Marmot Optima Gore-Tex® PacLite® Jacket - Waterproof (For Men)

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About Marmot Optima Gore-Tex® PacLite® Jacket - Waterproof (For Men)

Closeouts. Take the Marmot Optima Gore-Tex® PacLite® jacket with you when the weather doesn't look so optimal. This ultralight, packable shell will keep you playing hard through the worst of conditions.

Specs about Marmot Optima Gore-Tex® PacLite® Jacket - Waterproof (For Men)

  • Waterproof materials: Gore-Tex PacLite waterproof breathable membrane
  • Seam sealed: Full
  • Pit zips
  • Closure: YKK®,Zipper
  • Zipper: Right
  • Length: 28" (based on size large)
  • Fabric: 100% polyester
  • Care: Machine wash/dry
  • Total weight: 14 oz.
  • Made in China , Viet Nam
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  • Cannot ship to Australia
  • Cannot ship to New Zealand

Marmot Men's Size Chart

Chest 33 - 35 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 45 - 47 48 - 50 51 - 53
Neck 13.5 - 14 14.5 - 15 15.5 - 16 16.5 - 17 17.5 - 18 18.5 - 19 19.5 - 20
Sleeve 30 - 31 32 - 33 34 - 35 35 - 36 36 - 37 37 - 38 37 - 38
Waist 26 - 28 28 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 37 - 39 40 - 43 44 - 46
Hip 36 - 38 38 - 40 40 - 42 43 - 45 46 - 48 49 - 51 52 - 54

Note: Measurements in inches.

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4.715596 5 Overall Rating: 4.7 Based on 218 reviews

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Reviewed by rainman from shasta lake, ca on Saturday, March 17, 2012
very lightweight, waterproof, windproof jacket good for almost everything. If its really cold you definetely need an insulated layer. For how thin it is i use it a lot with just a shirt in blasting rain and i never get that cold wetness feel i get with other lightweight rain jackets, your not really... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by This Guy from WA on Thursday, October 20, 2016
    I saw reviews saying this product wasn't waterproof, but figured it was either just limited defects, or that people were sweating in their jackets and mistaking it for the jacket leaking... I've had Marmot jackets for years and always loved them, and wanted another. So I got this one to replace my old Marmot jacket.

    I first wore this jacket in a moderate downpour, walking around town in the Pacific Northwest. Out in the rain for only 10-15 minutes, and my shoulders and back got wet. Water was not beading off the outer layer AT ALL. And I was in no way working up a sweat just walking around. I returned it as a defective product (and STP was very great about it) for a replacement.

    I got the replacement and ran it under the shower to check it. It seemed to work fine, water beaded up unlike the first jacket, and I breathed a sigh of relief. However, after only a few weeks and being in the same moderate downpours for 10-15 minutes, already water is not beading in spots on the jacket, mostly around the logo on the back, and the shoulders.

    Not sure what the problem is, but it seems there may be some sort of issue with the DWR (durable water repellent) application at manufacture. The jacket's not dirty at all and the DWR should be lasting FAR longer than just a few insubstantial wettings. The advice "wash it and reactivate the DWR or reapply spray/wash-in DWR" is acceptable advice for a hard-used jacket I've had for a while, and I've done that before; but it's certainly not acceptable for a practically new, barely used jacket!

    I'd give it one star, but I really like the cut and fit of the jacket, it's extremely comfortable for me, and I really love it aside from the heartbreaking lack of waterproofness practically out of the box.

    If you need a windbreaker or something to get you from your car to inside and back in the rain, this jacket is going to be pretty good for that. If you need a rain jacket to keep you dry for anything longer than a few minutes in the pouring rain, you'll want to pass on this one.

    It's been a disappointment.
  • Reviewed by Scott M from Oregon on Monday, October 17, 2016
    I can't believe how many 4 and 5 star ratings are for this jacket. I doubt most of those really put this jacket through it's paces. In any event, I spent a weekend in driving rain with this jacket and water beaded pretty well, but it started to leak at the shoulders and where the hood meets the back of the jacket.

    On the first day, I thought I was damp from sweat, so the next day I wore an additional layer, and sure enough, my base layer was dry, but the middle layer was damp on the back and a little on the arms.

