I am wearing the ultra lightweight Marmot Essence jacket. We are going to take a look at the fit and features that has garnered this jacket some very prestigious awards.
The Essence jacket is constructed of Marmot’s Nano Pro membrane fabrication. So a 12 D fabric. So that is an extremely ultra light weight fabric, but this has some... this 2.5 layer design has some surprising durability to it even though the jacket weighs in at just six ounces. It is a waterproof, breathable jacket. So you do have protection from the elements. But at that light weight fabrication, it is really breathable, too, comparative to a lot of hard shells.
The comfort here is really surprising and it has me thoroughly impressed with the jacket. The internal lining here, which, again, ensures that waterproof breathability, does not have the same clammy feel that a lot of hard shells have over the year. So next to skin, a really comfortable option in addition to giving you the waterproof protection you need.
As far as fit and adjustability, I am wearing a medium. That is the appropriate fit here. I do have room to put some low profile base layers beneath this jacket for winter when I want to draw in some warmer layers. It is close fitting enough that I could do that as well.
This elasticity, a pretty minimalist design here at the cuff, but it does keep the sleeve where you need it and a little stretch as well for comfort’s sake. Hem adjustability at the side here, just a single pull to draw that jacket in if I want a little bit of a closer fit. It does have a hood. I can lift the hood here and show you that there is a shapable, wire brim to the hood. I have got two pull adjustabilities here at the neck. And in behind I have got minimalist adjustability there, too, with a bit of a Velcro closure.
Just a couple of other quick features to mention here on the Essence jacket. It is a pretty clean design. You don’t have frivolous pocketing here, a lot of hardware on the jacket. You do have a single chest pocket here to keep valuables close at hand. Many hard shells have got pit zips, especially if they don’t have excellent breathability. This jacket does. So you don’t have pit zips, but what you do have are integrated vents, basically an open all of the time venting that is protected, but certainly allows warm air to escape. It gives this a really athletic feel. But plumped up that breathability another notch without jeopardizing any of that waterproof protection.
Having taken a closer look at the fit and features of the Marmot Essence jacket, it is probably pretty obvious why it garnered those awards. Nice clean design. Great protection in its fabrication. Ultra light weight, packable. Throw it in your back pack and you have got that protection when you need it.
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