Delivering warmth, comfort, and wind-resistance, the Marmot Shield Jacket is far more weather-worthy than the average softshell jacket and delivers versatility for a wide range of cold-weather activities.
For mobility and performance in the backcountry where you need good weather protection and breathability, the Marmot Shield Jacket provides. With a Polartec Power Shield construction and soft shell fabrics, this jacket is great for cooler days in the backcountry. Let’s take a look at its features.
The big story with this jacket is that Polartec Power Shield construction. It is a really nice, lightweight and mobile construction. It is a fabric that is laid into the jacket. It is bringing kind of a new swing to the soft shell market. Really nice wind proof fabric and it is highly water resistant, so it gives you ample weather protection, but it is extremely breathable. So you will find that this jacket allows you to regulate your temperature much better than some other traditional soft shells. It is a really nice mobile jacket it and lays nicely against the skin. It feels really good and it is very mobile and, again, highly weather resistant. So it gives a really nice feel, very active piece and the power shield is just all around an excellent insulation from Polartec.
On top of that Polartec material we have got Marmot’s M2 soft shell. It is the middle of their line so it is a nice versatile balance between weather protection and lightweight performance. So you have got some stretch here, some stretchy materials and overall just nice DWR soft shell fabrics. So it will shed a light rain and be highly water resistant, but it is not fully waterproof, however it is windproof with that Polartec power shield insulation.
We have got a full zip down the front with a storm flap behind it. So, again, that adds to the weather protection there. It comes all the way up to a nice lined collar and a nice little zipper garage here at the top. So you have got comfort against the skin and some nice features there.
You do have one zippered chest pocket. So it is a nice tiny chest pocket for some smaller items that you may want to get to a lot more quickly. We do have two hand pockets that are set slightly higher up so you can access those in the event that you are wearing a harness or a backpack, so two pockets there.
At the bottom we do have a dual hem adjustment so you can cinch down this hem at the bottom and make it nice and tight, so if you were wearing a harness or a backpack it is not going to ride up on you and create, you know, an uncomfortable gap. So nice hem adjustment there.
Around the cuffs we have a nice Velcro adjustment so you can really cinch down that cuff closure and make sure you are getting the proper fit there without having the jacket, you know, ride up or down around the hand area.
Finally, we have got one internal zippered pocket. So on the right side of the jacket here there is a nice little zippered pocket. You know, good for smaller items. It is not a huge pocket. So anything you want to keep closer at hand or a little more secure, you can have on that internal pocket. So a nice addition on the inside there.
So this jacket does have a regular fit. It is not super loose, but it is not crazy tight either. I am wearing a medium and that is normally what I wear with Marmot. And I have got some extra room here to put layers underneath. So I could put, you know, a lightweight down layer or fleece under this jacket and be very, very warm. Again, that Polartec power shield is going to provide the protection and you can get some excellent insulation under this jacket while maintaining really good breathability.
It does have Marmot’s angel wing movement, so you have got really nice movement in the arms and in the back, so it is not going to restrict you in any way. And in combination with those stretchy soft shell fabrics, this is just going to be a great mobile jacket, good for high aerobic activities in colder climates or, you know, milder temperatures as a standalone jacket.
And there you have it. It is the Marmot Shield Jacket.