The Men's Variant Jacket by Marmot. An ingenious hybrid design sets this jacket apart, with our unique Thermal R insulation sewn into the front panels for warmth, and Polartec Power Stretch comprising the back and side panels. It's a surprisingly warm garment that never feels bulky, ideal for cold weather excursions when freedom of movement is crucial. Power Stretch comprising the back and side panels. It's a surprisingly warm garment that never feels bulky, ideal for cold weather excursions when freedom of movement is crucial.
DECENT FEATURES of the Marmot Men's Variant Jacket
Thermal R Insulation
Polartec Power Stretch Panels at Side Torso, Sleeves and Back
Lightweight Stretch Binding at Cuffs and Bottom Hem
"Not perfect, but fills an important niche"
When ski touring or winter hiking, I used to either layer thick enough to stay warm in front but end up with a sweaty back under the pack or layer thin enough to avoid a swampy back but end up cold in front. Well, no more - this is the mid-layer I've been looking for. Puffy-style warmth in front and breathable fleece-style warmth everywhere else. The sleeves are a little long and the thumbholes are a little odd (the fleece on the cuff past the thumbhole is too thick to really fit under a glove but too tight to fit over anything but a liner glove), but given how few other options there are that solve my hot / cold / sweaty problem so effectively, I can easily overlook its imperfections.
"Great jacket for cross country skiing in the N.Rockies"
I wear this jacket XC skiing both skate and classic styles in Teton Valley, Wydaho. The large fits me perfectly with absolutely no binding anywhere while skiing (due to good fit & stretchy fabric). I am 5;-11" & 190 lbs. The jacket is also very versatile: When colder, I wear it under a wind-beaker. When I warm up, I shed the windbreaker and stuff it in my fanny pack. If it gets warmer still I unzip a little. These options give the jacket a useful range from about 0 F up to 40 F (while actively skiing). The 3 pockets are great and the wind-proof/insulated front panel feels great on cold downhill stretches of ski trail. I just bought another one for my wife's Christmas present.
Wore this bad boy up Quandary Peak in Colorado in late September. Blocked the wind very well and wicked the sweat right off my arms. Kept me warm and dry with a 10 mile an hour wind at the summit. Buy it, you'll love it.
This jacket is made very well, light weight, and durable for the elements. Marmot products are always made very, I used this jacket on a few trips, its perfect for those in between weather situations. Anyone who does anything crazy outdoors needs this jacket!
"Good jacket, probably not very good for heavy duty use."
This jacket is perfect for what I use it for, which is an everyday jacket that keeps me warm enough but isn't so bulky I take up a whole hallway. However, while it is definitely sufficient for everyday use, it doesn't feel like it would do well as a jacket for using in the extreme cold for any extended period of time, except maybe as a layer under a thicker jacket. If you are looking for a jacket that makes winter feel like summer, this probably isn't it, but if you want a great looking, sufficiently warm, and non-bulky jacket for everyday use, you wouldn't go wrong with this one.