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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Gear Review: Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket

There's nothing this bargain rain shell can't do.

by: Dan A. Nelson

Marmot PreCip (Courtesy Photo)
Marmot PreCip (Courtesy Photo)

Price $99
Weight 12.1 oz.
Sizes men’s S-XXXL plus tall sizes; women’s XS-XXL
Info marmot.com
[best all-around]
Breathability can make or break a budget shell, and the PreCip outperformed all others when it comes to that key measure. “Best in class,” says one tester who wore it during a three-day trek with 1.7 inches of rain in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The secret sauce: Marmot’s PreCip coating, which has more and smaller pores per square inch than competitive fabrics, enhancing breathability.

Ventilation is also excellent, thanks to 15-inch pit zips, chest-high pocket vents, and a Velcro storm flap that repels rain even when the front zipper is open. Despite all of the venting features and the use of durable 50-denier ripstop nylon, the jacket is still lighter than most in its price range.

All testers loved the fit, thanks to 15 (!) sizes and tapered side panels that let us reach and stretch without causing the hem to ride up.

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Jim
Nov 17, 2012

I agree that after a time (someone here said 18 months) the inner lining does delaminate around the neck and other wear points. Other than that, it worked well when new (breathability and water proof) for me and my friend purchased one and it has worked well here in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
A general comment might be worthwhile if you are looking for a rain shell. Some places like Golite and Campmor have sales where you can purchase shells for half price or less. Do a Google Shopping Search for the exact model you are looking for and sort by price. You will be amazed at the price differences.

Will- Louisiana
Oct 10, 2012

The reality is that this jacket will keep you dry during chance showers and foggy/misty weather. If you need to stay dry for extended periods or in a heavy rains then you shoul be looking at outer hardshell type jackets. If someone knows of a light weight jacket in the same class as the Precip (regardless I cost) that can work as well than pleas share.

Doug
Oct 09, 2012

I have this product and all I can say is that it is no worse than other relatively light, relatively breathable rainwear that I have owned. In a moderate shower the rain beads on the jacket surface for a few minutes, but then the jacket becomes soaked. It was this way when I first used it. I have had two PreCips and both behaved the same.
To be fair, though, I really don't think anyone makes a rain jacket that keeps you dry in a moderate rain, assuming I am exerting myself at all. A rubber poncho works fine at keeping me dry, but only if I'm standing around in a cool rain and not hiking; otherwise, my sweat gets me as wet as if I had a breathable rain jacket on.
I am disappointed that Backpacker only seems to field-test rain gear. How about comparing rain gear in a controlled environment? Perhaps have someone put on a dry tee shirt and then a sample of a company's rain gear and stand under a given spot within a lawn sprinkler's reach for, say, 15 minutes and then determine how much weight the tee shirt gained. Then, try the same test with the same person and the same dry tee shirt, in the exact same location.

Doug
Oct 09, 2012

I have this product and all I can say is that it is no worse than other relatively light, relatively breathable rainwear that I have owned. In a moderate shower the rain beads on the jacket surface for a few minutes, but then the jacket becomes soaked. It was this way when I first used it. I have had two PreCips and both behaved the same.
To be fair, though, I really don't think anyone makes a rain jacket that keeps you dry in a moderate rain, assuming I am exerting myself at all. A rubber poncho works fine at keeping me dry, but only if I'm standing around in a cool rain and not hiking; otherwise, my sweat gets me as wet as if I had a breathable rain jacket on.
I am disappointed that Backpacker only seems to field-test rain gear. How about comparing rain gear in a controlled environment? Perhaps have someone put on a dry tee shirt and then a sample of a company's rain gear and stand under a given spot within a lawn sprinkler's reach for, say, 15 minutes and then determine how much weight the tee shirt gained. Then, try the same test with the same person and the same dry tee shirt, in the exact same location.

Jeremy Alabama
May 17, 2012

had terrible luck with this product--both pants and jackets. thought it would be good as i trusted the Marmot name, but like above I was wet within minutes. not a product to depend on if you need to stay dry.

jimmyjames
Sep 23, 2011

Impossible to find the big&tall sizes. Seems like this jacket is like a lot of other rain gear, when it starts to pour and the exterior gets soaked, you get wet. A friend of mine who does a lot of hunting and fishing from Alaska to Florida says there is nothing short of vinyl or rubber that does not breath to keep you dry and then you get wet from the inside out instead of the other way around. Look at what the deck hands on Deadliest Catch wear.

Anonymous
Sep 04, 2011

Anonymous
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Jason
Dec 17, 2010

I used my new precip in the Sierras Oct. 2010 full day of rain and dry as a bone. It was better than expected. Precip pants too. XL TAll stoked on size selection.

Dave
Dec 14, 2010

I think the answer is that you don't want to use an ultralite rain jacket in rainforests and you don't want to bushwack in them, either. I keep my Precip in my pack for those chance rain storms.

Ron
Sep 21, 2010

I purchased one in 2005. I loved it, great venting options, fit well but after about 18 months the inner layer started to de-laminate around the collar and hood.

David Texas
Sep 19, 2010

I agree, thought maybe i did something to it. Was in Colorado this July. It rained everyday and my precip would last about an hour than I would get soaked.

Josh
Sep 17, 2010

I have to add water proof spray twice a year to keep this thing from soaking right through. In the midwest, even with the pit zips, this jacket does not breath well. Look elsewhere and spend more money... you will be unhappy with this jacket.

DJ
Sep 15, 2010

After 6 days of rain on Mt Rainier, my precip was soaked, inside and out. Although it was stink'in wet, it did at least dry quickly. It did breathe well, wet and dry.

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