    It's too bad, the jacket is pretty light, has good features, fit well and was attractive, but none of that matters if it can't keep out the rain!
  • Reviewed by Matt from Seattle on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    Yes, it's light, comfortable and waterproof, but after 1 1/2 seasons of only light intermittent use, the various layers of waterproof fabric start de-laminating. I tried contacting Marmot but the jacket was not going to be covered under warranty. I tried taping & re-gluing with no luck.
  • Reviewed by OutdoorGuy from Idaho on Friday, September 23, 2016
    It's great quality. It's also very light and easy to pack away.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by sound mixer from Michigan on Monday, September 12, 2016
    lightweight, fits perfectly.

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    • Answer Generally, I would say it does have enough free movement to play golf in, depending on the build of the purchaser and the size purchased. No, the hood cannot be stowed away.
      Answered on 3/6/2016 11:21:53 AM by Tom from North Carolina
    • Answer I do not golf, but I do fly fish in it sometimes, and have had no problems with arm mobility. The hood doesn't have a folding system, but when the jacket is zipped to the top, it does close it off by keeping it tight to the back of your head, keeping water from dumping in. I'm sure you could rig something up to fold it or tuck it into the back of your jacket.
      Answered on 3/6/2016 11:38:07 AM by Hank from Louisville
    • Answer I believe it would be ok for golf, although it is of different, "crisper" material than golf specific jackets. The hood will fold flat against the back, but will not stow away.
      Answered on 3/6/2016 12:52:36 PM by Warren from Ohio
    • Answer Although I have not actually played golf in this jacket, the fit is slightly more snug than other rain jackets made by Marmot (such as the Precip jacket, which I replaced with the Optima). I think I would find it slightly more confining for golf. I actually like my Optima more than my Precip, despite its snugger fit. However, I bought it for hiking rather than playing golf. Regarding the hood, it does not fold up. Having said that, why would you have need of a hood if you intended to wear it folded-up when it's raining?
      Answered on 3/6/2016 2:40:41 PM by Mudhead from Central Indiana
    • Answer This item has decent freedom of movement.
      Answered on 3/7/2016 10:02:59 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer I'm not a golfer, but I've never felt like there was a lack of articulation in the arms and have no problem reaching overhead with it on – so I figure it would be fine for golfing.

      You can kind of scrunch the hood up a little bit so that it's less likely to get water inside the hood, but it doesn't have a pocket for the hood to go into. So, if it's raining more than a drizzle I just go hood up.
      Answered on 3/7/2016 12:45:09 PM by The Dude from Vermont
    • Answer This jacket is really light weight and great quality. Gortex also. Got jacket for my son. Do not think hood will be a problem. My son wore it in Florida. I think it rolls up
      Answered on 3/8/2016 11:49:02 AM by farm wife from Oh
  • Question “Does this jacket have a 2-way zipper?”

    Asked on 2/22/2016 12:43:27 PM by richard from PA
    • Answer it doesn't have one. it should have one but i don't think its a bog deal, at least not for me. i wish it had a loop to hang it though. i had to sew one on. great coat for the money. i was just in portland over the weekend and it rained a few days and the coat worked very well.
      Answered on 2/22/2016 1:02:43 PM by the concrete jungler from chicago
    • Answer No it does not.
      Answered on 2/22/2016 1:21:11 PM by Hank from Kentucky
    • Answer Nope. Single zipper - the bottom of the coat is always closed if the jacket is zipped. I'm 5'7, about average build, and have a medium, and I've never missed being able to unzip the bottom.

