Marmot Minimalist Jacket - Men's

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Description

For a reliable jacket where no detail has been left out, the Men's Marmot Minimalist Jacket packs in maximum features. Light and packable for all occasions, this GORE-TEX® Paclite® jacket is durable, waterproof, windproof and breathable, so you should slip it in your pack and have it on standby for emergencies during all your outdoor adventures. If a storm sets in unexpectedly, you’ll have maximum protection with an attached adjustable hood, storm flap over the main zipper, an elastic draw cord hem, zippered hand pockets, and the DriClime® lined chin guard wicks away moisture to protect your face from the zipper.

Specifications

  • Fabric: GORE-TEX®Paclite®100% Polyester 3.6 oz/yd
  • PitZips™ underarm zip that extends into the body for aggressive venting
  • 100% seam taped - For full waterproofness
  • Attached adjustable hood - Reduces volume and is secured with a Velcro® hood tab
  • Chest pocket with water-resistant zipper
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Storm flap over zipper with Snap/Velcro® closure
  • Elastic draw cord hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather
  • DriClime® lined chin guard - Moisture wicking fabric protects your face from the zipper
  • Angel-Wing Movement™- Allows full range of motion in arms so jacket doesn't ride up
  • Center Back Length: 28 in / 71.1 cm
  • Weight: 15 oz / 425.2 g

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

24 Reviews

Pros
  • Performance: 9
  • Great value: 6
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Lasts forever: 4

Cons
  • Cost: 2
  • slightly stiff: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Water Protection: 4.6 / 5
Wind Protection: 4.2 / 5
Fit: 3.4 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5

24 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
TexasOutdoors
from Dallas, TX
18-24 yrs

Outstanding Shell
February 01, 2011

In every way, this shell has met or exceeded my expectations. I use it for both urban and wilderness environments and it's the perfect companion for both. Packs down easily in a messenger bag for rainy days in the city... packs down easily in a backpack for multi-day excursions. Breathable and light, but also wind resistant and warm with a couple of layers underneath. It's the only shell you will need from Fall-Spring.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
marmotfan715

January 03, 2012

the jacket is a bit lighter than we thought, so it needs an extra layer underneath for snowboarding. love the fit and know it will keep the wearer dry.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
ChasingPowder
from Arlington, Washington
18-24 yrs

I love this Jacket
May 21, 2011

I bought the Minimalist for winter hikes in the north cascades as well and Washington's rainy winters. This jacket handles both perfectly. Ive used it on just about every trip out of doors since purchasing it, from snowboarding and winter camping to fishing in Puget Sound. Not rain or hail or snow get through this jacket. Even when the DWR wore off and it began to "wet out" I was totally dry underneath. And I cant say enough about its durability, I'm not gentle with my jackets, I use them like what they are, a piece gear. Ive slid down slopes on it, even on my stomach, used it as a sling for carrying water back to camp, stuffed it, stretched it, and generally used the heck out of it, and you would never know. It looks just as good as the day it arrived. I got the Blue and Ive received a lot of compliments on the color. This jacket runs a little big, but not so much that you cant just throw it on over, say a T-shirt. Im 6'2 and 185, I got the large and it fits really well.

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

from Idaho
35-44 yrs

Ideal Shell
January 15, 2011

If I had one word to describe this jacket it would be "quality." The pit zips are covered by two flaps to keep water out. One flap is shorter, relatively stiff, and naturally lays across the zipper. A larger, less rigid flap naturally folds over the shorter one to effectively prevent moisture intrusion. These do not prevent opening or closing of the zippers at all. There are a total of three pockets - all on the exterior of the jacket. The "hand warmer pockets" are spacious, though a hipbelt does cover them. The right hand pocket is very large - extending up to the uppr part of the chest. The chest pocket (left side) is protected with a wonderful water resistant zipper. I am more and more impressed the longer I use the jacket (wind, rain, and snow). Gore-Tex speaks for itself and lives up to the promises. If you are looking for a hard shell that will keep water and wind out while still being relatively light and easy to pack, there is nothing better (or that compares with the price). I'm six foot even, 170 lb, and the large fits over my cold weather gear easily.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5
Danmano78
from Pitesti
25-34 yrs

Wonderful jacket!
August 10, 2011

I've been looking for a while for a jacket that is really waterproof.I tried a couple so far, but after a while rain was on my skin. With this one my search will stop! Just great, very nice design and high quality materials. It's so light you barely remember you are wearing it! I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves going outdoors. Think about the rest of your body to keep dry, this jacket does the job!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Good Jacket
August 06, 2010

The quality is great. The size does seem to run a little big though, but not really a problem with free shipping

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
dcdavo
from DC
35-44 yrs

Great jacket
May 02, 2012

Got this jacket a few weeks ago. Have tested in a couple of torrential downpours, and it's been great. Very breathable and very few seams, water just shook off of it. Can't wait to take it up Kilimanjaro later this summer.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
stevenj
from California Bay Area
18-24 yrs

