The Eclipse wears its environmental credentials on its sleeve, and it’s pretty techy too. It’s 100% recycled, solution dyed jacket and is completely PFC free. The waterproofing is Marmot’s own ‘Membrain’ ECO and the DWR is not applied afterward but built in to the fabric.
The jacket is at the more substantial end of this test at about 380g. It’s comfortable to wear, the arms have a good range of movement and are slightly tapered with Velcro sleeves, and there are two big rib pockets, which mostly stay out of the way of backpack straps. There’s a single adjuster on the waist and a one-way zip with rear storm flap. The hood is a more traditional 3-way draw string affair and works well, moving with the head without excess flapping.
Given the slightly rubberised, slick texture to the inside of the jacket, I was impressed with the breathability. It’s not the most breathable here but it fairs well enough, and there are slimline pitzips to enable you to dump more heat. Waterproof performance was great. The jacket still beads as if new. I’m looking forward to a longer-term test over the winter.
► Verdict: Enviro-conscious 3 season waterproof with excellent wet weather performance.
► Best for: Cooler conditions, hiking and backpacking.
Review by David Lintern @