A jacket that remains the same price in 2010 as it was in 2009, the Marmot Mica/Crystalline makes use of a 2.5-layer fabric called Membrain Strata, which offers superb levels of waterproofness and breathability but is incredibly lightweight. The result of using this material is a jacket that weighs around 200g, and yet it still has a hood, pockets and a full-length zip. The hood has a volume adjuster, face drawcords and a stiffened peak, and it fits pretty well too. The pockets are located at the hips and are large enough for maps. Velcro cuff adjustment and a hem drawcord complete the essentials. This is a very lightweight jacket, at an excellent price and with some useful features. If your priority is weight and price, then this pretty much ticks the boxes. But the Marmot Mica/Crystalline’s pockets are not easily accessed while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt and would be so much more useful if they were higher on the body. The fabric may not soak up sweat as well as some others as it does not have a scrim layer. The fabric feels pretty delicate too, so you need to treat it more carefully than some other heavier fabrics.
Outer Marmot Membrain Strata
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 208g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 5
The weight, the price and the general features make the Marmot Mica/Crystalline ideal for travelling light, but others do have performance benefits. It won ‘Best Value’ in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010