User Review: Marmot Men's PreCip Pant
Price Paid: Gift (Retail $75)
I have used these pants for snowshoeing about a dozen times and recently took them out for a hike in some steady drizzle. Not 20 minutes from the trailhead, these pants were showing signs of wetting out. I stayed out for about 2 hours, and by the time I was finished the thighs of the pants were completely wet, inside and out.
Specs that I have found online indicate that this fabric supposedly carries a fairly hefty 15000mm waterproof rating. Despite this, these pants couldn't hold out a steady but light rain for more than half an hour.
I will contact Marmot to see if they care to do anything about the product, as I am hoping that this product is simply defective. Otherwise I will keep these as strictly a winter shell pants, as they do work well for keeping the wind out without adding bulk. If these pants are not defective, then I am not even sure why I would even add the 9 measly ounces to my pack weight.
The pants are otherwise well constructed. The 1 rear pocket and 2 front pockets are shallow but adequate, and the drawcord works well if you need to tighten them up. If they actually kept out the rain, I would most likely own several.
Marmot claims that the new PreCip (Spring 2011) is now "more durably waterproof and breathable than ever". I am not sure if this is a problem with the older model of PreCips, but hopefully they will replace the product.