Marmot Approach Jacket - Men's


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Wind-resistant, water-repellant and breathable, the Marmot Men's Approach Jacket is the perfect lightweight outer layer for aerobic activities in cold weather. Whether you're hiking to the crag for some fall climbing with friends or taking Fido for a walk on a crisp morning, this softshell jacket will help wick moisture and block the wind to regulate your temperature. Light drizzle beads up on the surface and the M3 softshell fabric dries out quickly. Adjustable Velcro® cuffs and a drawcord at the hem help seal out chilly breezes while a full front zipper gives you ventilation options. Two front pockets are lined with fuzzy-soft fabric to comfort cold hands and a zippered pocket at the arm will hold your ID and a house key or a GU packet to keep your energy levels up. Whether it's a casual stroll among red and gold aspens or a steep hike to the summit, the Marmot Approach Jacket for men will keep you comfy in cool conditions.


  • Main material: softshell double weave; 96% polyester, 4% elastane stretch; 6.8 oz/yd
  • Marmot M3 Softshell
  • Water repellent and breathable, ideal for aerobic activity and sheds water
  • Zip sleeve pocket
  • Zippered handwarmer pockets lined with soft fabric to warm hands
  • Adjustable Velcro® cuff
  • Elastic draw cord hem
  • Center back length: 27.7 in, 70.5 cm
  • Weight: 1 lb 4.5 oz, 581.2 g

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

20 Reviews

  • Great design: 6
  • Build quality: 5
  • Performance: 5
  • Great value: 2

  • lightweight: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.6 / 5
Water Protection: 4 / 5
Wind Protection: 4 / 5
Fit: 3.3 / 5

20 Ratings & Reviews

Light, Stretchable, Water resistant, Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 27, 2010

This is a great jacket. Runs a bit small, and is made to be form fitting so you don't have a bunch of extra baggy fabric slowing you down or getting in your way. It is stretchable so it is very comfortable being form fitting. Not waterproof, but it is not meant to be. It will keep you dry in a short light rain and is very breathable. Very happy with mine.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Richmond VA
35-44 yrs

Great Jacket
January 01, 2013

I really like this jacket. It is light enough to wear a ton of different places but really warm enough when you need it. Great jacket over all the only thing i would say is a downside are the sleeves are super long but it still is fine due to the velcro on the cuffs.

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 3 / 5

45-54 yrs

Great jacket for spring/fall outdoors activity
April 20, 2012

I got this jacket just before a traveling to San Francisco in early spring, it was very comfortable, packable, and held up well during some cold SF nights. Back in the east coast, it has been my favorite jacket during the season, and hopefully will serve me well in the fall. I haven't used it for strenuous activity, just regular about town casual use. Holds up well with light rain, but it won't be as effective in strong winds. I got an XL (need to work on the waist line...), so the sleeves are a bit longer, but the cuffs' velcro straps keep everything in place. The best feature has to be the nice protection and warmth you get around the neck when the jacket is fully zipped-up, no need for a scarf or extra garments.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value, packable
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great Jacket
July 20, 2013

This is a solid jacket. Not very warm, but great for those windy days or as a top layer.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
45-54 yrs

Nice - very blue
July 09, 2013

The jacket was on sale which was the reason I bought it. I would have preferred black, but that was not on sale. I like the quality of Marmot stuff and this jacket falls in line with that, appears to be well-made. It's summer time now in Germany so I will have to wait and see but it appears to be a good jacket for the fall or to layer in the winter. As always, excellent service from ALTREC, the item was here in Germany in less than a week.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

great jacket but not form fitting
March 22, 2010

nice long sleeves, cleans lines and the shoulders fit well. fits true to size.

best single jacket i own
July 07, 2010

if you have long arms, wide shoulders, and a fairly thin waist this jacket is for you. excellent. altrec almost always produces the best prices.

