I bought this hoping to replace my hoodie as a 3 season jacket. I've only had this about a month, so we'll see how that goes when it gets colder.I've seen a few Marmot soft shells, and I was surprised at how thin this jacket was for an M1. It could pass for an M2 or even M3. This jacket is warm, but feels only REALLY warm if moving. For example, I recently went on an early morning hike at the GA/TN border, and stayed warm (or not thinking about the cold) with this covering a merino t-shirt and merino sweater at 32*F. But I was cold before starting the hike. The breathability is there because I never felt sweaty during said hike, and I sweat much more than average.I haven't tested its waterproofness yet, but it does shield from the wind well. I was out on a windy day and didn't complain about the cold when others were. Maybe it just doesn't need that much insulation to be warm. One downside: the zipper wants to rest on your junk.
I've had this for about a month, with the expectation of replacing my hoodie and making it a 3 season jacket. We'll see how that goes.I've seen a few Marmot M1 shells, but this insulation is as thin as a Marmot M2 or even M3. Don't get me wrong. It's warm, but feels only REALLY warm if moving.For example, I was recently hiking in the GA/TN border with a merino t-shirt, merino sweater and this at 32*F, and felt fine. But I was cold before the hike. I have yet to test its waterproofness, but the breathability is there. I sweat heavily, and I never felt damp throughout that hike. I was wearing this recently on a windy day, and didn't feel cold when others were complaining. I was expecting something thicker, but maybe it just doesn't need much insulation to keep one warm.
So, I lost my old marmot jacket with gore windstopper that I used day in and day out for a few years. Loved it to bits and pushed it to the limits (unconventionally). So, since I was an idiot and lost it, I decided to reward myself and get a new jacket. I figured id do some research and from having extensive experience with my eVent jacket, thought I would push the limit on my day to day jacket. OOOoooo am I happy I went with this jacket. It just Bizarre how much it breathes, stretches, and how water proof it is. Heres the scenario. Driving 75 mph to work in a nice dress shirt, raining hard core, elbow out of window..... It felt like having a slight breeze go through material, but not a single bit of moisture got through the jacket (no stains on my shirt). Most of the water beaded right off, initially...... then it feathered out on the face fabric. Just, odd on how breathable it is. Good cut on the jacket too. Long back and really high on the chin.
The Nabu jacket is a barebones neoshell jacket. It is lighter than Marmot's other neoshell jacket, the Zion. Unlike the Zion, the Nabu is not insulated. At 6' and 200ilbs, the large fits me very slightly loose, and it accommodates an Atom LT and an R1 type fleece comfortably. It feels more similar to a softshell than a hardshell. By this I mean that it is more supple than a typical hardshell and it has some stretch. I also find it more comfortable to wear than a hardshell. Like most softshells, it is also heavier than a typical hardshell. The Nabu is not a warm jacket, which Suits me well. As a person who tends to overheat very easily, I truly appreciate the breathability of this jacket. The breathability of neoshell is excellent compared to other waterproof membranes. Having spent quite a bit of time in the rain, i feel confident that this jacket is waterproof. The single drawback I have found with this jacket, is that when zipped all the way up, the jacket pushes against my throat.