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Pros: Affordable, breathable, highly functional, packable
Cons: A little less durable, not very stylish, hood adjustment design comes undone, heavy
Best Uses: Hiking, backpacking, general rain use
This is the best value out of all the rain jackets we tested, and wins of our Best Buy Award. If you want the most rain jacket for your money, get the PreCip. It beats out similarly priced competitors like the North Face Venture with its performance and ventilation features. To see exactly how it compares to others, check out our complete Rain Jacket Review.
This is the suped-down version of the Marmot Oracle, and offers just about everything you'd want from a budget rain shell. While not the most stylish, and not loaded with tons of comfort features, the it gets the job done at an extremely attractive price.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The PreCip is not the most attractive jacket that we tested, but it is highly functional and goes for a great price. It' is middle of the road in terms of weight at 13.5 ounces, but it packs down neatly into one of its pockets, complete with a loop to easily to clip it onto a harness or the outside of a pack.
The PreCip is completely waterproof. We had no issues with leaking water in any areas of the jacket. From light drizzles to an hour long run in a heavy downpour, the jacket did the job of keeping the testers dry. The structure of the hood is bomber and keeps the head and face dry.
This jacket has large mesh lined pockets with large openings that can be left open in addition to the pit-zips to increase air circulation and help with breathability. While the jacket isn't very breathable with the vents closed, once the pit-zips and the pockets are opened, there is considerable breathability with little loss on weather protection. All in all, we think this jacket features a good design.
Comfort & Mobility
A minor dislike is that we didn't find the jacket to be very attractive. It has a somewhat boxy cut, and the elastic on the cuffs is not as sleek as some other jackets we tested. Performance and price wise it's awesome, but if looks are your primary concern, the PreCip might not turn any heads.
While there are only two pockets, they are spacious with plenty of room for your belongings. One drawback to the pockets, however, is that they are mesh lined, allowing the condensation from your body to penetrate the pocket. This is particularly inconvenient if you have, say, an iPod in your pocket while running. On the flip-side, you can open the pockets for additional ventilation.
The hood is bomber with easy to reach and operate cinches. It does lack a quality adjustment in the back, featuring a Velcro strap that often comes undone and pulls the brim away from your eyes. The collar boasts a fuzzy lining to help keep the chin warm, and the cuffs adjust easily with a Velcro strap. It cinches up along the waistline with an easy pull on one side, and stays tight once cinched. All of the zippers on the jacket are super smooth and easy to use, the pit-zips are easily operated with one hand, and all the zippers are covered with storm flaps.
Weight & Bulk
This jacket packs down nice and small into one of the pockets. There's also a little loop making it easy to attach to your harness or the outside of your pack, making this an ideal piece to bring along with you on hiking and camping adventures.
At 13.5 ounces, it isn't the most lightweight rain shell. If you need something light for long and fast missions, check out the Patagonia Rain Shadow, Montane Minimus Jacket or the Outdoor Research Helium 2 - Men's
This jacket performs during any activity in wet or rainy conditions: from backpacking trips to around town use. As with all the rain jackets we tested, breathability is poor, so layer with a synthetic base layer during high intensity activities or suffer the clammy consequences.
Other versions and Accessories
The Marmot Precip Jacket - Women's, is the women's version of this jacket and also wins our Best Buy Award, as it offers all the desirable features that can be found in a higher end rain shell such as pit-zips, venting mesh pockets, and the ability to pack into a pocket.
The PreCip Pant, $80, is a rainy weather pant that features NanoPro and slips easily over your shoes or boots, as they have ankle zips. The fabric is fully seam tapped.
We like a lot of things about this jacket. It's an all-around solid, budget jacket. At only $100, it is one of the least expensive jackets that we tested, and let's face it, saving money is awesome. The fabric is not as durable as other jackets, so don't expect it to last forever.
If you seek a highly functional rain jacket that will get the job done at a reasonable price, this is it. If you need something along the same lines that is slightly more compact and light check out the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket If money's no issue and you are in the market for a sharper looking, super-light jacket, check out the Patagonia Rain Shadow. If you want the highest performance with plush features, shell out for the Marmot Oracle.
— Robert Beno and McKenzie Long
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