The Marmot ROM is a softshell jacket that does is a jack of all trades, yet does not stand out in any one metric. With a simple design that uses proven fabrics and technologies, Marmot has made a versatile jacket that looks and works well on the cliffs, on the slopes or on the town. ROM stands for range of motion, and we felt like Marmot hit the mark with their stretchy M2 softshell fabric, allowing users a high degree of freedom of movement. For specific applications like wet weather protection, jackets like the Mountain Hardwear Dragon scored higher, and top marks for breathability went to our Editors' Choice Arcteryx Psiphon FL. As a general purpose softshell that is the least expensive of our technically oriented jackets, the ROM is an excellent choice that won't let you down.
Marmot updates the ROM jacket with all new color options and higher pockets this year. See the new version in the photo above, and a side-by-side comparison to follow.