Weighing a mere 12.7 ounces, the Marmot Women’s Quasar Hoody and its 850 fill power goose down insulation deliver ultra-lightweight warmth for everything from backpacking to climbing to around town use. It compresses down small enough to fit easily in any pack or bag.
Ideal for chilly temperatures, the Marmot women’s Quasar hoody is the go to ultra-lightweight down jacket that is extremely versatile. It is great as a stand alone piece in mild to chilly temperatures and it is also great for layering. It has got the perfect balance of warmth to weight.
The first thing to call out about this jacket is the premium, high quality 800 fill power of goose down. So you have got ultra packable design here. It packs down to be really small. It is lightweight. It weighs in around 12.7 ounces. With that, you have got really small baffles here. These baffles are great, because it is not going to have unwanted shifting of down in the jacket. It provides really even heat distribution. It is going to keep you nice and toasty warm. And like I said, it is ideal as a standalone piece, like I am wearing it today, but it is lightweight enough, it doesn’t feel too bulky. You can wear it underneath layers.
The features here are streamlined and simple, true to its ultra-lightweight design. You have got 10 denier fabric on the outside here. That is pertex quantum fabric. It is very light weight, but it is also durable, very high quality fabric there. And that fabric also kind of reflects your heat back to you as well. So not just the down insulation is keeping you warm, but that fabric there is lightweight and that is keeping you warm as well. And up against maybe a light snow or a very light rain, that fabric, the water is going to bead up and run off, but it is definitely not a waterproof jacket by any means.
Looking at the features here, you have got a full length zipper. It is a very light weight zipper. Down at the bottom hem you do have a stretchy draw cord that you can adjust in two spots there in the front. You have got two hand level pockets here so nice and warm for chilly hands.
Down at the cuff just a stretchy Lycra cuff. There is no adjustability there. But it is really comfortable. You have got a nice collar here as well. So when you zip it up, if you don’t have the hood on you can just protect you neck there with the collar. But also you just have stretchy Lycra around the hood. So there is really no adjustability in the hood, but it is a small, low profile hood. So that fits really well around your head.
There is a small chest pocket right up here for smaller items and then this jacket does stuff down into the left side pocket. So there is a zipper on both sides. You just turn the jacket inside out, stuff it down and this is the perfect piece if you are hiking or backpacking. During the day when you are hiking you don’t need that layer on because you kind of work up a sweat while you are hiking, but when you get to camp, you cool down and if you throw this in your backpack it is so light weight and small that you won’t even notice that it is there.
Also if you are climbing, you know, attach it to your harness, that kind of thing. It is very lightweight, so it is great to use as that. And just the overall fit and feel of this piece. I am wearing a medium now. It is a little bit big, but if I want to wear a lot of layers under it, I would stick with the medium. I am just wearing a light weight t-shirt underneath now. So I would probably size down to a small if I were going to be wearing this as more of a layering piece and putting things over top of it. But it feels really comfortable on. I feel like I can move. You have got Marmot’s angel wing movement in the arms and the back. So you are definitely going to be able to move in this piece. It is a little bit generous in the fit for that.
But overall this is just your go to, ultra-lightweight down jacket. You have got an excellent balance of price and performance, of warmth to weight. And, again, for those chillier temperatures it is going to take the edge off. In really cold temperatures you want to layer it with other items.
It is the Marmot Quasar hooded down jacket.