At only 5 ounces, there's no excuse to leave the Marmot Ion Windshirt behind.
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Excellent, super-light weight, great fitting, packable wind-breaker. I'm yet to try it in rain but I suspect that it will protect just fine in anything but a downpour. I wish it had side pockets so I could put my hands in them when the hiking is easy but that's my only complaint and it's pretty minor.
thin really thin
never have a jacket this light. Have one as thin but that has lining. The arms feel cool when wear on top of a T shirt. But it is very warm if wear on top a long sleeve shirt. Unless you are very slim, it is a bit tight, especially around chest and neck area but acceptable. Tried a few drops of water, it repels them. Turn the faucet on it for a few seconds, it stays dry still. The back is quite a bit longer than the front, not my style, but usually can not see the back so it is OK.
There is a strap inside the hood, not sure what it does? for roll up and conceal the hood as one review suggests? Do not know how that works. Would love to conceal the hood if not in use, wind would blow the hood in all direction.
Too light you say? Not so fast!
Five stars for perfect execution of intended use, and beyond. No person claiming to spend ample time in the mountains anywhere should be without this windshirt, or an equivalent from another brand if it exists. The Ion holds up in steady alpine winds, scoffs at the occasional flurry, and offers great breathability for those in-between moments when you need a shell, but know that your GORE-TEX is overkill.Starting with a lightweight base layer (capilene 2 or equivalent), adding a Power Stretch jacket or R1 hoody, and topping it off with the Ion...you are seriously set for any high-exertion activities in most weather above treeline in any season. Steady precipitation and gale force winds call for more-durable shells, but the Ion gives you comprehensive protection on those "iffy" days. Plus it packs anywhere, and weighs almost nothing.
The only knock: slightly too short at the waist...or you could say my power stretch mid layer is too long. Your choice.
Will this windshirt stop mosquitoes from...
Will this windshirt stop mosquitoes from biting the way my nylon pants do? (i.e. the little buggers can't puncture the nylon with their proboscis.) Ideally I'd like to wear this while I'm backpacking on a sunny day--say, in the 70's. Perhaps a mesh backed shirt would work?
It will. The bugs won't be able to get through this thing. It breathes well enough in the heat. For hiking during the day in bug country, I prefer something like the Mtn Hardwear Canyon shirt.
Sweet. I love this thing, although mine is without hood... Great for the cool morning trails in Ithaca, NY. It's surprisingly quiet too, which I value in running apparel. Words.
I have more gear than I should, but I could not restrain myself. After buying one on sale for my wife, I had to add this wind jacket to my gear list. At only 5 oz with hood, this has quickly become my favorite.
I bought this jacket for my husband and he absolutely loves it! Great for long backpacking trips with limited space in your pack and questionable weather.
Only problem: he normally wears a medium in clothing, but it was a little snug and short in the front, so we had to return it for a large.
I go between a Medium and a Large. Which...
I go between a Medium and a Large. Which size should I go with for this jacket?
That is your choice. A medium is going to fit trimmer and closer to the body as well as be about an inch shorter. The large will fit roomier and be an inch longer
I'd say go large, since more often than not you'll be layering something under a windbreaker like this. Better to have it baggy when you're not layering than restrictive when you are.
The thing is, being without some way to cinch down the waist, the large is going to let a little more wind whistle up your front (it's roomier all around). But the large is also a little longer in front -- which many people prefer, since this is kind of a short jacket to start with. Pick one, see if you like it, and exchange it if you don't.
Just What I Wanted
I have now worn this windshirt running, mountain biking and backcountry skiing and it has performed better than I had dared hope in all three areas. It's light, has a reasonably athletic cut, a reliable zipper, a roomy hood and has been extremely effective as a wind-shirt not to mention doing a surprisingly good job of shedding light snow during two recent ski tours. To tell you the truth, I had assumed the Ion would do a good job of keeping the wind off but what had concerned me was its breathability. So far I could not be more pleased. it has stayed remarkably dry on several sweaty uphill runs, two uphill bike rides and a long ski climb on a windy but sunny day. Exactly what I had hoped for. I wish I'd picked another color (black is so -- well, drab) but otherwise a total score.
