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Reviews > Clothing > Jackets and Vests > Marmot Wmns Jena Jacket > Owner Review by Jenna Steffensen

May 18 ,2017

Reviewer Information

Name:  Jenna Steffensen

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)

Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)

Email address: jennasteffensen AT gmail DOT com

Location: Fernie, British Columbia, Canada

Date: May 18, 2017

Backpacking Background

I recently started backpacking after moving to the Canadian Rockies last fall. I have only been on one short (3-day) backpacking trip but I am very experienced in day hikes and camping. I’ve hiked mainly in the Utah desert and Canadian Rockies. I have many trips planned this summer and looking for the best gear that’s light and durable enough for the Rockies.

The Product

Manufacturer: Marmot Mountain, LLC
Product: Wmn’s Jena Jacket
Weight Listed: 11 oz (312 g)
Weight as delivered: 12 oz (340 g)
Color reviewed: Blue (available in 7 other colors)
Size reviewed: Medium (available in sizes XS – XL)
Warranty: “We warrant every product we make to be free of manufacturer defects. Should you have a warranty issue, return the item to us. We will repair it if possible or replace all valid warranty items”
MSRP: $200 US

Product Description

The Marmot Wmn’s Jena Jacket is an ultralight down jacket. It is made from 700-fill goose down with water-resistant Ripstop fabric. It has zippered hand pockets with an interior zip pocket and an elastic drawcord hem. The lining and shell of the jacket are made from 100% polyester. There is a Marmot logo on the exterior left side of the jacket near the chest. The sleeve cuffs also have an elastic band sewn in. 

Field Information

I have used this jacket mainly in two different climate situations from the dry, sandy desert to the wet, snowy mountains. Its use in the Utah desert was mainly around night when the temperature dropped between 0-10 C (32-50 F). I used the jacket as an insulator and only needed the one outer layer to stay warm with a t-shirt underneath. The sandy environment had no effect on the jacket and if it ever got dirty I could just wipe it off. In the mountains when temperatures are a lot colder around -15 to 0 C (5-32 F), I used this jacket as a mid layer. It’s not waterproof so I would use a shell overtop if it was raining or sleeting. Underneath I usually wore a long sleeve shirt. The Utah mountains and Canadian Rockies can be tough on jackets due to the harsh stone. I also used this jacket in Canmore, Alberta when I was climbing in 0-2 C (32-36 F). I had a fleece sweater underneath the jacket and I was comfortable at that temperature. The granite rock didn't tear the jacket either so I would say it's very durable.


I also wore this jacket in Fernie, British Columbia as a casual outer layer around town. It was warm enough from to wear from my house to the car and from the car into shops.

I never had a down jacket while living in Ontario but when I moved to Utah it was highly recommended by friends. I chose this jacket because it was lightweight and affordable. One of its best features is the ability to pack down very small so I can always find a spot to stuff it away in my backpack. Even on a summer’s night the temperatures could drop and having a lightweight down on hand was super helpful.

This down jacket is very durable as well. I have used it for a year and a half and only recently found a tear on my arm from a chain link fence. Hiking through bushes and climbing up walls have not put any major or minor tears in the jacket. It does lose some of its down from time to time the longer I use it but the warmth has stayed the same since the beginning.

The jacket is super nice on a brisk morning around the campsite and when temperatures start to drop in the evening. I mainly use it camping and cragging while rock climbing. I wouldn’t recommend it as an outer layer when it gets really cold without other insulation like base layers.

I have owned this jacket for two years now and have not had to wash it in the washing machine. I have spilled a couple drinks on the jacket before but since the outer layer is water-resistant it doesn’t soak into the jacket and ruin the down fill. I take a washcloth with water to it if I notice some dirt that won’t brush off and it comes off easily.


The Marmot Jena jacket is a nice mid layer down that provides warmth on cooler days. It packs up really small and is lightweight making it an ideal jacket to bring on every adventure.

PROS: lightweight, affordable, durable

CONS: not waterproof, not extremely warm on its own in freezing temps.

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