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Marmot Moblis Review

The Marmot Moblis is a heavy-duty jacket that blocks wind and is a great entry-level softshell.
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Price:  $185 List | $109.96 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Very windproof, featured, warm
Cons:  Heavy, hood doesn't fit over helmet
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 13, 2019
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 8
  • Breathability - 30% 4
  • Mobility - 20% 5
  • Weight - 10% 2
  • Features - 5% 9
  • Style - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The Marmot Moblis is a heavy-duty jacket that offers good weather protection and average mobility for someone considering their first softshell. Its heavy weight detracts from using it during aerobic sports as it retains quite a lot of heat and does not breathe as well as others, but is wind protection is more important then this is sure to impress. Features include an adjustable hood and cuffs, making this a versatile layer for wearing hats and gloves with. While not as light or as mobile as some, this jacket is a good choice for moderate activity in colder climates.


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Pros Very windproof, featured, warmDurable fabric, great fit, all-around usefulnessGreat for general use, lightweight, weather resistantInexpensive, great breathability, stretchyTrim fit, abrasion resistant material, harness and helmet friendly
Cons Heavy, hood doesn't fit over helmetLimited water resistance, fitted cuffsCuffs not adjustable, no hood drawstringsLimited weather protectionNot as wet weather resistant, UK zippers can be awkward to use
Bottom Line The Marmot Moblis is a heavy-duty jacket that blocks wind and is a great entry-level softshell.This is a great medium weight softshell jacket that will hold up to rugged use thanks to its durable fabric.A lightweight and weather resistant softshell that offers top performance for a wide range of applications.For summertime rock climbing where cool winds and rough surfaces are expected.The Torque easily wins our Top Pick Award for Climbing with its well thought out designs that appeal to both summer and winter climbers and mountaineers.
Rating Categories Marmot Moblis Arc'teryx Gamma LT Hoody Arc'teryx Tenquille Hoody Ferrosi Hooded Rab Torque
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Specs Marmot Moblis Arc'teryx Gamma LT... Arc'teryx... Ferrosi Hooded Rab Torque
Type Stretch Woven Stretch woven Stretch woven Stretch Woven Stretch woven
Weight (size medium) 1.8 1.06 lbs 0.65 lbs 0.8 lbs 1.03 lbs
Material Softshell Bonded Ripstop 86% Nylon, 14% Elastane Stretch 9.4 oz/yd Wee Burly (56% nylon, 34% polyester, 10% elastane) Kauss polyester Body and hood: 86% nylon, 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop
Shoulders and lower sleeves: Cordura® 91% nylon, 9% spandex 120D stretch weave
Ripstop Matrix
Number of Pockets 3 3 2 3 3
Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable Cuffs Yes, Velcro Stretch cuffs Stretch cuffs Stretch cuffs Yes, Velcro

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


A good introductory-level softshell jacket  the Moblis is a good bet for cool weather hikes where extra weather protection might be needed.
A good introductory-level softshell jacket, the Moblis is a good bet for cool weather hikes where extra weather protection might be needed.

Weather Protection


This is one of the burlier jackets that we tested, and thanks to its heavyweight M2 fabric that has a bonded well-designed inner fabric it does well at keeping icy winds at bay. While no softshell is completely immune to wet weather, the tight outer weave resisted wetting out during the shower test longer than many other lighter weight jackets that did not have a thick outer shell. The hood has three cinch closures ensuring that a good seal is achieved, though the small hood size makes it hard to fit a climbing helmet, let alone a ski helmet, underneath. We really liked the adjustable wrist cuffs that allowed us to wear big gloves during the colder months.

The hem fits just under the waist and has a cinch to tighten it. We found that in all but the reachiest of maneuvers, that the hem stayed put and didn't expose along our lower back.

The Moblis fared well in our waterproofness test  shedding water for several minutes before wetting through
The Moblis fared well in our waterproofness test, shedding water for several minutes before wetting through

Breathability


This is one of the thicker softshells in our review, and with the addition of the inner liner, it envelops the wearer in a heavy layer of fabric. This does a great job of keeping gusty winds from stealing away your heat, but it makes it hard for the jacket to breathe as effectively as lighter fabrics. During aerobic exercise, including hiking uphill at a moderate pace, we found that the Moblis did not dump heat and wick moisture as fast as the award winners, and made us overheat more rapidly than we would hope for. This jacket is better suited for colder temps and a more relaxed pace — going on a leisurely fall hike or a wintertime snowshoe would be much more realistic activities to use this jacket on than a steep uphill mountain bike ride.

The interior fleece backing makes the Moblis warmer than most other coats  but it also inhibits its breathability
The interior fleece backing makes the Moblis warmer than most other coats, but it also inhibits its breathability

Mobility


This is a stretch woven jacket that is tailored to hug the body but is not tight fitting. We find it easy to fit warmer base payers underneath without feeling constricted. It is a heavyweight jacket, though, and so it does not feel as easy to move in as lighter, more stretchy models. This was especially apparent when wearing the hood over a helmet, which is a very tight fit and does not allow for much freedom of movement.

We found the hood to be too tight to comfortably wear a helmet of any size underneath
We found the hood to be too tight to comfortably wear a helmet of any size underneath

Weight


Weighing 1.6 pounds, the Marmot Moblis is one of the heaviest jackets that we have reviewed. This is a feature-rich jacket, but it is much heavier than some models that have the same features and are virtually waterproof. Given that the breathability is wanting and the mobility is average, there is not a lot of attributes other than wind resistance that make the Moblis worth the added weight, but as mentioned above, it is a good all-purpose softshell that works best in the cold months when the added warmth is worth its weight.

The additional features like a three-way hood make up for its heavy weight.
The additional features like a three-way hood make up for its heavy weight.

Features


Marmot really went all out in regards to designing this coat. There is a feature for everyone here, and there really were not many things lacking that we wished for. With a three-way adjustable hood to adjustable cuffs and hems, you can really fine-tune the fit and make sure to seal out the cold. The pockets are very well designed, positioned so that you can access them while wearing a harness or a backpack strap, and this is one of the few models that has an internal pocket for a phone or wallet, a thoughtful addition.

We really like the velcro cuffs that can seal around a glove.
We really like the velcro cuffs that can seal around a glove.

Style


The Moblis is a casual softshell, fitting in as much at the local coffee shop as on the side of a mountain. Available in three colors (black, red and blue), so there are limited options in choosing a subtle color that doesn't make you look like a stranded hiker if you spend more time in urban environments, but the Moblis looks good in these settings too.

Value


The Marmot Moblis jacket is a reasonable value, with many other top-performing models soaring past the $200 mark. Given that you can often find this for much less at popular online retailers, it is a good, quality jacket.

Conclusion


The Marmot Moblis jacket is an affordable, introductory-level softshell that offers great wind protection and well-designed features. It is not the lightest or the most athletically inclined jacket, but for cold-weather pursuits, it could be a great choice.


Ryan Huetter