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Marmot Precip Jacket (Women's)
OWNER REVIEW by Andrea Murland
September 4, 2009

Tester Information

Name: Andrea Murland
Email: amurland AT shaw DOT ca
Age: 23
Location: Rossland, British Columbia, Canada
Gender: Female
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight: 125 lb (57 kg)

I began hiking frequently in 2006 and have since hiked in Western Canada, Australia, and spent 2 months backpacking in the Alps. I spend most weekends either day-hiking or on 2-3 day backpacking trips, with some longer trips when I can manage them. I also snowshoe and ski in the winter, but don't have a lot of experience with winter in the backcountry yet. Elevation is typically 500-3000 m (1600-10,000 ft), in the Canadian Rockies, Selkirks, Purcells, and Monashees. I try for a light pack, but I don't consider myself a lightweight backpacker.

Product Information

Manufacturer: Marmot
Manufacturer's URL: www.marmot.com
Model: Precip Jacket (Women's)
Year of Manufacture: 2008
MSRP: US $99.99
Sizes Available: XS-XL (Women’s)
Size Reviewed: XS (Women’s)
Colour: Willow
Listed Weight: 340 g (12 oz)
Measured Weight: 298 g (10.5 oz)
Packed Size: (approximately) 21 cm x 15 cm x 9 cm (8.2 in x 6 in x 3.5 in)

Marmot Precip

Description

The Marmot Precip is a lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket, constructed from Precip 2.8 oz (79 g) 100% nylon ripstop fabric. The jacket has fully taped seams for waterproofing. In addition to the breathable fabric, ventilation is provided by one-way pit-zips and through the jacket’s pockets, which have a mesh lining.

Details The pit-zips and pockets have storm flaps, and the flap on the pockets closes with a hook-and-loop fastener. The zipper is covered by a double storm flap, which closes with a snap at the bottom and hook-and-loop fasteners up the rest of the zipper. The top of the zipper is backed by a DriClime lined chin guard.

The hood of the jacket has a 4.5 cm (1.75 in) brim in front, and can be rolled into the collar when not in use. For adjustment, the hood has a cord which runs through the edge of the hood to the top of the zipper, with a cord-lock on both sides; this cord can be pulled tight to cinch the hood around the face. In addition, a tab on the back of the hood with a hook-and-loop fastener allows for volume adjustment of the hood. To roll up the hood, I roll the brim into the hood, folding it over and over to form a flat “roll” until I reach the base of the collar. The tab for volume adjustment can then be slid through a dedicated loop on the back of the collar and re-attached to the hood, keeping the roll in place against the back of the collar.

The cuffs of the jacket have elastic for half of the circumference, and a hook-and-loop fastener for the other half, allowing the cuff width to be adjusted.

The Precip Jacket features Marmot’s Angel-Wing Movement, which is intended to allow full range of motion of the arms without the jacket riding up. The bottom of the jacket pockets is 15 cm (6 in) from the bottom edge of the jacket; high enough to be accessible while wearing a pack or harness.

The front of the jacket is 59 cm (23.2 in) long, and the back is 73 cm (28.7 in) long, from the collar to the hem. A cord in the bottom edge of the jacket can be cinched tight with a cord-lock on the left side of the jacket.

The main zipper and pocket zippers have branded fabric pull tabs; the pit-zips have a small metal tab. There is embroidered Marmot branding on the left breast, and the Precip symbol on the right sleeve.

The left pocket of the jacket has a double-sided zipper (pull tabs on both sides); the jacket can be stuffed into the pocket for packing.

Field Conditions

This jacket has been heavily used over the past 1.5 years. I purchased the jacket in the spring of 2008 in preparation for a 2.5 month backpacking trip in the Alps followed by 1.5 months of travelling (out of a backpack).

Mountains? I don't see any mountains.
fog in Austria
The jacket was initially used for rain, encountered a few hail, sleet, and snow storms, and was used a lot as a windbreaker. I felt like I was living in this jacket; I was travelling with minimal hiking clothing, and the jacket was used nightly as an extra layer for warmth (it’s not insulated, I was just desperate). Regardless of whether I had been wearing the jacket during the day, I put it on as the evening progressed and slept in it, usually with the hood up (with a hat, gloves, rain pants, fleece, and any other layer I could think of).

