Marmot Leadville Jacket - Men's
Functionally formed and fitted for fitness, the Marmot Men’s Leadville Softshell Jacket features lightweight WindStopper fabric that slices through wind like a Ginsu knife through wasabi. Not into knives? How about a high-caliber mid-layer with water-repellent, breathable fabric and venting side panels that dump heat while you bike, run, ski, or climb? Not too shabby, particularly if you consider the Angel-Wing underarm gussets that let you move freely, like nature intended.
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Exceeds most expectations so far
May 15, 2010
Preliminary review: Haven't used it in too many outings yet, but so far the Windstopper does its job by perfectly blocking all wind and allowing rain to bead right off (even the M2 side panels bead water at first but will eventually seep though). The whole jacket is light (less than one pound) and along with the M2 side panels, breathes really well for any sweaty activity you need to cool down from. Because it's so lightweight, I wouldn't recommend the jacket under temps in the 50s unless you got some good thermal layers underneath. The ends of the arms are performance cut so they taper down to fit nicely around your wrists but don't allow a bulky under-layer really. I plan to use it for layering while backpacking so waiting to see how it holds up for that.
*There's an extra zippered chest pocket on the inside, right breast that's not mentioned in the specs! I love extra pockets.
April 24, 2012
I bought this primarily for dog walking on chilly mornings. Will wear it tomorrow over an ex officio crew at 45 degrees and breezy, with thermometer climbing quickly toward 60. Down sweaters and the like didn't work for me - great at first, but I'd be sweat soaked at the end of my usual 2.5 mile loop. This is a really nice substitute - breaks the wind, but vents the sweat. I tried it paired with an under armour quarter zip on a windy 30 degree spring skiing day and it was not warm enough. I added a fleece vest and it was perfect. Chest pocket is nicely hidden, with thin zippers. I'm looking forward to using this on the water as a late day jacket. If you are too warm in your usual soft-shell, or need a reasonably priced, breathable soft shell, this is worth your money. XXL fits me at 6'3" 275.
Is this more breathable than a Marmot Gravity?
Is this more breathable than a Marmot Gravity?
March 17, 2012
Leadville is the more breathable of the two.
Gravity is the warmer of the two.
The LEADVILLE is best for a wide range of aerobic use in moderate to cold conditions.
The GRAVITY is best for intermittent aerobic use in cold conditions.
By: Joshua Moore
March 24, 2012
Super Light SoftShell..Closer to Windjacket
March 24, 2012
This jacket is extremely light with little to no insulation. It's meant more for high activity like early fall, spring and summer hiking because of its great mobility and windstopping ability. But, if you're looking for a jacket with some weight for alpine skiing or ice climbing, not sure this would be your jacket. Shell not nearly as substantial as the TNF Apex Bionic, Marmot Sharp Point or Patagonia Guide.
most versitle softshell ever
January 22, 2012
I use it for everything from kayaking to hiking and climbing. Absolutly nothing better in my eyes. size runs big. nice long sleeves.
Please make this jacket with pack accesable pockets. that is the only way it could get any better.
I'm looking to buy online so I not sure about the sizing.
I'm looking to buy online so I not sure about the sizing. I've heard they run large. I'm 6'1 160-165 pounds but I do have long arms. I would say "lanky" for lack of a better term. Any thoughts on size, I was personally thinking large.
September 29, 2011
I'm 6'3" 200lbs with long arms, and the large fits me perfectly. You may want to size down to a medium if you want a slim fit around the chest.
December 18, 2011
My first softshell...amazing
January 14, 2012
Things I love: 1) I am 6'6" tall 230 lbs...the XL fits in every way and leaves a little room underneath for a base layer and a medium weight fleece...if you're built slim, you can go down a size it is not an overly slim fit; 2) it looks great; 3) it is surprisingly warm...not an insulated layer but windproof and warm...I just got inside from playing with my kids outside sledding in windy Vermont 5 degree weather and was warm. Wouldn't work if I was sitting around in the shade; 4) great pockets etc; 5) it is well made; 6) Did I mention it looks great. In addition to the fact that I love it, I had a great experience with Backcountry.com customer service. They helped me pick this one out from among the dozens and dozens of softshells in their catalog. Paid a few bucks more than a competitor but the customer service was worth every penny.
Perfect for Northern Cali Winds
December 15, 2011
Awesome jacket, great wind blocking, the sleeves are a little long, but otherwise highly recommend. Need to layer underneath for below 50deg. I am 5'10", 195lbs, 42in chest, 32in waist.
December 12, 2011
my new go-to softshell for high-output cold weather activity. extremely light, extremely breathable - I routinely wear on my morning trail runs. not very warm on its own. very close-fitting, but I can easily layer a tight base layer underneath. with a midlayer fleece, or a vest, I would imagine this would be warm enough for all but the coldest winter weather. windstopper fabric does what it claims to do - I have tested on the mountains around lake tahoe.
warning - Eclipse blue is VERY blue. fatigue/beluga is more subdued green - more of a forest green.
