Comfortable, hard-wearing, a high performer and available for a bargain price, there’s very little not to love about this jacket.
Recycled materials used
Hand pockets are on the small side
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The Marmot Precip Eco is an affordable two-layer jacket so popular that it’s been in the brand’s line for 20 years. The Precip is 100% seam taped, so it’s fully waterproof. The attached hood is adjustable and rolls into the jacket collar for storage to keep it from flapping around. Pit zips add unrestricted venting.
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It’s cut for freedom of movement with Velcro cuffs and an elastic drawcord waist to seal out weather. For 2021, Precip is now also lower impact. The PFC-free Nylon face fabric is recycled and longer-lasting than ever thanks to a new microporous coating.
• Price: $100 (US) / £110 (UK)
• Sizes: XS–XL
• Weight: 291g / 9.2oz
• Waterproofing Technology: Marmot NanoPro
• Colors: Black / Blue / Green / Pink / Red / White
In the field
I can be hard on my gear, so getting gear that’s high-quality but also affordable is always a priority. Marmot’s Precip checks all the boxes for me. I love the tailored not tight cut, the sleeves that reach past my wrists, and that when I’m not wearing this jacket, it packs into its own pocket.
On days when it’s warm and wet, the pit zips let me vent my core. So did the mesh pockets. And when I needed to seal in body heat and had this jacket zipped to the top, a fuzzy patch against my chin prevented zipper abrasion. The hem was cut a little longer in the back, which helped direct water away from my shorts or pants.
And the jacket just felt good to wear. Marmot uses a dry-touch coating as well as treatment that makes the fabric scuff and scrape resistant. My only complaint is that I wish the handwarmer pockets were bigger.
Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.