recommend for trekking in the snow with these pants

I would wear a light layer, such as the

Just fantastic

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

I can't say I had very high hopes for these, but they're just great! The most important part of making any rain gear effective is to have it with you whenever you may need it. The super lightweight and compact construction makes it a no brainer to take these on any outing. I wish they had some sort of device to tighten the waist other than the loosely cut elastic waistband, but overall I love the shear simplicity of these pants.

How well will these fit over the La Sportiva Trango?

Hey John,

These would fit just fine over the Trango. It does have a snap closure at the bottom if it is tight but I do not see that being the case. And if you are wearing gaiters you can put those over the pants. Give me a shout if you have any other questions or if you want to put together and order. If they do not work out just give me a shout and I will get you a return label.

I wear a size 33w 34l in jeans usually and wear a 33 in prana brion pants. The Patagonia super cell pants I ordered in medium and they're too tight I the rear and waist, I have a hockey butt. Any recommendation on what to buy these in if I'm planning to wear over a low weight base layer? I'm not concerned about length because I almost always wear taller boots.

Best Answer

This run true to size, so I'd go with the Large (according to the size chart). XL might work too if you plan on wearing anything bulky.

Unanswered Question

Is the crotch zipper waterproof? I do a lot of canoeing and on most zippered rain pants the crotch zippers are not water proof. When it rains while you're sitting, the water tends to pool in that area and seeps in.

Great Shell Pants!

    super light weight so easy to find room in the pack. Great light weight shell for Winter Backpacking and early spring/late summer alpine hiking in New England. not really much at all in the way of venting and the leg cuff opening isnt very big (zips only to ankle). Would love if they made a full zip version but for now Ill keep my Precip Fullzip pants around for Emergency rain shells.

    Fits well

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

    I'm 6'0" and often where a 34, and the large is a perfect fit. I debated getting a medium but am happy with the large.

    Would these be good for hiking in Peru?

    Would these be good for hiking in Peru?

    Best Answer

    They're waterproof, breathable, and have good range of motion, but have no insulation whatsoever. If it's going to be cloudy and cool, I'd recommend finding some long underwear to wear underneath.

    Gore-Tex Paclite is a phenomenal material for waterproofing and breath-ability. These will preform well in wet conditions, but as Angus has mentioned if it's cloudy and cool long some long underwear is a must.

    Do these have belt loops or a waist drawcord...

    Do these have belt loops or a waist drawcord ? Doesn't look like they do and as I am right at the lower end of the medium size range I worry about them staying in place without either of these.

    Best Answer

    These have an elastic, snap closure waist band which is great for adjusting when you're just right in between size ranges.

    Adventure Completed

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

    The Marmot Minimalist pants so far have worked well on a Maine hut to hut snowshoe/hiking adventure. They are light and very comfortable. Never felt restricted in movement and they pack up small. Not sure on durability or waterproof because had good weather. But they did handle the wind well and my legs were not cold with proper layering. Fit is good but ankle zippers could be a little longer to make getting off or on over a boot easier.

    Strike Three - you are out.

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

    Marmot Minimalist Pant - Looks like a great product and wish I could have tried them.

    Strike one - Gear head recommended large for 5'-9" 180# 33 waist, 32 inseam. Way too long, waist a little large. - sent back.

    Strike Two - Med. arrived and fit ok, but left knee had a hole in the outer fabric right out of the package - sent back.

    Strike three - Replacement Med. arrived and fit ok, but left knee had a hole in the outer fabric just like the returned pair - sent back.

    Canceled order.

    Great Pants!

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

    I'm 5'11 and wear a 32/33 in pants; the Medium fits perfect. These rain pants kept me bone dry in multiple heavy downpours. I may try and test these out as snowboard pants in Colorado soon. Overal I highly recommend. The only con is the price, but you get what you pay for here.

    do these have any lining/insulation?

    do these have any lining/insulation?

    None. These are very solid, but basic, with no frills. The Paclite is all there is to it.

    I usually wear pants with 32W 29L or 32W...

    I usually wear pants with 32W 29L or 32W 30L. Which size should I pick for this model? M sounds too large while S is apparently too small. Do I have any other options? Thanks.


    I would recommend you go with a Medium- it may have a little extra length, but with boots on it shouldn't be a problem!

    Best Answer

    I wear 30x30 normally and found that the S is a bit tight around the waist (probably more accurate to say its 29-29.5) but the 32L isn't a huge problem since you can pull these up and they'll stay because of the tight waist. Pulled up above my hipbone, these fit nicely although I still wish they came in a 30L.