This general-purpose waterproof jacket has been a frequent favourite with Trail, due to its unbeatable combination of price, weight and features. It packs down to the size of a bag of sugar, weighs only 358g and costs just £70. The Precip is made from an extremely waterproof fabric, while mesh pockets and pit zips improve condensation control. The front zip also gets a double stormflap to improve water resistance. Put the jacket on and it offers an average length for this type of jacket with a slightly scooped tail. Movement in the sleeves is very good while two cavernous chest pockets allow easy access to stored maps or guidebooks while wearing a rucksack. The hood can be rolled into the collar, so it is ideal for general outdoor action. Movement on the hood is okay too. But higher-priced jackets use a more breathable fabric than the Precip, so you may experience more condensation in this than some. The style is quite short, the hood movement is not ideal and the soft hood peak is not the best.
Outer:: Precip Dry Touch
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: very breathable
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Made in China
Stores in UK: 44
Verdict: If you’ve got around £70 to spend and want a lightweight jacket then this is ideal.