It is an unfortunate reality that some clothing items aren't equally suited to both cycling and other outdoor pursuits (like hiking). Although I am always on the lookout for more cycling clothing, I spend most of my time off the bike (another unfortunate reality). Even on days when I venture forth for a long ride--say, eight hours or so--I'm still spending more time off the bike. It would be easier to justify spending money on cycling clothing if I could wear it to other activities.
I have what appears to be the most useful jacket in the world. Before I continue on and describe how my life is richer and fuller and happier because of it, I want to point out that it isn't made for cycling--nor can I find something equivalent in the cycling apparel world.
This jacket is the Marmot DriClime Windshirt.
I think I've had mine for at least a couple of years, and I just can't believe how useful it is. In a nutshell, it is a well-designed wind-breaker with a DriClime liner. The exterior is wind-proof with a nice DWR finish. There is a mesh panel in the under-arms to prevent over-heating. The real key to the usefulness of this jacket is the DriClime liner. DriClime is a light-weight brushed micro-fiber that excels at wicking moisture.
Unlike a traditional, shell-only, wind breaker, this Windshirt doesn't get clammy and wet on the inside. It feels like a very comfortable shirt, not like a jacket. When it is really cold, I layer it with my fleece. I can use it under a jacket, as a nice mid-layer (it wicks so well). Or, I use it to stop the wind as an outer layer. It works well as both. In fact, the because of the DriClime, it can be worn as a base-layer with nothing else under it. It is light, it is comfortable.
Lately, I can't seem to part with it. You see, I work on a computer almost all day (especially lately), and my body tends to shut down and cool down when I do. I'm always a little chilly. The Windshirt is perfect for wearing indoors. Also, it has been really cold outside lately. The Windshirt is perfect to wear outdoors.
I always have it with me. Actually, I always have it on me. Though I normally get my gear for free (for reviews), I bought this one. It is very nearly perfect.
The only problem, as I see it, is that it is too baggy (and not cut right) for on the bike. Marmot, please make a bike-specific version. I will buy it.Or, better yet, send me one and I'll review it.
Note from James:
This is the first post from Jon since adding him to the blog last week. Originally I had planned on talking about the Banjo Bro's backpack, but haven't had the time to get it together and Jon had this post ready to go. I'll have something on the backpack next week. Merry Christmas everyone, have a great Holiday!