This is my go-to jacket for so many outdoor activities: hiking, paddling, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Even though it’s a shell, it’s windproof and waterproof, and all I need to do is wear the right layering underneath and I’m set.
I originally bought it as a rain jacket when I was training for a half marathon back in my running days. I could wear it running in as cold as -10º F with a base layer and light fleece, and been just fine.
Why I love it
9.6 ounces, to be exact. I can hardly tell it’s on. Unlike a couple of other shells I’ve had, I don’t feel like I’m wearing a light coat. It’s not stiff or “loud” either (all crinkly sounding).
When I’m ready to take it off, it’s easy to tie around my waist without a lot of distracting bounce.
I don’t like tight, but I don’t like too loose for a workout jacket. This one is just right. And the sleeves are long enough — a big deal for me. The cuffs are adjustable with velcro tabs. That’s handy going when wearing gloves of various thicknesses.
The hood isn’t removable, but it lays nice off and fits nice on. I see the hood now rolls up on the newest model.
I’ll never buy another rain jacket without them. I don’t know who first thought of zippers in the armpits, but I’d like to shake your hand. A great feature for a workout jacket — it cools me off while still having protection from the weather.
Lots of Color Choice
I do most of my running on the roads around my house — we don’t have sidewalks in our town — so I want drivers to be able to see me easily. My PreCip is apple green. Fun and visible, but not obnoxious.
The current page (spring 2021) on Marmot’s website shows 16 different colors! Pretty awesome.
It Really is Windproof
Which is why I can wear it when active in sub-zero temps in our Minnesota winters. My fingers might be cold…my toes might be cold…but my body is not cold thanks to this jacket.
It Really is Waterproof
…at least for the first year. I found out later that the waterproofing wears off eventually. I’ve re-applied things like Nikwax but it’s not the same.
I was told when I first bought mine not to wash it more than once a year so the waterproofing wouldn’t wear off too soon.
Marmot’s new NanoPro technology may have improved that.
Where to buy it
Lots of places sell this jacket. Order straight from Marmot and you’ll have the best choice of color selection—all of them! Other sites usually only offer a handful of color choices.
The final word
My first PreCip was pretty ragged from almost daily use over three seasons in four years. The nylon took a beating from getting caught in the zippers, rolled up and thrown around, caught on tree branches, etc.
I bought another to replace it. It’s already been through mountain hiking, bushwhacking in the Boundary Waters and downhill skiing in Colorado.
And one more fun thing…after wearing a Marmot for a few years, we finally saw a marmot…in Wyoming! Cute, eh?
(This was originally published in 3/2015 and has been updated.)
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Sharon is the founder and publisher of Active Outdoor Women. She loves getting outside in beautiful places to hike, paddle, camp, snowshoe, ski, ride—and encouraging others to come along! Besides maintaining AOW and her other website, Twin Cities Outdoors, Sharon writes and designs websites, newsletters, blogs, emails, books and other marketing tools for clients.