The new Marmot EVODry Eclipse is an innovation in rain gear. The company decided to ditch the traditional DWR coating that rain jackets usually use, instead option for a more environmentally-friendly and less-messy design that won’t wear off the way a coating does. Instead, they used a new 2.5-layer, MemBrain Eco fabric that is made from recycled nylon in a process that doesn’t use either water or PFC’s, reducing waste without sacrificing the most important parts; the fabric is still waterproof and comfortable breathable. It is then coated with a new Breathable Water Protection waterproof coating that is also PFC-free, keeps the jacket from wetting out, but most importantly, doesn’t wear off; Marmot claims it will never lose its ability to keep water out and will never need to be re-applied, as most DWR does after heavy use.
The rest of the jacket features all the usual details you would expect – fully taped seams, pit zips with water-resistant zippers. The asymmetrical cuffs have Velcro tabs and the hood has a drawstring adjustment. The pockets are also specifically placed to work well with a pack on your back. Marmot used their Angel-Wing Movement™, which allows for very free movement and mobility in your arms and shoulder for rock climbing and scrambling.
Finally, this ultralight jacket weighs only 13 ounces, making it an excellent companion for both overnight backpacking trips and dayhikes, as well as for running. It’s a solid new offering from Marmot, and we look forward to seeing other brands get in on the DWR-less act.