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Marmot PreCip Review


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Best Buy Award
Price:   Varies from $61 - $100 online  —  Compare at 8 sellers
Pros:  Better breathability than others in its price range, above average ventilation, roll away hood, nice pit zips, affordable
Cons:  No chest pocket, not quite as breathable as membrane models, DWR last decently long
Bottom line:  A killer jacket considering the $100 price offering above-average breathability among similarly designed coated waterproof breathable jackets
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Manufacturer:   Marmot

Overview

The Marmot Precip Jacket wins our Best Buy Award again this year. This time-tested jacket, recently updated with NanoPro 2.5 layer coated fabric, delivers the most bang for your buck. Top notch hood and cuff closures, along with superior breathability for its price range and solid ventilation features are what set it apart from the similar Patagonia Torrentshell, Columbia Watertight II, and The North Face Venture. The PreCip is an excellent choice for a wide range of outdoor activities and will keep you protected from the elements at a rad price!

While the PreCip delivers the best value, the advanced, exceptional breathability and fantastic mobility of the Arc'teryx Beta SL won it our Editors' Choice. The Outdoor Research Foray, with its unique pit zips won a Top Pick Award for ventilation, features, and durability. Lastly, we want to give a shout-out to the Outdoor Research Helium II, for its minimal packed size and light 6.5 ounce weight - perfect for a "just-in-case" layer or to let ride on your harness while on a multi-pitch rock climbing.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Ian Nicholson
Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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November 21, 2016
The PreCip is a very comfortable 2.5 layer shell with well-built features. Marmot's proprietary NanoPro technology breathes exceptionally well for a $100 price tag, especially considering its' pit-zips, cuffs, and hood outperform several much more expensive jackets. It also easily stuffs into a pocket with a ready-to-clip loop. Looking for one jacket to do everything and an affordable price to boot? This contender is tough to beat.

Performance Comparison


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Catching a cool-weather lake sunset in Rocky Mountain National Park. The PreCip has great ventilation features and we rarely took it off. It makes a great wind jacket top layer for cool weather.

Water Resistance


This jacket gets the job done even in pouring rain. It uses Marmot's proprietary NanoPro waterproof coating. The hood seals well around the face and the elastic cinches on each side of the wearer's face; it does not extend across the brow, which we consider to be a good thing. Instead, they are sewn into the sides of the hood at temple height.

We found this design to be more comfortable cross the brow and equally solid at sealing out blowing rain. The wrist cuffs also seal nicely with adjustable Velcro tabs, a feature some folks consider mandatory in their rain jacket. Additionally, this jacket will keep your waist covered with your arms overhead. It beads water well and the DWR proved durable during our months of testing. A quick wash and dry restored it nicely a few months in.

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The Marmot PreCip uses their proprietary NanoPro waterproof breathable fabric. It did a fantastic job at keeping our testing team dry both in real world testing and in our side-by-side shower comparisons. We were impressed with its DWR and it we thought it held up better than the comparable priced North Face Venture Jacket or Columbia Watertight II

Breathability & Ventilation


Our Best Buy winner's NanoPro fabric proved to breathe better than other jackets in its price range like the Patagonia Torrentshell, Columbia Watertight II, or The North Face Venture. On top of a pretty breathable fabric, this contender offered a pretty rad combination of ventilation features, further helping to pass moisture and keep the wearer cool.

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The Marmot PreCip features slightly above-average breathability compared to most jackets in their review. The PreCip does feature decently sized pit-zips to help dump heat and moisture when Marmots Nanopro fabric can't handle the volume of moisture. The PreCip's two mesh-lined hand warmer pockets allow for additional ventilation.

These ventilation features include two large pit-zips which are fairly easy to operate with one hand. The lower primary hand pockets are large and mesh-lined to promote airflow when left open. Mesh-lined pockets, in contrast to the waterproof pockets common to hardshell jackets, provide additional ventilation for rain jackets. In theory, folks are more likely to use rain jackets in warmer temperatures when ventilation is key, and more likely to use hardshells in cold and snowy condition when waterproof pockets are nice. Even the cuffs have enough room to ventilate a good bit at the wrist. Cinch them closed if it is raining, but leave them open and loose to promote airflow otherwise.

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The Marmot PreCip was slightly above average in over-all mobility and range-of-motion. Better than the Columbia Watertight II or The North Face Venture, but not as good as the Patagonia Torrentshell, Arc'teryx Beta SL or Outdoor Research Helium II.

Comfort & Mobility


This product received fairly high score here with easy-to-use features and slightly above-average mobility and range-of-motion. Even with the added bulk of pit-zips and pockets, we found this jacket surprisingly mobile and comfortable on the move. The collar has a small micro-fleece patch at the chin for comfort. Additionally, the hood rolls up and easily stows into the collar for rain hat wearers or folks who just want to tuck it out of the way. The elastic cord locks situated at the hood and the bottom hem are simple and easy to use. Rather than have strings on tiny metal zipper pulls, this jacket uses zippers with fairly large metal pulls that work great. This may be the easiest jacket to operate with light gloves on; the big metal pulls are easy to grab.

