A packable microclimate.

Marmot's barely-there Ether DriClime Men's Jacket is light enough that you might forget you've stashed it in your pack, but its utility will be apparent as soon as you whip it out for protection from ridgetop winds and light rain. It stuffs easily into its own pocket for convenient transport, while its DriClime lining wicks moisture when you're running or hiking. The shell keeps the elements off your back, while underarm mesh venting keeps it breathable so you can stay cool, whether you're knocking off a few peaks or going for a blustery trail run.

  • An ultra-packable shell to fight blustery alpine winds
  • Nylon ripstop fabric protects you from strong winds and light rain
  • DriClime lining wicks moisture to keep you comfortable
  • Jacket packs down into chest pocket to go along on any adventure
  • Mesh underarm vents keep you cool when you start to heat up
  • Hand pockets hold smaller gear
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

A Bit Small and Color not as Pictured

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

I returned it for two reasons - the first being that the color is really a dark teal, not anything close to something I would call Night Sky. I expected a gray/blue based on the picture on the website, not blue/green. Secondly, the sizing is pretty snug for a medium , i.e. form fitting.

Amazingly versatile piece of clothing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Uses range from underlayment on sub zero days to outer layer when it's mild and changing.

Great for Travel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

I travel internationally for up to two weeks while using one carry on bag and a small backpack to avoid the risks and hassles of checking luggage. Like backpackers, I pack for weight, space displacement and choose gear that has multiple functions. Unlike backpackers, I don’t require trail grade durability or extended protection from foul weather.

The Ether DriClime vest is an essential part of my warm weather travel kit. When used alone, the combination of the nylon exterior and base layer-like interior material provides just enough warmth for those unexpectedly cooler days, cold meeting rooms or freezing plane cabins. It weighs a third of an average sweater or light-weight fleece pullover and takes less room than a T-shirt. It easily layers over a T-shirt, polo, dress shirt, fleece or sweater. The chest pocket holds an iPhone 7 Plus and the zip side pockets offer security, plenty of cargo space and are lined so they’re a good place to park your hands. The high collar protects the entire neck, but doesn't choke when fully zipped.

I’ve slept in it on a plane. I’ve zipped it over a T shirt to warm up after swimming. Watch movies in it in cold theaters. I run in it in cold weather. I’ve worn it in one of those refrigerator-like hotel meeting rooms – envious looks abounded.

I combine it with a Patagonia Houdini hoodie and a Smartwool Micro 150 Beanie for light rain protection and warmth down to the mid-50’s. I pair it with a low or mid-wieght breathable fleece jacket in cool, windy conditions. The vest stuffs into its own side pocket, with room to hold the Houdini hoodie and the beanie. Together these three weigh 12 ounces and take up almost no space in the bottom of my backpack while providing extra protective padding for my computer.

Downsides and limitations: You can feel a bit clammy if get hot. While useful in mist or light drizzle, the lack of sleeves means no protection from rain. The slick nylon prevents hanging a back pack or brief case strap off only one shoulder. Unless you are really active, it doesn’t provide enough thermal insulation to be effective as a single outer layer below the low 60.'s It clings to fabrics like flannels. It is attractive, but has an undeniable technical look, so it might not fit all business occasions.

If I lost it, I’d shop around, but I would pay full price to replace it.

Ether DriClime Vest

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Beware of the zipper on this one. It's very lightweight. The lead in on mine broke off and now it's useless