The Marmot ROM Jacket is designed to allow a full Range of Motion (ROM) without riding up. You can swing your arms without the sleeves or hem moving too much. But then, other jackets also achieve this without advertising it.
The jacket is made with Gore Windstopper fabric which has a membrane inside to improve wind and water resistance, but reduces breathability. Stretch panels on the sides, backs of the shoulders and arms are more breathable to improve comfort. The fabric feels a little softer than other Gore-Tex Windstopper options we looked at, which makes this jacket feel a little more comfy.
In winter you’ll need extra insulation underneath, but in summer the Marmot ROM Jacket feels good with just a base layer. There are two large hip pockets big enough for a map, but throw on a rucksack with a broad hipbelt and access to those pockets is obstructed. The chest pocket is only big enough for a GPS receiver or compass. You do get a hood, though, which fits and moves well with the head. The peak is not wired, however, so if it loses its shape in your rucksack you cannot reshape it easily.
Material Gore-Tex Windstopper
Weight 594g (size men’s L)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 1
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
The Marmot ROM Jacket’s features look great on paper, but access to the lower pockets is not ideal when wearing a rucksack.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2011