Marmot Zeus Down Jacket - Men's

Mythical warming powers.

Perfect for fall hikes and winter walks alike, the Marmot Men's Zeus Down Jacket provides ultralight and packable protection from frigid temperatures. High-loft 700-fill down insulation locks in heat without the need for tons of bulk or weight, and it's treated with Down Defender to prevent moisture from soaking the down and ruining its insulation powers. Marmot also treated the outer fabric with a DWR coating to help it fend off light snow and rain. And when things warm up on the trail or you step inside out of the cold, this jacket packs into its own pocket for convenient storage.

  • Light, warm, and ultra-packable protection
  • High-loft down insulation offers featherweight warmth
  • Down Defender protects down from loft-killing moisture
  • DWR-coated fabric repels light rain and snow
  • Angel-Wing Movement design allows better mobility
  • Packs into own pocket for convenient storage
  • Elastic drawcord hem seals out drafts
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Leaks feathers

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

At First glance this jacket fits and looks good, but after one week the feathers started to leak badly (see attached picture of feathers on my car seat). I would not recommend. I returned the jacket. I hope marmot fixes this issue.

Leaks feathers

Marmot quality!

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

Lightweight and perfect size for me. I have wide back and shoulder area according to average man in my height-weight. I was so confused about to buy M or L. I dont like loose clothes and it is what exactly what i wanted to.

I used it for hiking!

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

The down jacket is warm and light weight. Perfect for hiking, while the size is a little big.

The Zeus has been out hiking

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

I scored this cool looking jacket when Backcountry had a jacket sale. I chose the Cobalt Blue colour.
Pros: It'€™s been very comfortable, warm (to -20C), soft, and looks sharp. Many have commented on it :) I'm impressed with my movement as it doesn'€™t feel bulky at all. I can use the jacket for both backpacking/hiking as well as daily wearing out and around. There isn'€™t any of that "crunchy"€ sound when it gets cold. I really enjoy having the inside pockets to carry gloves, hats, keys, etc too. The fit while not slim, is sporty and athletic. Drawstrings keep cold out too.
Fit: I chose the XL based on the Backcountry size chart which turned out to be very accurate for me. I'€™m 6'€™2"€, 210lbs, a 47"€ chest, 35"€ arms, etc. So I've concluded that because it fits me perfectly, i€t's true to size. I'll normally wear a Large in clothes, but I chose XL because of my wider shoulders and chest size on the chart.
Functionality: When I'€™m backpacking, snowshoeing, etc. I€'m finding that this jacket breathes fine and hasn't felt damp. I'm not sure yet how effective in the long term the DWR-coated fabric will repel the light rain and snow but so far so good; in our Maritime climate. It has actually beaded the freezing rain and sleet. I haven't stuffed the jacket into its pocket yet but I'€™ll do that soon; as I'€™ll need a pillow for my trips.
Cons: I find the zippers snag some in the pockets a little more than I want; and I do get some feathers appearing on my car seats from time to time.
All in all I'€™m happy with this purchase for its cost
. I'€™d recommend it!

The Zeus has been out hiking

Would not buy Zeus again

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

I bought this for under a tech. shell for skiing and it works well for that. Having not had a down jacket in some time, I am a bit confused on this product though.

It is a 700 fill - which I assume is on the better side of 'warmth' but I am concerned that the 'puffyness' of this jacket went from OK to very compact after a one-week ski trip where I used this to ski and as my going-out jacket. It is still warm but....flat. Leading to next concern which is there is a constant stream of feathers leaking out of almost every section! They get stuck to other clothing, etc. I had to vaccum the seats before returning my rental car! I swear.

Finally, the pockets almost ALWAYS grabs outer fabric layer going up or down. Sigh.

I have other Marmot products I love but only like this one.

Great jacket, but sizing is off

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

Looks great, was warm when I wore it outside in 20 degree weather for a few minutes with only a t shirt underneath. Sleeve length was great, but it was very snug around the torso. I have to return it and am afraid the large will have sleeves too long. I also tried a Patagonia down sweater and I think they seemed to be of about the same quality, but the Patagonia fit better and I will be keeping that one due to the better fit.

Thanks for the review John! Glad the Patagonia fit you better.

Great for the price, but kind of puffy

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

I bought this jacket for a backing trip to Patagonia. I'm 5'6 140lbs male. I ordered the black small.
Pros: It was so warm and had a nice feel to it. It is very light weight.

Cons: The collar is a little bigger than I wanted and doesn't stand up all that great. I found the zippers to snag a little more than I wanted. The fit while not slim is athletic, but it is for sure a "puffy coat". I found it to be pretty puffy in the arms and shoulders. Ultimately I returned it and went with the Patagonia down sweater which while way more expensive just has a nicer fit, better collar, inside pocket, and didn't have as many problems with the zipper.

Down filled jackets are supposed to be a little "puffy". Its the puffy that keeps you warm.

As Alan said, "puffy" is how insulation works: by trapping "dead air". Air, it turns out, is an excellent insulator, but only if it is "trapped" and can't move (convection currents). This is the principle behind most insulation, not just in clothing.

First Down Jacket

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

I finally broke down and purchased my first down jacket. I had talked with lots of friends and done quite a bit of research before I made this purchase. I am very happy with the jacket. It is very lightweight and fits me perfectly. I have used in in 60 degree weather and in 5 degree weather and loved it. I was wondering if it was worth the cost but after just a few times wearing it I was very happy with my decision. I highly recommend it!

