Marmot Minimalist

Protection from the wind and the rain when you need it, packing away when you don't. Serves as an outer layer when the temperature dips.



Technical Details


Gore-Tex PacLite waterproof/breathable membrane






2 front hand, 1 chest zip


  • Well-made
  • Versatile
  • Great range of motion
  • Well-designed hood


  • Size run small
  • No stuff sack
  • Slightly heavy

Why We Like It

Despite its namesake, the Minimalist is not be the lightest or most packable jacket in this price range. It does, however, score major points on overall protection and range of motion: two incredibly important features while traveling in the Alps. Made with 50D, 2.5 layer Gore-Tex PacLite fabric – the same material as the Arc'teryx Beta SL – it is the ideal thickness for snowy conditions. The fit is roomy enough for a puffy or mid layer underneath, but not so bulky that you're swimming in it. The Minimalist is an excellent all-around rain jacket, however it's weight and the lack of a stuff sack can be a deal breaker for some.

Tip: For a lighter-weight alternative check out the Outdoor Research Helium II. Consider ordering a size up as the trim fit makes layering a bit tricky.

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