Unlike lighter windshirts, the Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket (above) features a peach-fuzz DriClime lining, a two-layer knit that wicks sweat by pushing it from the inner surface to an outer layer where it dissipates. Mesh panels in the lining fabric (behind the arms) and in the shell fabric (at the pits) make this the most breathable wind layer our Colorado tester has ever worn. She also gave props to the elastic-trimmed hood, which shielded her ears from raking summit winds.
The hem cinches to reduce flapping and seal out gusts, and you get three zippered pockets—two hand and one chest (on the men’s version; the women’s trades an interior pocket for the chest). When the weather turned wet, the DWR finish repelled light showers. And on mild winter days, it proved the perfect shell for skate-skiing and similarly high-output outings. $100; 8 oz. (w’s M); marmot.com