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Marmot Minimalist Review

Marmot Minimalist Review
Brand and Model Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket
Pros Very functional jacket, Comfortable, Excellent design
Cons Little heavy
Best Uses Day Hiking, General Outdoor

Marmot Minimalist Overview

Marmot’s Minimalist Jacket is a lightweight shell combining price along with performance to keep it position among the best rain shells in the market. The Minimalist is made with certified Gore-Tex waterproofing Technology featuring a wind-blocking membrane and weight-minimizing Paclite technology for more comfort in rainy outdoor adventure.

In brief summary, the Minimalist is affordable and very functional for backcountry use regardless it’s pricier than some other jackets in the same family like the Marmot Precip.


The Marmot Minimalist is a strongly performer in harsh weather due to a strong polyester shell and a Gore-tex Paclite membrane with 2.5-layer design. Moreover, the DWR coating provides good protection from external moisture. So the Minimalist is build to keep you dry and comfortable.


With Paclite membrane, breathability can be a bit misleading. Certainly, a rain jacket like the Minimalist will have better breathability than some kind of PVC jacket, but the membrane can’t assure an adequate cooling level when you’re working hard.

Hopefully, The Minimalist has ventilation features like pit zips to let hot air out from the internal, which make the jacket more applicable for cold weather hiking.

Weight, Durability and Packability

In reality, Marmot Minimalist Jacket is not ultralight in comparison with others rain jackets like Marmot PreCip. The Minimalist weight is around 15 ounces while the PreCip is nearly 5 ounces lighter.

Even there are other rain jackets in the same class that are lighter than Minimalist, this jacket is strongly weather resistance with massive functional performance.

With durable cinch cord, easy zippers, and strong main zip with large teeth, The Minimalist is very well known for its high quality durability.

In terms of packability, the Minimalist isn’t very compact. Whatever the case, you can roll it into the hood which provides a rear cinch cord.


In terms of features, the Minimalist’s hood is a special design. It is fully adjustable to fit the head completely with a draw cord at the back and two others on each side of the front.

The cuffs are adjustable via a Velcro strap which works pretty well. Moreover, there are two zippered hand pockets and a chest pocket. The hand pockets are big and roomy with an accepted height, so they’re excellent for storing your frequent used tools. While chest pocket is an additional option to keep others handy items like compass and map.

Fit and Comfort

The Marmot Minimalist rain jacket is comfortable fit while hiking; it’s roomy in the torso and arms. Additionally, it’s wide enough to take several layers underneath and wearing a hat in the hood.

Pros and Cons


  • Accepted price for very functional jacket
  • Very comfortable fit with accepted breathability performance
  • Excellent design: Functional hood, adjustable Velcro cuffs, hem-cinch cord and plenty of pockets

  • A little heavier than other jackets in the same class
  • Gore-Tex Paclite shell is not a great ventilator
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