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Marmot Precip Jacket - Women's Review

   
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Overall avg rating 2.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: December 8, 2013
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Pros:  Affordable, Breathable, Highly Functional, Packable
Cons:  A little less Durable, Not as sexy, Hood adjustment design, Heavy
Best Uses:  Hiking, back packing, general rain use
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Manufacturer:   Marmot
Review by: Erisa Coppernoll, Robert Beno, and McKenzie Lonh ⋅ December 8, 2013  
Overview
The Marmot PreCip is an economical version of the comfort-driven Marmot Oracle - Women's, and offers all the desirable features that can be found in a budget rain shell such as pit-zips, venting mesh pockets, and the ability to pack into a pocket. While not the sexiest in style; and lacking certain higher-end accents, the PreCip gets the job done at an extremely attractive price. The PreCip is very similar to our Editor's Choice winner, the Patagonia Torrentshell - Women's, but weighs just slightly more and costs a bit less.

If you’re seeking a functional rain jacket that will protect you but not take you to the cleaners, this is it. If you want a more compact and lightweight piece, try the Outdoor Research Helium 2 - Women's. If you want high performance with posh comfort, go big and choose the Marmot Oracle.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

A versatile, functional jacket, this is a trusty piece for weather protection with the added benefit of packing into a pocket. Though not particularly lightweight, this jacket can hold its own in the backcountry or around town.

Performance Comparison
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Hiking with the comfortable and relatively lightweight Marmot PreCip as a protective layer against wind and rain.
Credit: Jessica Fenn

Water Resistance
When we were running around town, jogging, hiking, or biking, the PreCip kept us nice and dry! The PreCip® Dry Touch fabric creates a completely waterproof shell between the body and the rain and wind outside. Our testers found the PreCip to be perfectly waterproof; we had no issues with leaking water in any areas of the jacket. The seams are all taped well, and the zippers are covered with storm flaps. From light sprinkles to an hour run in a deluge, the testers were kept warm and dry.

The only question we had with the design of the PreCip is that it felt a lot less sturdy than other jackets we tested. The material feels flimsier, and we noticed slight signs of wear earlier than in other test products, but this could be the ceramic particles in the coating scuffing differently than on other fabrics.

Breathability
Unfortunately, we discovered that when this jacket was used for high exertion activities, specifically in the rain, our own internal heat and moisture nullified the waterproof benefits to some degree. Luckily the Marmot’s PreCip has large mesh lined pockets that can be left open in addition to pit-zippers, to allow for ventilation and air circulation.

Comfort & Mobility
The Marmot PreCip is cut comfortably for easy layering. A spot of micro fleece on the collar is definitely an appreciated touch to keep your face from getting irritated in the heat of your adventuring. The addition of Velcro on top of the zippers at the side pockets created constant catching with the sleeve Velcro. Not a big deal, but an annoyance none the less.

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The cut, style, and features of the Marmot PreCip make it a jacket that is easy to wear and live in. It is minimal yet functional, and very affordable.
Credit: Jessica Fenn

Features
The ladies’ Marmot PreCip presents the same strong value option described in the men’s review, with a few design features geared towards the ladies. Similar to the Marmot Oracle, the jacket has been cut with a women’s body in mind. We really appreciate the Angel-Wing Movement™ design that Marmot has used in their jackets, which allows for greater mobility and keeps the waistline down when the arms are raised. The slightly longer-cut waist provides a comfortable, realistic fit that is well suited to staying dry in the rain. None of the competition came close to combining utility with value as well as the PreCip. The North Face Venture - Women's gave a more handsome first impression, but the PreCip quickly dispelled any existing partiality. We also really liked the veritable plethora (27!) of strong color choices.

All the zippers on the jacket are super smooth and the pit-zips can be easily opened and closed with one hand. The bottom of the jacket cinches up easily with a single elastic pull, and the waistline of the jacket doesn’t ride up when you raise your arms. The sleeve cuffs are adjustable and easily closed with a Velcro strap.The mesh-lined hand pockets are large and have more than enough room for your belongings, and the 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.

The structure of the hood is well constructed, but the back cinch not ideal. While the cinches for the elastic cord around the rim of the hood were easy to use, the rear cinch (that pulls the brim of the hood back and away from you eyes) was a simple Velcro strap that continually came undone.

Weight & Bulk
At 11.4 ounces, the PreCip is one of the heavier rain shells that we evaluated. However, it stows into one of its pockets and has a clip-loop so it can be attached to a harness or the outside of a pack for easy access, which is a huge bonus feature.

Best Application
A versatile piece, the PreCip works just as well camping, hiking, or biking as it does running errands and getting you from the office to the car. Since it can pack into a pocket and doesn't weigh too much, it works well for backcountry use. It is well suited to urban/suburban hiking, climbing, jogging, etc. and we wouldn’t hesitate to use it as a shell for winter activities in a pinch either. We definitely recommend it for any 3-season rainy-day activities.

Value
At Around $100 this is a high performing jacket at a great price. All the performance and none of the extra frills to add cost = awesome. However, it still costs more than our other Best Buy winner, the Columbia Arcadia Rain - Women's, but it is lighter and more packable. If you intend to do any hiking or backpacking with your rain shell, we suggest this one as the best budget option.

Conclusion
This inexpensive and high performing jacket is the perfect piece for a lady looking for a rain shell to do it all: head on backpacking trips on weekends and shield from rain during every day activities.

Other Versions
Marmot Oracle - Women's is the highly featured version ($65 more)

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Erisa Coppernoll, Robert Beno, and McKenzie Lonh

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Most recent review: December 8, 2013
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   Oct 7, 2013 - 01:33pm
ThatMariaChick · NW Georgia
As being that one hiker/camper/backpacker that seems to ALWAYS be caught in the rain, I decided on a nice simple lightweight no-frills shell. After reading several reviews, I decided upon this one. Owned this a total of 3 years so far.
  • First year, worked FANTASTIC and up to my expectations of a simple shell. Was water tight, breathable, lightweight, packable. Trusted it during a downpour.
  • Second year, noticed that it was easily stained by simple dirt and hard to clean. Didn't seem as breathable but still worked. I started getting a bit more internal condensation than usual. Noticed my shoulders were not as waterproof like usual. I attributed it to wear from my packs. I could wear in a short rainshower but would get wet after an hour of downpour.
  • Now in the third year. I cannot use this as a rain jacket anymore. The waterproofness has worn off completely from my wrists to my head along my arms, and also much of the upper torso area. I do not trust this jacket to keep me dry in a regular rain nor downpour. After speaking with a friend last month who owned this same jacket, she had the same issues and actually utilized duct tape on the shoulders and a portion of the top of the arms (inside the jacket) to keep that portion dry. She has owned the jacket 5 years.


Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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