The Moblis is one of only four fully windproof models in our review. This makes it less breathable and a bit heavy, but if you're not working up a sweat and want to stay warm, this jacket will do the trick.
While not quite as technical a jacket as others we tested, we appreciate the warmth and good fit of the Marmot Moblis.
When it comes to wind, this jacket is a champ. One of only four fully windproof models in our review, the Moblis is a welcome friend for chilly adventures. However, this level of excellence did not extend to its water resistance. During our water test (which involved getting in the shower while wearing each jacket), the Moblis got soaked through next to the zipper and around the waist quickly. The material seemed to pull water in more than repel it.
The bonded ripstop nylon exterior of the Moblis seemed to suck water in more than repel it. You can see it soaked into the surface on the left, and bleeding through to the interior on the right.
Despite this issue, we still scored the Moblis generously because it provides excellent windproofing and warmth. When hiking on icy days with blowing snow and cycling in frigid temperatures, we stayed comfortable and insulated. This just isn't the jacket to bring if rain is predicted, though it's easy enough to pack a hardshell if you're expecting any.
The Moblis did great on a very windy hike up to St. Mary's Glacier in Colorado.
The Moblis suffers in this category as do the other windproof models in our review, save for the Ultimate V which offers full-length side zips. Thicker linings and windproofing tend to mean better weather protection, but they also run the risk of impeding a jackets ability to breathe. In frigid temperatures, we didn't notice or care that the Moblis couldn't breathe very well. But as soon as we were in warmer sunnier situations, we felt noticeably stifled. Once we wore this jacket without a long sleeve under it and got sweaty. Our arms were stuck to the inner lining when we went to remove it! It's important to think about exactly what you need your softshell for before purchasing one because they are about as varied as the snowflakes we went tromping through during our tests.
In windy cold conditions, the Moblis is fantastic - but it isn't the best for aerobic, sweat-inducing activities.
With a special "Angel-Wing" underarm design to increase mobility, the Moblis is a solid performer in this metric. However, we bumped it down a point due to a bit of tightness across the back, especially for those with a climber's build. In general, the mobility of this jacket is pretty good. There's easy movement through the arms, though they are a bit short and they ride up when arms are raised overhead.
Except for a small bit of snugness across the shoulders (for climbers in particular), the mobility on the Moblis was excellent.
The Moblis, at 21.4 ounces, is among the heaviest in our review — only one other jacket weighs more. While it doesn't feel cumbersome to wear, the extra mass is noticeable when trying to squash this sucker into a pack — it's definitely bulky compared to other models. In general, though, the warmth and windproofing of this layer are worth a little extra weight. That said, there are other insulated options available that are considerably lighter.
The Moblis was on the heavier end of all our contenders, but it kept the wind out and the warm in, so we mostly didn't mind.
Our score for versatility is determined based on features, style, durability, and how readily each jacket can move from activity to activity. While there is some versatility to the Moblis, overall it's kind of relegated to fall and winter activities that aren't too exertive. It's durable and relatively stylish with a decent amount of features for the price point: windproof material, a two-way adjustable hood with brim (though it is not helmet compatible), a zippered chest pocket and arm pocket, an adjustable drawcord hem, adjustable cuffs, a unique underarm design to increase mobility, and zippered hand pockets that are accessible with a harness or backpack on. It also zips high up on the face, so if you're leaning over while biking or scrambling, your chin will stay covered.
The Moblis was nicely cut and ended up being a favorite of several of our testers.
Since the Moblis is warm and windproof but not the most breathable, it's best for colder outings where you will be moving but not sweating too much. Windy or snowy alpine hikes, chilly urban bike rides, and walks in the park come to mind. If the hood were helmet-compatible, we would recommend it for skiing or ice climbing, but it's too snug to allow proper head movements when a helmet is involved. This is a good introductory softshell for someone who plans to play outside but not get too technical.
A windy day of alpine hiking was the perfect setting for the Moblis.
This contender has some less than perfect aspects, but at the end of the day, the pros outweigh the cons — especially for the relatively low price point. The Moblis is a good jacket that can easily become a favorite layer for the right person. It protects from the wind, allows movement with relative ease, and adjusts in all the right places.
We like this basic softshell a lot and feel like it provides a good fit and some decent features for the price. It's disappointing that it doesn't have better breathability and that the hood isn't bigger, but its ability to combat wind and cold mostly makes up for that. Overall this is a great jacket to invest in for cold weather activities that don't get too technical or sweaty.
We had a great time exploring the snowy backcountry in the comfy Moblis.