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Marmot PreCip Eco Review

A great jacket that offers above-average breathability, with an excellent price tag.
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Price:  $100 List | $69.73 at REI
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Pros:  Better breathability than others in its price range, decent ventilation, roll away hood, nice pit zips, affordable
Cons:  No chest pocket, not quite as breathable as models that use non-coated membrane
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Ian Nicholson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 26, 2019
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  • Water Resistance - 30% 7
  • Breathability & Venting - 25% 6
  • Comfort & Mobility - 20% 7
  • Weight - 15% 7
  • Durability - 5% 6
  • Packed Size - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket is a time tested piece of weather protection that has been produced for over 20 years and still packs quite a punch for its price tag. We appreciate the hood design, effective cuff closures, and above-average breathability, which makes it an excellent do-everything jacket. It's light enough to carry on extended backpacking and climbing trips, and it's sufficiently ventilated for high energy activities, especially as a more price-pointed model. The hood tucks away in the event you'd like to wear a hat or if you're using your jacket around town, and the large hand pockets can hold keys, phone, and gloves with no problem. This model is a former winner of our Best Buy Award and remains an excellent rain shell for the price.


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Pros Better breathability than others in its price range, decent ventilation, roll away hood, nice pit zips, affordableTop-tier storm-worthiness, mobility and range of motion, hood design, long-lasting DWR, exceptional breathability, harness and hip-belt friendly pocketsThe most breathable material in our review, lightweight and compressible, stretchy fabric, top-tier hood design, extremely stormworthyStretchiest fabric in our review, cozy interior feel, breathability, robust, pleasant low-profile wrist closures, hood design is comfortable and maintains good peripheral visionAwesome hood, fantastic fit, very durable, exceptionally versatile, good breathability and ventilation, waterproof pockets
Cons No chest pocket, not quite as breathable as models that use non-coated membraneNo ventilation options, expensive, no easy way to clip to a harnessCut is slightly on the boxy side, not as durable as other modelsNo chest pocket, hood doesn't fit over a helmet, size up this model to accommodate layeringHeavy for a "minimalist" design, slightly more expensive than non Gore-Tex jackets
Bottom Line A great jacket that offers above-average breathability, with an excellent price tag.This storm-worthy and function-focused model is exceptionally versatile, offering some of the best across-the-board performance in our review.One of the best jackets for backpacking and hiking, it's and packable, yet still provides top-tier storm worthiness.A solid alpine performer for mixed weather conditions, this mega stretchy model moves with you - without holding you back.While this jacket didn't win an award, it remains one of our favorites and is an awesome do-anything jacket offering excellent stormworthiness, functionality, & durability.
Rating Categories Marmot PreCip Eco Arc'teryx Zeta SL REI Co-op Drypoint GTX Rab Kinetic Plus Marmot Minimalist
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Specs Marmot PreCip Eco Arc'teryx Zeta SL REI Co-op Drypoint... Rab Kinetic Plus Marmot Minimalist
Measured Weight (Medium) 13.5 oz 11 oz 10.5 oz 10 oz 15 oz
Waterproof Fabric Material NanoPro 2-layer GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus waterproof breathable laminate 3-layer Gore-Tex Active Proflex™ 3-layer GORE-TEX with PacLite technology
Face Fabric and Layer Construction 100% nylon ripstop 40-denier ripstop (N40r) GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus 20D ripstop nylon Propriety Proflex waterproof membrane 2.5L 100% recycled polyester
Pockets 2 zip hand 2 hand 2 zip hand 2 hand 2 zip hand, 1 chest
Are lower pockets hipbelt friendly No Yes Yes Yes
Pit Zips Yes Yes No No Yes
Helmet Compatible Hood (not only fits but not too tight) Yes No No No Yes
Stows Into Pocket? Yes No No No (but included stuff sack) No

Our Analysis and Test Results

A versatile 2.5 layer shell with well-built features and an excellent price tag make the Marmot Precip Eco one of the best values on the market. Marmot's proprietary NanoPro technology breathes well and has several refined features, such as its stow pocket with a ready-to-clip loop, pit zips, cuffs, and hood that outperforms several more expensive jackets. While there are certainly better-performing models, these models will undoubtedly cost more as well, and the Eco will do everything from backpacking to rainy walks in the park - without breaking the bank.

