User Review: Marmot Women's DriClime Windshirt
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: bought it on sale end of season
This is a great 3-season piece! A must have, it blocks the wind to keep the chill off on breezy summer nights, breathes well for hiking, and is an excellent wind breaker for biking. It's super light and can fold up to fit easily in a fanny pack or minimalist Camelbak pack. Believe it or not, I've even used it on a waverunner on a windy day and the white caps were splashing the water all over me. The jacket is not a waterproof rain jacket so I got wet, but the super soft comfortable lining kept me really warm even when wet and it dried sooooo fast!!!
- Light weight
- Fast drying
- Wish it stowed into its own pocket
Fit & Comfort: Marmot does a great job with their fit. I have long arms and relatively broad shoulders and have no problem with the arms being too short. It's a slimmer fit which allows for better moisture transport form the skin.
Water Resistance: This is not a waterproof jacket. It's designed as a windbreaker. It is however water resistant and will keep you dry in a sprinkle or very light rain. The big thing is that it does dry fast in the event that you do get wet from a suprise rain.
Breathability: This item breathes well during activity, especially for a windbreaker.
Moisture: The Driclime lining does an excellent job pulling moisture up and out of the jacket. It wicks sweat nicely and dries super fast.
Warmth/Layering: The soft lining is comfortable and keeps you warm when weather gets cool. It pulls moisture away from the skin and dries fast which also help with temperature regulation. In colder weather, like in the fall, you could layer with a thin fleece for added warmth and have this as an outer layer to break the wind. It's not meant to layer bigger layers underneath as it's a slim fit so you can't wear bulky fleeces, sweaters etc. During colder weather, a warmer insulated jacket or a shell you can really layer under would be recommended.
Function: This jacket doesn't have a lot of bells and whisltes, but it's light weight and it works well.
Durability: I've had this jacket several years and it has proven to be durable, especially for the weight of the outer fabric. It has a few scuffs from trees, but resisted being torn from the branches. I'm fairly hard on my gear, always throwing it in the car, sitting on it to each lunch, etc and it has held up well.
Conditions: I use this jacket from spring through fall. I bought it to wear biking and fell in love with how comfortable it is against the skin — it feels great to throw on over a short sleeved shirt when the weather changes or you go out in the wind to run or for biking. I've worn it in the Moab hiking in the desert in April and it was perfect for those ultra-windy days. It typically lives in my car ready for any adventure where I live in Jackson, WY.