Liquid Steel


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Liquid Steel
Manufacturer Marmot
Page By GuitarWIzard
Page Type Apr 28, 2002 / Apr 28, 2002
Object ID 248
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Cutting edge adventure demands gear that provides protection, effortless mobility and durability--the Liquid Steel Jacket is one such item!

Offering lightweight protection, this jacket is made from 3-layer ripstop nylon with Gore-Tex® XCR waterproof/breathable laminate
Reinforced shoulder and elbow areas add strength and water-resistance
Every seam is micro-stitched, welded, and covered with seam tape to create the ultimate barrier against precipitation
Pit Zips™ allow ventilation and feature a double flap system to prohibit invasion of external moisture
Cranium Cord Adjustment on storm hood provides rear tensioning for full visibility
Thermal Pockets are fleece-lined for warmth and positioned for uninhibited accessibility
Interior water bottle cargo pocket and zippered stash pocket
Anatomic Articulation Zones and Angel-Wing Movement™ provide an unrestricted range of motion while minimizing fabric bulk


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Pufflebrush - Apr 21, 2003 10:12 am - Voted 4/5

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Fine jacket. Quite tough considering how supple the fabric is. My Liquid Steel jacket held up very well considering the near constant use it has seen this winter . This is a great backcountry ski jacket and is great for mountaineering. Performed very well when I was on Cotapoxi last november.

Has a pretty good hood that is easy to use, and is easy to adjust-- though despite what Marmot says the hood will not fit over a climbing helmet. The jacket needs mesh backed front pockets to help compensate for the relatively short pit zips.

Overall this is a great jacket- very comparable to Arc'teryx jackets.

bledl - Jan 17, 2006 2:17 pm - Voted 4/5

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I got this jacket for a reallys good price (120 euros) as i am jobbing in a outdoor job. I used it for mountaineering, trekking (sometimes with a heavy bag), iceclimbing, skiing & snowboarding.

I like it, because its really lightweight & fits very good on my body. It packs away easily and also its realy very breathable.

One big minus: after 3-year use its now getting holes in the outer shell at the critical points (climbing harness, Backpack straps).

But good enough for that price. next time i buy something made of stronger material...

mlt205 - Feb 16, 2012 6:28 pm - Voted 5/5

Marmot Liquid Steel Jacket
Pros: Gortex XCR material, good pocket placement, good cut
Cons: expensive, heavy for backpacking

I have had this jacket for more than 10 years now. I paid about $400 for it at the time. I bought it to be my all purpose shell.

I have worn this jacket year round since I bought it and it has been cross country and done everything from kayaking in the spring in MD, to backpacking the AT, to snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. I am 5'11'' 200lbs and I like that the cut is roomy enough to layer under and stay warm below freezing but not so loose that I am swimming in it alone. It does not ride up when reaching above your head and the sleeves are a good length too. The Goretex XCR is of good breathability, I rarely need to open the pit zips. the pockets are well placed and are accessible with a pack on.

While the three layer fabric has proven to be really durable, I primarily use this as my rain gear on backpacking trips. Because it spends most of it's time in my pack on those trips, I kind of wish it was lighter and more compressible. it is also bordering on being too warm for summer storms. $400 was a lot of money to pay for a shell, but having had it for this long I feel it was worth it.

Yes I would buy this jacket again and yes I would recommend it to a friend.

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