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Marmot Essence Jacket

MSRP: $150

At 7 oz, this uber-light shell Marmot engineered has upped the ante of the revolutionary PreCip by cutting its weight nearly in half. When rain shells were heavier, I would often leave one out of my kit. But now a days, there is no need ever to leave one behind. It doesn’t take up any space in a pack, and the weight-to-protection value rocks. All the details are tech and trimmed down specifically for the minimalist climber. Spicy colors to boot, but the bonus is the cool glow-in-the-dark detailing that helps clients follow my lead on early morning starts.