Rain gear is one piece of backpacking gear that gets ignored.
When I started backpacking I didn't think my choice of rain gear was that important.
Until I finally ended up hiking during an eight hour down pour.
Then I realized I needed a real rain coat.
So I bought the Marmot Precip. Everything I had read said it was awesome and it turns out, they're right.
I love my Marmot Precip and I'm going to tell you why. I'd recommend it in a heart beat and I think it's the best value you'll find for a backpacking rain jacket.
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Some people complain that this jacket runs big but it's the perfect size IM.
The Precip strikes a nice balance between weather protection and breathability.
This is really hard for rain coats to pull off, too.
- Too breathable and it leaks water.
- Not breathable enough and you're sweating your ass off inside your coat while technically remaining "dry".
It’s not super thick material, so it lets out some of the heat while you're hiking.
Another area where Marmot nailed it is with how lightweight this jacket is.
Weighing in at just 13oz, this jacket is pretty lightweight compared to the competition.
It's definitely on the lighter side (a bit lighter than the REI Rainer, for example).
But it’s not quite “ultralight” either—there are definitely lighter options out there for those obsessed with cutting down weight for long-distance outdoor adventures.
But that'll cost you more $$$$.
Most other jackets in the Precip price range are going to weight 3-5oz more without any extra benefits. That's why the Precip is so good. It's just a huge value for your money. Top notch performance at bargain prices.
Needs Time to Dry Out
This isn’t a huge con for me, but it’s worth mentioning.
This is a mid-weight rain jacket. If you are going to be trudging through really thick rain for several days, you will need something a little thicker with a little more coverage.
Of course, that comes with a weight trade-off, so it’s ultimately a matter of what matters most to you.
In really thick rain, though, be prepared to get a little wetness coming through with this jacket.
I primarily use this jacket on backpacking trips, so for me it’s all about balancing weight against functionality, and this is right where I am most comfortable.