The Marmot Precip has been a stalwart of lightweight hill and mountain travel for many years. Its low weight of 325g (size L) is a mammoth feature when backpacking. It also has a two OS map-sized hip pockets, pit zips to aid ventilation and a hood with a rear volume adjuster and face cords that can be rolled into the collar. The front zip also gets an external stormflap for better weather protection and there are pit zips.
Like most modern jackets the Precip is relatively short in the body but it is not the shortest jacket around and it did almost cover my bum. The sleeves fit reasonably well, with only a small amount of movement in the cuff when I raised my arms to scramble over rocks. The hood does let the jacket down though as the peak is large and easily obscures vision particularly as it does not move well with the head.
The Precip uses Marmot’s latest 2.5-layer NanoPro fabric, which boasts impressive lab results. On the hill I get condensation inside more than a 3,layer jacket, but it certainly out performs most 2.5-layer fabrics. The pockets are mesh-lined so if water gets in them this area of the waist can become uncomfortable due to dampness. The weight does improve comfort overall though as this jacket feels so light and unrestricting to wear.
If you want a lightweight jacket then this is ideal in many ways but the absolute performance is less impressive apart from weight benefits. The pockets are map-sized but they’re placed where a rucksack belt sits, so access is not ideal. That hood tended to drive me insane as its peak and movement are poor and for me that is a major problem. In really wet weather I would prefer sealed rather than mesh pockets for optimum performance.
The Marmot Precip is far better than most jackets at this price and while its overall performance lets it down you cannot grumble too much at £85.
If you rank low weight as your main performance criterion the Marmot Precip is excellent and if you add in the price this jacket is stunning, but other features are not so hot.
Review by Graham Thompson
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