I bought a Marmot Precip after my first Bearwaller Gap hike (Jan 07), and before my GSMNP Hike (Feb 07.) It’s time to make a few comments about it.
- I like the fit, I like the pit zips.
- I like the hood and it’s the first real rain jacket that has the potential to keep you dry (without rain running down your neck.) I like the double sealed zippers – velcro that covers over the zippers to keep dry.
- I like the large pockets for stuffing gloves, hats and whatever in, to dry via body heat.
- The material wets out. Rain soaks through if the material isn’t pristinely clean. I called Marmot about it and they recommended I wash it. I did, it seemed to work a while, and it’s soaking through again. The arms are particularly bad.
- It’s also not breathable. Don’t believe all that crap. I think the only material that’s potentially breathable is eVent, but I haven’t tried it.
For the price, it’s OK. The Precip is a great windbreaker, and outside layer for light precipitation. I recommend a poncho plus some breathable rain pants and a sombrero hat for real rain. A small umbrella is a pretty good idea too, if it’s not too windy. Ponchos and umbrellas don’t work too good as a layer for cold weather.
Long story short, save your money for something better.