Performance Comparison


It's hard to buy a better jacket for a lower price. While you can spend more money and get a higher-performing model  the Precip Eco offers plenty of functionality for the price.
It's hard to buy a better jacket for a lower price. While you can spend more money and get a higher-performing model, the Precip Eco offers plenty of functionality for the price.

Water Resistance


Whether out walking the dog or hanging out during a damp camping trip to the coast, this jacket gets the job done, even in the pouring rain. Using Marmot's proprietary NanoPro waterproof coating, the hood seals well around the face, as do the elastic cinches found on each side of the wearer's face.

This design is more comfortable across the brow and equally stable 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. The Precip Eco will keep your waist covered when reaching with your arms overhead. It beads water well, and the DWR proved durable during our months of testing, and a quick wash and dry restored it nicely after a few months of testing.

The PreCip uses Marmot's proprietary NanoPro waterproof breathable fabric. It kept our testing team dry both in real-world and side-by-side shower comparisons  and we are impressed with its DWR.
The PreCip uses Marmot's proprietary NanoPro waterproof breathable fabric. It kept our testing team dry both in real-world and side-by-side shower comparisons, and we are impressed with its DWR.

Breathability & Ventilation


The PreCip Eco has a sweet combination of ventilation features, which help pass moisture, keeping the wearer cool. The fabric used in the PreCip breathes better than most models in its price range. Understandably so, this jacket does not breathe as well as the higher-end models, such as the Outdoor Research Foray or Arc'teryx Zeta SL, both of which offered non-coated membranes and non-proprietary fabrics. Is this worth the price difference? Depends on what you'll be using it for. While this is one of the more significant downsides of the PreCip, it's still constructed of a decently breathable fabric when it comes down to it.

The main ventilation features include two large pit zips, which are relatively easy to operate with one hand. The lower primary central 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.

This model didn't offer anything exceptional in regards to breathability but it did perform better than nearly all the other models in its price range. Larger than average pit zips help this model dump heat and moisture. The only thing we didn't love about it (which was also true with most budget models) was it felt a little clammier than higher-end models.
This model didn't offer anything exceptional in regards to breathability but it did perform better than nearly all the other models in its price range. Larger than average pit zips help this model dump heat and moisture. The only thing we didn't love about it (which was also true with most budget models) was it felt a little clammier than higher-end models.

In theory, folks are more likely to use rain jackets in warmer temperatures when ventilation is vital (because if it is super cold you will likely want everything to be zipped up and won't want to "dump" heat), and more likely to use hardshells in cold and snowy conditions, when waterproof pockets are ideal. Even the cuffs have enough room to ventilate adequately at the wrist. You can cinch them closed if it is raining; otherwise, leave them open and loose to promote airflow.

The PreCip offers adequate mobility and range of motion.
The PreCip offers adequate mobility and range of motion.

Comfort & Mobility


The PreCip Eco earns a reasonably high score in this metric, thanks to its easy-to-use features and above-average mobility and range-of-motion. Even with the added bulk of pit zips and pockets, this jacket is surprisingly mobile and comfortable while on the move.

The hood rolls up and easily stows into the collar (AKA underneath, not just rolled up) for rain hat wearers or folks who want to tuck it out of the way. The elastic cord locks at the hood and the bottom hem and are simple and easy to use. Rather than have strings on tiny metal zipper pulls, this jacket uses zippers with reasonably large metal pulls. This may be the most natural jacket to operate with light gloves on, as the big, metal pulls are easy to grab.

The primary reason this model didn't score better in our mobility tests is it tends to pull back from our wrists while reaching further than other products we tested. This is hardly a dealbreaker  but should certainly be a consideration for folks with longer arms.
The primary reason this model didn't score better in our mobility tests is it tends to pull back from our wrists while reaching further than other products we tested. This is hardly a dealbreaker, but should certainly be a consideration for folks with longer arms.

The PreCip moves well during active use. Marmot calls its arm and shoulder design "Angel-Wing Movement." This jacket stays put at the waist and torso, 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. While we found this model to have good mobility and range of motion, we found the Patagonia Torrentshell to be marginally better.