While travelling, this was my only water- or wind-proof jacket, so I always carried it with me, and as winter approached I continued to use it as an extra layer.

I have also used the jacket for some winter hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing as a light waterproof and windproof layer.

This jacket continues to be my primary jacket for hiking and search & rescue, and it can be found at the bottom of my pack regardless of how hot and sunny it is. I have also used it while rock climbing as a windbreaker.

While hiking in the Alps, the jacket was stored either packed into its pocket or stuffed into the side pocket of my pack; at home I store it hanging.

Review

When I purchased the Marmot Precip jacket, I was looking for a lightweight backpacking rain jacket; something small, light, waterproof, windproof, and not too expensive.

Comfort & Fit:
The Precip jacket is well-proportioned. I can comfortably fit a lightweight fleece under the jacket, and the sleeves are the right length. The hood and brim are deep enough to keep rain off my face and glasses, but not so deep that I can’t see out from under them. I don’t have to stare at the ground, either; the brim keeps water out of my eyes while I’m looking ahead.

The Angel-Wing Movement works as described. Even while rock climbing, I don’t find that the jacket pulls out of my harness. I certainly never had a problem while wearing my backpack. The pockets are easy to access with a pack or harness on.

climbing
Angel-Wing Movement in action

The pit-zips can be hard to unzip or zip; the fabric has a tendency to move instead of the zipper. I find that I have to hold my sleeve in one hand to keep the fabric in place, which makes it a two-handed job to use the pit-zips. A minor inconvenience now, but it took me a few tries to figure out a system that works for me.

The hook-and-loop fasteners on the pocket storm flaps have a tendency to stick to the mesh lining of the pockets if the pockets are left undone. Again, a minor inconvenience, but I frequently have to unstick the mesh from the pocket flaps when I put the jacket on.

This jacket had a tendency to pick up odours last summer; it didn’t smell very good most of the time. Of course, that probably had a lot to do with wearing the same set of clothes under the jacket almost every day while hiking for a couple of months – those clothes smelt horrible straight out of the washing machine! Sleeping in the jacket probably didn’t help either. The odour did come out with washing, and hanging the jacket outside overnight to air out significantly reduced the odour, at least until I put the jacket back on.

Packing the jacket into its pocket is straightforward. The pocket is big enough to comfortably fit the jacket inside without straining the zipper, but not so loose as to be ineffective for packing.

packed in pocket


Waterproofing & Breathability:
The waterproofing of this jacket hasn’t been perfect for me. In the first few rain storms, water beaded on the jacket and ran off. As the jacket got used more, the fabric started to look wetted. I then discovered in the middle of a wet snowstorm that I had water running down from my elbow to wrist on one of my arms. I wasn’t sure at first whether the leakage was from the pit zips or through the fabric, but a couple more storms convinced me that it was the fabric.

When I returned home several months later, I washed the jacket with a cleaner designed to rejuvenate water repellent coatings and followed the instructions to dry the jacket in the dryer on low heat. I haven’t had the jacket leak since, though the fabric wets in the rain. However, I have found that I tend to take this jacket more as a “just in case” jacket now; if I’m expecting heavy rain I take a heavier Gore-Tex jacket. I’m not sure that I quite trust my Precip jacket not to leak.

The breathability of the fabric has been good. I haven’t tested the jacket in high heat and humidity. On numerous occasions, I wore the jacket in rain while it was warm, and wore only a tank top underneath. The fabric of the jacket felt cool against my skin, and stuck to me a bit under my backpack straps, but otherwise was comfortable, if a bit warm. Opening the pit zips helped a lot with being too hot.

Durability:
The durability of this jacket has been great! I have abused it on-and-off trail, and it’s been stuffed in all sorts of places. The fabric shows no tears or other signs of wear, and the stitching is still in good condition; there is no fraying or loose threads. The fabric does not appear to be faded.

Summary

I was looking for a lightweight rain jacket, and the Marmot Precip was exactly that. Although the jacket leaked, treating it with a special cleaner seems to have restored water repellence. The design of the jacket is great, it packs up small, and it is one of my constant companions when I’m outdoors.

Thumbs Up:
Durability
Hood design
Breathability
Angel-Wing Movement

Thumbs Down:
Pit zips hard to use with one hand
Mesh lining of pockets sticks to hook-and-look fasteners on pocket storm flaps
Fabric leaked



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