Marmot Minimalist - Great Jacket!
March 17, 2011

This is a great rain jacket. I got it just in time for a few weeks of rain in the bay area! Sizing/Fit: I'm 5-11/155lbs, and the medium fits me well. It is a slightly loose fit, with plenty of room for layering underneath. Length is good for me, though sleeves are ever so slightly short (I have long arms/wide shoulders though, YMMV). Length is good, and it doesn't ride up much with arms waving around. The hood is loose fitting on its largest adjustments, so helmets should be no problem. It tightens down (2 zip-cords in front, velcro patch in back) to a nice snug fit that follows my head movement fairly well. Performance: Jacket is completely waterproof; water beads up and slides off immediately. I wore this jacket with jeans in mild rain, and the thighs of my pants were soaked in 5 minutes ;P. Wind protection is also good, though doesn't seem as exceptional as the waterproof-ness. It breathes well too; I haven't even needed to reach for the pit zips yet. There is NO insulation what-so-ever. Durability: Quality out of the bag is great, and it seems really well made, but I haven't had it long enough to vouch for durability. Limited lifetime warranty from Marmot though. Random comments: --Pit zips are not mesh lined, presumably for weight considerations, but still :( --I read somewhere that the pockets were mesh (could be used for additional venting); this is not the case on my version of the jacket. Doesn't bother me in the least, as the pit zips are huge --There is velcro AND zips on the hand pockets. This always drives me nuts! I only need one way to close my pockets... but this seems to be the case on most jackets. --The pockets are too low for use with backpack waist straps. --Brim on the hood is A+++++ --Waist cinch strap slip loose a little when I tighten it up --I got black, and I'm regretting it a little because it is super plain looking ;) Maybe some accents on next year's version?? Summary: Great jacket! Performs as expected, and expectations were very high given all the glowing reviews. A few minor quibbles that are mostly my personal preferences, but no issues that come anywhere close to taking it down a star. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5
MarkTheCarp
from Ventura, CA
55-64 yrs

Very well put together comressible rain jacket
January 25, 2012

The Minimalist jacket is, as advertised, a very wind/waterproof and highly compressible jacket. Previously, I owned a Marmot Stormshield jacket and I found it a bit more comfortable than the Minimalist—owing to the liner and softer materials used but I find that I prefer the Minimalist because it is less bulky, lighter and sheds water better. It stuffs into a much smaller package. I highly recommend this jacket for everyday, as well as wet weather use. I plan to order the matching pants next.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, light, compact, very water proof, very wind proof, Cons: slightly stiff

Marmot Minimalist is excellent
March 25, 2010

Minimalist is working out great for me - rain-snow. Gore-Tex Paclite is great material. Minimalist seems tougher and more resilient than Precip jacket or similar other brand light weight packable offerings. Slightly larger sizing than anticipated, but nothing major.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
Bugg
from North Carolina
55-64 yrs

Very Happy With It
April 02, 2011

I am an experienced backpacker, although I primarily day hike locally these days. Still I'm out for several hours at a time year round and need good protection. I've owned a number of shells from Marmot, Patagonia, etc. I'm a fan in general of Marmot. I have not had this long, so I cannot speak to durability. But initially this is the best shell I have owned. I like the interior much more than that of Marmot's Membrain Strata jackets, the latter of which I find annoying (I'm not sure why). It also looks great and the quality seems to be excellent. The hood is excellent in that it seems to be large enough for a helmet (which I do not need), yet easily adjusts to not fall over my face as some past shell hoods tended to do when worn without a helmet. The hood also fits very nicely around the side of my head and neck … no bunching around the ears and such. …… As for sizing, I found it to fit like other Marmot shells. At 6'1" and 210 lb I can wear the Large, but found the XLarge to fit much better (like other Marmot shells). I have broad shoulders and do not like a snug fit.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
Hobartlives
from 32250
35-44 yrs

Great Jacket
July 20, 2012

I bought the Minimalist a few weeks back to replace an 8 year old Arcteryx. The fit was spot on and the Pac Lite repelled the afternoon Atlantic downpours common here at the beach. The pit zips ventilated my core and I didn't get too hot walking to work. I can't wait to wear it during the wind and rain of Isle Royal MI this September.

Pros: Great design, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Jak0519

Marmot (not) minimalist!
February 29, 2012

I love this jacket! After having tried several other brands of the same Gore-Tex Paclite material, this feels the best, it doesn't "crackle," and it performs above and beyond in all kinds of conditions. This jacket is great for layering over a fleece or insulated piece and is truly an all-season winner.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value
ATR64
top250Contributor