      As a sidenote, there is a button snap next to the bottom of the zipper, to hold the rain flap closed. Not relavant to your question, but might be helpful for someone else in the future.
      Answered on 2/22/2016 1:27:40 PM by The Dude from Vermont
    • Answer no, it does not
      Answered on 2/22/2016 2:07:49 PM by Warren from Ohio
    • Answer It does not have a two-way zipper. Having said that, the jacket is short enough that I do not really NEED a two-way zipper; i.e. when I am driving in the car, the jacket is short enough to not bind when I am seated. I have two longer Marmot jackets that DO have two-way zippers, but I NEED them due to their added length. Suggest you measure your length when seated to see how long you are from top of zipper to top of your lap. If the jacket length is shorter than that, you should be fine. My experience is that Marmot does a fine job of designing their jackets, and that's why I buy them.
      Answered on 2/22/2016 2:49:08 PM by Mudhead from Central Indiana
    • Answer No it does not have a two way zipler, but I do like the jacket.
      Answered on 2/22/2016 3:03:57 PM by Gil from Vermont
    • Answer No, unfortunately. But I would still recommend this jacket.
      Answered on 2/22/2016 4:33:13 PM by Tom from North Carolina
    • Answer no, just one regular zipper
      Answered on 2/22/2016 8:11:12 PM by Jon the soccer dad from Massachusetts
    • Answer I do not think so. Bought it for my son. He loves his jacket. Very sleek in black
      Answered on 2/23/2016 6:02:44 AM by farm wife from Ohio
    • Answer Nope. 3 x 1-way pockets at left chest, lower right & left
      Answered on 2/23/2016 9:19:17 AM by KMcCul1 from Texas
    • Answer This item does not have a 2-way zipper.
      Answered on 2/23/2016 11:45:18 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer Don't know anything about the precip, bu I wouldn't use this raincoat for hunting, so therefore I guess not a good choice for photography. Does make a little noise when you move. Maybe check out some hunting raincoats (cabela's?)
      Answered on 12/13/2015 6:37:30 AM by Gil from Vermont
    • Answer I have two of them. They are Same as each other but i prefer optima to use at mountain
      Answered on 12/13/2015 8:36:17 AM by Agdas from Ny
    • Answer I don't have much experience with the Precip, and I don't really have a need to be quiet, but it does have a more shell like material that is quieter than the kind of material the precip uses.
      Answered on 12/13/2015 1:09:15 PM by Hank from Louisville, KY
    • Answer No, it is much quieter. If you're on a bike, it "flaps" a bit. But it's nothing like the Precip, not crinkly in the same way.
      Answered on 12/13/2015 2:34:54 PM by CA hiker from Bay Area, CA
    • Answer Photographer here as well. No experience with the Precip, but this coat does make a little noise as you move - that crinkling "folded blue tarp" sound. Personally I think it's quiet enough if you're stationary and only really moving your arms to photograph - but if you need to be absolutely silent (i.e. birds), you might want to look at a softshell instead.....
      Answered on 12/13/2015 5:35:53 PM by The Dude from Vermont
    • Answer This jacket does not make a lot of noise. It was apparently designed with an emphasis on light weight and precip protection, so it's not as quiet as some hunting jackets designed for stalking, But, if it's raining outside, I don't think many critters will hear this jacket.
      Answered on 12/13/2015 6:00:23 PM by KMcCul1 from N.TX
    • Answer In my opinion, the Optima is not nearly as noisy as the Precip. I'm happy, because I that's why I did not buy another Precip when it finally wore out. You should be very happy with yours, as I was with mine.
      Answered on 2/22/2016 2:56:54 PM by Mudhead from Central Indiana
    • Answer We have 3 of these jackets and I wouldn't have kept buying them if the fit was constricting. I think this jacket does have the angel wing cut. Check out the description of the jacket on some other sites and I think it may be stated.
      Answered on 3/31/2015 1:45:34 PM by SCskibum from Lexington, SC
    • Answer Not sure what you mean by angle wing, but the jacket has excellent movement in the shoulders with room to wear an undergarment when the weather is cold. I normally wear a large in Marmot jackets and this jacket has the necessary extra room for good movement while maintaining proper fit.
      Answered on 3/31/2015 2:51:26 PM by Traverse City Tom from Traverse City, Michigan
    • Answer Sorry, Eric, I don't have other Marmot jackets with this "angel wing" movement you mention. Perhaps you are referring to whether the sleeves are extra wide at the top? If so, it seems like the sleeves are just right, but not like "wings," and allow for layering (a thin, ultralight down vest was worn with this recently, and the jacket fit just fine). Bought this for my husband, and he likes it a lot. It's more beefy than the Marmot Precip line, and it seems like it will be a great lightweight raincoat.
      Answered on 3/31/2015 4:26:49 PM by Mary from Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Answer Yes, free radial movement in arms like their other gear, great rain jacket.
      Answered on 3/31/2015 4:39:50 PM by Mike from Texas
    • Answer Not having any other Marmot jackets I can't say. The fit is snug, but I've not found it confining.
      Answered on 4/1/2015 9:56:50 AM by Bill from Arkansas
  • Question “Does the Marmot Optima accept other Marmot zip-in liner jackets? All or only certain ones?”

    Asked on 11/13/2014 9:44:10 AM by Radio63 from Chickasaw Nation
    • Answer No it does not accept zip-in liner jackets. It is just a light rain shell.
      Answered on 11/13/2014 11:16:21 AM by Bonez from Iowa
    • Answer No. It does not have an interior zipper for a liner.
      Answered on 11/13/2014 11:43:40 AM by NMHiker1 from New Mexico
    • Answer There is one zipper on the Marmot Optima and does not appear a zip-in would work. Its a great shell over a down sweater or fleece.
      Answered on 11/14/2014 9:04:11 AM by justin from MA