Coming in as our review team's favorite rain paint for under $100, we found that the Marmot PreCip offers the best overall balance of performance versus cost. The NanoPro fabric proved to be the most breathable of any pant in its price range and this contender was among the most breathable of fabrics we tested. The PreCip offers the full gambit of features that most folks are looking for in rain pants for backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, or general outdoor use, yet keep a respectable weight and packed size, and are sold at a reasonable cost.
Marmot's Marmot PreCip Pant Version is nearly identical to the PreCip Full Zip we tested, but without the side zippers and for a significantly reduced $80. While full-length side zippers are great for ventilation, they're not a practical tool for hiking or exploring during active precipitation events. Because this version of the PreCip has fewer features, it will also save you 4.5 ounces, a nice bonus for the weight-conscious traveler. If you're planning on only using your rain pants as an emergency shell or for brief periods of especially wet weather, the PreCip Pant might meet all your needs at a nicer price tag.