Great and Light!
April 29, 2010

The fit (room to layer) and the construction is top notch. Light and rolls up small too. I look forward to using the jacket summer mountaineering and backpacking. Being Gore-Tex Paclite and made by Marmot, I expect years of reliable use. Great close out color price from Altrec. Thank you!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
DaveD
top1000Contributor

from South Berwick, ME
35-44 yrs

Marmot nailed the update.
February 23, 2012

I just received this updated version of the Minimalist jacket. I own last season's model and while I loved it, it was always a bit too boxy of a fit. I'm not an alpinist or climber. I buy Marmot stuff for skiing and general wear. But the loose, fuller fit of the Minimalist seem to contradict it's intention. When I tried on the updated version today it immediately felt right. It's tucked in more along the sides without being confining. I could still easily layer beneath my Marmot Powerstretch top or 200 series fleece. But more importantly, it fits great with just a t-shirt on for those Southern, Maine rainy days or chasing Mickey with my three year old in an Orlando downpour. As far as I can see, the streamlined fit is the only difference I noticed. And this is a good thing as the Minimalist was already a killer jacket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Great
January 24, 2010

I just used the jacket for 10 days in the mountain and thought it was great...kept me dry and its lightweight.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 3 / 5

from San Francisco, CA
25-34 yrs

Awesome Jacket
October 21, 2010

So this is exactly what i was looking for. Its super light weight, but ultra tough. I put that it runs a little large, but if you like to layer some times (like me) and wear a hoodie or something underneath--get your size. I think if you need a really want something for rugged summer rains somewhere, you might want to size down with this one. But hey, thats just me. I think the jacket is amazing and i'm a true large and the large is great.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Quality: 5 / 5
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5
Sur78
25-34 yrs

Good Mountaineering Jacket
October 13, 2011

I used this jacket on a mountaineering trip in British Columbia and it turned out to be better than expected. I purchased a large and I'm 73 in. tall and usually wear a long in everything. The jacket fit great though. The weather during the trip varied from snow to brief periods of rain. The jacket kept me warm and dry the entire time. It was also breathable enough to wear when temperatures became warm but the wind was still fierce. The hood on the jacket is large enough to accommodate a climbing helmet without being too tight. Despite the material being Gore-Tex Paclight rather than their Pro-Shell, the jacket was tough. There were several instances where abrasion against rock would have been a concern, but it held up really well without tearing or damaging the shell. The great thing about it is that if you don't need it, it can be rolled up and compressed enough to fit into a medium sized pocket. Overall, this jacket is great for someone who wants a solid all-weather jacket without paying for any unnecessary bells and whistles. It's light, tough and it'll keep you dry!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, breathable
JYD11
top50Contributor

Best Lightweight Full Function Shell Available
February 24, 2010

Just received this jacket and I have to give it big ups! It is lighter weight than the Pro Shell Marmot jacket I have but still extremely tough matreial to be so lightweight. The fir i great and it has all the features you need when backpacking( i.e. pitzips, adjustable hood, etc.) and nothing you don't. I love the ProShell products but for mild weather activities they are a bit of overkill. The trustworthiness of Marmot combined with proven PacLite performance make this jaket a steal. I am 6'2" and weigh about 210 and XL fits perfectly.

ChasingPowder
from Arlington, Washington

I love this Jacket
May 21, 2011

I bought the Minimalist for winter hikes in the north cascades as well and Washington's rainy winters. This jacket handles both perfectly. Ive used it on just about every trip out of doors since purchasing it, from snowboarding and winter camping to fishing in Puget Sound. Not rain or hail or snow get through this jacket. Even when the DWR wore off and it began to "wet out" I was totally dry underneath. And I cant say enough about its durability, I'm not gentle with my jackets, I use them like what they are, a piece gear. Ive slid down slopes on it, even on my stomach, used it as a sling for carrying water back to camp, stuffed it, stretched it, and generally used the heck out of it, and you would never know. It looks just as good as the day it arrived. I got the Blue and Ive received a lot of compliments on the color. This jacket runs a little big, but not so much that you cant just throw it on over, say a T-shirt. Im 6'2 and 185, I got the large and it fits really well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, stylish, large pit zips, beathability
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Raven7
from Germany
25-34 yrs

February 04, 2013

Extremely lightweight, which makes it great for hiking and running. The jacket also breathes even with the side vents closed.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost

Great Lightweight jacket
March 24, 2010

Great jacket, nice price and sized true. What else would you want. I'm 5'8'' and weight about 157 and M fits fine with room for a fleece.

Fabulous jacket
May 10, 2010

My son loves his red Minimalist jacket. It's very comfortable, the hood is great, it's easy to pack and he looks wonderful in it. I loved the price. Thanks, it's a winner.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
HappyBuddha
from Korea
35-44 yrs

Easy to Keep With You
February 03, 2012

My wife and I have now used the Marmot Minimalist in varying conditions from the rain forrest in Indonesia to the ski slopes in Korea. Best part is, because of its packability it is easy to know you will remain dry when you need to. While it can get a little hot in warmer conditions, the pit zips are helpful. In the colder climates we just layer as required. Full disclosure is that we are always fans of our Marmot products and this one did not disappoint.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
ManicFisher
from Canada
55-64 yrs

Excellent
April 04, 2011

I walk my hunting dog daily in every weather, and can attest to the waterproofness and wearability of this jacket by staying dry in heaviest rains on windy unprotected Canadian marshes. My dog gets wet. I don't.

Pros: Build quality, Performance

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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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