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Robert Stanek

Locale: Southeast, Atlanta, GA
New Precip, or something else? on 01/12/2008 15:38:47 MST Print View

My Marmot Precip is due to be replaced. Many years of fine service, but now looking to replace it based on general wear.

I love this jacket, the venitlation is great, and the weight is pretty good (have a lighterweight option for UL trips). This has been my go to jacket for when weight was not as much as an issue, but durability and layering options were more important.

The Montbell Versalite looks like a good option, although a bit pricey. Anyone had experience with this jacket?

The big thing for me with the precip is the double ventilation option (pockets and huge pit zips). REI's jacket missed the mark here.

Picking a precip up when it's on clearance is hard to beat at the $60 mark, but if you know of any other jackets I should consider that fall into this category, please share.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: New Precip, or something else? on 01/12/2008 20:49:05 MST Print View

The Montbell Versalite is a nicely made jacket which I seem to recall had approx the same breathability as the Marmot Precip. Another jacket in this class is the North Face Diad which has been popular recently.

I much prefer Montbell Peak which is more breathable and tends not to feel clammy when against the skin. Alas, it's more expensive, $198. If you have the cash to burn (sounds like not) I would recommend checking out an eVENT jacket... I list a few on my recommended rainwear page.

Personally I use my Montbell Peak when I need the durability... otherwise I use BPL DropStoppers. They are ugly, fragile, and ill fitting, but they are highly breathable and cheap enough to replace several times while still being cheaper than getting a more durable jacket.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: New Precip, or something else? on 01/12/2008 23:58:27 MST Print View

Take a look also at the MontBell Particle jacket -- MontBell website gives it the same high breathability.

Edited by ben2world on 01/13/2008 00:19:10 MST.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: New Precip, or something else? on 01/13/2008 08:23:28 MST Print View

As another 'something else'...

Consider replacing your old Precip with a poncho tarp. I've tried this and so far so good, but I have not experienced heavy rain using a poncho tarp. Others here have done so successfully.

On my last trip I still took my Precip pants, but I did not use them. Only was a slight chance of rain. Only light rain intermittently. Also slept in a bivy sack under the poncho tarp.

I got a pair of Rocky Gore-Tex socks and will take them on my next trip instead of the Precip pants depending on the temperature and conditions.