As with the new Precip Jacket, Marmot is using its new NanoPro waterproof and breathable fabric in these trousers. Although this fabric is a 2.5-layer design, I’ve been really impressed with its performance and feel it’s the best 2.5-layer fabric I’ve used. These trousers are pretty light at 383g (size L), although not quite the lightest option. In terms of design you get an elasticated waist, but no additional drawcord adjustment, which is a pity, so they either fit or they don’t. The legs are tapered but not as articulated as others, so again the fit isn’t potentially quite as good as some other options. You do get a full-length side zip, though, so they’re a breeze to get on or vent from the top. The zips are a chunky, robust design with internal and external flaps to keep driving rain out. There’s an ankle cuff drawcord but no scuff patch to protect the ankle. You also get two zipped hip pockets. In terms of design Marmot Precip Pants aren’t the absolute best, but they’re made from a fabric that’s very light and controls condensation well, while the price is very good for what you are getting.
Material 2.5 NanoPro nylon ripstop
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Weight 383g (size men’s L)
One of the best 2.5-layer fabrics available is combined with a great weight and a good price, and while the design isn’t perfect, overall Marmot Precip Pants are better than many of the alternatives.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2014