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July 25, 2018

Originally written by Alistair Hall for Wilderness Magazine 18 July 2018

Marmot Knife Edge Jacket Wilderness' Rating: 4/5

At a glance
Plusses: 
Lightweight, breathable, suited for light and fast trips
Minuses: 
Slim fit may not suit everybody

Features: Constructed from two-layer Gore-Tex Paclite, the Knife Edge is fractionally heavier than a specialised running jacket (but it’s still light – 326g -m; 303g -w). Like most modern rainwear, the Knife Edge is fully seam-sealed, including along its zippers. The pockets have remained dry through heavy rain, and I haven’t experienced any unpleasant leaks through the underarm pit-zips. The jacket’s hood is big enough to fit over a helmet but still manages to feel snug without a helmet on. It has a peripheral and rear drawcord to cinch it tight so that it moves with your head. A hem drawcord also comes in handy to minimise heat loss.

The cuffs are cut asymmetrically, so the sleeve is longer on the outside of the arm. This provides good cover for hands without compromising dexterity.

Fit: The jacket has an athletic cut and the sizing seems about average, with good arm and torso length, but there isn’t much room for a paunch. It’s a snug fit for me with three layers on, though the arm movement remains unrestricted.

Comfort: Comfort has much to do with fit, and the Knife Edge fits me well. The athletic cut helps to retain heat in cool conditions, and also ensures water doesn’t pond.

The lightweight two-layer construction and underarm ventilation make it impressively breathable, which helps to keep moisture levels under control during strenuous climbs or in wet conditions.

In use: After a month of testing, the Knife Edge has been on several trips and has borne the brunt of some autumnal downpours. It has performed well in these and other conditions, from hill running to overnight tramping. Its weight and ‘packability’ make it a good option for those looking for a jacket to cover most conditions, from city life to the hills, without the usual bulk.  5/5

Value: Price-wise, the Knife Edge is in the middle of the pack. It sits squarely between heavier duty three-layer rain jackets and ultra-light running jackets. For expensive items like rain jackets, the real clincher is durability. Unfortunately, I have not had the jacket long enough to say how well it stands up in the long run but after a month of regular use, it shows no sign of wear. 4/5

Verdict: Trying to make outdoor clothing that is stylish enough to crossover into town-wear is a common pitfall that outdoor brands fall into as they try to expand their markets, but Marmot has pulled it off with the Knife Edge. The two-layer outer makes it light enough to wear on a run but hardy enough to take tramping and it has stood up well under torrential rain.

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Size & Fit

Men

Men

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

28

30

32

34

36

38

Chest

83-89

89-96

96-104

104-112

112-119

119-127

Neck

--

40

41.9

43.8

45.7

47.6

Sleeve

79

81

83

86

89

91

Waist*

68-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-99

99-107

Hip

86-89

89-94

94-99

99-107

107-114

114-122

Inseam**

76

77

81

83

86

89


Women

Women

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

2

4    6

8    10

12    14

16

--

Women

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

2

4    6

8    10

12    14

16

--

Chest

81-83

83-89

89-96

96-104

104-112

112-119

Sleeve

77.5

78.5

80

82.5

85

87.6

Waist*

62-65

65-69

69-77

77-87

87-92

92-97


Kids

Alpha Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Age

4–5

6-7

8-9

10-12

13-15

--

--

Chest

60–66

66–71

71–76

76–81

81–86

--

--

Waist

48–53

53–58

58–63

63–68

68–74

--

--

Hip

60–66

66–71

71–76

76–81

81–86

--

--

Inseam

43–45

48–20

53–55

58–63

66–71

--

--

Sleeve

55–60

63–63

63–66

66–71

71–76

--

--

Height (cm)

36–42

42–48

48–54

54–60

60–65

--

--

Weight (kgs)

15–19

19–23

23–27

27–40

40–52

--

--


Accessories

Gloves*

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Men

16.5–18

18–19

19–21.5

21.5–24

24–27

27–29

--

Women

14–15

15–16.5

16.5–18

18–21

21–23

--

--

*To find your glove size, measure your hand around and over the knuckles with your fingers together, excluding your thumb.

 

Hats

XS

S / M

M / L

XL / XXL

XXXL

--

17 – 18

18 – 19

19 – 20

--

 

*Trail-to-Town pants have specific waist sizes.
**Inseam lengths above are average size lengths. Some pants are available in additional inseam lengths and will display on the product page.