As the name suggests the Marmot Nano multi-activity jacket is very light at just 240g (size L), and it packs down very small too. In part this is down to the material, Gore-Tex Paclite, which is designed to be packable and lightweight. But equally this is a lighter version of that fabric than some jackets use. Also superfluous features are kept to a minimum so you get a front zip, two chest pockets and a hood – and not a lot else. The two pockets are well-designed, though, as they are high on the chest and are perforated to add a little ventilation. The hood is a fixed design with a wired peak. The cuffs are elasticated and there is a hem drawcord. All this adds up to a jacket that appears ideal for a wide variety of fast and light outdoor action. But the Marmot Nano’s hood cannot be rolled and secured at the collar. Also the fit and movement of the hood was not as good as others. There is no reflective piping for biking, and like all Paclite jackets condensation can be a problem. The front zip does not get an external stormflap either. The women’s equivalent is the Minimalist, but this costs £160, is heavier and the pocket access is not so good.
Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 240g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 3
Verdict: If you find the hood of the Marmot Nano fits and moves on your head then this is a very useful multi-activity jacket.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009