User Review: Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket
Fabric: Precip wp/b
Price Paid: $90
I've owned my first Precip jacket for six or seven years, and it still works great as an inexpensive, lightweight, waterproof/breathable shell. It is not as waterproof as top-level GT, but unless you're going to simply stand about in a downpour, it works very well.
In fact, it works so well that I bought a second, similar jacket from Marmot about three years ago. It, too, continues to function well for similar purposes. The primary differences between the two are improved abrasion resistance and an inner snow skirt on the second jacket. The latter sees more use in cooler seasons, the former in spring/summer. One or the other is in my gear on every trip, day hike or backcountry.
Fit is relatively trim, but able to fit over a medium-weight fleece, and the length is enough to keep from freezing one's midsection when bending, etc. The zippers work well. Quibbles are that there is on neither jacket an exterior vertical-zipper chest pocket, a feature I really like and miss here.
Another important point that helps me like both: when the hook-and-loop closure on the wrists of jacket number two started not to function well (the hooks apparently just didn't like the loops--I don't get it, but there it is), I called Marmot customer support and--Shazam!--actually got customer support rather than customer blow-off. With nary a hiccup, the rep suggested that I send it back, and they'd fix it. I did, they did, and it's just like new.
Performance and customer support have made a fan of me.