Looking for a lightweight affordable waterproof jacket to pack along in your pack?
Consider the Marmot Mica.
The Marmot Web Site reads like this:
The winner of several prestigious design awards, it couldn’t be any lighter and still be called a jacket. Supremely detailed and pro-minded, The Mica is made for traveling light in tough conditions. The Mica is 100% seam taped, waterproof, and highly breathable, thanks to MemBrain® Strata™ fabric. It also features an attached adjustable hood and Velcro® cuffs, a water resistant front zipper, and it packs neatly into its own pocket.
This writer tends to agree with this review. I have found the product breathable and definitely waterproof after a day or two of hiking in a downpour in Glacier National Park.
Specs and Features:
Weight: 7 ozs / 198 g
Main Material: Clarion 2.2 oz 100% Nylon MemBrain® Strata™
Sizes: S - XL
Colors: Black, Lithium, Eclipse, Cilantro and Alert
100% Seam Taped For Full Waterproofness
Adjustable Velcro® Cuff Adjustable Velcro Cuff
Angel-Wing Movement™ Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up
Attached Adjustable Hood Reduces Volume and is Secured with a Velcro Hood Tab
Elastic Draw Cord Hem For Adjustability in Serious Weather
The Marmot Mica Jacket is ultra lightweight, waterproof and breathable.
Winner of multiple awards, the Mica has uses Marmot’s 2.5 layer MemBrain® Strata™ fabric for 20,000mm waterproof rating, and 20,0000mm breathability rating. MemBrain® Strata fabric is lightweight, durable and comfortable.
Adjustable hood rolls up and is secured with a Velcro hood tab. Zippered hand pockets keep hand warmer or securely stores small items. Cuffs have adjustable Velcro closures. Elastic draw cord hem adjusts for serious weather.
Angel-Wing Movement™ allows full range of motion in the arms so the Mica doesn't ride up. Front zipper is water resistant and has a wind blocker behind it. Seams are taped for full waterproofness. Jacket stuffs into hand pocket. Reflective logos increase low light visibility.
SM MD LG XL
Chest 36-38 39-41 42-45 46-49
Neck 14.5-15 15.5-16 16.5-17 17.5-18
Sleeve 32-33 34-35 35-36 36-37
For complete waterproofing for the least weight and bulk, nothing beats the Mica (women's version is the Crystalline). It delivered on a three-day Adirondack soaking that ended with testers wringing out their socks. It's made with Marmot's MemBrain Strata, a ripstop nylon laminated to a polyurethane membrane with a silky inner coating that keeps it from feeling clammy. The translucent fabric looks delicate, but it held up well to normal wear and tear on several multiday trips.
Downsides: Breathability is fine for moderate trail hiking, but not for steep, sweaty climbs; the DWR wet out (but the fabric didn't leak) in prolonged rainstorms; and the low pockets aren't hipbelt friendly.
Marmot’s ultra-light Mica Jacket has been awarded the 2009 “Best of Adventure Gear” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure Magazine. This highly functional and elegantly designed jacket is part of Marmot’s growing category of lightweight waterproof, breathable shells for men and women. It also is the cornerstone of the company’s new MemBrain® Strata™ - a new 2.5 layer laminated technology.
At under 200g for a men’s medium (192g), the Mica is a breakthrough garment in waterproof, breathable technology for weight and value-conscious outdoor enthusiasts. The stylish, transparent nylon face fabric and unique MemBrain® Strata™ 2.5 lamination, give the Mica an incredible, supple hand. “When we began selecting fabrics, we saw the opportunity to build something remarkably lightweight and exquisite looking” explains Brian LaPlante, Marmot’s Outerwear Category Manager. “The combination of the see-through nylon face fabric and .5 micro-patterning (visible inside the jacket) creates a remarkable aesthetic,” LaPlante points out, holding the jacket up to the light at Marmot’s design offices in Santa Rosa, California.
Style-points aside, the Mica’s functionality is at the outdoor industry’s apex. The award-winning jacket is also fully seam-taped with a water-resistant front zipper, an adjustable hood and two hand pockets, making it a perfect shell for ultra-light outings. Greg Houser, Marmot’s Vice President of Design who leads the company’s in-house design team explains, “We’re building more and more lightweight options without sacrificing Marmot’s dedication to long-term durability. The Mica addresses our customers’ demands for a fully-featured, ultra-light garment that performs and functions well for a number of outdoor applications.”
Marmot’s 170g Crystalline Jacket – the women’s version of the Mica – recently won the OutDoor Industry Award at the international European OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. “Ten years ago we made an enormous impact on the outdoor industry with the PreCip® Jacket. Today we have created a 2.5 layer waterproof/breathable laminate, MemBrain® Strata™ – an outstanding value proposition for the consumer,” explains Randy Verniers, Marmot’s Director of International Sales and who for 15 years served as Director of Fabrics and Technologies for the brand. “With MemBrain® Strata™ we’ve once again revolutionised performance shell gear by providing lightweight, waterproof garments with higher breathability and comfort at price points previously unattainable” adds Verniers.