Weighing a mere 5.7 ounces, the waterproof/breathable Marmot Essence Pant is ideally suited for running and other aerobic outdoor activities. Extremely packable, it’s also a great emergency option for backpackers.
Ultralight and ultra-packable, the Marmot men’s Essence pant provides ample weather protection in a minimal package. Let’s take a closer look at its features.
Marmot is using a 20 D fabric in combination with their stretch nanopro membrane. This is an ultra light, two and a half layer lamination technology that offers really good stretch, mobility, breathability and is completely waterproof. These pants are fairly minimal in design. There is not many features to be had. But there are a few things to point out.
It is a fully seam taped pant so there is ample waterproof protection all throughout the pant. There is one zippered mesh pocket on the back side. That back mesh pocket also doubles as a stuff sack for these pants. So when you don’t need them, you can toss them aside, put them in your pack and just pull them out nice and easily when you need them.
Down toward the bottom of the pants there are zippers that will allow you to take these pants off or put them on without having to take your shoes or boots off. There is also a snap closure at the bottom of those zippers and a draw cord cinch at the bottom of the pant as well to hold tight around any boots to offer a little bit of extra protection.
These pants are a standard fit and have some good mobility to them. You can easily layer over a pair of hiking pants or shorts. They do have articulated knees so that they will move well while you are climbing a nasty hike or, you know, descending. They move well with you and that stretch offers just an extra bit of comfortability in the movement.
The waist belt is a full elastic waist belt with a draw cord underneath. So it is nice and stretchy. It is not restricting, but you can tie it down to make sure that they are not going to ride up or fall down on you if you are wearing a pack or even a harness. So really good fit and some nice features there.
So there you have it. They are the ultralight, ultra-packable, waterproof, Marmot men’s Essence pants, a great pant for fast and light pursuits in the backcountry.