Rating: 4 / 5
I have a love / hate relationship with my DriClime, which weighs in at 14 oz's. I find it best for day hiking although it has found it's way into my overnight bag on a couple of occassions.
It's a versatile garment. I use it next to skin when hiking in mid-temps (45 degrees), and layer in a l/s t-shirt at 30 degrees, and layer in a s/s t-shirt under that which keeps me warm when active down to 20 degrees.
It's kept off the rain during mild continuous drizzles or light mistings, with the DWR finish keeping the water beading right off me. Even when the shoulders start to wet out, it remains dry to my skin for some time.
It offers some nice features including lined hand warmer pockets, and a zippered chest pocket for valuables.
My size medium fits my 5'10" 160 lb frame pretty well, and it does not include a hood, which is fine with me since I nearly always pack a hooded rain jacket or hat.
If I'm on an overnight hike where I will be hiking in sub-40 degree temps, it can be difficult to leave the jacket out of my kitty.
There are three things I do not like about the jacket.
First, the weight is almost intolerable given my light-weight goals. If I bring my two t-shirts, the DriClime, my MicroPuff pullover, and a rain shell; the setup will keep me comfortable hiking or sitting still if dealing with a range of temps from 80's down to 20 degrees. If you added that up, it's 46 oz's which isn't exactly ideal for torso clothing.
Second, for me it provides little meaningful insulation for warmth when sitting still. This is a personal thing, and I am usually cold when others aren't. That means that I need to bring something with more substantial insulation with me if temps are going to drop below the mid 50's. I've also used the jacket for skiing and found it imperfect since I got cold on the ski lift going up the mountain.
Third, if the jacket gets soaked, it does not dry out quickly. It becomes a heavy impediment until the clouds break and I can lay it out.
I would rate the jacket a 5 if it could lose 6 oz's. As it is, the weight makes it a difficult choice for lengthy hikes. I have brought it on two overnight hikes, but really, it works best for me when just day hiking.