Marmot Approach Jacket

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The Marmot Men's Approach Jacket. Breathable yet wind-resistant Kinetic fabric makes the Approach a nicely balanced jacket for aerobic activities in cool, breezy conditions.

FEATURES of the Marmot Men's Approach Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Marmot Men's Approach Jacket.


  • Regular Fit

Lining and Layers:

  • Adjustable Velcro® cuff fits over layers and/or gloves


  • DriClime® polyester-lined collar and chin guard wick away moisture and are soft against your skin
  • Elastic Draw Cord Hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather
  • Hem drawcord and rip-and-stick adjustable cuffs
  • Soft shell fabric features 4-way stretch for the ultimate in comfort; this durable fabric resists abrasion, wind and water
  • Elastic draw cord hem helps keep in core warmth when cinched
  • Zippin Compatible Ability to Zip in a Fleece Jacket for Extra Warmth
  • Lightweight Stretch Binding at Cuffs and Bottom Hem
  • Fabric is treated with a Durable Water Repellent finish to repel moisture and stains
  • Softshell Double Weave 96% Polyester 4% Elastane Stretch 6.8 oz/yd
  • Stretch Fabric ESP (Extra Stretch Performance) Yarn Adds More Stretch for Comfort
  • Pockets Soft Fabric to Warm Hands


  • Marmot M3 Softshell is incredibly breathable for high aerobic activities in drier, milder conditions


  • Marmot Approach jacket features zippered hand and sleeve pockets


  • Zippered handwarmer pockets give hands a warm retreat or extra storage
  • Front Hand Zip Pockets
  • Zip sleeve pocket stows small items


  • Comfort Around Your Neck and Face


  • Reflective Logos


  • Ideal for Aerobic Activity and Sheds Water
  • 27.75in / 70.5cm
  • Thumbholes
  • 1 lbs 4.5 oz / 581.2 g
Marmot Approach Softshell Jacket for Men Features.

Marmot Approach Softshell Jacket for Men.
The Marmot Approach Softshell Jacket for Men is smart, stylish and perfect for outdoor activities! Crafted from a softshell double weaved made of 96% polyester, 4% elastane stretch, the material gives you extra stretch, for increased comfort. Also, the fabric gives it both water-repellent qualities and breathability. It has a DriClime lined collar and chin-guard, which undertakes the function of moisture wicking, thus providing utmost comfort around the neck, chin and face. It is zipping compatible and can be used to zip in a fleece jacket, for some extra warmth. With its zippered hand warmer pockets, lined with soft fabric, your hands remain warm and protected from the cold. It also comes in five different sizes for your choice and fit, ranging from Small to XX-Large. The Marmot Approach Softshell Jacket for Men is a well-balanced jacket for the athletic man.

Key Features.
The Marmot Men's Approach Jacket comes with ultra-breathable M3 Softshell fabric, which makes it an ideal pick for winter trekking, light-and-fast ascents, and other highly aerobic activities. When worn as an outer shell, the water-resistant exterior holds off snow or light rain, and when worn as an insulating layer under a hardshell, the Approach provides added warmth and protection from the elements. An overall stretchy feel provides plenty of mobility during technical and demanding ascents.
The Approach Jacket's ready to brave breezy climbing days and can keep up with you step for step. Its breathable stretch fabric keeps clamminess at bay and moves with you for unrestricted movement.
technology features a water, wind, and abrasion-resistant design.
DriClime®-lined collar and chin guard prevents chafing.
Full-length zip.
Two zip hand pockets and one zip bicep pocket.
Drawcord hem and hook-and-loop cuffs help hold in warmth.
85% polyester, 15% elastane.
Machine wash warm and tumble dry low.
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A classic cut and intuitive design make the Approach Jacket from Marmot a smart choice for everyday outerwear and cold-weather layering.


The Marmot Approach jacket covers a truly huge range of weather conditions and uses. This breathable soft shell excels during highly aerobic activities in dry, mild conditions.


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Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):27.7 inches
Center Back Length:27.75 in / 70.5cm
Closure:Full Zip
Clothing Fit:Trim Fit
Colors:Slate Grey (1440)
Dimensions:Center Back Length 27.75in
Fabric:Polartec® Power Stretch® Panels at Side Torso, Sleeves and Back
Insulation:Thermal R Insulation in the Front
Length:27 3⁄4 in
Material:Softshell Double Weave 96% Polyester 4% Elastane Stretch 6.8 oz
Pockets:Zippered Handwarmer Pockets - Soft Fabric to Warm Hands; Zip Sleeve Pocket
Shell fabric:96% polyester/4% spandex
Softshell Weight:Lightweight
Weatherproof Material:Marmot M3
Weight:1 lb 4.5 oz / 581.2 g
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Marmot Approach Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:


I happen to love this jacket for both the reasons the previous reviewer, O K Crackerby, liked it and the reason he didn't like it. I'm 6' 3" tall and weigh 170 pounds. I wear a 16 X 36 shirt size. Marmot jackets in Medium size fit me perfectly. For a while in the mid '90s, REI and other vendors were offering a lot of tall sizes. That must have proven too expensive, and now I often have to get tops that are too big around the middle in order for the sleeves to be long enough. Thanks Marmot for making jackets a little longer!

