A do-it-all softshell, the Marmot Women’s Leadville Jacket uses a strategically-placed combination of GORE WINDSTOPPER and Marmot M2 softshell fabrics to create an incredibly comfortable, breathable jacket that's also windproof and highly water-resistant.
Featuring Windstopper and Marmot’s M2 soft shell material, the Marmot women’s Leadville jacket is the perfect balance between protection, breathability, stretch and weight. We will take a look at all the features and what makes this jacket so innovative and special.
The fabrics on this jacket are used in a really smart way. And they are placed specifically to give you protection where you need it and to give you breathability and stretch where you need it. So right on the front panel you have Windstopper material.
There is a wicking backer on the back of this or on the inside of this material so even if you begin to sweat, it is going to wick away and help you breathe. But you have a lot of protection against wind on the front.
The side panels here and underneath of your arms where you tend to build up a lot of heat are really stretchy material. It is 90 percent polyester, 10 percent elastane stretch. So that is the Marmot M2 soft shell material. It is really stretchy and it allows you to breathe. So these areas are normally protected anyway from wind and it is just going to allow warm air to escape where you need it to. You also have pretty breathable material on the back as well.
With the Windstopper, you do have a windproof material here that is going to provide a lot of protection from the elements. This is not a waterproof piece, by any means, but you do have a lot of water protection or water resistance. So it is that perfect balance between protection and light weight. You still have the ability to breathe so you don’t have a full waterproof piece here. But against a light rain or a light snow this is definitely going to hold up really well and keep you comfortable.
The features here are really simple, but the attentions to detail are also very impressive. You have a full length zipper here so easy on, easy off. There is even a storm flap behind that zipper so you have protection from wind behind the zipper.
Down at the bottom hem you do have an adjustable draw cord. And the hem in the back is actually dropped a little bit. So you have protection there. It is not going to ride up on you.
Down here on the cuffs you have a stretchy cuff and you have got an adjustable Velcro cuff there. So if you are wearing gloves you can wear gloves over top or underneath of that cuff.
There is four pockets with his jacket, two hand level pockets. And these are nice hand warmer pockets. The actual draw cord for the bottom hem goes into that pocket, so if you cinch that down, you don’t have the cord hanging.
On the left sleeve you have a bonded pocket. And that makes it really nice, because you don’t have stitch lines in there that are irritating against your skin. It is a small pocket for items you want to get your hands on quickly, maybe keys or Chapstick, something like that.
On the inside you do have a zippered pocket. And it is a nice size pocket. It can fit some items in there as well. So you definitely have a lot of pocketing here and organization. Up at the top you have a nice collar. On the inside of the collar you have a really soft, light weight fleece material so that is very wicking. And if you have this all the way zipped up, you have got a little zipper garage there so it is not going to irritate your chin if you are utilizing the collar.
The fit of this jacket is really great. It is spot on for what I would expect from Marmot with a stretchy soft shell jacket. I definitely feel like I can move and stretch in this jacket. And with that Windstopper material, it is definitely going to protect me from wind and from the elements.
I am wearing a small right now and I normally wear smalls in Marmot and it fits really well. You do have kind of an athletic fit here. You have got stretch on the side. So it is mean to fit close to the body. And through the arm it is a little bit more tight-fitting, but you do have Marmot’s angel wing movement in the shoulders and the back. So as you are moving, climbing, it is going to move with you and it is not going to feel like it is riding up. So the fit is really great.
I can see this jacket being great for back packing, hiking, everyday use. It would be great for climbing when you want that wind resistance, but you also want it to stretch with you.
It is the Marmot women’s Leadville jacket.