Jan 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm #1226699
@rstanekLocale: Southeast, Atlanta, GA
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.Jan 12, 2008 at 7:49 pm #1415879
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
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.Jan 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm #1415887
Ben 2 WorldParticipant
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Take a look also at the MontBell Particle jacket — MontBell website gives it the same high breathability.Jan 13, 2008 at 7:23 am #1415903
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.
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