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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2010
I have had this coat a few days now and I cannot say enough good things about it. I'm used to a winter coat weighing a ton in order to keep me warm in sub-freezing temperatures. I am a bigger guy (6'1" and 230lbs) and the XL is plenty big for me. The articulation in the arms is more than enough to keep the sleeves from moving up my arms almost regardless of how I move. The coat is plenty long to cover my entire torso and then some except when I reach up all the way over my head. Because of my height, the coat does come up a little on my torso when I reach straight up but for normal movements it is excellent.

It has been single digit lows at night and 20-30 degrees during the day here since I got this coat and I have not been cold at all when wearing this. I usually run pretty warm but I have not been overheated at all when wearing this coat. Even when going from outside to walking around heated stores, unzipping the coat has been enough to keep me from overheating. That is surprising to me since the coat is so warm in the cold outside temperatures.

I'm a volunteer with my local Search and Rescue team and cannot wait to get this out in some extreme conditions and see how well it keeps me warm when outside for extended periods. I have the feeling it will do excellently. If it does not, I will be revising this review accordingly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2011
I have a 38" chest, 5'-11" @140 lbs. and bought a medium expecting to wear a pile coat underneath in below zero F weather. Even though I can fit a 300 wt pile jacket underneath comfortably, this still fits fine with just a thin base layer only.
I have used this with only a thin polyester turtleneck in breezy 20 F conditions for extended periods and stayed very comfortable.
The arms, for me, do allow over the head reaching without the hem riding up, and the bottom hem falls just below the hip bones. I have a 15" neck and the collar fits me just about perfect (though a bit snug with that 300 wt. pile zipped completly up). The wrists on this coat are elastic with no adjustment and are adequete. Elastic hem with pocket adjustment cords. Two outside zip pockets and two non-zip interior pockets that'll hold a small water bottle or food if you need to. The main zipper is not very big or heavy but seems to be OK. All other aspects regarding quality are top notch. It packs down pretty small and supposedly will fit into one of the zip pockets, though for backcountry excursions I like to use a small stuff sack. When compared to other 800 fill lightwieght jackets of other companies, I beleive this coat gives the best value for the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
i got this in a medium at the start of ski season. Medium is what usually fits me and so did this Marmot product. While I don't see the term used nationwide, at my ski area we call this a down sweater and usually use it under a jacket whether insulated or just a shell. The fabric this is made of doesn't quite appear to be something you would want to have as the outer layer when having your skis over your shoulder and I never did that. It is a little lighter weight than my other sweater (a different brand) but the two compliment each other as this one is appropriate for cold to moderate temperatures and the other is more cold to very cold temperatures.

So, in skiing I always use this under a shell and sometimes under a moderatly insulated jacket, and the layer under this product will be typically a merino wool long underwear top. What I like about the combination is that it has a wide range of use because the Marmot sweater breaths well.

Besides skiing I also use this when outside just walking around outside in winter.

All in all I can say it exceeded my expectations in warmth and I'd buy it again if I didn't already have one.

One critical thing to say is that the outer fabric of this appears to be a lightweight ripstop nylon. It's not something I would want to subject to a working environment, so when working in a cold envoronment you might want a study shell over this to prevent tearing it. Wasn't a problem for me, I knew that when I bought it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
Size Name: X-LargeColor Name: GargoyleVerified Purchase
Just received this jacket today. Package was in perfect condition (Thanks Fed Ex). Currently where I am the air temp is 20F with a wind of about 15 MPH, making the actual air temp around 8F. My American Bulldog (Ms Mazzie) was ready for her evening trek when we got back from shopping. I threw on a lightweight base layer with just the Zeus as my outer layer. Took her for a 40 minute walk in the single digit temps and was warm and comfortable the entire walk. Of course the walk with my furry two y/o may be a little more "spirted" than a casual stroll, but I have not doubt that this jacket is exactly what I was looking for. Checked out all the stitching, zippers, seams, etc. VERY high quality garment, especially considering I got it for more than 30% off or retail. Another awesome Amazon score. I give it 5 stars and two thumbs up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Got one just in time for the Winter freeze. I love Marmot stuff because their cut fits me just right. This down jacket is unbelievably light and unbelievably warm. I didn't think that it'd be that warm but I was able to wear just this and a long sleeved T-shirt in 30 degree weather comfortably in an urban setting.

And the weight is why I pick this one to go out most of the time, it's just so light and feathery. And I haven't ever felt cold while wearing this outside. So far, I do not have any negatives about this jacket.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2010
Size Name: LargeColor Name: Black
The jacket is lighter than I had expected...but very warm. I am satisfied with the product.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2010
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I bought this jacket for my husband. He loves it. He is 5'10", 165 pounds. The medium is perfect. The coat is warm yet very lightweight. The fit is trim and flattering. We were tired of him looking like the Michelin man in his old down jacket. One of the nicest features of the Zeus jacket, other than its great profile, is that it is compressible. It will pack in its own pocket, squishes flat in a suitcase or can fit under a raincoat when it is 34 degrees and raining (and we've been to a lot of cold,rainy football games this year). We highly recommend it. As a matter of fact, we like it so much we bought one for our 2 sons and our son in law for Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2012
Size Name: MediumColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Recently used this jacket on a backpacking trip in the Eastern Sierras. The night time temperatures reached the low 30's and this jacket with a t-shirt was all that was needed. Super packable and very durable with no down feathers coming out of the jacket. I look forward to using it this winter in the suburbs also. 6'1", 175 pounds and the large fits perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
Size Name: SmallColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This coat is wonderful for the winter as soon as you put it on you get hot instantly ! I highly recommend it if you live in NY
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