This weekend, Earth Day looms with greater significance than ever. You can’t read the news without reading about the Weather Channel trying desperately to hammer home the reality of climate change, or microplastics sweeping into the farthest reaches of the globe.
Even such an innocuous act as wearing a rain jacket can have deleterious effects. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) are a chemical that is commonly used in the application of durable water repellent (DWR), which is used to treat many waterproof performance textiles that are currently on the market. PFCs accumulate in soil and water, and are known carcinogens.
Although many companies are making huge strides towards using PFC-free materials, PFC-laden Gore-Tex is still the gold standard. It’s hard to find high-performance rain jackets that eliminate PFCs entirely. But Marmot’s Eclipse does. While the Eclipse was not my favorite rain jacket for hiking, biking, or running, its combination of forward-thinking, sustainable tech is worth highlighting.
The proprietary name for the technology is EvoDry, which is PFC-free. Marmot also claims that EvoDry will keep the jacket waterproof for its entire lifetime. You’ll have to check in with me in 10 years, but so far the Eclipse is doing a great job of