November, 2013: The Aegis Jacket is No Longer Available
Marmot's Aegis Jacket is our testers' favorite, winning it our Editors' Choice Award. Unfortunately, the Aegis Jacket has been discontinued. The Marmot Precip, $100, is the best value out of all the rain jackets we tested and it wins our Best Buy Award, while the Montane Minimus, $238, falls in a similar price category and wins our Top Pick Award.
The Aegis Jacket is essentially the same jacket as the Marmot Oracle (our previous Editors' Choice winner), but with this jacket Marmot has trimmed some of the fat, making it lighter while retaining the same level of comfort and weather protection. The Aegis is comfortable, completely waterproof, and has enough features on it to stand out, without being cumbersome.
It proved itself to be a more than competent barrier against the elements, being wind resistant as well as waterproof. The storm flap on the main zipper keeps water from leaking in through the front and the waterproof zippers on the pockets prevent water from seeping inside. We experienced no leaking on the seams, and the hood keeps the head and face dry.