Take Marmot's hyper breathable and waterproof three-layer NanoPro™ stretch fabric, construct it with a 100 percent seam-sealed design, and tack on an adjustable hood with a laminated, moldable brim and underarm vents and the result is a jacket fit for fierce terrain and mountain travel. Athletic fit.
Product Weight:0lbs 15.32oz (434.3g)
Main Fabric:NanoPro 3L 100% Nylon Ripstop 3.5 oz/yd
Center Back Length:30in
Rated 4 out of
TC in MO from
Great value, cuffs extremely lackingI searched for months for my ideal jacket, and had 3 big needs: lightweight, backpack compatible pockets, and pit zips. I'm a sweater, and I can't go with venting pockets or "hey, it breathes so great you don't need pit zips! material. I really liked the Knife Edge Jacket, which I found clearenced at a local REI, but was worried about paclite durability. I jumped at the Red Star Jacket when I saw it for $10 more than the Knife Edge. It hits all three
I've had the jacket for about 6 months, and have worn it about a dozen times, included in rain, and an overnighter on Mt. Harvard.
The good: Fit is great, I'm 6', 180 lbs, and almost went with a M, glad I got the Large. Sleeves are long (as they should be), water repellency is very good, as is the wind proof performance. The jacket breathes well enough, and the pit zips help a lot. I sweat a bit in this still, but it has been less than in other comparable goretex jackets. Zippers are the "water proof" type, and can stick a bit, but pretty standard. Material has a soft hand but appears to be very durable. I haven't scraped it against any boulders, but bushwacking through chest high willows and other branch pokes have left it unmarred.
The bad: Sweet Jesus, what is up with these wrist cuffs?? They are flimsy, and barely have enough velco to keep them attacked. There is a very narrow strip of velco on the sleeves, and to tighten them down, you are left with the barest patch to attach the cuff strap portion to. The cuff strap itself feels like a single layer of the waterproof material, and feels really flimsy. They come undone easily and pretty consistently. I looked into having them removed and having something more burly and a wider patch of velco added, but working with a good outfitter who wouldn't compromise the waterproof ability would cost almost as much as the jacket did. Wish Marmot could fix this.
The other, smaller quibble is the size of the outer pack pockets. They're HUGE, and actually reach down to the bottom of the jacket. I appreciate the size, but wearing a backpack with hip belt means you have to be careful not to have things slip under the hip belt, and you have to empty your pockets any time you take off the backpack to avoid having items you need to reach trapped under the hip belt when you put the backpack back on.
It's a great value and price, and one of the better jackets I've owned. I only wish the wrist cuffs were a little more secure and not so flimsy.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 2 out of
Poor breathabilityI work outdoors on the canal system that requires me to walk as much as 9 miles a day. Occasionally I must walk in rainy weather. About a month ago I purchased the Redstar jacket with the nano pro three layer fabric. I got to try this jacket recently in a rainstorm and was very disappointed in the performance of the jacket. The weather was 55° and raining, after about a mile or so of walking I noticed I was starting to get hot and sweating. By the time I had gone 4 miles I could not wait to get the jacket off as I was soaking wet underneath the jacket and everything in the pockets was getting wet. I had some food in one pocket and phone in the other and they were both soaking wet. Before I started my second walk I took off a base layer as I thought maybe I was overdressed. Well same thing happen again thankfully the second walk was only 2 1/2 miles because I was not only wet I was getting cold.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 2 out of
dr joe from
Bad fitNice fabric. Nice color. But fit was unacceptable. Tight under the armpits. Never had that problem before. Can’t imagine who could wear this cut. Glad for free returns.
