Weighing a mere 7.8 ounces, the Marmot Women’s Quasar Jacket and its 850 fill power goose down insulation deliver ultra-lightweight warmth for everything from backpacking to climbing to around town use.
The ideal lightweight jacket when you need to cut though the cold on chilly days, it is the Marmot women’s Quasar jacket and it is made with really high quality premium materials to deliver you a really warm for its weight jacket in a small pack size and at a really low weight.
First thing to talk about with any down jacket is the fill. So we have got high quality 800 fill power goose down. That is going to provide the really packable small size of this. And this actually packs down into one of the hand pockets. So when you are not wearing it, if you are on a backpacking trip or a hiking trip and during the day you are building up a sweat, you don’t need that jacket. You can tuck it away. You won’t notice it. You can clip it to the outside of the harness if you want to. And then when you get to camp or when you are stopping to either belay or just stopping at camp, you can pull it out and put it on. And it just going to take that cold edge off on chilly days.
It works great as a stand alone piece like I am wearing it now. But it is low profile enough and it is not bulky that you can wear layers over top. So on the fabric here you have a light weight 10 denier fabric. It has got rip stop, so you do have durability there. It is pertex quantum fabric, so very high quality. You have got a little bit of a DWR finish there, so if you had a light rain or a light snow, water is going to bead up and run off of it. It is not waterproof by any means. So if you do need a waterproof piece, I suggest wearing a shell over top of it.
The features here are really stream lined and simple, very lightweight. You have a lightweight full length zipper, easy on and off. There is a stretchy draw cord at the bottom of the hem and that draw cord actually goes up into the pocket. So if you cinch that down you can route that cord through the pocket so it is not hanging down.
Around the cuffs here you just have a stretchy Lycra cuff. It is really stream lined, really comfortable and then there is no hood on this jacket. You have just got a really nicely baffled collar on the top. So if you have it all the way zipped up, that zip isn’t going to irritate your chin at all. It is a really warm collar.
There is a small chest pocket here on the top and that is great for storing small items you want to get your hands on quickly.
Overall the feel of this jacket is really great. It feels light weight on. Its perfect weight to warmth ratio. Like I said, you can pack it down so small, but it provides a lot of warmth. You have got the angel wing movement with Marmot. So you can really move in this pieced, climb in it. While you are hiking it is not going to feel restrictive. I am wearing a size small right now and I have got room to put some more layers on underneath of it, but I am just wearing a light weight t-shirt now and it fits really well. I could get layers over top of it and it doesn't feel too bulky. But, overall, this is just a great piece for those chilly days.
In the coldest of temperatures it definitely isn’t going to cut it. You are going to need to wear some more layers with it, but, you know, late fall, early winter, in the spring this is a really great standalone piece.
It is the Marmot women’s Quasar jacket.