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Marmot PreCip Jacket Review
Marmot Description: Marmot PreCip Waterproof Jacket.
The PreCip Jacket is reliable, value-oriented, full-function rainwear for backcountry and urban travelers alike.
PreCip® is our “next step” technology that enables us to construct the lightest, most compressible, technical, waterproof and breathable rainwear in the world. Ventilated and breathable to keep you dry from the inside, PreCip® rainwear has plenty of pockets and custom fit features to keep you warm, dry and comfortable.
The new PreCip® coating is now more waterproof, more breathable and more comfortable to wear. We’ve added ceramic particles in the coating for added durability, waterproof reliability and Dry Touch comfort. The key to PreCip® is its barrier technology: a microporous polyurethane that is impregnated with silicon dioxide particles. These particles create small, numerous, very consistent holes that allow the barrier to pass small water vapor molecules but not the bigger liquid ones. This keeps the rain out while letting your sweat vapor work its way outside, away from your body, to keep you dry from the inside as well as from the outside. PreCip® rainwear is compressible enough to stuff into a water bottle and comes in enough colors and styles to travel with you anywhere– to the mountains, the city or overseas.
For an inexpensive (about US$100) waterproof, breathable and lightweight jacket we’re impressed with the Marmot PreCip! The ventilation is excellent, helped by 15-inch pit zips, two large mesh chest pockets and a roll-away (into the collar) hood. The front zipper is heavy duty and gets extra waterproofing backup from the velco-fastened stormflap that can cover it. The chest pockets are perfectly placed for ease of access when wearing a backpack.
We were especially impressed by the durability of the jacket material – especially after Jill was attacked by a Barbary Macaque (monkey) in Gibraltar. The jacket stood up to this nasty creature as it went for an apple in the pocket and tried its best to rip it off Jill’s back. Needless to say, the monkey was worse off after the experience than the jacket!
During the heaviest rainfall the jacket kept us dry – inside and out. When the weather wasn’t cooperating and we were hiking with fully-loaded packs, the breathability of the material proved itself time and time again. The sleeves are easy to adjust by the velcro fastening and are roomy enough for wearing over a sweater or fleece. The roll-away hood stays tucked inside the jacket collar for the most part – but not 100%.
This jacket is lightweight and compact to boot – just what we need for travelling the globe. Whether hiking, biking, sightseeing, boating or outdoor concert going, the Marmot PreCip jacket is the perfect companion.
This product was tested and reviewed by Viv Chapleo & Jill Hoelting, WAVE Journey Co-Founders.