Great Shell, Lightweight, good price!
It doesn't weigh much, it won't shed a downpour, but it is great for layering, cuts wind well and looks great!
Very Happy with Warmth
I have to say that I am amazed by how warm this shell is for how light it is. I wore it with only a under-armor turtle-neck for a long run in snow and wind, when the temp got down to around 7 degrees and I stayed nice and toasty (of course I was moving).
very lightweight, but strange fit
while i was impressed with the wind-stopping capabilities of this ultra-lightweight windshirt, the fit leaves much to be desired. i like an athletic fit and smalls usually fit me just right (at 5'9" 140lb). the sleeve length was fine but the torso circumference felt too big.
with no cinch around the bottom (waist) of the jacket and a rather short fit that leaves my mid-section exposed when my shoulders are at all raised, water and wind soon both found their way in.
i will be looking for something with a slightly longer/slimmer fit and a cinchable waist.
Works All Day
I have 2 Ions. Both in men's size Large.
One is the original Pertex version. It weighs 3.155 oz. on my digital scales. It breathes very, very well. I wear it over a merino wool or poly shirt typically. It has been great over the years. I leave it in my pack as one of the 10 essentials. I've used it in the Andes, Rockies and Blue Ridge while hiking, cycling, sailing and paddling.
The other Ion is newer, 2006. I had a Pertex tag, but I think they started using a different DWR because it doesn't breathe as well as the original. It does resist water for longer. It weighs 3.327 oz. on my scales.
You weight weenies need to get a life. Variations in the DWR coating, fabric and what not, though within manufacturing tolerances, can explain the weight difference. If you want it to weigh less, cut off the metal zipper tabs and use cord instead. Dental floss would be lighter.
HI,I'm looking for a nylon jacket with a...
HI,I'm looking for a nylon jacket with a light fleece lining, does this jacket have a lining?Thanks
No, no lining.
Look at Marmot's Dri-Clime series for that.
IS IT LINED?
IS IT LINED?
Nope. Just a thing layer of nylon for stopping wind & mild precipitation. Super nice. Superlight.
Top reasons the Marmot Ion Windshirt rocks -
Efficient when the wind howls
Hooded for added protection
Easy zip on/zip off vs. pullovers
Keep in mind its designed for wind not rain. Putting gels in the front pocket caused some annoying bouncing, pocket on back or side would be better. After significant wear cuffs lost elasticity, both arent a big deal with all you get for the price.
Second to None
Having featherweight gear where you want it, when you want it often spells the difference between failure and success. That is where the Ion Windshirt fits in. Wind resistant, water repellent, and breathable, the Marmot Ion Windshirt is not just another wind breaker. It is a major breakthrough in wind-resistant garment technology. Functional, practical, and nearly weightless, the Ion Windshirt shelters you from just about anything short of a hurricane.
I bought this on clearance as a temporary wind jacket and haven't bought one since. I bought it because it fit and it was cheap, and when I only when I got it home did I realize that it's a men's item, not a women's, if that gives you an idea of torso room.
My only gripes about this item are the length and the hood pulls. It's a little short for more than casual wear, pulling up with arm movement, thus lessening it's effectiveness. I have a little bit of a hard time keeping the hood pulls in a tight position. They gradually slide loose, making for an irritating and sudden exposure to the elements. Other than that, it's a great item!
Love wearing this on a cooler,windier day.Keeps the rain away and yet keeps me warm....specially on a bike.Light wearing and folds up real small.Kinda weird tho....I'm 5'11"/170#/chest 42"... the sleeves are more than long enough and the chest has the room.....however the length is kinda short.Not overly but it is short.Blue is the colour.......is darker than the pic!
ounce counters beware
I was giddy at the idea that a hooded jacket could be 3 ounces- but ounce counters and gram freaks beware!
I have a Men's SMALL and my brand new calibrated scale measures it at 4.7
the construction is ok, but no drawstring at the waist and the drawstring keepers at the hood are flimsy foam that wont last. Should have used mini-mini cordlocks. Bottom Line: if you are going to advertise a weight, at least weigh the item.