Marmot Precip Jacket Review: Adventures Await

(Last Updated On: December 9, 2018)

Have you ever seen a marmot in person? You know – those squirrel-like animals that you see in the mountains. Did know that’s how the outdoor company, Marmot, got its name? Marmot, one of the leading outdoor clothing retailers, was born in April 1971 when University of California Santa Cruz students Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley were hiking in Alaska’s Juneau Icefield for a glaciology project.

Throughout the next two years, Eric and Dave began making prototypes of down products in their college dorm room. In 1974, Eric and Dave opened their first rental and retail shop in Grand Junction, Colorado and the legend was born.

In 2014 Marmot celebrated its 40th Anniversary and continues to produce high quality outerwear for the modern day adventurer. Marmot was one of the first US companies to use Gore-Tex fabrics in their outerwear leading them to continue to design the highest quality performance products.

The Marmot PreCip jacket has been a main staple of the Marmot waterproof jacket line for some time now. While the Marmot PreCip jacket is not constructed of Gore-Tex, it is a quality waterproof jacket at a budget-friendly price.

The Marmot PreCip Jacket

The Marmot PreCip jacket is built for rain. It’s seam-taped, waterproof, and breathable. It is basically everything you need in a quality lightweight shell. The PreCip uses Marmot’s NanoPro2.5-layer fabric that consists of a superior microporous structure that allows for air exchange to shed excess moisture vapor without compromising its incredible waterproofing.

Not only is the PreCip waterproof, but also allows for uninhibited movement with its Angel-Wing Movement making the PreCip jacket great for all outdoor activities. Additional PitZips and Pack Pockets provide added benefits for this sleek minimalist jacket.

The Marmot PreCip jacket is available in both men and women’s sizes and over 20 different colors so you’ll always look good on the trail.

The Specs

Material:Membrane/Laminate – NanoPro 2.5-layer fabric

Shell – Nylon ripstop

Chin Guard – DriClime

Fabric Waterproof Rating:10,000 mm
Fabric Breathability Rating:17,000 g/m2
Hood:Yes, stows in collar
Pockets:2 zippered hand
Venting:Underarm zip vents
Claimed Weight:11 oz
Colors:Men: 20 colors

Women: 21 colors

Sizing:Men: S to 3XL

Women: XS to XXL

Recommended Use:Hiking, Backpacking, Wet weather
Manufacturer Warranty:Lifetime
Suggested Retail Price:$99.95 (Women’s); $99.95-$119.95 (Men’s) (check this listing for the latest live prices)

The Reviews

The Marmot PreCip jacketjacket is an all-around great minimalist jacket with a few minor issues. It’s a favorite lightweight waterproof jacket amongst backpackers, travelers, hikers, and rock climbers because of its waterproof yet breathable fabric. The 2015 PreCip was recently updated with Marmot’s NanoPro 2.5-layer coated fabric that increases its waterproofness and quality.

The PreCip is similar to Patagonia’s Torrentshell and North Face’s Venture jackets, but the PreCip’s quality hood and cuff closures and superior breathability set it miles ahead of its competitors.

The PreCip jacket is designed to keep you dry and comfortable. It is constructed of high quality yet lightweight materials with full seam taping to keep out every drop of water. While most hikers find the fabric to keep water out while they are hiking or running around town, a few reviewers found that after significant wear that water starts to leak through the seams.

The hood seals well around the face and can be adjusted to fit around a helmet. The wrist cuffs seal nicely around the wrists with quality Velcro tabs; however, a few reviews mentioned that over time the quality of the Velcro deteriorates. One hiker with an older model PreCip found her jacket to leak around the seams a little after several months of wear and fixed the leakage issue with a waterproofing treatment.

The new NanoPro fabric should fix this problem in earlier models. Remember that Marmot offers a lifetime warranty so if something happens to your jacket; send it back.

Nothing is worst than a waterproof jacket that keeps the rain out, but the sweat in. The Marmot PreCip jacket is one of the best on the market for breathability. The NanoPro 2.5-layer fabric is dynamically air-permeable and more breathable than other similar fabrics on the market today.

Additionally, the PreCip stands out against its competitors with its other ventilation features like the pit zips and mesh-lined hand pockets. One reviewer found that the PreCip jacket is the perfect jacket for trail running on rainy cold days because of its breathability. However, one reviewer mentioned that her jacket seemed to hold in odor more than her other jackets.

The Marmot PreCip jacket is designed for outdoor activity use. As hikers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts, you need to move in your jacket.

The PreCip is designed with Marmot’s Angel-Wing Movement technology that allows for a full range of motion in the shoulder area, yet continues to keep the jacket from riding up your back as you raise your hands above your head. One review loves wearing his PreCip jacket while fly-fishing because of the Angel-Wing Movement technology.

For such an affordable jacket, Marmot didn’t skimp on the quality of the small details. The collar has a small microfleece patch at the chin for added comfort. Instead of using tiny strings for zipper pulls, Marmot used zippers with large metal pulls that work well for those with fat fingers or gloved hands.

The jacket weighs in at 11.2 ounces making it one of the lightest jackets constructed of 2.5-layer fabrics on the market. Due to its lightweight design, the jacket stuffs right into its left-hand pocket for carrying in your backpack when the weather clears.

The men’s PreCip jacket comes in a whopping 20 different colors, although certain colors are hard to find with some online retailers. Men’s sizing ranges from small to 3XL and sizing seems to run true to size.

The women’s PreCip jacket offers 21 different colors ranging from pastel to traditional colors. Women’s sizing of the PreCip runs from extra small to extra large and runs true to size. The retail price of the jacket is $99.95 (check this listing for the latest live prices) and often goes on sale throughout the year at various online retailers.

Pros of the Marmot PreCip Jacket

  • Superior breathability and ventilation
  • Roll away hood design
  • Quality NanoPro 2.5-layer fabric
  • Pit zips
  • Angel-Wing Movement allows for full range of motion without the back of the jacket riding up
  • Affordable
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons of the Marmot PreCip Jacket

  • No chest pocket
  • Potential to wear down seams and cuffs over time
  • Holds odor with consistent wear

The Verdict

The Marmot PreCip jacket is a great affordable waterproof jacket for every outdoor enthusiast to wear while hiking the rainy Cascades or running errands around town.

The PreCip jacket is available in a wide assortment of colors and sizes for both men and women and has all the same awesome features. The newer PreCip jackets are constructed of a high-quality NanoPro 2.5-layer fabric that is waterproof yet fully breathable to keep you dry on the outside as well as the inside.

The little details like the pit zips, mesh-lined hand pockets, and quality metal zipper pulls, help set this jacket apart from its competitors. If you’re looking for a rain jacket at an affordable price, you can’t beat the high quality of the Marmot PreCip jacket. It’s a great buy in our book!

About the Author Sam Hardy

Sam Hardy is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for survival prepping. He writes about the great outdoors and his favorite equipment here.

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