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So, I didn't want to ask and then answer...
So, I didn't want to ask and then answer another question, but 'Write a review' requires a rating, which I can't give - I don't own this.
However, to keep inline with protocol :
What is the weight?
Marmot site says :
0lbs 4.84oz (137.2g)
...which is nice to know because :
$29.98 / oz
trail wind :
$11.96 / oz,
... these are wind jackets, thus only blocking wind and well, rain-jacket factors do not apply. So, it's down to dollar/oz really.
Trail Wind for the win in this case, it seems.
I'd have thought that judging them by price/ounce implied that you wanted MORE weight. The Trail Wind costs $80 (ignoring the current sale) and weighs 145g for a medium; the Tachyon costs $85 and weighs barely a third of that ? 51g for a medium. So really, if you go with the Tachyon, you're paying them $5 to cut two-thirds of the weight. Seems to me that the Tachyon wins this one.
Great lightweight windbreaker
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I've taken this out twice now and it is a fantastic lightweight jacket. Great design with ventilation on the neck, under the arms, hood that fits over a hat but will pull down and follow your head when you look to the side, packs into its own pocket for easy storage as well. Draw backs are when you do sweat it seems to get sticky and less breathable which is unfortunate but I am very happy in how warm it will keep me in high winds and cool temperatures.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
What a great jacket and it lives up to it's standards. Took it up to the UP in Michigan this past summer and loved it. Sadly, on a biking excursion, I took a dive and popped a hole in the elbow, but the rest of the jacket still looks great. Great fit, folds up to nothing, and a good price. Love it!
Excellent for intended use
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I took this jacket with me up to a 12k peak summit, and it kept me nice and warm over my base layer Smartwool long-sleeved shirt. The ventilation kept me from sweating on the trek uphill. I pulled the hood up, cynched it down, and put my sunhat back on over it to withstand the biting cold and wind at the summit.
On the way down, it kept me warm until I unzipped once back down from tree line. I folded it back into its own pocket and stored in my backpack at my next break.
At 4 oz, it took over for my heavy hard shell on many trips.
I have taken this wind jacket with me on every hike and backpacking trip. It works wonderfully underneath my down vest. I even sleep in it on cold nights.
If you are looking for an inexpensive, multipurpose, sturdy yet lightweight wind jacket, buy this. Just don't expect it to keep you dry in a rain storm as it's not a rain jacket.
Great for traveling because it is so light weight. It does the job just wish it was water proof.