Marmot DriClime Catalyst Jacket
I've had this very light jacket for over a year, and…
Price Paid: $110
I've had this very light jacket for over a year, and love it. Most of the time with it is spent here in the Southwest, where the Catalyst handles all but the Monsoon storms. I have also hiked with it in MN last spring, and Mt. Baker last summer, and it proved warmer than it looks, although I did get chilly in MN (low 30's). It breathes incredibly well, yet I have not felt a draft or clamminess.
This Marmot is surprisingly rugged, too. It has handled typical SW trails (palo verde, catsclaw, cacti, etc.) with no problems-the shell sheds snags as easily as light precip.
The 3 pockets are well placed: hand pockets above a hip-belt, outer chest pocket is covered by sternum strap (typical, though).
Overall, it is a great spring/fall jacket anywhere else, but good enough for central AZ all year. A simple, low-tech approach (high-end process) with excellent results.
I did not give it a 5, as the shiny-poly look gives it an 80's post-disco feel. I'd wear it everywhere, if not for that.
I love this jacket. I have only had it a month, and…
Price Paid: $47 (massive sale)
I love this jacket. I have only had it a month, and haven't had a chance to test it very well, but it is amazingly lightweight and a lot warmer than it looks. It's nearly 100% windproof (up to about 40 mph wind). I think it is really stylish as well, but to me high performance gear is always sexy, your mileage may vary. Not a ton of pockets, which some may find to be a minus, but it is a windshirt, not a shell, so I think there are enough.
Only gripe is that I wish there were adjustable ties on the sleeves, they are just gathered elastic, but they aren't too tight or too loose, so they work fine for a normal built man. The medium feels true to size. (5'10", 165 lbs).
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Marmot Men's DriClime Catalyst Jacket sports a stretch-paneled, slightly heavy duty design. It features Angel Wing Movement for a full range of motion in the arms and resists wind and water. For the Catalyst Marmot added anatomic stretch panels in key areas to give you a trimmer cut and more mobility. Heavier fabric in the body and shoulders gives you increased abrasion resistance when you use it as an outer shell. Marmot uses an ECO-DWR finish and recycled UpCycle fabric in the Catalyst Jacket as part of their never-ending commitment to the outdoors.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
The award winning Driclime Catalyst Jacket uses an UpCycle version of Marmot's fabulous DriClime fabric, as well as zippers. Stretch panels in the elbows make it ideal for a variety of outdoor activities.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Marmot Precip Pant is a perfect everyday rain pant. When you need a strong barrier between you and the elements, you can trust the protection of these pants. PreCip(R) Dry Touch Technology 100% Seam Taped - Waterproof/Breathable Ankle Side Zips w/ Snap Tabs at Cuffs Zip front hand pockets Back Zip Pocket Elastic Waist with Draw Cord Standard Cut Inseams: Short: 30 inches; Regular: 32 inches; Long: 34 inches
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Head out for a run down a windy, chilly beach with the DriClime Catalyst Jacket from Marmot. Breathable DriClime fabric will let your sweat evaporate as it wicks it away while the Eco DWR lining keeps you safe from ocean spray and foggy drizzle, all while you listen to your tunes with your iPod safely stowed in the chest pocket headphone port.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version