Marmot Women's Featherless Down Jacket Review

Warm, comfortable, packable, and featherless? This Marmot jacket has it all!

By: Sonja Saxe + Save to a List

I have owned this featherless Marmot jacket for only a month and already I rarely leave home without it. Successfully navigating Seattle's dreary winter months often necessitates donning a warm jacket of some variety, and while I have plenty of options on the hangers, it was clear the moment I slipped this on that I had found my new go-to jacket. 

The jacket is extremely soft and warm — wearing it feels like receiving the gentlest hug. It has a tailored fit which gives it a clean profile instead of adding unnecessary bulk, like other insulated jackets. It's slightly nipped in at the waist but subtlety flares out around the hip area, which is great for athletic physiques. While this jacket does have a tailored fit, overall it runs a little large. I got my regular size and I feel that one size smaller would have given me a better fit. However, getting my normal size allows me to wear a thick fleece jacket or knit sweater underneath without feeling the least bit restricted. 

So far I've worn this jacket around Seattle, commuting to and from my office, on multiple chilly hikes, and under my hard shell while skiing on a wickedly windy day at Mt. Bachelor and throughout it all this jacket has kept me toasty. 

Another distinguishing feature of this jacket is that it's featherless. Instead of using down, the jacket is filled with 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation that feels as warm as 700 fill power down but doesn't harm any birds in the process. The fact that it's featherless also means that the jacket performs better in wet conditions compared to real down, and since I spend most of my time outside in the often soggy PNW, this is a must. 

Insulated jackets are already light and relatively easy to pack, but this jacket is even more packable. The entire jacket can fold into the left pocket, contorting into a tiny ball of tightly packed puff that can fit in any bag or backpack, making this jacket a no-brainer for backpacking trips come summertime.

Packed jacket (deck of cards for scale)

I already can tell this jacket is going to be a year-round staple. In the winter it is the perfect mid-layer on resort ski days or I can throw it on to stay warm while taking a break during winter hikes. In the summer it will be my go-to for staying warm around camp after the sun goes down or keeping me cozy while I shoot astrophotography into the wee hours of the morning. 

If you're looking for your new favorite puffy, look no further than the Marmot Featherless Jacket.

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