Marmot ROM Jacket

Manufacturer Description

Stands for Range of Motion. This zonally constructed jacket uses air permeable Marmot M2 softshell and GORE WINDSTOPPER fabrics to create an incredibly comfortable, breathable garment that’s also windproof and highly water-resistant. Marmot’s big mountain heritage shows in every detail of this Swiss army knife of softshells.

Features

  • GORE WINDSTOPPER – Wind and Water Resistant
  • Marmot M2 Softshell – Water-Repellent, Highly Breathable, Wind-Resistant, Durable and Warm
  • Windproof, Water Resistant, and Breathable
  • Attached Adjustable Hood – Reduces Volume and is Secured with a Velcro Hood Tab
  • ERG Hood Adjustment System
  • Pack Pockets – Slanted Chests Pockets That Can Be Accessed While Wearing a Pack
    • 16 cm wide x 50 cm tall w/small zippered opening (6.3 in x 19.7 in)
  • Chest Pocket with Concealed Zipper
    • 13 cm wide x 17 cm tall (5 in x 6.7 in)
  • Internal Pocket
    • 16 cm wide x 24 cm tall (6.3 in x 9.5 in)
  • Asymmetric Cuffs with Velcro Adjustment
  • Venting Side Panels
  • Reflective Logos
  • Elastic Draw Cord Hem – For Adjustability in Serious Weather
  • Angel-Wing Movement – Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn’t Ride Up
  • Main Material – WINDSTOPPER Softshell 100% Polyester Stretch 5.4 oz/yd
  • Panel Material – Softshell Double Weave 90% Polyester 10% Elastane Stretch 7.3 oz/yd
  • Measured Men’s Small
    • Weight – 514 g (18.1 oz)
    • Center Back Measurement – 68 cm (27 in)
    • Sleeve Length – 85 cm (33.5 in)
    • Pit to Pit Measurement – 54 cm (21.3 in)
  • Retails for $175

YMMV Review

Design ★★★★☆

The Marmot Rom Jacket is a zonally constructed jacket. What that means is Marmot used different materials in different places to make a jacket that is optimally suited for certain activities. While that may sound confusing, let me explain. The main material on the ROM Jacket is Gore Windstopper softshell fabric. It is a light weight softshell fabric that is pliable and soft to the touch both inside and out. This fabric blocks all wind and has a fair bit of weather resistance in it as well. The other material used on this jacket is a lighter weight softshell. This is used in the panels that go up the sides and are used in the underarms as well. The panels are stretchy, more breathable, but do not have the wind or weather blocking properties of the main fabric. The ROM jacket has an attached hood with draw cord attachments to adjust volume.

Back View

The jacket has 4 total pockets, one internal pocket, two hand pockets, and a chest pocket with concealed zipper. The cuffs are asymmetrical which means longer on the top of the hand than on the bottom. The cuffs have a Velcro adjustment to get the right fit around your wrist. The logos on the ROM Jacket are small and reflective. There is also a draw cord hem to allow you to adjust the hem of the jacket in more serious weather. Marmot has designed this jacket very well. It is lightweight, offers some protection, moves well, and does not overheat when your effort level rises.

Fit ★★★½☆

When I first tried on the Marmot ROM Jacket I was amazed at how big the medium jacket was on me. The ROM is built to be a trim jacket for faster pursuits. When I tried on the medium, my wife took one look at me and said I needed to try on the small. While the small fit me well, I had one reservation, the sleeve length. I find the sleeves in the small to be slightly on the short side while the rest of the jacket fits well. For me at 5’11” and 160 pounds the small is a trim fit.

Hand Pocket & Both Fabrics

There is room for a lightweight midlayer under the jacket but it would not be ideal for anything heavier. I think of the fit to be similar to an Arc’Teryx fit but the sleeves are too short. This has not been too big of a deal, I only notice it every once in a while. The hood fits well without a helmet and is a bit tight with a climbing helmet. It does not fit a ski/snowboard helmet very well. I must say I have never needed a hood with my ski/snowboard helmet. The arms were not tight or loose either, just what I would expect from this jacket. Take a look at the measurements above to help you size this jacket if you are not able to try it on.

Overall ★★★★☆

The ROM Jacket is one of my go to jackets. I have used it skiing, XC skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and around town. It has performed well in all circumstances with just a T-shirt underneath or a baselayer and light midlayer. The jacket truly does move with you, allowing you to focus on the activity at hand. The windstopper material blocks out wind and sheds light rain and snow.

Inside the Jacket

The breathable panels keep you from overheating in almost all conditions. I was able to get a bit too warm on some strenuous climbs in milder weather but the jacket dissipates heat really well. This jacket is not for days when the weather is really inclement but works well in all other cases. The fit and comfort is good enough that I like to wear it around town. My only disappointment is in the sizing of the jacket. I liked the length of the arms and torso of the medium but it was easily too big for me. Having to go with the small made the length of the jacket in those two areas to be shorter than I would have liked, hence the 4 star rating. If Marmot can fix the sizing, this could easily get a 5 star rating from me. At $175, this jacket has great value at this price point. I recommend it for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. As with all my reviews, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Good Material Mix
  • Moves with you well
  • Good Value

Cons

  • Strange Sizing

About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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