Earlier this week I did a review on a very functional and popular waterproof hiking jacket from Marmot, the Aegis. While researching that I actually came across another very functional and popular option from Marmot, the Marmot Precip Jacket.
Again, the look, functionality and the amount of great reviews the jacket has received caught my eye so I thought further investigation was definitely worth it.
Brand and Model
Marmot Precip Jacket For Women
$80.00 (Guide retail price, subject to change)
Average User Rating
Waterproof and breathable, Lightweight and stowable into it's own pocket, Brimmed hood with a moisture-wicking DriClime®-lined chin guard for extra protection
Jacket can be quite stiff and noisy when moving, Some women commented that the jacket can is too small in the bust area and around the hips so watch the sizing
Day hiking, day-to-day casual use
As with the men's version of this jacket, the women's Marmot Precip jacket has a very high customer rating across a large selection of users. Scoring an average 4.5 stars out of 5 across 60+ reviews say's a lot. So as with the men's version, the Marmot Precip jacket is obviously a very popular choice when looking for a new rain shell jacket!
Moving onto the technical specifications of this jacket. Waterproof wise, the women's Precip comes in at 15,000 mm and has a breathable rating of 12,000. To learn more about what these ratings mean, check out this post about understanding waterproof fabric. These are pretty good numbers but it is worth mentioning again that there is no industry standard per se so I tend to take some of these numbers with a pinch of salt.
The proof is in the pudding though and from checking out tests on the women's Precip it does hold up well when it comes to waterproofness. The Precip is fully seam sealed and has a storm flap over the main zip to further help with it's waterproof capabilities and cinches on the cuffs. For added ventilation, the jacket also boasts pit zips which are always a nice feature to have.
The Marmot Precip women's rain jacket can accommodate angel wing movement, you can swing your arms in circles without the jacket riding up your back, and by first hand accounts it seems to work very well. Therefore the Precip offers good mobility and movement without the jacket ending up half way up your back.
The cut of the Precip is nice and seems to present a standard enough fit that should be adequate for most. However, to add to this, many user reviews mention that the Precip does leave enough room for layering which is of course a key requirement for a hiker.
The Precip is lightweight and easily stowable. It actually packs into it's own front pocket which is handy to store away in your day pack or back pack.
As with all waterproof hiking jackets, the Precip comes with a nice hood which is brimmed and boasts a moisture-wicking DriClime®-lined chin guard. This adds some extra protection for your neck and face in particularly harsh weather!
For pockets, the Precip comes with two standard hand warmer pockets and two mesh hip pockets on the inside. This is pretty reasonable storage but I would like another pocket, a Napoleon one would be a nice addition but I am probably being a bit picky 😉
This jacket will be a good companion while out on the trail. It will keep you dry and is handy to pack away and carry. It's a popular jacket that's been around for a long time which is nearly always a good supporting indicator of good quality. As with the men's Precip, the high level of positive user ratings and reviews over a long time shouldn't be ignored. If you're on this one!
Of 220+ reviews, 94% gave the Venture Jacket 3 stars of more, 86% 4 stars of more and 65% full marks with 5 stars out of 5. Excellent scoring across the board!
Our Rating 4.5 (Out of 5)
Pros and Cons
- Waterproof and breathable
- Lightweight and stowable into it's own pocket
- Brimmed hood with a moisture-wicking DriClime®-lined chin guard for extra protection
- Several users have commented that the jacket can be quite stiff and noisy when moving
- Some women commented that the jacket can is too small in the bust area and around the hips so watch the sizing
Marmot Precip Jacket For Women Features Summary
- Weight: 12 oz
- Waterproof materials: Waterproof breathable PreCip® Dry Touch Technology
- Seam sealed: Full
- Closure: YKK®,Zipper
- Pit zips
- Length: 28" (based on size medium)
- Fabric: 100% nylon
- Lining: 100% polyester
The Marmot Precip rain jacket for women is a functional and nice looking jacket that should be on your review list if you're on the look out for a new waterproof hiking jacket for the trail. As mentioned above, there is a lot of very positive feedback from satisfied customers over a long period of time. Ongoing improvements to the capabilities and functionality of this jacket would indicate that it will still be around for a long time to come!
If you'd like to see some more rain jacket options, check out the best hiking rain jackets for women where more options and our top recommendations are listed.
Do you have a Marmot Precip jacket? What's your experience with it? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below