This is a great shoulder season jacket. It's not too hot, and it breathes great, but it blocks the wind and cuts the chill.
Justin from Seattle at REI on 04/04/2012

Actually picked this up on geartrade. Just received it today. Been wearing it around in drizzle and gusting winds and temps in low 40's. So far it blocks wind surprisingly well and sheds water well. It has a nice stretchy feel. Breathes great so far but haven't been doing anything strenuous. I have even left it on indoors at work and haven't been uncomfortable by wearing a jacket indoors.
Update 11/30/11: After wearing this several times I have found the wind resistance less than I thought at first. It breathes amazingly well though. It does feel somewhat stretchy but actually stretches little at all.
Weighed my XXL at 1lb 5.4oz.

Roger Ault at on 10/20/2011

I was looking for a nice thin softshell without a hood. I have a welder softshell and liked it but wanted something a little loser fit and with no hood. I would say the thickness is close with out the fleecy lining of the welder.
This fit the bill. Not too tight and fit is great. I wear an XL in most jackets and this was perfect.
If you are looking for a thick softshell to keep you warm on a frigid day this is not your jacket. But if you want somethign light for those high output days you can't beat it.

John Pruitt at on 07/25/2011

It's a jacket!

The jacket is great. It's nothing super fancy or flashy, it has a job to do and it does it well. It's warm enough to wear by itself down to the mid 40's or so, beyond that I layer it with a nice fleece and and comfortable at much colder temps. I wore the jacket/fleece combo last week while snowboarding in South Korea. The jacket left my top half warm and dry, in temps down to the mid teens, even though I spent more time landing face down in the snow at high rates of speed, than I did actually snowboarding.
Chinook FE at REI on 02/02/2013

I love this jacket. It works just as well as a casual layer around town as it does hiking through brush in the fall. It does pretty well holding off water, but after a while starts absorbing and gets a little heavier. It isn't a furnace when it comes to warmth, but with a good base layer underneath, I've had no problems in the 20s with 15+ mph winds. Overall, great jacket that does it's job well. My only wish would be to put the hand warmer pockets higher so that they don't get in the way of my hip belt.

gogp104981 at on 11/29/2012

Decent Cool Weather Jacket

Bought this jacket mainly for looks and fit, which is very good, but I knew the Marmot name could be trusted for quality. I have worn it for casual strolling and for cycling. The jacket beads water off very nicely, but I have not found it to be windproof or particularly warm. I would say it's good down to about 45-50 degrees. I have been somewhwat disappointed with some threads hanging here and there, but otherwise, the jacket does seem to be well constructed and will probably last me a long time. Fit is athletic but still comfortable.
TheBigDu at REI on 04/04/2013

The Approach soft-shell jacket is a nice piece. The M3 fabric breathes fairly well, but is not as stretchy as I had thought it would be. Not a problem, probably just my perception.the warmth is pretty good, but the Approach really shines as a layering piece. I throw it on with a merino layer or two and a hard shell if it's wet and I'm set.
The cut is nice and seems to be more of an athletic fit than a regular fit.

Steven Jones at on 06/27/2013

This is a really nice jacket, but too sleek (tight) to layer much under. Got a medium, I'm 5'9", 185#. It has a niche in my gear for milder weather, but would get a size larger for cold weather. Quality is great, and jacket looks great as well. Side pockets are interesting, as they extend all the way up the front on the inside. Maybe carry tent poles there? Great value at this price.

Tom DeLosh at on 12/16/2011

Bought the Marmot Approach to replace a MHW Offwidth softshell (cut way too short) and really prefer the Marmot. I'm 5'10" 140lbs 38" chest and the Small fit is perfect. Looking forward to using it this Spring on the MTB trails and hiking in Glacier NP. Marmot is becoming my preferred brand!

gnphiker at on 02/23/2012

Great jacket

I purchased this jacket as a light jacket for use in camp during the summer. This jacket is more compact than a fleece in the pack is almost as warm. Not used in wet or extreme conditions yet. Great wind resistance and warmth for a jacket that packs very small.
AllDownHill at REI on 08/08/2013

Negative Reviews:


I had bought a similar Marmot product about 25 years ago. It was a Drizone Jacket. It was the best jacket I have ever owned, light weight, extremely warm, fit well, and wore like iron.

The material and design on the Marmot Approach jacket was similar. When I received the jacket, I found that the design or geometry of the jacket was extremely bad. It was a Medium Size. It was cut to fit someone that wears a size 14 1/2 x 39-40 shirt that does not exist, except by being custom made. A Medium Size Jacket should fit someone that wears about a size 15 1/2 x 34-35 shirt, a normal size. I don't know who this jacket was made to fit.
O K Crackerby at REI on 01/01/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Nice looking jacket, a bit tight across the chest (medium usually fits me okay), fabric not very stretchy at all.

jzaslow at on 10/31/2011