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Marmot Ion Windshirt - $29.83 at REI
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Robert Stanek
(rstanek) - M

Locale: Southeast, Atlanta, GA
Marmot Ion Windshirt - $29.83 at REI on 07/10/2007 16:43:39 MDT Print View

not a bad price.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Marmot Ion Windshirt - $29.83 at REI on 07/12/2007 20:03:19 MDT Print View

Wow, that's 40% off a brand name jacket that just got updated this year! Wonder why???

I already have one in size Large, but it's a tad too big for me, so I am going to take advantage of the discount and order a Medium. If it fits better, then I will sell my Large.

Thanks for the 'heads up', Robert!

Edited by ben2world on 07/12/2007 20:24:17 MDT.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Ion on 07/13/2007 08:06:24 MDT Print View

I just ordered a Large from REI. I am not sure how useful I will find a windshirt as I normally carry my GoLite Phantom rain jacket anyways, but at that price I figured why not. I just hope that the jacket turns out to be much more breathable than the Gore Tex in my raincoat

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Ion on 07/13/2007 11:40:28 MDT Print View

As mentioned above, I already have a Marmot Ion -- current model, in size large. It's pretty breathable, definitely more so than anything with a Goretex laminate. Do post your experience once you get your new Marmot.

gdinero senior
(gmoney) - F
Re: Re: Ion on 07/13/2007 12:44:41 MDT Print View

I bought one from REI in two weeks ago in Size medium for the $30 price tag.

It weighs just under 5 oz's on my kitchen digital scale. The surface seems like non-breathable crap you get on the cheap rain coats, and there is nothing on the tag to indicate that it's a 2007 other than the Marmot model number.

All in all, compared to my Chinook, it's heavier, feels more substantial, and when I wore it briefly in some winds, felt like it was no more wind proof. Even given the great price, I'm leaning toward returning it. Not really into spending money on things that only half work.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Ion on 07/13/2007 12:58:19 MDT Print View

I've only "played around" with a Chinook a few years ago, so absolutely no real experience whatsoever. I suspect that the breathability of both is pretty comparable. In that regard, I wouldn't waste $30 on another jacket that does more or less the same thing.

As mentioned above, I find the current Ion pretty breathable -- much more breathable than the 2005 model.

When it comes to rain jacket -- 100% waterproof aside -- we all want the most breathable model we can afford. But when it comes to a wind jacket, I don't believe more breathability is always better! Of course, we would want the wind jacket to be breathable enough... but without a PU coating, too much breathability can be a bad thing -- as it also means too little wind blocking ability. We want some balance of both.

To me, the current Marmot Ion provides a good balance between sufficient breathability and sufficient wind blocking.

gdinero senior
(gmoney) - F
Re: Re: Ion on 07/13/2007 23:48:13 MDT Print View

My cats put some holes in my Chinook when I left it lying around the house; that's the only reason I picked up the Ion.

I love my Chinook, but it is nowhere near as breathable as the Drop Stoppers (assuming DriDucks same permeability as the Drop Stoppers, should apply similarly). I have overheated a little hiking in the Chinook in conditions that warranted light rain protection.

I haven't really done a great job of field testing the new Ion, but even still, leaning toward returning it.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Ion on 07/14/2007 01:19:42 MDT Print View

I would say test it and give it a chance... but then, most places, it's just too darn hot to test any kind of jacket right now! :)