The Marmot Minimalist Jacket is a waterproof breathable shell. It's made out of GORE-TEX Paclite. And as the name implies, it is of a minimalist design. You're not going to find all sorts of fancy multiple pockets and bells and whistles on this jacket that are going to add weight. You are going to find the necessary features to have a full weather protection shell and have places for storage and have good ventilation. This jacket is going to be fantastic for somebody who is hiking, backpacking, wants to go fast, wants to be a little bit lighter weight and also wants some added durability that GORE-TEX Paclite is going to bring to this jacket that you may not find in other proprietary waterproof breathables that are lighter. So let's cover a couple of the features on the Minimalist Jacket. You've got two hand pockets down at the base of the jacket. Each one is a zippered pocket, so you've got good security there and there's also a Velcro tab that keeps that storm flap secured over the pocket, prevents water, snow, muck and that sort of stuff from entering the jacket depending on what you're doing. You also have a very roomy chest pocket. This pocket has a waterproof zipper on it and I definitely mean roomy when I say roomy. I say you could stuff a full set of lightweight gloves and a hat in there, a couple Snickers bars, a GPS unit, a bandana. There's plenty of room to put stuff in that pocket. And that waterproof zipper is really helping reduce the weight on the jacket because Marmot's eliminating the need for a storm flap there. One of the other things that you're going to get on the Minimalist Jacket is pit zips. And this is a fairly generous pit zip that you're going to see here. It does run from the armpit of the jacket down into the core of the body a little bit more than a basic pit zip would. So you're going to get some ventilation into the torso. And all the way up to under the arm so good ventilation there. The Minimalist Jacket has a very generous hood. It's definitely designed to be worn with a helmet if need be. When you don't have a helmet on, you do have two adjustment points – one in the back here, it's a Velcro tab. It's going to allow you to just change the volume on that hood and get rid of some of that extra space if you're not wearing a helmet. The other adjustment is a one-handed draw cord pull. It's tied in to both sides of the hood and around to the front here so that gives you the ability to cinch the volume of the hood in around laterally. And then, in the front of the jacket, you've got your toggle cords and pulls that are going to give you adjustment around the face and the brim of the hood here. You'll see Marmot has positioned these on the inside of the jacket, this extra tail here and they've got a really nice, clean design on this piece. It really holds that out of the way so it's not going to kick you in the face or having the wind flap them around or anything like that. You get a very nice piece of DriClime material here that Marmot puts as a chin guard. And another feature on this hood that I really like is this where this drawcord does come around on the sides and the piece that comes up on the face you've got this kind of a really soft, wicking stretchy piece of material. So this is what's actually going to sit against your skin. It's going to be soft and comfortable. An extra feature on this hood – remember this is a minimalist design jacket, so you're not looking to get anything here that adds crazy weight, but Marmot did, if you just roll this hood a little bit, having this Velcro tab here, they do kind of put a hook loop here, I mean it's basically for hanging the jacket, but you can cinch this tab underneath, Velcro that, and pretty much zip that jacket up, and get rid of the hood. That makes a decent collar there and if you really wanted to get rid of that hood if it was windy out and you just didn't need the hood, you could cinch it up nice and tight and clean. So that's a bonus feature there on the Minimalist Jacket hood. The cuff on the Minimalist Jacket has a Velcro tab and it's fairly large so you get some good adjustability around the wrist there and the jacket does have a full length zipper that runs down the front of the jacket. It has a single storm flap. It's very well-constructed, very clean. And a snap at the bottom to secure the bottom of the jacket. The hem of the jacket you do have draw cords on either side so this is going to give you even adjustability on both sides of he jacket. It's just a simple draw cord and a toggle pull so a little bit more adjustability there cinching out bad weather if you need to. The back of the jacket is a clean, simple design. You see very few seams here. And I do want to point out this beautiful seamless construction on the shoulder. You'll see a seam running across the back, under the arm and then nothing on the jacket sleeve here all the way down the sleeve. The other side of the sleeve as well, all the way around the shoulder, no seams whatsoever. this means, if you're wearing a pack, you're not going to have any rubbing under that pack strap whatsoever. It's going to be very comfortable to wear with a pack. This jacket does pack into one of the hand pockets. Here we unzip this pocket and take a look, kind of turn it inside out, you can see, here's the zipper that you use to unzip the pocket. There's another zipper attached to it on the inside, as well as a haul loop – just a lightweight loop that you could clip it in with a carabiner. So this is the pocket that's going to turn inside out and you're going to be able to stuff the jacket into the pocket. It basically creates its own stuff sack for it. And allows you to throw it in your pack, it's lightweight, doesn't take up much space. Then you can use that zipper that we saw on the other side and zip this up and your finished product's going to be about that in size.
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