Marmot Essence - Jackets: Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
Marmot Essence - Jackets: Reviews

   Photo: Mark Wiens

FLYWEIGHT CONTENDERThe seven-ounce Essence is no sissy, thanks to a tough ripstop nylon fabric. The tapered cut keeps excess fabric from flapping—but a little extra material under the arms keeps the jacket from sneaking up your torso when you go for that just-out-of-reach bolt. This two-layer, welded-seam shell is armed with a coating of waterproof polyurethane, while an inner layer of smooth silk protein fights clam-miness.

Bonus: Reflective tape lit me up at night like the Transamerica Pyramid.

Bummer: The single-point bottom hem has you working the bunched-up fabric around your hips.

Filed To: Men's, Hard Shell

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