Marmot PreCip Eco Rain Jacket Review

The Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket is an excellent budget jacket with all the features of a rain shell twice its price.

MARMOT Men's Precip Eco Jacket | Lightweight, Waterproof Jacket for Men, Ideal for Hiking, Jogging, and Camping, 100% Recycled, Cilantro, XX-Large

Please note: This jacket is suitable for all genders.

See our overall guide to the 10 best waterproof rain jackets for hiking here

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Affordable Price
  • Hood folds away

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not waterproof in heavy rain
  • Zippers are fiddly to use

While the affordable price of the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket may be its most popular selling point, this jacket also offers many features not usually available on jackets this cheap.

See all the waterproof rain jackets we reviewed side by side in our comparison table: 

Arc'teryx Beta LT
Black Diamond StormLine
Outdoor Research Helium Rain
Marmot PreCip Eco
Arc’teryx Beta
Marmot Minimalist
Rab Downpour Plus 2.0
The North Face Venture 2
Columbia Watertight II
The North Face Dryzzle Futurelight
Buying Options
Our Awards
Best Women's Performance
Best Stretchy
Best Ultralight
Best Men's Performance
Best Womens
Best Mens
Best Budget
Weight
13.9 oz.
11.3 oz.
6.3 oz.
10.6 oz.
10.6 oz.
13 oz.
13.2 oz.
11.6 oz.
13 oz.
12 oz.
Waterproof
3L Gore-Tex
2.5L BD.dry
2.4L Pertex
2.5L NanoPro
3L Gore-Tex
2.5L Gore-Tex
2.5L Pertex
2.5L Dryvent
2L Omni-Tech
3L Futurelight
Pockets
2 zippered hand
2 zippered hand
2 zippered hand
2 Zippered Hand
2 Zippered Hand
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
2 zippered chest
2 zippered hand
2 zippered hand pockets; 2 internal drop-in pockets
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest

Analysis and Test Results

The Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket is composed of 2.5-layer NanoPro fabric. This type of material will keep you dry and comfortable in normal rainy conditions, but it can’t cope with heavy rain. 2.5-layer materials also struggle with breathability, but the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket has pit zips, which are rarely seen on budget rain shells. You also get a soft chin guard, two hand pockets, Velcro fastenings on the cuffs, and an adjustable hood. The hood can be folded away into the collar, which is a handy feature few raincoats have. This jacket will also pack down easily and is designed to be tucked away into one of the pockets. Overall, this is a very good rain jacket with several practical features not usually included on a budget coat.

Performance Comparison

Marmot Minimalist 2.5 layer rain jacket

Type and Style

The Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket is ideal for hiking and daily use. It is a regular fit, but there is enough room to fit layers underneath comfortably.

Water Resistance

The 2.5-layer NanoPro material from which the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket has a waterproof rating of 10,000 mm. It also has a PFC-free DWR (durable water repellent) coating. This will keep you dry in light to medium rain for several hours, but it will not be able to cope with heavy downpours. To increase waterproofness, this jacket also has sealed seams, adjustable Velcro fastenings on the cuffs, a Velcro sealed flap over the central zip, protective flaps over zips, a drawcord in the hem, and an adjustable hood.

Breathability

Budget rain shells often struggle with breathability. The 2.5-layer NanoPro material has a breathability rating of 17,000 g/m2/24hrs. While this means it can only cope with moderate exertion, the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket has pit zips and mesh pockets that can be used to increase ventilation. It is unusual to have pit zips on a lightweight budget rain shell, but they significantly increase the breathability and practicality of the rain coat.

Comfort and Mobility

One of the advantages of the thinner 2.5-layer material is that it is light and moves easily. This makes the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket extremely comfortable to wear. In addition, Marmot has incorporated ‘angel wing movement’ into the design. This means you can swing and rotate your arms in circles without the rain shell riding up or pulling across your shoulders.

Materials

The Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket is composed of 2.5-layer Marmot NanoPro. The top layer is 100% recycled nylon ripstop fabric with a microporous structure PFC-free DWR coating. The lining material is 100% polyester mesh.

Appearance

The Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket is a good-looking raincoat. It isn’t shiny, and the flaps over the zippers give it a clean silhouette. It is hip length, and the sleeves cover your wrists. There are two logos embroidered on the jacket – the company name on the chest and a logo on the back of the shoulder. In most of the colorways, the logo is in a similar color to the background, so it looks discreet and stylish.

There are many choices when it comes to color; even the two colorway versions look smart. The men’s color options include Nori (green), Black, Arctic Navy, Orange Pepper, Moon River (blue), Wheat/Pinecone (cream/brown), Limelight and Vetiver (yellow/grey), Steel Onyx and Purple Fig (grey/purple), Cilantro (green). The women’s range includes Nori (green), Black, Arctic Navy, Storm (blue), Vetiver (grey), Limelight and Blue Agave (yellow/turquoise), Grapefruit and Vetiver (red/grey), Wheat and Purple Fig (cream/purple), Blue Agave (turquoise).

Durability

When Marmot upgraded the PreCip rain jacket to the Eco version, they improved its durability. The recycled nylon is ripstop, and the microporous coating helps to make it tougher. Despite only being 2.5-layers, it doesn’t feel flimsy.

Marmot offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty that covers defects in materials and construction for the practical lifetime of the product. Depending on their assessment of the issue, they will either repair or replace your rain jacket or give you a refund.

Weight and Packability

Thanks to its thinner 2.5-layer material, the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket packs down easily. It is designed to fit into a pocket that has a two-way zip to secure it. The weight of the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket is:

Men

305 g 10.7 ounces

Women

255 g 8.7 ounces

Features

The Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket is one of the most fully-featured budget rain shells available. We have already mentioned the pit zips and pockets, but it also has other intelligent features not usually seen on raincoats at this price point.

You get a brilliant hood. It has a chin guard made from DriClime material that feels soft against your face and wicks away sweat – a feature that reduces chafing of your face and improves the jacket’s durability. While the collar doesn’t zip as high as some, it will cover your mouth. The brim has stiffening to keep the water out of your eyes. The hood is a generous size, and it will easily fit over a hat and can fit over some helmets. It adjusts using a Velcro tab at the back and two pull cords on either side at the front. The best thing about the hood is that it can be tucked away into the collar when not in use.

The sleeves have Velcro tabs to adjust and tighten them to keep rain and wind out. There is also a drawcord in the hem to tighten the fit. The zips on the pockets and the pit zips have flaps to help keep rain out. The central zip has a flap on the inside and another flap over the outside of the zipper that is secured with a Velcro zip. These help to keep both rain and wind out. The zips are high-quality, but the pullers are quite small and many users find them fiddly to use, especially with cold fingers or when wearing gloves.

Sustainability

Marmot is committed to producing performance-driven outdoor gear and apparel in a socially and eco-friendly manner. The PreCip rain jacket has been given the Eco tag because every effort has been made to increase the sustainability of this rain shell. The DWR coating is PFC-free DWR. The nylon and polyester are all 100% recycled and Bluesign approved materials.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a fully featured, environment-friendly rain shell, then the Marmot PreCip Eco rain jacket could be the perfect jacket for you.

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