Waterproof, breathable, lightweight, and moves comfortably when you do: these are the gold standards for a rain jacket. The Marmot Essence delivers like no rain jacket has done before. One of three ultralight models we tested, it's hands down one of our favorite models. If you are seeking rain protection for high energy adventures, the Essence will move with you and keep you dry from the inside and out. Most features have been stripped away: this jacket has no hand pockets and no integral stuffing option. It's all business.
The Marmot PreCip, our Best Buy winner, also happens to be the second highest scoring product in our review. It's the best of the fully-featured 2.5-layer rain jackets we tested and a great option if you don't need something as ultralight as the Essence. With its hand pockets and pit zips, the PreCip is a more affordable model and quite versatile. Meanwhile, the Outdoor Research Foray, built with Gore-Tex Paclite fabric, is our choice for a burly fully-featured rain jacket.