Blurring the lines between hardshells and softshells, the Marmot Zion Jacket delivers lightweight waterproof protection while also providing the breathability and freedom of movement for skiing, winter trekking, climbing or mountaineering.
A high caliber jacket with fully waterproof materials and the breathability of a soft shell, the Marmot Men’s Zion Jacket is a great piece for many mountain pursuits. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
The materials in play with the Zion Jacket are a polartech neo shell outer material. It is a fully waterproof and extremely breathable material. It is not crunchy or crinkly like a typical waterproof, breathable shell fabric, but it is soft like a soft shell. So you get that enhanced breathability and that enhanced movement with that soft shell fabric. It lays nicely against the skin. It doesn’t restrict any movement. But it keeps you protected from all of the bad weather that you may encounter in the mountains. It is also Marmot’s M1 soft shell. So it is their most protective soft shell in their line. It is going to give the most warmth as well as the most weather resistance. So you have got a really good combination of thick, good, soft shell materials for layering that provide ample weather protection.
Some of the features that I want to call out about this jacket include the hood. So it is a hooded jacket and it is a kind of an oversized or helmet compatible hood. It does have a laminated brim for shaping so you have got a little bit of extra structure there. And you do have some points of adjustment here. So you have got two adjustment points on the front and you have got one adjustment point on the back. So if you are not wearing a helmet, you can certainly pull this in and make it fit comfortably, but it will work with a helmet. So really nice fully waterproof hood on the jacket.
Moving down we do have a full length front zipper with a storm flap. So behind that zipper there is waterproof, breathable storm flap. And all of the zippers on this jacket are water resistant, so they kind of have that bonded exterior to give them some extra weather protection. So you are stowing some things away in your pockets. You can rest assured that they are going to be protected form the elements as well.
Speaking of the pockets, we do have a few to call out. We have two pack compatible hand pockets. So on the sides of the jacket you have got two higher set pockets with water resistant zippers, easy to access if you are wearing a harness, if you are wearing a pack. You can certainly still use those pockets. You do have one chest pocket with, again, water resistant zipper. So easy to stow some smaller items there if you need to. And we have got a pocket on the arm of the jacket, so you can easily store gels, Chapstick, anything you may need to keep closer there. So excellent pockets on the outside of the jacket. And we do have one pocket on the inside as well. So on the inside right hand side of the jacket you have got one kind of stowaway pocket. So if there is an item you need to keep a little bit closer to the body, maybe keep a little extra warm, you have got a nice pocket on the inside of the jacket.
Another few things I want to call out on the jacket are the pit zips that we have got in play. So some waterproof materials can, you know, they will breathe really well. But sometimes you are working really hard and you are generating a lot of heat that can’t escape the material fast enough. So you have got these pit zips under the arm to help dump that extra heat. You have got really nice, wide open pit zips with water resistant zippers so you can certainly make sure that you are regulating your temperature as well as possible. And the nice thing about having those zippers under the arms is that you are still going to be protected from the weather because they are covered essentially by your arm. So nice feature with the pit zips on either side of the jacket. And they have also got water resistant zippers.
We do have some cuff adjustment as well. There is an asymmetric cuff with a Velcro closure so it fits nicely if you are just wearing it loose, but you can certainly cinch that down if you are wearing gloves, if you are just layering, if you need a little extra protection. You can certainly use that Velcro to cinch down the fit around the cuffs, so excellent feature around the cuff.
We do have dual hem draw cords. So on either side of the jacket, left and right, you have got a hem draw cord. You can easily pull those and it will cinch down the bottom of the jacket so it won’t ride up on you when you are moving in the mountains, so nice fit enhancement there.
The fit of this jacket is fairly athletic. You have got a somewhat tailored cut. So it is meant for those high aerobic pursuits where you need serious protection, but maximum breathability. We do also have Marmot’s angel wing movement in the piece, so you have got really good freedom of movement in the shoulders. You can move your arms. You can climb. You can hike. You can essentially do anything where you are going to need to be free to move about the mountain.
So nice fit here. I am wearing a medium. I normally do wear mediums and I could certainly layer a lightweight layer underneath of the piece, but, again, it is a somewhat more athletic piece, so not too many thick layers will go underneath. Consider that when sizing the Zion Jacket.
And there you have it, a feature rich jacket, great for many mountain pursuits. It is the Marmot Men’s Zion Jacket.