Just What I Needed
December 18, 2011
With the number of soft shell options on the market, I was overwhelmed when I went looking for an outer layer to wear while cycling during winter. I have a 12 mile round trip commute on my bike every day, and I needed a piece that blocked the wind but remained breathable enough to vent the heat I generate after I get going. The Marmot Leadville jacket has been perfect. Compared to my two other softshells (a Patagonia Traverse and an Arteryx), it blocks out a lot more wind. My personal test is trying to blow through the fabric, and the Marmot Leadville jacket is tough to push a breath through. It has breathable fabric in strategic locations that prevent overheating, and while it did allow moisture through during a recent downpour, it does an adequate job of deflecting light rain. I layer it with a merino wool jersey on colder days and a merino wool crew on milder days. If you're looking for a windproof soft shell, this is the one!
Marmot = good stuff
December 4, 2011
Great fall/spring jacket - its lightweight and I get a lot of complements while wearing it. Colors are a little lighter in person (Gargoyle is light/dark gray) and I wouldn't recommend for anything below freezing but good wind protection/breathability and solid construction.
Glad I bought it.
September 26, 2011
Wanted a lighter weight softshell. Got this in small/fatigue/beluga before a 5 day backpacking trip to the enchantments lakes wilderness. Great jacket. Perfect fit, colors are earthy. Friends say I look like a tree and thats fine by me. Windproofness is good. The beluga colored parts of this jacket are not windproof, just wind resistant for better venting. The water resistance is alright. Polartec Powershield seemed more wind resistant when I tried the 66 North Vindur jacket. This jacket has good pockets as well. I think I'll be wearing it almost everyday. Thanks again!
September 17, 2011
Great Jacket, light and flexible, this is my everyday jacket that i reach for every time i'm out.
I take it anywhere
January 8, 2011
Ive had this jacket for about a month now and I absolutely love it. Fits great. Uber comfortable. Great against the wind. And holds up pretty well during a light shower. The jacket is water resistant and not water proof, therefore it will handle some light showers.
I would trust this jacket anywhere. Use it as a mid-layer while skiing. Wear when you're out and about town on a cold day.
All around wonder.
Designed for running--not!
November 27, 2010
My take on this jacket is enough at odds with various reviews I've read that I wonder if I got a lemon. Regarding performance, I agree that it does its job--blocks wind and seems to let body heat escape. I didn't wear it in rain so I can't speak to that. However, I find the fit terrible for my admittedly scrawny runner's frame (5-9, less than 140; I have a size Small). But one of the uses of this jacket is supposed to be for running. On me, it's large throughout the body, hangs well below my waist, and has sleeves that are large all the way down, extend below my fingertips, and with cuff openings so large that when I cinch them tight there's barely enough velcro left to hold them. It's a good quality jacket but the only way I can see this working is if I were to wear several layers under it. By comparison, I have the Marmot Tempo and I really like the way it fits.
November 22, 2010
I'm going with five stars on this one. I looked around a lot for a jacket to do everything and this is it. It holds up in a downpour for at least a half hour, breathes very well and is completely windproof. It looks sharp and fits nicely. It has no insulation but I have had it on down to the low 40's and been comfortable. In black, it gets a little toasty in the sun above 60 but I have never felt wet in it. I bought large originally and the girlfriend loved it (slimming, fitted chest) but the length was a little short. I broke her heart and ordered an XL and it is perfect. The one complaint is it looks a little baggy when you seal the bottom tight but I'm not too vain so it doesn't bother me.Overall, Stellar jacket, will block the wind without a doubt and she'll love it.I'm 6'4 180.
November 22, 2010
I'm going with five stars on this one. I looked around a lot for a jacket to do everything and this is it. It holds up in a downpour for at least a half hour. Breathes very well and is completely windproof. It looks sharp and fits nicely. It has no insulation but I have had it on down to the low 40's and been comfortable. In black, it gets a little toasty in the sun above 60 but I have never felt wet in it. I bought large originally and the girlfriend loved it (slimming, fitted chest) but the length was a little short. I broke her heart and ordered an XL and it is perfect. The one complaint is it looks a little baggy when you seal the bottom tight but I'm not too vain so it doesn't bother me.
Overall, Stellar jacket, will block the wind without a doubt and she'll love it.
I'm 6'4 180.
Research out-of-stock versions:
- [shell] M2 softshell (90% polyester, 10% elastane stretch); [membrane] WindStopper Soft Shell (100% polyester stretch)
- Fabric Waterproof Rating:
- breathable side panels
- Powder Skirt:
- 2 front hand zip, 1 zippered chest
- Recommended Use:
- alpine skiing, cross country skiing, trail running, climbing, everyday
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- 1 year