This jacket weighs about 13 ounces and is more than light enough for most hiking  backpacking  or mountaineering trips.
This jacket weighs about 13 ounces and is more than light enough for most hiking, backpacking, or mountaineering trips.

Weight


This rain jacket weighed in at right around 13 ounces, which is pretty average amongst our fleet. The Outdoor Research Helium II, Black Diamond Fineline, and Patagonia Storm Racer are all half the weight and half the packed size of the PreCip, but none of these models offer any of the ventilation features or hand pockets found on the PreCip.

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

Durability


Marmot upgraded the external fabric (commonly called face fabric) that they used in this jacket for 2019. It now a uses recycled ripstop nylon for the face fabric, which is subtlely tougher than the previous model. Its zippers and Velcro closures are high quality and in line with other similarly priced models as far as longevity and tear resistance. For folks who feel they are hard on their gear but still don't want to break the bank, we found the Patagonia Torrentshell held up slightly better during more abrasive activities.

The PreCip stows away into one of its handwarmer pockets and compresses down smaller than many similarly priced jackets.
The PreCip stows away into one of its handwarmer pockets and compresses down smaller than many similarly priced jackets.

Packed Size


This model compresses fairly well and stuffs into its left-hand pocket for easy packing. It nearly disappears in the bottom of a daypack, should you want to be prepared for unexpected afternoon thunderstorms. When stuffed, a securely sewn-in webbing carabiner clip loop gives you carrying options.

The hood cinches down relatively well to help keep the water out  but it wasn't the best at maintaining excellent peripheral vision.
The hood cinches down relatively well to help keep the water out, but it wasn't the best at maintaining excellent peripheral vision.

Features


The hood on this rain jacket has 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.

The hood tucks into a collar rather than just rolling up. For folks interested in a roll-away hood  the Precip Eco's boasts the nicest in the sub 150 arena.
The hood tucks into a collar rather than just rolling up. For folks interested in a roll-away hood, the Precip Eco's boasts the nicest in the sub 150 arena.

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 performs double duty and secures the hood so it can roll away into the collar. If you like to wear a rain hat, tucking the hood away is a nice feature, and it's helpful that the hood doesn't just roll away - it tucks into a sleeve in the collar.

The Precip Eco uses two Velcro closures on its wrists  which help minimize bulk and the amount of water that might find its way into your jacket.
The Precip Eco uses two Velcro closures on its wrists, which help minimize bulk and the amount of water that might find its way into your jacket.

This jacket has pit zips with traditional zippers, which are protected by an exterior fabric rain flap; fabric storm flaps protect two mesh-lined hand pockets with traditional zippers. 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, and with one cord lock located on the right side, it is easy to adjust.

This model didn't cinch around our heads as well as others. Instead of a drawcord to pull the sides of the hood together from the back  it uses a small piece of Velcro. It does offer two drawcords in the front  but we didn't find this design to work quite as well as others.
This model didn't cinch around our heads as well as others. Instead of a drawcord to pull the sides of the hood together from the back, it uses a small piece of Velcro. It does offer two drawcords in the front, but we didn't find this design to work quite as well as others.

Value


The Precip Eco packs in a lot of performance for the price and has won our Best Buy Award many times over the years. Though it didn't receive it this year, it remained a powerful contender and nearly took it home again this year. Compared to our Best Buy Award Winner, the Patagonia Torrentshell, the Precip Eco is more breathable and less expensive, but the Torrentshell proved more durable, offered better mobility, and offered more long-lasting weather resistance.

One of the best jackets you can buy for the price that is still functional for a wide range of activities.
One of the best jackets you can buy for the price that is still functional for a wide range of activities.

Conclusion


This affordable and well-featured jacket is an easy choice if you want a do-it-all jacket at a great price. It will keep you dry around town or on a backpacking trip, and its NanoPro coating technology breathes quite well, especially when its wallet-friendly price tag is taken into account.

The PreCip's pockets are a pleasant place to put your hands when it's cold  as the low-profile zippers are much more comfortable than several other options which featured larger zippers. However  your hands may become pinched under a backpack's waist belt or a climbing harness.
The PreCip's pockets are a pleasant place to put your hands when it's cold, as the low-profile zippers are much more comfortable than several other options which featured larger zippers. However, your hands may become pinched under a backpack's waist belt or a climbing harness.


Ian Nicholson