Marmot Mica (2012)

When moving fast and light every gram counts, and so in many ways the Marmot Mica £120 is the best jacket in our test as it is the lightest at just 204g (men’s size L), which is over 100g lighter than many of the alternatives. It is also half the price of some jackets we looked at, so it is superb value too. The Mica packs down incredibly small as well, so you can stash it in a bumbag if necessary, or the outside pocket of a small daysack. With all these benefits there has to be a drawback of course – and for the Mica it is that it lacks some of the features of other, higher-priced options. The material is Marmot’s own brand of PU laminate, which is called Membrain, and this works well but it is a little more clammy than other fabrics and also not as durable as heavier materials. Put the jacket on and the movement in the sleeves is not as good as that of higher-priced jackets. There are two pockets at hip height but when walking these are not as accessible as chest pockets. The hood is particularly poor compared to others here as it does not fit as neatly or move as well on the head.

Weight 204g (men’s L)
Fabric Membrain Strata
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
External pockets 2
Roll down hood no
Side/pit vents no


If low weight is your top priority the Marmot Mica £120 is the best option in our test and the price is superb too, but other jackets offer better features and performance.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2012