The Marmot Precip is a hugely popular lightweight jacket for kids. That tiny weight and packed size mean that parents can easily stash it into their rucksack when the sun is shining but rain is possible. The material is a good-quality fabric with a high level of waterproofness and breathability. There is no loose mesh inside, which could be seen as an advantage if you child tends to get tangled by such things. The front zip has a double external stormflap, while there is a single stormflap over the pocket zips. The pockets are placed high on the body, so particularly keen kids can still access these pockets while wearing a rucksack with a belt. These pockets are mesh-lined for extra ventilation. The hood is a fixed design with a peak and elasticated face. You also get a strip of reflective piping on the back of the sleeve for night walks. But the Marmot Precip’s hood cannot be rolled away, which may prove a little annoying. There is no volume adjustment on the hood either, but other children’s jackets do have Velcro volume adjustment. A stiffened or wired peak would help keep it out of the eyes too. Also the hem does not get any adjustment, again a feature of some other kids’ jackets.
Outer Precip nylon
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes XS-XL (boys’); XS-XL (girls’)
Weight 238g (size M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 5
Verdict: The Marmot Precip is a popular jacket that benefits from being very lightweight and having large easy-to-access pockets.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009