User Review: Marmot PreCip Jacket
Fabric: Nylon with w/b coating
Price Paid: $79 (on sale)
The PreCip sacrifices nothing in water resistance to be light weight. It packs down **really** small, so there's no reason to be without a wind/water resistant shell. It does get wet inside, but I think that is more from perspiration that isn't dissipated than it is from rain (and I've worn the jacket in some heavy downpours). Flip the thing inside out and liner and the thing is dry in 20 minutes or so. While it is not as breathable as Gore-tex, it will still transport moisture; I've been able to dry damp/set polypro type shirts when wearing them underneath the pre-cip. The nylon somehow seems to become... dunno how to describe it, exactly ... stretchy... when wet, but that doesn't compromise the effectiveness of water resistance. Zippers work great. The pit zips are effective (I use them a lot). The hood is a bit small for a standard size climbing helmet; it will cover the helmet, but just barely.
I'd say the PreCip is a bargain. Not as beefy as a good Gore-tex mountaineering parka, but excellent wind/rain protection when you need to travel light