Gear Review: Marmot Stride Jacket

Best Uses: Any Springtime Adventure
What I Used This Product For: Mountain Biking, Road Biking
Best Feature: Extremely Packable

The Marmot Stride Jacket is a super lightweight, micro-fleece lined wind shirt. Apparently it is legendary among outdoor enthusiasts. My boyfriend has owned this jacket for years and every single time he would put it on I would ask him if he was going to be warm enough… and every single time he would say “yes, Katie, this jacket is awesome, it’s one of the best jackets I own”.

About 3 weeks ago our Marmot Rep was kind enough to give me a Marmot Stride Jacket. At the time I was very skeptical of the warmth and weight of the jacket. I had never tried it on, never thought it was something that needed to be a part of my jacket quiver, but I decided to try it out on my mountain bike ride that night.<

The temp was in the mid 40’s, a normal spring evening, a slightly bitter chill in the air. I layered my Stride Jacket over a short sleeve tech tee and long pants, with an extra layer on hand, just in case I was right and the jacket wasn’t warm. I was cold in the parking lot, but as soon as I started pedaling the jacket started to work with my body. I warmed right up and expected to be drenched by the top of the first climb, but to my surprise I stayed dry and warm (but not too warm) the entire ride. I couldn’t believe how comfortable I stayed and all I could think about was how everyone should own this jacket, it’s amazing.

Besides solving all my body temperature issues when I’m riding my bike, my favorite thing about this jacket is that I can bring it everywhere. I can roll it into a teeny tiny ball and keep it as back up for a cold, windy day at the beach or fishing in the middle of Long Island Sound. I haven’t worn it skiing yet but I’m sure it is the ultimate spring skiing jacket and even better for a long ski tour. I’m so excited that I own this jacket and I wish I had discovered it’s wonderfulness 10 years ago.

A few fit notes: I am 5’ 9” and am almost always a medium in any jacket. I have slightly wider shoulders and a long torso and the medium Stride Jacket is a perfect fit, with no tugging in the shoulders. I say this jacket fit true to size.

Marmot Stride Jacket DriClime Technology: Marmot’s own moisture management technology. DriClime is designed for one purpose, to move moisture away from your skin, keeping you drier and warmer. The key is 3-Dimensional Wicking: As you perspire, moisture continually moves from the inside of the garment to the outside, away from your skin, where it spreads out across the surface to speed drying time. Since this is a mechanical process (not chemical), it won’t ever wash or wear out.

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