The Marmot Ether Driclime is a natural development of Marmots much acclaimed DriClime Windshirt. It has the same superb wicking DriClime fabric lining, providing you with unequalled wicking properties and comfort.
A face fabric has been used that offers the same great windproof and water resistant properties, though it is lighter and more tactile. In addition the Ether boasts a hood for extra protection, that is close fitting and can be rolled down out of the way. All these improvements make one of the most versatile and iconic pieces of outdoor kit even better.
DriClime is the inner fabric to the garment. It has been engineered to produce a 3 dimensional wicking process that draws moisture quickly from the surface of your skin to the the outer surface of the fabric. It is here that the moisture spreads over the larger surface of the fabric allowing it to evaporate quickly, keeping you comfortable and warm.
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Super pleased with this jacket/windshirt. The peak blue is a nice colour and I've been wearing it most days for the last week just to try it out. Bought it for trekking and climbing to replace the use of a microfleece, and provide a lighter and more multi-use layer between my shirt and hardshell, and particularly to get some wind-proofing. Turns out it was blowing a small gale this morning and it kept me nice and toasty at around 15-18C outside. The other day it was around 25C (I'm in China, obviously not the UK at this time of year!) and on top of a cotton shirt it wasn't too warm.
Weight wise it's comparable to that of a light microfleece, and size wise it stuffs down smaller & fits easily in my little climbing pack (for multi-pitching - the Grivel one) with loads of room to spare for the water, food etc.
It's advertised as fitting inside its own pocket - I think it's supposed to work with the chest pocket as the zipper is double sided and it has a small webbing hook. I've tried this and whilst it does work, it's a bit of a faff and you really do have to stuff quite a lot, so I've since bought a small 3ltr. fine mesh stuff bag which weighs next to nothing and is much more convenient. This provides enough protection to put the jacket in the top of your pack or in whatever 'wet locker' eleastic thing you've got on the outside of your pack.
One other thing I like, and I'm not usually too fussed, is the zips. They're low-profile on the pockets, don't make it difficult to stuff the jacket and they run smoothly. For those who have a bad exerience of hoods, that one fits well. It's simple, but effective. I have an average head size (~58cm) and it fits fine without being too large falling over the eyes or too small not covering everything. Also fits nicely under my climbing helmet.
I am 183cm tall and around 89kg, carrying a lot of extra weight on my belly and the size Large fits me perfectly (usually I like clothing to be a little bit on the loose side).
The Cobalt Blue color is vibrant with young energy and really makes heads turn around when walking around town. I tend to run on the warmer side, and found the garment perfect for running in 10 degrees Celsius and hiking briskly uphill up to 20 degrees Celsius, when there no exposure to sun (worn next to skin without any baselayer in both cases). The material breathes quite well and full length zipper makes a good vent.
I didn't have a chance to try it out in strong winds, but it has kept medium (30ish km/h) winds out no problem. The water repellency is quite bad, water started entering the outer layer after just 10 minutes walking in weak rain. Also, the outer material seems pretty fragile, after one month of use (sometimes on forest trails, to be fair), there are quite some lose threads on the outside and I managed to pull it in one place (probably with a branch somewhere). I don't tend to make clothing very stinky, but after using the Ether just once next to skin for hiking about an hour at normal speed, it is quite smelly.
All in all, good fit, nice material, good multi-purpose windshell, but durability may not be the best, especially since you may need to wash it more often because of the smell (even though, this problem may be partially solved by wearing a baselayer when the outer temperature / personal metabolism allows for it) and don't rely it on rain.
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Used this for the first time over the weekend as a replacement for a Rab Cirrus windshirt. The advantage of this over the Rab is the liner, which is useful in preventing any clammy material sticking to your sweaty skin! Feels quite substantial for a windshirt because of the liner too, something to bear in mind if you just want an ultra-thin layer.
The under arm vents proved useful in keeping overheating down, and the hood - although not adjustable - was a good fit.
Only issue I have had is that I put some coins in one of the hand pockets and after a couple of hours scrunched in my rucksack I found the coins inside the liner at the wrist cuff?!? I think the pocket liner carries through to the arms so anything small in the pocket may travel through if the jacket gets inverted at all.
Overall - very happy.
I've used this jacket a few times now since receiving it and it has done its job perfectly as my outer layer whilst climbing in the mountains! It blocks the wind completely unlike fleece jackets I used to wear, so will no longer be freezing in the wind on belays. The venting under the arms means that I never overheat whilst climbing. Packing into it's own pocket and also having a hood are a really bonus as well!
My marmot Ether Driclime arrived this morning the temperature is 5 degrees so I walked up to the supermarket wearing just the Ether Driclime nothing underneath. I must say I was really pleased it was quite warm although you could feel a slight chill nothing much. The pockets are fantastic the chest pocket is at just the correct angle. This is a very versatile garment I would not put anything to heavy in the pockets mind. I intend on bringing this with a Marmot Driclime Windshirt plus a base layer bamboo or merino as a clothing system when I am hiking. All in all the Marmot Driclime either has really impressed me it is very light weight & windproof plus the Driclime inner lining adds to the overall comfort, fantastic. I got mine in black which looks great with the contrast light grey logo on the breast and the arm and down the front zip.
Marmot Ether Driclime jacket is highly breathable but at same time wind and water repellent as rain simply runs off, it is lightweight and moderately warm, easy to carry wind breaker for high-output activities in cool weather.
Good build quality, wicks great, dries out fast, keeps me warm, and for being pretty lightweight with its 260g for a large it still seems durable. Design is simple and functional, with a hood, twin zippered but not lined hand warmer pockets and a mesh lined chest pocket to stuff the jacket inside. Mesh underarm vents enhance the airflow between inner layers. Hood is minimalist, not adjustable and not lined either - wish it was, tailored for a snug fit.
The Driclime liner has a soft, brushed surface, to reduce the cold touch effect to your skin what in combination with outer shell provides good insulation on it self already, but combined with the right underwear it is warm enough for intense movement at lower temperatures.
Therefore it covers more activities than many other more expensive and heavier jackets where freedom of movement, high breathability and a lightweight weather protection are important, till when you will need a waterproof jacket.
After considering a number of soft-shell options, I read Andy Kirkpatricks blog in which he sings the praises of Pertex and micropile jackets such as the Marmot Ether Driclime. This jacket is considerably cheaper than many other soft-shells, but seems to tick most of the boxes. It is windproof, extremely breathable and comfortable to wear, very light, and mildly water-resistant. I have been wearing it without a baselayer, both on its own and under a shell, and have found it performs well. On the downside, the hood has no adjustment, making it defunct when it's blowing a hoolie. Also it kept riding up under my rucksack, although to be fair, everything does. Overall good performance at a fair price.
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