Versatile

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

This jacket comes everywhere with me. It's my best fitting insulation piece and the Zues works well. The zippers are strong, hand pockets are in the perfect place and the jacket also has two giant pockets on the inside of the jacket, even big enough for a a 32 oz Nalgene.

Versatile

Perfect

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

Got this for my dad for Christmas. He is 5' 8" and about 170 and the large fit perfect. I though the arms would be to long on the large and was worried about getting a medium as the waist would have been to tight. But thankfully the large was a perfect fit in the sleeves and the waist. The jacket looks really good and he loves it.

My great down jacket review

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

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Zeus. The Zeus was a finalist. It was very comfortable and looks sharp. The one I had was black. It really looked good. It would look great in NYC in January (why doesn't anyone wear color in NYC?).
Fit: It was one of the more bulky (puffy) of the jackets I looked at but was comfortable and wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. But I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good too. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. This one looks more natural.
Comfort: The jacket is very comfortable. The fabric feels good and it is quiet when moving. The hand pockets are a bit forward but the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
I ended up returning the Zeus and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater as it felt a bit warmer, less bulky and lighter (800-fill down vs the Zeus' 700-fill down). The Patagonia also had an internal chest pocket. But the Patagonia was $20 more.

Does this jacket have a pocket on the inside?

Best Answer

Hey Rob,



The jacket does have an open pocket on each side. I've attached a photo of mine with a waterbottle inside of it. I wouldn't trust it to keep anything valuable, but could definitely stuff a hat or some gloves in there! Feel free to reach me at 801.204.4547 or cojohnson@backcountry.com. Best, Connor

Hey Rob,

The jacket does have an open pocket on each side. I've attached a photo of mine with a waterbottle inside of it. I wouldn't trust it to keep anything valuable, but could definitely stuff a hat or some gloves in there! Feel free to reach me at 801.204.4547 or cojohnson@backcountry.com. Best, Connor

Poor Quality

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

Stitching was coming out and you could see black feathers through the red material. It looked like it had grease smudges.

Toasty!!

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

I would recommend this to anyone of my friends/customers, i really really love this jacket, i take it everywhere!! It totally works for most every situation and season, as long as you have a shell to cover it, you could go out in any season and stay warm!! I use this for both, my outdoor life, and my city life. It compacts into the left pocket and you can stow it for use anytime!! This coat is worth the price and will last you for a long time! Buy it and the only thing you will regret is that you didn't buy it sooner!!

Size Large seems large given your specs. Is it big on you?
Would this and a shell (with a couple layers under this) work for downhill?

Nice material, roomy

  • Size Bought: Large

I was searching for something sort of fitted to live under a hard shell in the more brutal days skiing in the Rockies and an all-around thing for warmth when packability and weight matter. This was on sale so I gave it a whirl. I returned it, but here are some observations if you are looking at the Zeus.

I'll start by saying the materials are very nice. The nicest face fabric I've seen on a down jacket to date. I did notice that the down was unevenly distributed in the arms right out of the bag. I loved the stand-up collar and dreamed of its protection on blustery chair rides or hiking a nasty ridge. Because of the cut it would be a good piece if you're planning to put it over a few layers or to pull it out and be able to cover everything while or in a pinch. I suppose this depends on your body proportions of course. As Marmot has always, the fit is very roomy in the middle for me. I am always a Medium in Patagonia and Arc' (if that helps) but went with the large based on my chest measurement knowing that this fabric won't stretch with me and too little room is worse than too much. Having several pieces from Patagonia and Arc'teryx, two brands that I would say have the best, most active cuts to their jackets, this thing just looked like a Columbia. Straight down from the pits.

The hardest thing about searching online is the fit so I will give you this - I'm 6' 180 lb, 43 at the chest and 33 at the waist ( narrowest part of my torso ). Going with Rab Microlight for a closer fit. Will update

Warm. Great sizing. Very versatile

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

Love this down jacket from Marmot. Keeps me very warm. Perfect size with a little added room to layer up beneath. Is pretty fragile tho. I definitely baby this jacket because even walking by a tree branch could cause a pretty significant rip. Also, I will occasionally notice a few feathers poking out from the jacket but it isn't a big deal. Wear hiking in the mountains or in town. Its a really great jacket.

love this jacket

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

Warm, comfortable and stylish! I have worn it a ton and still looks like new.

Ready to conquer anything

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

Purchased this for my lovely father.



He wanted a super warm lightweight jacket and I recommended this one to him. Once he got it and put it on he didn't want to take it off.

-Super light

-Soft as can be

-Warm in 20 degree weather

-Blue is a good color that will go with lots of stuff

-You can wear this walking around town or under your ski shell

-Like that the pocket are zippered

-The drawcord at bottom comes in handy occasionally.

-My dad usually wears a medium in most tops and this jacket fit right.

Ready to conquer anything

Crazy Warm

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

That is what my cousin wrote to me after he used it for few days. He has gone through many serious medical issues the past 2 years. He told me he is always cold, that he wears 2 sweatshirts and is still cold. Visiting his friends in the Chemo ward he broke a sweat. they asked if if he was OK and he said it is the first time he broke a sweat since his surgery.
This is the most satisfying gift I have ever given.