A do-it-all softshell, the Marmot Leadville Vest uses a strategically-placed combination of GORE WINDSTOPPER and Marmot M2 softshell fabrics to deliver windproof protection, maximum breathability, and water-resistance.
We are taking a closer look at the Marmot men’s Leadville vest. It is a soft shell vest made with Gore Windstopper technology, designed to help cut down on some of those cooler days. Let’s take a close look at its features.
So this vest is made with Marmot’s M2 soft shell. It is the middle of their soft shell line. So it is not the lightest weight, but it is not the heaviest either. It is a nice balance of protection and also some bit of insulation.
Under the outer face fabric we do have Gore Windstopper fabric. It is a nice, breathable fabric that is going to completely block out any really strong winds, but is going to allow maximum breathability as well. Now this membrane is not waterproof, but it is highly water resistant and it does have a DWR finish on the outside of the garment. So it will shed a light rain for a while, but, again, not totally waterproof. So you can easily throw a waterproof or a weatherproof shell on top of this.
It does have some features here. You have got two zippered pockets on the sides, nice hand warmer pockets there. So you have nice access to the inside of the vest. We have a Napoleon style chest pocket. So the smaller pocket there, easy access to some smaller items. You do have a full length zipper on the front of the vest that goes all the way up to a nice zipper garage here at the top. So it is going to, you know, rest nicely against the skin. It is not going to snag any beard hairs and it is not going to, you know, chafe the neck at all, nice zipper garage feature there.
On the inside of the jacket there is a zippered pocket. It is a good place to keep an item that you may want more secure than other items.
You have two draw cords in the hem of the jacket to really cinch it down in the event that you are wearing a backpack or wearing a harness and it is not going to ride up on you in that case. You do have stretchy side panels here, too. So on top of the freedom of movement that vests generally allow, these stretchy panels are going got enhance that freedom of movement and just provide that extra mobility. And in the back of the jacket there is a nice wicking layer to really help pull off the sweat. You know, the back tends to be a hotter area of the body. It is going to help to draw that moisture away and really provide ample breathability.
This jacket does have an athletic fit. I am wearing a medium right now. I normally wear mediums in most of my outer wear. This one is a pretty snug or pretty trim fit. So consider that when looking into it. I do have just a light t-shirt underneath. I could see you going up to maybe a mid weight base layer while still being comfortable and still having a good overall fit. It is going to offer a lot of freedom of movement and easy layering on top. But, again, trim fit. So consider that when sizing.
I could see this vest being really good for, you know, cooler weather climbing or any types of cool weather hiking where you just need some core protection. Like I said earlier this is a windproof layer, so it is going to offer really good protection against those harsh-er winds, but note that the arms are uncovered. So consider that with the vest.
It is also just a really nice casual piece if you need to wear it, you know, as a style piece going out around the town. So all in all it is a very nice vest.
And there you have it. It is the Marmot men’s Leadville vest.