Kerr A.wrote a review of Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket - Men's on April 5, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
This Marmot PreCip jacket was given to me by Backcountry to review. However, the following review contains thoughts and opinions that are entirely my own. Before continuing I would like to include Marmot’s description of the product in order to better compare my thoughts with Marmot’s intended use of the jacket.
• NanoPro fabric is 43% more breathable than the previous PreCip technology, keeping you drier and more comfortable
• The jacket is lightweight, durable and compressible; 100% taped seams help seal out the elements
• DryTouch finish next to the skin reduces condensation and that sticky, clammy feeling
• Pit zips let you release excess heat build-up quickly and circulate fresh air when you're hiking hard
• Hood design with peripheral cord adjustment accommodates full visibility
• Stormflap over front zipper secures with hook-and-loop closures; DriClime® chin guard wicks away moisture and is soft against skin
• Zippered hand pockets allow easy access even with a pack on; one pocket serves as a stuff sack
• Drawcord hem; hook-and-loop cuff adjustments
• Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket, with Angel-Wing Movement™, allows full range of arm motion and prevents jacket from riding up when arms are raised
Overall, I would say the Marmot PreCip jacket has a standard, true to size fit. I am 6’0 and 170 pounds and tested the large. It wasn’t overly boxy but was also definitely not a slim fit. It was roomy enough to add a mid layer underneath but I was also able to wear it with just a t-shirt underneath during a warm but rainy day and never felt that it was extremely baggy.
I was surprised to discover that the hood did indeed fit over a helmet despite the jacket not being designed around climbing specific applications. However, it was slightly on the snug side. It certainly wouldn’t be confidence inspiring to climb with the hood over a helmet. Although, in a pinch, it wouldn’t be too frustrating to belay with it up.
First up is breathability. Although Marmot does describe their NanoPro fabric as 43% more breathable than previous models, I would be hesitant to put this in the category of jackets that are highly breathable during high output activities like ski touring or running (tested activities.) However, for less than $70 it is quite a good value if you’re on a budget. I also tested this jacket running in a rainstorm from around an hour.
Marmot describes the PreCip jacket as featuring the Angel-Wing Movement™. While I was pleased with the range of motion while wearing the jacket and skinning at various angles, I feel this is simply a result of the slightly boxy fit rather than anything specific in the design and construction. Regardless of the reason why, the jacket has a great range of motion and should accommodate any movement short of a game of Twister.
This is one of the best aspects of the PreCip jacket. In a nutshell, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Enough said.
At 13 ounces this is a nice in-between layer when regarding weight. It’s no ultralight jacket but you also won’t feel like it’s slowing you down on those long days in the mountains. Again, for the price, it is quite a sweet deal.
This jacket is best suited from hiking and other related activities where rain or winds may be encountered such as camping, fishing, boating or bike riding. I would be hesitant to say this jacket would excel in an extreme winter environment but I am confident it would get the job done. It doesn’t look too as an every day jacket either!
Overall: I would call this layer a general-purpose waterproof and breathable shell.
• Great breathability and ventilation for the price
• Pit zips were not overly large
• Good price
• Lots of colors to choose from
• No chest pocket
• Mouth pad wasn’t the most comfortable when fully zipped
• Average weight