The weather is a tricky thing, especially on these spring days here in Salt Lake City. One minute, it’s beautiful and you’re 3 pitches up Pentapitch, loving live and stoked to drop down and climb Sasquatch before you head out. Next minute, you’re being pummeled by wind, freezing, and if you’ve got a Marmot Ion Windshirt, you’re psyched!
The Marmot Ion Windshirt is the lightest functional piece of clothing I own! At 4 oz (Ws size Small), you’re not going to get wind and water protection any lighter. With minimalist features, this windshirt is a great piece to toss in a stuff sack and hang off your harness for multi-pitch routes, or to leave in the bottom of a pack for days at the crag. It’s so light, you’ll forget it’s there until the storm clouds begin rolling in, or when the wind picks up just enough to make that belay uncomfortably chilly. Reach into your pack, grab your Ion, and let the fun continue. Also great for trail running!
Key Features of the Marmot Ion Windshirt
- Wind resistant and water resistant. The Ion comes with a DWR coating, so while it’s not waterproof, it’s certainly water resistant.
- That same DWR coating does limit breathability a bit. I actually liked my jacket a bit more after some of the DWR coating had worn off- it offered a bit more breathability, and was still wind resistant.
- Integrated hood
- 1 chest zip pocket, in case you need to stash a Gu Shot or a Cliff Bar. Other than that, no pockets, no frills. Just stripped down, minimalist wind and water protection.
- Packs down to the size of a tennis ball!