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 1 out of
Poor WorkmanshipI was issued this jacket as a warranty replacement for a Minimalist Jacket in the late summer of 2016. I wore it lightly throughout the fall in north western British Columbia and by early winter there were already signs of workmanship and general durability issues. The primary issue is that the velcro closures on the cuffs are secured by use of a single stitchline - both closures are now ripping loose and this is only ~6 months in and with relatively light domestic use (e.g., no climbing, skiing, mountaineering etc). The main shell seems to be quite fragile as well (it is made of ripstop nylon exterior) but there are a couple spots wear light wear signs are already appearing (again, light non-recreational use).
I brought these concerns forward to Marmot's warranty department in early 2017 and as I live in an area with no direct access to a Marmot dealer I was advised to take the jacket in to a local sewing shop to have the cuffs repaired (and to expense the cost to Marmot). Seems like a reasonable approach, however, a local sewing shop would have to open up the cuffs to properly secure the closures, otherwise, their stitches would penetrate the material. I expressed my concerns about this and Marmot then offered to accept the jacket for exchange (good on Marmot). My concern here is that a 6-month-old jacket, designed for outdoor recreational wear, should not be failing at all within 6 months of use. This jacket was issued to replace the Minimalist, and Marmot indicated this would be more robust and durable. It is not...(at least my copy).
While I find no fault with Marmot's Warranty department I think that their workmanship and durability are slipping and that is the real issue here. Quality (or lack thereof) is easy for them to mitigate by having a solid and user-friendly warranty policy - as most consumers are satisfied returning items and receiving new copies. I prefer to have something dependable that will not fail during the expected lifetime of the product (i.e., not within 6 months for a jacket intended for outdoor recreational use). I'd be happy to see a product from Marmot that is dependable...
I should mention that the style and design is excellent. The fit is great - very comfortable, hood is great. It fits a bit long but that's fine for people that bend over in inclement weather - everyone? The main zipper is prone to jamming (this is mentioned elsewhere on the web as well - poor design here)
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of
Better Than GoreTexI have had this jacket for 2 years now and still looks new. I take this on every Backpacking Trip and Climbing adventure and backcountry ski trip. This thing gets a lot of use and wears better than other GoreTex pieces I have had from Arcteryx and Mountain Hardware. This breaths a lot better for the price and packs better than my GoreTex Pieces. I Just ordered one for my brother and one for my wife.
Few items Can Beat this Product. i read a few of the reviews on this page and my only guess is that they were defective items. and the pockets on jackets are not meant to be "Water Proof" Just water resistant. If it is pouring outside you should wear something underneath that has a pocket to keep it dry no matter what the brand unless it has an inner pocket.
This jacket has an athletic fit which is great for me being that i am 5'10" and 165 and layer lightly because this is an active piece for me so i wear a Medium. $100 cheaper than competing GoreTex.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of
Great qualityI bought the Red Star Rain Jacket one month ago. Wearing the jacket on a boat driving at 30 MPH into a windy storm, It is a great waterproof jacket.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of
FONTANA FONG from
Great spring/Fall shellI've used it in rain and it's fantastic
- Love the hood, and as hoods go, head rotation/peripheral vision is pretty good - the hood doesn't catch much when you turn your head left to right and block your vision as some hoods do
- I've also used it in colder weather with layers underneath as a shell and the wind block is good and it has room for 2 layers I'd say (undershirt/underarmour type and thicker fleece) without feeling cramped
- I also really like the pockets both size and location, I like the more front placed side pockets and you can fit a lot in them
- My biggest complaint is that everytime I zipper it above about the top of my chest it gets snagged and it takes some straightening of the neck material/zipper to get it zipped all the way up
It's really been a great jacket,
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of
Great for snowy/powder daysI bought this to replace the Columbia Titanium jacket which I did not like at all as it was too rigid. This coat, while basically a shell is perfect for for a powder day. Keeps you dry and wicks moisture from under layers. Let’s face it, if you ski hard, you don’t need many under layers. However, you want something to block the wind while riding the chair. This jacket does just that. The pockets are roomy and the hood fits perfectly over my helmet to block the windy ride up the chair. I like so much better than the Columbia Titanium.