Marmot Jena Jacket (Women’s) ReviewNovember 22, 2013
- Warm around core and shoulders
- Roomy enough to layer but not bulky
- Fits well and feels good under a storm shell
- Big hand pockets with glove-friendly pulltabs
- Substantial front zipper
- Easy to use draw cord hem
- With no hood, the neck feels loose and drafty
- Waist rises on long-waisted torso with arms raised
- Feels a little drafty around wrists
If you are looking for a straight-forward down jacket to keep in your avy pack as your main insulation layer under a storm shell or as a stand alone down jacket for mostly dry days in the thirties, this is your pick. It’s not bulky (doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles or a hood) and layers easily.
The Jena Jacket is a mid-winter 800-fill down jacket with water resistant ripstop fabric, able to stand alone for mild winter weather or layer under a storm shell.
Though not as toasty as the Montbell Frost Smoke Parka, it is close in terms of being one of the warmer jackets I tested. Since I tested the hoodless version, I felt there was a cold draft around the loose-fitting neck and recommend covering your neck during use. All in all, even as my toes were getting cold during testing, my core and shoulders stayed warm.
The arm length was just right for my long arms and the jacket felt roomy in the stomach, able to accommodate more layers. After testing so many hooded jackets, I found myself wanting the neck to come up higher and cinch tighter since it felt drafty there. When I raised my hands overhead (with the hem draw cord tightened) I felt like the waist was a little short.
The jacket I received didn’t come with a stuff sack so I stuffed it into the sack of the Arc’teryx Cerium LT (the most compressible of the group). It fit with some stuffing. What impressed me about the Jena was how naturally it fits under a Gore-Tex shell.
Marmot lists the weight as 11 oz., I recorded 12 oz. with the stuff sack.
There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles with the Marmot Jena. It comes with zippered hand pockets and an elastic draw cord hem. The exterior material is made from water-resistant ripstop fabric and the down is 800 fill.
The straightforward Marmot Jena, at $200, has an excellent warmth-to-price ratio. The hooded version is only $20 more and is still an excellent value.