For Christmas my kids gave me a REI gift card. There really isn't anything I need from REI, but I found an Essesnce in the Outlet store on sale for $94. Size L in Bonfire/Alert (hey it isn't a fashion show). I had been looking for an Essence on sale, but found that few retailers have any left at any price. Weight is 6.7 oz. Also, I think earlier models of the Essence use the same materials as the Precip, not the MemBrain Strata that is also found in the Mica and Oracle jackets. The older model Essesnce have a different color trim around the pocket.
I have an Oracle jacket and it "seems" to be more breathable than my GoreTex PacLite.
Also, I don't sweat as much as most people, so I think this will be able to replace my windshirt.
The elastic in the cuffs only cover 1/2 of the cuff, so it isn't tight on my wrist but fits perfectly. Feels loose, but keeps my down jacket sleeves from sliding out under the Essence jacket.
I also have been experimenting with a GG SpinnTwinn. I like all the room in it, and with all the coverage in most situations I can leave my bivy at home, which is really needed with my MLD Poncho/Tarp.
So, it looks like my shelter, rain jacket, and windshirt can all be done using only the Essence & the SpinnTwinn with a total weight of 16.8 oz, shaving about 4.5 oz of my previous set-up using the MLD Poncho/Tarp, Patagonia Windshirt, and MLD Soul Side Zip bivy. The only thing I need to watch is windy weather and make sure the SpinnTwinn is staked to the ground on the windward side. In wind, a jacket is much easier than a flapping poncho too. I am really anxious to do some crappy weather trips with the new set-up. On thing, Marmot states that the front and pocket zippers are water reisistant, not waterproof. Any thoughts on this?