Leadville Jacket from Marmot is better
February 13, 2009

I have bought both the Approach jacket and the Leadville jacket. Recently, I wore the Approach on a windy & rainy day in Wichita and the temp was about 40 degrees. In short, I became cold quickly. The wind goes right through this jacket. I was disappointed with this tight fitting jacket. Also there is no stretch to this jacket. The Leadville is far superior to the Approach jacket. But if you want a jacket that just looks cool then this is it.

Nice light shell
March 06, 2010

A great jacket at a great deal. Size might have run a little small.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5

December 03, 2010

GREAT athletic fit and every bit as high quality as any of my Arcteryx or North Face Gear! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 3 / 5
35-44 yrs

Great Jacket!
November 29, 2011

The best thing about this jacket is that it fits me like a glove. I am 5'8", 147 lbs. and size medium. I needed a light-weight versatile jacket to trek around town and the occasional hike and this one fits the bill in terms of performance and style. It is not windproof but does keep the chill off nicely and if you wanted to have a light layer underneath, it is a slightly snug fit because the cut is trim/athletic...but not too bad. I like the simple lines and just enough pockets and logo branding not to go overboard. Oh, and did i mention that it is very comfortable?... with no hot-spots anywhere....highly recommended!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Sacramento, CA
45-54 yrs

Very nice jacket but lightweight
December 26, 2011

I bought this jacket for just running around town and such. It is a beautiful jacket and very comfortable, but a little lighter weight than I was hoping. I ended up returning it and getting the North Face apex bionic which is a little thicker. I would recommend this jacket as long as you didn't need too much protection from elements.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: lightweight

Great looking, but...
December 30, 2009

We are huge Marmot fans - loved this, but it was a little too light weight for a ski shell and unlike most Marmots, it runs true to size, so this was too big. Think we'll go with the Gravity next.

November 05, 2008

the Approach jacket is a great jacket. Im about 5'8 and a small 165 lbs and the small size fit well. It fit nice and snug with out any bunching up, although prob the only thing that could go under it for warmth is a 100 wt fleece or something similar. The M3 outer material works best between 45 and 65 degrees. I would recommend this jacket to anyone who needs a good softshell for those in-betweener days

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

May 09, 2013

Great product, will but another. I got exactly what I ordered. Very happy with the transaction.

Pros: Great design, Performance

Great jacket, better than I expected.
September 08, 2008

I purchased and wore this jacket for a recent trip to Montana in summer. It performed well under a variety of conditions which ranged from cool 34f mornings to windy days on top of peaks. I wore either a thin baselayer or t-shirt and was comfortable even on a 40Mph quad-bike trip to town. I wish it had one inside pocket. I am 5'6" 160Lbs and the medium fit perfectly if not a little tight. After about 30 minutes in light rain you will start to feel damp. It is only slightly water resistant.


Outstanding jacket
March 01, 2009

This is a comfortable, all around great jacket for all activities to include cycling, running, hiking or just to wear on a cool night while sitting on the patio. Highly recommend!!

Very Good Jacket
February 20, 2008

The jacket fit is exactly as described and warmer than I anticipated. The jacket is only rated as water resistant but I have been running (trails/roads)in it for roughly 2 weeks in rain and snow. I have stayed dry from the elements but tend to get a lot of moisture buildup inside the jacket. The problem I have is that it is slightly less breatheable than I had hoped. It might be better if it had armpit vents to aid in air circulation. Overall it is a very good product and serves its purpose of keeping me warm and dry from the outside with only one extra layer.

Appear to be a great jacket
December 12, 2009

I got the jacket and my initial impression is that it compares a much more expensive softshell jacket that cost a lot more. In fact, it is very comparable to my TNF Summit series windproof jacket. However, I returned it because the Limestone color is more like a light greenish color... Appears to be a great jacket though.


Great Shell for Sports - Running, Biking, Hiking.
January 05, 2009

Terrific shell can be used as either inner (if you fit it snugly) or outer shell (larger fit) as I have. It's perfect to slice through wind and cold, yet is very breathable, making it perfect for high activity. It's light enough to pack and go along on any trip, bike or run.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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