I’m a hardman darn it and this jacket is just so…soft! And light! And I’m not a lightweight either (at least in my mind). That being said, this is what I have to say about the Marmot Zeus Jacket: love it, love it, love it.
|The Zeus keeping CMS Guide Eric Whewell warm in Rocky Mountain National Park|
If online reviews are any indication than the Zeus seems to be a favorite of both backpackers and air-travelers for its minimal weight (less than a pound in medium size) and packability: it gets tiny. Both of these things appeal to me as I am a “light is right” fanatic about my gear. Beyond that, the main reason I find myself reaching for the Zeus everyday is the comfort and warmth provided by the high quality down and the soft, supple shell material. The Zeus is shockingly warm for its weight and shockingly comfortable period.
Part of the Zeus’ comfort comes from it feeling lighter than your baseball cap and part of the comfort comes from its excellent fit. It is long enough in the arms to encourage all kinds of movement, snug and cozy but not tight around the neck, and just right in the torso whether layered over a t-shirt or a hoody. Many folks also appreciate that the Zeus is not overly bulky and thus avoids the “Michelin Man” look.
|Eric Whewell (CMS Senior Guide) in RMNP|
The extremely lightweight and packable shell material doesn’t look particularly burly and honestly a good Manzanita bushwhack might spell doom for it, but thus far it has withstood being my daily go-to-jacket..and I’m not easy on my outerwear.
|CMS Guides on Spearhead. Eric (center) is rockin the Zeus.|
CMS Senior Guide
Colorado Mountain School