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Marmot Zeus Jacket
on May 29, 2009
I purchased this jacket for travel rather than hiking/camping, so read on with that caveat. My general size is a medium with a 32" sleeve; that size also fits fine with the Zeus, with enough room for a light layer underneath if needed. While it lofts very well, it doesn't make you look like a puffy Michelin Man. Although it isn't matte, it isn't terribly shiny, at least in the Twilight blue color. It has two outside zipped pockets and two deep unzipped storage pockets inside. The collar is a little high, but I don't find it to be a problem. I travel to Europe several times a year and on the night leg of the flight usually freeze from the overhead vents that always seem to be on full blast near me. I chill easily, so this jacket is a handy companion with variable cool weather as well. It weighs virtually nothing and can be compressed to a small, light size that's easy on the carry on space, and in a pinch can be used as a pillow. Marmot states that it can be compressed into its own pocket, but that point seems to elude me and I simply roll it into a tight cylinder that will fit into a nylon mesh bag. It's made of a silky feeling material that is very comfortable, but some care would be needed for outside activities to prevent rips from branches and the like. I don't know how it would fare in the rain since I use a light shell for that purpose, although it should be OK for light duty. It has a very high fill power down and light covering, so although the weight is reduced, it is very effective; to me it's much warmer and lighter than the fleece it's replacing. Less expensive jackets can easily be found, but for the meticulous attention to detail and quality, this is money well spent. I have a Marmot rain shell and, for the have found it to be equally well constructed, light weight and useful. Dry cleaning is NOT recommended since that damages the delicate down's lofting ability; hand washing with the appropriate cleaning material is suggested.
I just weighed it on the digital office scale and it weighs 15.1 ounces fully lofted.