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If you like to wear a baseball cap, this model's hood plays really nice. The two elastic cinches that extend from the temple to chin allow you to snug up the hood without undue pressure on the brow.

This jacket moves well for active use. Marmot calls its arm and shoulder design "Angel-Wing movement." This jacket stays put decently at the waist and torso better than many jackets in our review, even as you do your thing overhead with your arms. The hood mobility is good, and it's another comfortable rain jacket that can be worn with a baseball cap. All that said, we liked the mobility on the PreCip, but thought the Arc'teryx Beta SL, Outdoor Research Helium II, Outdoor Research Foray, and Patagonia Torrentshell all offered slightly better mobility.

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The pitzips and cuffs on this model are top notch. These features, along with the mesh lined pockets, help make it one of the best ventilated model we tested.

Weight


This rain jacket weighed in at 13 ounces; pretty average among shell jackets in our review, but lighter than average among rain coats currently available. The Outdoor Research Helium II is half the weight and half the packed-size of the PreCip, but doesn't offer any of the ventilation features or hand pockets.

The Torrentshell and Arc'teryx Beta SL weighs only a fraction less; as with the Helium, neither offer as many ventilation options; however, the Beta SL does allow for better breathability. If you seek a rain jacket specifically for climbing or other actives where weight is of primary concern, we recommend either the ultralight Helium II.

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The Marmot PreCip offered pretty average durability, but is plenty tough enough for backpacking, hiking, or even occasional downhill skiing use.

Durability


Marmot uses a ripstop nylon for the face fabric of this jacket, and its zippers and Velcro closures are high quality. The Outdoor Research Foray and Marmot Minimalist, the two heaviest of the standard 2.5 layer models we tested, received the highest scores for durability. They are both five ounces heavier and significantly more expensive; however, if durability is what you seek, we believe these two jackets with polyester face fabric and Gore-Tex Paclite waterproofing will be more durable than the rest of the models we tested. Another jacket that is more durable but isn't quite as heavy is the Arc'teryx Beta SL (11 oz), which offers comparable durability to the two aforementioned jackets (though it doesn't offer as many features).

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The Marmot PreCip stows away into one of its hand-warmer pockets. It packs away smaller-than-average and compresses down smaller than many similar priced jackets like the Patagonia Torrentshell, TNF Venture, or Columbia Watertight II

Packed Size


Our Best Buy Award winner compresses well and stuffs into its left hand pocket for easy packing. While it doesn't come close to the compressed size of the The Helium II, it's the smallest of the standard jackets when stuffed into its pocket. When stuffed, a securely sewn-in webbing carabiner clip loop gives you carrying options.

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About as big as we'd want to carry on our harness: the Marmot PreCip does stuff into one of is pockets and features a clip-in point to facilitated carrying it on your harness.

Features


The hood on this rain jacket has a two elastic cord adjustments around the face, with the cord locks located on the inside next to your face. This design is more difficult to adjust when the collar is zipped up completely, but is more waterproof. A Velcro tab on the back of the hood provides adjustment to raise or lower the hood's brim on your brow. This Velcro tab does the double duty of securing the hood so it can roll away into the collar. If you like to wear a rain hat, hiding away the hood is a nice feature.

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The PreCip moves with you better than most other jackets. Marmot's Angel-Wing movement design provides exceptional arm mobility.

The collar has a small micro-fleece patch at the chin area and an easy to use hang loop at back of the collar. This jacket has pit-zips with traditional zippers protected by an exterior fabric rain flap. Two mesh-lined hand pockets with traditional zippers are protected by fabric storm flaps. The zipper pulls are at the top when closed, allowing some access to the pocket even when partially blocked by the waist belt of your backpack. The pockets are mesh pouches, and the jacket stuffs into one, which has a clip-in loop. The wrist cuffs have a Velcro tab adjustment and the elastic hem cinch; with one cord lock located on the right side, it is easy to adjust.

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The Marmot PreCip's pockets are a pleasant place to put your hands when its cold but they get pinched under a backpacks waist belt or a climbing harness. The low profile zippers are much more comfortable than several other options which featured larger zippers.

Best Applications


This model is a great do-everything jacket. It's light enough to carry on long backpacking and climbing trips and it's ventilated well for high energy activities. The hood rolls away if you like to wear a rain hat or if you're using your jacket around town. The large hand pockets can hold keys, phone, and gloves with no problem. Our testing team also thinks its durable enough for occasional downhill skiing use.

Value


This contender won our Best Buy Award. At its low $100 price point, there is not a more versatile high-performing jacket in our review for less money.

Conclusion and the Bottom Line


This affordable and well-featured jacket is an easy choice if you want a do-it-all jacket. It will keep you dry around town or on a backpacking trip, and its NanoPro coating technology breathes quite well, especially considering its $100 price tag.

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This jacket breathes well, has excellent ventilation features, and is the most versatile model we tested.

Other Versions


Marmot PreCip Jacket - Women's
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  • Cost - $100 (Same as Men's Precip)
  • Weight - 11.4 oz (.2 oz more than men's PreCip)
  • Solid, no frills rain jacket

PreCip Pant
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  • Cost - $80
  • Weight - 9 oz
  • Marmot NanoPro Waterproof/Breathable Fabric
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