In spite of its low price, the Marmot PreCip still ranks among the best jackets in performance and styling, making it a highly economical choice for any outdoor enthusiast. With a variety of features for breathability and exceptional waterproofing, its lack of added bells and whistles do not affect performance when compared to jackets such as the Outdoor Research Aspire — Women's. It inched out just ahead of the REI Co-op Drypoint GTX in both packed size and breathability, making it a better shell for the lightweight minded traveler. The Outdoor Research Helium II - Women's ranks the highest for lightweight excursions and for those who plan to exert themselves, though it would be less functional for extreme cold weather and high elevations. Whether you are running errands or out on a mountain bike ride, the PreCip will keep you comfortable and dry while on the move. For the price, you can't beat it, but if you have the means to splurge, check out Our Editors' Choice winner, the Outdoor Research Aspire.
Marmot PreCip - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Affordable, breathable, water resistant, packable
Cons: Short torso and arms
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Our Analysis and Test Results
A highly functional shell, the Marmot PreCip will serve you well in all kinds of weather. This model has been a high contender year after year. With a highly effective waterproofing and a light, compact fabric, this jacket can accompany you from the low desert to the high alpine lakes and keep you sheltered from the storm if the occasion arises. Plus, it packs a big punch with a variety of technological advances to ensure your comfort in a wide range of conditions and for an array of activities.
With its NanoPro technology, double sealed seams, high neckline, a variety of tightening cords this jacket is full of watertight amenities that won't let you down if you find yourself in less than desirable weather situations. It also comes equipped with Velcro wrist straps, double zipper flaps, and a slick interior coating sealing its nylon/polyester fabric. This jacket beats out the competition in water resistance on a budget. With the high neck and hood cinchers, you can batten down the proverbial hatches for added water resistance in blustery weather. It performed well both in light and heavy rainfall, as well as when sprayed at various pressures from all angles. This shell will ensure you stay dry in any weather conditions, whether you are on the trail, scaling the side of a cliff, or walking just simply around town in a drizzle. The added velcro pieces to the storm flap were a big help when the winds started blasting and kept the front zipper from becoming exposed and saturated.
With its superior NanoPro technology, the Marmot PreCip's nylon/polyester fabric lets you move around comfortably while allowing hot air and moisture to properly escape the jacket. We also observed that wind wasn't able to flow through as much as with the Outdoor Research Helium II, but it does sacrifice some wind protection with its breathable fabric. Its microporous structure is air permeable, letting sweat out while preventing water from getting in. Though, what NanoPro provides in breathability, it also sacrificed in durability, so you have to take better care of this jacket by following the manufacturer-provided care instructions. We noticed with extensive use in the rain, the DWR coating wore out rather quickly and needed to be rewashed in a DWR finish.
The PreCip also has large, inner mesh pockets that allow for better core air circulation, keeping you comfortable even while putting in a full aerobic day. Plus, this shell has ample pit zips to give you added airflow where and when you need it most.
The downside to the NanoPro technology is that it does not provide the same wind protection as the other jackets. Testers felt chilled rather quickly in blustery, cold, and damp conditions in the PreCip compared to some of the other jackets we tested.
With its fitted style perfect for the female figure and its light fabric, the PreCip offers superior comfort for an array of activities, from hiking and climbing to fishing and kayaking. And, its nylon/polyester blend gives you added flexibility for extreme movement in extreme weather. It also has a DryTouch finish, so you can easily slip it on and off, as this technology prevents condensation and stickiness from trapped moisture.
It offers some extra room for wearing warm or protective layers underneath, and Marmot seems to have increased the sleeve length since last year's model, giving you generous length to keep you protected. Its Angel-Wing Movement facilitates free-range movement for activities that require you to use your full range of motion.
Moreover, Marmot kept your comfort at top-of-mind when designing this rain jacket, with a DriClime lined chin guard to prevent chafing when you have it zipped all the way up and wicking sweat away from your neck. The PreCip also has a Velcro adjuster on the back of the hood, so you can wear it extended with a helmet or tighten it down for wearing without a helmet.
At 8.4 ounces, the PreCip scored second to the Outdoor Research Helium II in weight, coming in as very near to an ultralight. With its fairly simple design and very lightweight fabric, this jacket will serve as a great shell for backpacking or other lightweight travel.
In spite of its light weight, the fabric of this jacket it highly durable, and its seams are reinforced adding not just extra waterproofing, but also keeping this shell in one piece in spite of extreme use. As long as you follow the manufacturer's care guidelines due to the vulnerabilities of the NanoPro technology, this jacket will last you for many years.
At just over 111 cubic inches when fully packed down, this jacket ranked among the smallest, thanks to its lightweight fabric and lack of added stiffness. With its soft hood and mesh pockets, this shell cuts down on bulk, making it a great option for minimalist travel or just throwing down in the bottom of your daypack for unpredictable weather.
Performing well as an on the go rain shell, with its lightweight and condensed packed size, the PreCip also serves well as a daily commuter rain shell. With a simple yet sleek design, you can wear it over a work outfit, or when you are cruising down the hills on your bike. It will serve you well is you are unsure about pursuing an outdoor activity that might expose you to inclement weather, or you are just a thrifty shopper.
Retailing at just $100, the PreCip offers a great value and solid performance. In spite of its low price point, this jacket scored with high points in most of the categories tested, ranking among the best in water resistance, breathability, and weight. This value makes the PreCip a great buy for everyone from big-city dwellers using this rain jacket for around-the-town use to the avid outdoor adventurer.
This affordable rain shell performs well in even the heaviest of downpours. It packs a big punch with a variety of bells and whistles and offers a cutting-edge fabric technology to keep you dry and comfortable so you can focus on the activity at hand. And, with its low price point, it can serve as an excellent shell for throwing in your bag as a just-in-case measure, or it can accompany you on all your outdoor drizzly adventures.
— Katherine Elliott & Holly Zynda