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Marmot DriClime Windshirt Review

A lightly insulated running layer best suited for cold dry climates.
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Price:  $95 List | $71.21 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Warm, breathable, good wind resistance
Cons:  Heavy, no reflective material, less water resistant
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Brian Martin ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 26, 2020
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RANKED
#9 of 9
  • Breathability - 30% 5
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 4
  • Comfort and Mobility - 20% 6
  • Portability - 15% 4
  • Visibility - 15% 3

Our Verdict

Marmot discontinued the DriClime Windshirt.

The Marmot DriClime is a warm and functional running jacket with a few drawbacks. And with such a small margin of critical design components and materials separating our award winners from the jackets that worked their way into the back of our closet, having frustrating features just won't cut it. The loose liner material of the DriClime proved frustrating on multiple levels. The material would snag uncomfortably on our rough cuticles, and every time we pulled it on, liner material would sneak out of the wrist cuffs like a muffin top that grew too large for its container. Frustrations aside, the DriClime is functional and relatively warm compared to the single-layer jackets we tested this year.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The DriClime attempts to bridge the gap between softshell running layers and single layer ultralight synthetic jackets. Unfortunately, this is tricky territory to enter and to successfully bridge this gap, a high level of design, comfort, and clever problem-solving is necessary. While the DriClime does bridge some of the gaps, it takes a large hit in regards to portability and wet weather performance and is lacking in comfort compared to some of our award winners.

Performance Comparison


The Marmot DriClime is a warm  comfortable running jacket that feels at home on casual jogs around the park in chilly temps.
The Marmot DriClime is a warm, comfortable running jacket that feels at home on casual jogs around the park in chilly temps.

Breathability


Overall, the added warmth provided by the DriClime is a bit out of step with its ventilation and breathability. Two underarm mesh panels a bit bigger than a closed wallet offer the extent of ventilation with the bulk of the work left to be done by the inherent breathability of the shell. We generally felt like this was adequate until we started working extra hard on hill climbs or intervals. The jackets' ability to shed heat, even on cold days, is easily overcome by cranking hard. When things really start to heat up, the inner liner holds onto moisture more than single layer jackets, and noticeably more than the soft shell layers tested this year.

Cranking out your next set of intervals requires a jacket with ample ventilation and the ability to shed unwanted heat and moisture. The DriClime has laughably small mesh underarm panels that don't quite cut it.
Cranking out your next set of intervals requires a jacket with ample ventilation and the ability to shed unwanted heat and moisture. The DriClime has laughably small mesh underarm panels that don't quite cut it.

Weather Resistance


Initially, drizzle and dew would bead up on the arms and chest of the DriClime. But, like many of the jackets we tested, the DWR coating seemed to fade after a few weeks. Eventually, without reapplying DWR, the DriClime allows moisture to permeate quickly, and the inner layer of the jacket seems to have a high affinity to moisture, not letting it go easily. Where the DriClime seems to hit its stride is on cold-weather jogs around the local city park. The extra warmth added by the inner layer and synthetic shell help to cut the cold when you're not working hard enough to heat things up.

The internal layer of the DriClime offers a nice warmth boost to those who need a little extra during their winter jogs.
The internal layer of the DriClime offers a nice warmth boost to those who need a little extra during their winter jogs.

Comfort and Mobility


The DriClime is quite comfortable. The internal liner offers a relatively smooth feel against any exposed skin, and the jacket is cut with a relaxed fit compared to most of the other models we tested. Our 5'11" tester opted for a size large in all jackets, and the DriClime is likely the only one that could have been sized down to a medium. The arm length and ergonomic panels allow for a full range of motion without feeling impeded. We even took this thing climbing on a cold, blustery day and felt comfortable without feeling restricted.

Overall the DriClime has a baggy fit compared to the rest of the field. Our 5'11" tester used size L in all jackets this year. The DriClime was by far the most generously sized.
Overall the DriClime has a baggy fit compared to the rest of the field. Our 5'11" tester used size L in all jackets this year. The DriClime was by far the most generously sized.

Portability


Where many single layer jackets have a massive advantage is in the portability category. The DriClime, however, isn't equipped with a storage pocket and, because of the added liner, likely wouldn't fit into a reasonably sized pocket anyway. Portability is where the disadvantage of trying to bridge the gap between single layer shells and softshells is most apparent. The DriClime is just about as portable as a heavier softshell but lacks the ultra-breathable characteristics. The other side of the same coin is the DriClime being just a bit warmer than single-layer jackets but significantly bulkier.

At 9.4 ounces the DriClime is significantly heavier than other jackets with similar properties. The only real benefit of all this weight gain is a small boost in warmth.
At 9.4 ounces the DriClime is significantly heavier than other jackets with similar properties. The only real benefit of all this weight gain is a small boost in warmth.

Visibility


Bright color options go a long way to boost visibility both during the day and night. That being said, our bar is set high, and 360-degree reflective markings is an expectation to score well in this category. The DriClime doesn't have any reflective markings at all, making it ill-suited for low light situations when running in urban environments.

With an embroidered logo instead of the commonly used reflective logos  the DriClime is the only jacket we tested with absolutely no reflective markings.
With an embroidered logo instead of the commonly used reflective logos, the DriClime is the only jacket we tested with absolutely no reflective markings.

Value


Overall, the DriClime is a functional running jacket. However, while this layer does have some redeeming features, it's difficult to say that it's a screaming deal at the current retail price. It's reasonable, but there isn't any one attribute that makes it stand out against the competition. Just as the DriClime attempts to bridge the gap between ultralight portable layers and bulky softshells, it also bridges the value gap being neither a screaming deal or a ripoff.

Conclusion


There are a few characteristics of the DriClime we would change if given the opportunity. The snaggy liner, lack of pockets, and relatively poor portability make anything but jogs around the neighborhood a bit of a chore. A few tweaks could help the added warmth and comfort shine, and make this a killer running layer.


Brian Martin