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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
The Marmot PreCip is the economical version of the Marmot Oracle, and gives you everything a budget rain shell can be. While not the sexiest; and lacking certain higher-end accents, the PreCip gets the job done at an extremely attractive price.
Our testers found the PreCip to be perfectly waterproof. From light sprinkles to an hour run in a deluge, the testers were kept nice and dry. The hood was generally solid and the hood cinches are easy to reach and easy to operate. It also lacks a quality cinch in the back, substituting instead a Velcro strap that often came undone. The collar has some fuzzy micro fleece lining to keep the chin warm and safe from chafe. And the cuffs closed up nice and easy 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 are smooth and straightforward, the pit zips were easy to operate with one hand, and all the zippers are covered up with storm flaps.
While there are just two mesh lined pockets, they give you plenty of room for your belongings and ventilation.
The PreCip was not the most eye-catching jacket in the test group, but it is highly functional, lightweight, cute enough and goes for a great price. The fabric on the PreCip didn’t show itself to be as durable as some of the other jackets that we tested, so we’re not sure how long you can expect it to last forever. It’s also one of the heaviest we tested, but packs down nice and neat into one of its pockets and a loop makes it easy to clip onto a harness or outside of a pack.
If you’re seeking a nicely functional rain jacket that will take care of you at a great price, this is it. If you need something along the same lines, but slightly more compact and light-weight take a look at the Patagonia Torrentshell. And if money’s no issue and you are looking for a sharp looking, super light jacket check out the Patagonia Rain Shadow. If you want the highest performance with all the posh qualities go big and choose the Marmot Oracle.
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Comfort & Mobility
The Marmot PreCip is cut comfortably for easy layering. The spot of micro fleece is definitely an appreciated touch to keep your face from getting irritated in the heat of your adventuring. Another thing we noticed was 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.
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 just felt flimsier, and we saw slight signs of wear earlier than in other test products, but this could be the ceramic particles in the coating scuffing differently than the other fabrics. The review group all concurred that this jacket was well suited to urban/suburban hiking, climbing, jogging, etc. We wouldn’t hesitate to use it as a shell for winter activities in a pinch either, but given a choice we would probably prefer a heavier option. We would definitely use it for any 3-season rainy-day activities.
There wasn’t a jacket tested that proved to be exceptionally breathable. Almost all of the jackets boast a “waterproof breathable technology” of some sort, but please interpret these claims loosely. Unfortunately, we discovered that when any of the jackets were 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 Rain Jacket has large mesh lined pockets that can be left open in addition to pit zippers to help with breathability. While the jacket wasn’t very breathable with the vents all closed, once we opened the pit zips and the pockets there was considerable breathability with little loss on weather protection. All in all, a good design.
PreCip® Dry Touch technology fabric created a completely waterproof shell between our bodies and the rain and wind outside. (no details on the psi are available)
Weight and Bulk
At 11.4 ounces, the PreCip comes in at a close 3rd to the Venture and the Rainshadow, our lightest entry tested. Just one of the many reasons the PreCip is our Best Buy choice!
Performance and price wise, it’s awesome, but if looks are your primary concern, the PreCip might not turn any heads. In our testers opinions’ there were definitely less attractive choices in our group so it will just come down to your personal taste. It has a somewhat boxy cut and some dorky looking elastic on the cuffs.
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. The slightly longer waist provides a comfortable, realistic cut that seemed well suited to staying dry in the rain. When we were running around town, jogging, hiking or biking the PreCip kept us nice and dry!
None of the competition came close to combining utility with value as well as the PreCip. The North Face Venture 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.
We found that the PreCip was also a good performer in our tests in spite of the low price tag. It is completely waterproof, and pretty darn breathable. We had no issues with leaking water in any areas of the jacket. The seams are all taped well, and the zippers are covered well with storm flaps. In addition to pit zips, there are two large pockets on the front of the jacket that have an interior mesh lining and when left open greatly increase the breathability. All the zippers on the jacket are super smooth and the pit zips were easily opened and closed with one hand. The bottom of the jacket cinches up nice and easy with a single elastic pull, and the waistline of the jacket doesn’t ride up when you raise your arms. The structure of the hood is well constructed, but the back cinch is well…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.
The pockets on the jacket 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 sleeve cuffs are adjustable and easily closed with a Velcro strap.
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.
That said, the Marmot Oracle is the highly featured version ($65 more)
Marmot Oracle - Women's is the highly featured version ($65 more)
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