Marmots Minimalist Jacket has been a strong contender in the technical shell segment for a long time. It has everything that a mountaineering jacket should have and as the name implies nothing extra. And this year it is offered in a nice bright orange.
One of the most common questions I have gotten over the almost five years I have been this is about a good waterproof breathable shell jacket in blaze orange. It is usually from search and rescue folks who for obvious reasons need to be seen in the backcountry but sometimes it is from a hunter or birder.
Anyway, as I know all too well myself, a good high end shell in orange is hard to find. Well, here you go. The Marmot Minimalist has been a strong performer for many years and it is a fine jacket with good features and design including extra long pit zips, Gore-Tex Paclite, and a helmet compatible hood.
If you are looking for a dependable shell for wilderness work but it has to be in high viz orange, this is what I would recommend. However, you better act fast because if history tells us anything on this issue it is that this color will not be offered next season (a mistake in my opinion). You have been warned.
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