Gear Review: Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket for Women
For the past few seasons of hiking, Marmot PreCip jacket was my constant companion. Downpours over the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye drizzles along the West Highland Way, occasional rains in Catalonia or the I-can't-believe-it's-summer thing in Iceland. No matter what the weather threw at me - I was fine with my hot-pink Marmot.
But before I get into the details of why I really like and recommend the Marmot PreCip rain jacket, let's talk some general tips for buying a rain jacket.
Do I even need a rain jacket? The weather looks OK...
No matter the season of your hike, a good and light rainproof jacket should always find a place in your pack.
Well, unless you go day hiking in a desert, I guess.
But I’m a European, so rain is more common all over the year.
It's better to have one in your pack than risk getting soaked, then cold and miserable. In the best scenario, you have a less-than-fun hike, in the worst - you might risk hypothermia.
I think I have an old rain jacket in my closet...
You can’t just go and buy whatever “rain jacket” you find in a store, or, worse - deep in your closet.
I mean, you can, but you don’t really want to.
Old school jackets, that might still be good for a walk in the town, are not suitable for hiking.
They tend to be non-breathable and you will sweat like crazy under them.
Basically no difference to wearing no jacket at all – what’s the point protecting yourself from rain if you get soaked in own sweat?
When on the lookout for a good hiking rainproofs, you need to think about a few things:
- Comfort and ease of movement
Today the outdoor stores are filled with many options for hikers.
Some of the jackets are thicker, suited more for winter weather and are called hardshells. Those are perfect for the alpinists among you. Most of us won't need that level of protection.
For most hikers and campers, simple rain shells are perfectly enough. And that’s what I am talking about now.
There are also some thinner than paper to help you run fast on your ultra-trail challenges. But they are really expensive and made for the more advanced hikers, trail-runners, and folks who hardly ever take downtime from mountaineering.
So why do I use Marmot PreCip?
I’ve read tons of reviews before making my choice. Some jackets had great reviews and were highly recommended but were also simply way beyond my budget.
When I was buying it – over a year ago, I had to buy a lot of other pieces of gear as well, so I had very limited budget.
Marmot PreCip might not be a total budget option but is one of the cheaper jackets available.
During my research, I’ve read multiple times people advising jackets with pit zips for ventilation.
You will not be able to find a perfectly rain-proof jacket that is also amazingly breathable. It’s either-or. I can’t afford the NASA-level of technology in rain jackets, so I am fine with the amazing vents for help.
Whenever I was hiking, unless it was really cold, I had the vents fully open. I generally had also the front partially open, depending on how heavy the rain was.
The vents helped with breathability so well, that when it stopped raining I didn’t feel like taking the jacket off right away – I was feeling fine. Quite often I ended up hiking in the jacket for many hours b/c of the on-off rains and I wasn’t sweating much more than normal.
I also used it sometimes against bad winds and although it is not completely wind-proof, it adds some protection.
Fit and comfort of movement
The fit is very comfortable and I’ve never had any issues with mobility. It’s roomy enough that I can wear a few layers under it but doesn’t feel bulky at all. I just got a down jacket and I had no issue wearing it under it!
Marmot PreCip is just perfect for layering.
The hood can be adjusted to your needs, depending on the weather. As I wear glasses I hate raindrops falling on my face and the glasses so I usually wear a baseball hat to create a barrier. Otherwise, I think the hood would not be enough to protect your face from the rain.
Marmot PreCip’s fabric and technology.
- This jacket uses the 2,5 layer membrane. This means, it does not need a mesh to protect the membrane and as such is lighter and less bulky.
- The jacket is made of NanoPro™ 100% Nylon Ripstop. The coating provides both good water protection and breathability.
- Angel-Wing Movement™ provides comfort during your hike. I had no problem walking with my trekking poles, reaching up or around.
- The mesh pockets are not only great for holding some needed items but also provide another way for ventilation.
- It is made in over two dozens of colors – you are sure to find one you love!
- It weighs about 270 g (9.6oz).
What is Marmot PreCip best for?
Basically any outdoor activities and even around the town. It’s small and light and can be stuffed into your backpack or bag with no problems. It costs half of what some of the higher-end rain jackets do, so a great value, too.
FYI - I also own the Marmot PreCip rain pants with full length zip - and they are awesome. I used them only once, while in Iceland but they proved comfortable and very easy to put on and off without taking your boots off.
What rain jacket do you use? Would you recommend it?