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Marmot Precip Jacket & Pants Review

After spending many hours researching a good Teflon-free waterproof rain suit I opted for the Marmot Precip Jacket and pants 

which retails for approximately $75US ($100 in Canada) for the pants and $99 ($120 in Canada) for the jacket. I was extremely happy with the fit. I am 5'3 with a 27" waist and a 29" inseam and the regular size small pants (not petite) fit perfectly. I hate high waited pants that dig into your ribs yet I didn't want something so low that i would get butt-crack freeze. 
 These sit perfectly just below the belly button.

The pants have mesh pockets for ventilation and zips at the bottom for easy access getting boots on and off. The jacket has zippered vents in the pits which is nice if hiking in warmer weather.

Now for the cons...The inside coating is tacky and somewhat fragile. I always felt damp inside the coat even on foggy and misty days. I had only wore the pants for a few walks...maybe 20km in total. I recently wore them in moderate rain for the first time and got soaked right through on the inner knees and butt and was damp all over especially on the upper legs.

I was not too pleased with the results so I checked the inside of the pants only to discover the coating was cracked in several places. I had only ever wore these over soft cotton sweatpants so there was nothing rough (like jeans) rubbing the inside of the suit.

I contacted Marmot with photos and my complaint, 

it took several attempts to explain to them that I was not going to pay to send the suit back to their sewing repair facility unless I was positive they could repair this. It did not appear to me that this could be sewed.

I emailed again giving them my phone number and asking that they have a manager call me. She did within 24 hours. I was only offered a spray coating for the jacket which I will not be using as I won't use chemical coatings. It was also suggested that I rejuvenate the lining by placing it in the dryer for a few minutes. I will give this a try. After reviewing the photos she agreed with my original thoughts that the pants could not be repaired and offered to send me a new pair.

I appreciate this and hope they arrive soon but I was disappointed that they no longer carry the pants in the color (Raven) which matches my jacket. She offered me a choice of black or gray. I originally paid for and wanted a matching set but they could not offer a new set only new pants. I am waiting for the new black pants to arrive and hope they prove to be more waterproof than my previous pants.

I spent $99 on my old Wetskins and while they were bulky, they lasted 11 years. I still like the fit of the Marmot suit, it just seems to be an expensive investment for a garment that is better suited for wind than rain.

For the rest of my ordeal with Marmot click here.  
Summary: Never buying Marmot gear again.


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