Marmot Precip (2015)

Features

Marmot’s Precip is a modern classic and is now using its new NanoPro 2.5-layer nylon fabric for durability and a little more condensation control. This material isn’t the best for breathability but it’s better than most at this price. You also get pit zips and two main pockets, which are mesh-lined rather than sealed, plus a hood with a large peak that isn’t as stiff as others. 3/5

Fit

The men’s Precip is available in sizes S-XXXL and the women’s in XS-XXL, with the fit being quite relaxed compared to some lightweight jackets. The hem tended to rise when raising my arms, despite the looser body fit here. The hood fit isn’t as close as higher-priced jackets and doesn’t easily move with the head either. 3/5

Comfort

At 327g (men’s L) this is light and the NanoPro material controls condensation better than other lower-priced fabrics, but a 3-layer jacket or a mesh-lined jacket is more comfortable, but of course heavier. The hood movement and fit are not great though and this affects comfort. Overall if you pay more you get a comfier jacket, but the Marmot Precip is good for the weight and price. 3/5

In use

The NanoPro material is a nylon ripstop so it’s very durable and also very lightweight. The pockets do take OS maps but access is easily obscured by a rucksack with a hipbelt. The hood lets this jacket down quite a lot though, as it doesn’t move well and the peak is not as good as a wired or more stiffened design. It is useable but not ideal. 3/5

Value

You are paying for a very breathable fabric. For the price the Marmot Precip offers good performance, but the design lets it down. 5/5

Verdict

The Marmot Precip features great fabric and comes in at a great weight, but its performance on the hill is limited by its design.  3.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2015

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