Reviewed by woodstraveler from Maine on Friday, November 15, 2013
Earlier this year I bout my first Marmot M3 shell for running, hiking, etc. on cool days. That shell is hood less and has elastic cuffs, which made it great for late Spring and Summer. The M3 fabric works well for me, I need breath-ability more than waterproofness.
The Tempo has now become my go-to Fall & Winter shell. I have been wearing it this week in 20 to 40 F weather and it is great. I wore a thin wool sweater and zip neck under it and it was perfect for hiking. The front pockets are high enough to be functional vents went open. The waterproofness seems good through snow on branches, mist, etc. The hood has a cool pull in the middle of the back of the hood and a stiff brim. The cuffs have velcro closures for more versatility with cold weather layers. I think my wind shirts & windbreakers have just been replaced!
Reviewed by Mac from NH on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I have one one issue with jacket but I must note that I have this problem with a lot of my clothing. Because of my torso size I need an XL in order to fit a layer or two under the shell. But the sleeves are always a good 2-4 inches too long. I usually end up just taking the sleeves up. But this jacket has a velcro strap at the wrist so I cannot do that. I will need do get a little fancy with my sewing skills in order to get the sleeves to a manageable length. Other than that, this is a wonderful jacket. I love the color, the feel and the stretch in the fabric is great on the cold days when you need a couple of layers so you don't get all bound up in the shoulders and back.
Reviewed by MTtrailrunner from MT on Sunday, June 02, 2013
I've become a real fan of the M3 jackets from Marmot. Light, breathable, still pretty darn durable and water resistant. Blocks wind. To me that's the best of a softshell. I don't really need a super burly softshell for my pursuits..maybe if in more of constant downpours or counting on it in super cold I'd go a different route...but for me these lighter, stretchier softshells have hit the mark better for me. I am medium build, 5-11 185, and often bounce between M and L in outerwear..this in an L is plenty big to go over a midlayer for me, but still stretchy enough and cuffs cinch down enough that the bit of extra length and size doesn't feel out of place when i just throw this on over a shirt. Only tested it in light rains, and came away shining.. or beading as the case may be. Have scuffed it here and there where possible snag could occur and so far so good. No worries throwing this in a daypack and feeling it's too much or too little for the days travels. Pockets high enough to be out of way of hip belt, and pockets have plenty of room. Hood fits well, cuffs operate well and don't overly bunch up or chafe when cinched. Zippers work great so far..a little grabby, probably helps weather resistance, and mixed with stretchy fabric means opening and closing is often a two hand job, but no biggie there. Nice piece. M3 hits a great softshell mark for my needs.