Review by: bdplayer, 2006-02-26
A lot of my friends have been raving about Marmot gear, but I never know what they were talking about until recently. I made an unusual impulse purchase and grabbed a bright blue Marmot PreCip jacket off the rack and went quickly over to the register to avoid any further insanity. If purchasing this jacket is a condition of insanity, then I should go fully insane, because this jacket is everything I hoped it would be.
The PreCip is extraordinarily lighweight and very comfortable. It is not a jacket by any means, although it cuts wind nicely and keeps the wind chill way down. But for rain gear, it is an exceptional piece of workmanship. It's been raining here on the east coast, but when I wear this thing, I rather enjoy being out in the rain and the cold. I stay dry, and with the wind blocked, it's really kinda nice to be outside in the elements.
The seams are sealed all over, and water has a hard time getting through the zippers. The pockets are located on the front of the jacket, and are mesh construction that lets you pack the jacket inside one of the pockets if you turn it inside out. Only one of the pockets has zipper tab on both sides, though, so be careful which one you choose. The fabric is light enough that you can pack a small size into a Nalgene. You'll need a larger Nalgene than normal, if you want to get any larger size packed into one.
The main complaint I have is with the hood and how it folds out of the way. The hood rolls up and fastens to the neck with only a single velcro tab that fastens in the middle. It rolls up, and not down, so if rain does come, and you have it rolled up (for whatever reason), water will collect and dump on your neck when you move around or open it up. Also, because the tab is in the middle, the ends come loose and start expanding, and you look a little ridiculous. I just leave my hood unstowed, and style around like that.
In spite of that, I really can't find anything negative to say about this rain jacket. It's awesome!