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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good fit and quality but lacks features I have only worn the Knife Edge rain jacket in light rain so far, but I expect it to keep me dry during a storm fairly well, based on previous experience with a PacLite Goretex lining. Pros: 1) Like other Marmot jackets, the Knife Edge has a great fit, especially in the hood. 2) It packs down small. 3) It's highly breathable, which is good in warm weather but limits the jacket's ability to do double duty as a windbreaker and warmth layer. Cons: 1) It is about the same weight as Marmot's Precip, but I expect the lining to wear better. 2) I did not like the color choice -- the fuschia pink is too violent for my taste, and the black is the same color as all the rest of my gear. 3) I'm disappointed that the jacket doesn't have an open interior pocket for a stuff sack. I have come to count on this feature in other lightweight jackets I own, including a hooded down jacket (another brand) of about the same weight.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not stand up to even light flurries I think I must have gotten a bunk/defective product. My partner and I both got this jacket at the same time, him the men's. He immediately put on a Tshirt and stood in the shower for almost 10 minutes with water pouring on it. Performed flawlessly. My first test of mine was on the last day of a freak late spring snowstorm here in the Rockies, when I went out for a walk in what by then was just light flurries. I didn't even think of it as "testing" the jacket since I never imagined the light sprinkling of snow would even put the jacket to the test. Imagine my disappointment when I got home only to discover when I took it off that the inside of the jacket was completely soppy/soggy wet, as was the outside of my midlayer I had on underneath. Under my midlayer I was dry as I bone so I knew it wasn't sweat. I was SO GLAD to find this out while in the comfort of my home, as opposed to on a long backpack trip under a hard afternoon rain in the mountains. If all my clothes had gotten soaked underneath, it would be downright dangerous. Since my partner's seemed to work just fine, I just went this weekend and did a direct exchange for the exact same jacket. I'm going to stand in the shower with it tonight and if it fails, back to the drawing board, time to research new rain jackets so I have one in time for our first backpack of the season soon! If my new one works great, I'll come back and update my review, as will I if it fails.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great jacket! Purchased this jacket last week. I wanted it for backpacking. I've hiked three times with my backpack on and the jacket is great. Is definitely waterproof. Tested that in the shower! Perfect. I didn't give it five stars because there is no pocket for the hood so you end up rolling it into the jacket when it's not raining. Other than that i really like the jacket and especially the color.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainy hikes, long flights, all in style Recently purchased this for a rain jacket show-down. I wanted a rain jacket that looked more stylish and felt more comfortable than your standard fare. I compared the Knife Edge (Gore-tex PacLite) to the REI Stormreal (eVent) and Marmot Exum Ridge (Goretex Active). Unfortunately, my testing was limited to an indoor fashion show, so I cannot comment on performance for the competitors. That said, the Knife Edge came away the clear winner for my purposes (but would probably not be my choice for a hardcore technical shell). The PacLite fabric is super soft, and felt great for casual wear - I definitely preferred the feel of the PacLite (in a non-technical setting) to the competition. The cut of the Knife Edge has a very form-flattering shape, with nice details in the chest and a longer back. All of the jackets fit well in size, and had good arm length, but the width of the arms and chest of the Knife Edge had the least amount of excess material, which is great for style points (not so great for layering). My one complaint is that the neck of the jacket zips up *really* high, definitely more than the competition. I like high jackets, but this seemed excessive. Fortunately, the material on the inside is super soft, so it doesn't bother my face... and after some tweaking, I found that tucking the corners of the neck inside the jacket (when not raining) hides the awkward length, and doesn't compromise style. So far, I have worn the jacket on a 2hr hike in sunny/raining conditions (80degF), on a cool windy night, and on a long flight (using the cinched-up hood like blackout curtains). I'm so in love with the jacket. Stayed dry on the hike, and comfortable - never felt too hot/sweaty/sticky. The jacket wins style points as a super functional windbreaker around town.... and bonus - blocks out light well and lets you sleep in comfort without worrying about people staring inside your mouth while you nap on your flight.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A lot less neon than advertised Product pictures and video are misleading: Style is not as frumpy and color is subdued, not neon as advertised. Hood is awkward, big and loose but not helmet compatible. Fabric is very thin/light. Could benefit from a two-way zipper. Pit zips unnecessary. High price point for what it is.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Far, So Good I've not been able to put this jacket to field test re waterproofing. It appears to be well made and is stylish. Cuff closure is much better than The North Face jacket for those of us with small wrists. Wish it had additional pocket...chest or inside.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light weight but effective bought this for backpacking trip and it performed well;was light weight but kept me dry through rain and snow
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent three season lightweight Gortex Layer Packable three season must have layer in the PNW. I purchased the Neon Berry color on sale. The jacket covers my back end well and will allow a base-layer, 100 weight fleece, ultra down vest layer under it if you size up one size which I did. I have not had the chance yet to try it in a downpour. I couldn't be more pleased with color, styling, fit for an average curvy figure, and performance in windy, light rain.
Date published: 2017-10-03
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Questions & Answers

Does this jacket pack into its own pocket, or come with a stow bag?

Asked by: Bucket
​This jacket does not pack into its own pocket or come with a stow bag.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-08

I work in a nursery. In comparison,The North Face Apex Flex seems heavier but I think it will be too warm for working in 50 degree weather. This jacket appears lighter but is it thick enough to withstand twigs and thorns?

Asked by: chenderson
​This jacket is lighter (10.7 oz.) than the Apex Flex GTX Jacket (14.4 oz.) and is made of a durable face fabric.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-08

What are the main differences between this and the Marmot minimalist? Is this jacket more fitted than the minimalist? 

Asked by: KarenP
The biggest difference is that the Knife Edge has stretch to it where the Minimalist does not. The Knife Edge also has angled pack pockets where the Minimalist has traditional hand pockets. The Knife Edge has an athletic fit where the Minimalist has a regular fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-14

I just bought this jacket. the sales person told me it is a good shell for skiing. anybody have any opinions? i read on this site that it doesn't fit over a helmet...i haven't checked that yet. thanks

Asked by: Abby
​The Kinfe Edge Rain Jacket is definitely more of a hiking/backpacking shell and we wouldn't recommend it for skiing. The hood is not designed to fit over a ski helmet, it possibly can fit over a lower volume climbing helmet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-08
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