Review of Marmot Oracle Jacket
By Matt Smith
Over the past several years, we have seen a tremendous increase in the functionality of waterproof/ breatheable shells. Marmot's latest offering is their proprietary fabric Precip Plus. The Oracle jacket is the flagship jacket for Precip Plus technology.
I found the Oracle Jacket to be tremendously functional, lightweight, and great for just about everything. I used the Oracle extensively through the cold wet late winter months as a shell over insulative layers, and as a simple rain shell during highly aerobic activites.
The cut is generous enough to fit easily over a down jacket or 2 layers of expedition weight fleece. The hood was comfortable with or without a helmet, and the resilient brim did a good job shedding the water to the sides, rather than dripping on my nose or eye brows.
On the technical side, the Oracle is fully seam taped with stretch panels that allow much greater freedom of movement than laminated nylon or polyester rainwear. Ventilation pockets on either side of the torso do a fair job letting of excess steam during strenuous activities.
One note of caution, when using the ventilation pockets, it is essential to make sure the zipper is all the way open, otherwise, you may inadvertently put you hand in the vent and tear the seam (speaking from experience here). The only complaint I had with the jacket is the neoprene cuffs. While the cuffs are very comfortable against the skin, and are cool against the wrist, I found they became quickly saturated with water running down the sleeve. The moisture would then wick onto the wrists of any layers I was wearing under the shell.
Summary: I enjoyed testing the Oracle. It is functional, lightweight, packable, and stylish enough just to wear around town during spring showers. For those seeking a little more than just a waterproof shell, the Oracle should definitely be considered. The Oracle can be found online for around $100
For more information contact:
Marmot Mountain Ltd.
2321 Circadian Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Matt Smith is the canyoneering specialist at GearReview.com, and has a habit of walking very fast when it starts to rain. in the dark.