REPOST: Owner Review - Marmot Precip Full Zip Pants - Andy Winz
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MARMOT PRECIP FULL ZIP RAIN PANTS
BY ANDY WINZ
September 19, 2008
NAME: Andy Winz
LOCATION: Chesapeake, VA
HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 186 lb (84.40 kg)
I have been a backpacker for over 10 years, having worked as a Ranger
for the Fish and Wildlife Service, Guide for Mt. Rogers Outfitters,
and member of the Potomac and Mt Rogers Appalachian Trail Clubs. I'm
a Geographer and a freelance photographer. I have hiked the Triple
Crown of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Pacific
Crest Trail. I would consider myself a lightweight but not ultra-
lightweight backpacker as my pack weights hovers in the 10-15 lbs
without food and water. I can do a 20 plus mile day without problem
or a slow and relaxing 5 miler. I am an avid photographer. My trail
name is Winz Factor.
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Manufacturer's Website: <<http://marmot.com>>
MSRP: US$ 90.00
Listed Weight: 10 oz (238 g)
Measured Weight: 10.4 oz (295 g)
Other details: From the manufacturer's website:
100% Seam Taped For Full Waterproofness
Back Zip Pocket To Secure Small Items
Elastic Snap Cuff
Full Side Zips For Ventilation and Easy On/Off
PreCip® Dry Touch Technology, Waterproof/Breathable Waterproof /
These these pants are 7 years old, the fabric, materials and
functionality remain the same as the current model. Minor styling
differences are the inclusion of font pockets and a drawcord rather
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The pants are of a coated black ripstop nylon coated with Marmots
proprietary Precip material. The material on the inside is a
creamish white color with black checks that mirror the ripstop
pattern on the face of the pants. There is no mesh liner or micro
dots as found in Goretex raingear. Seams are fully taped with YKK
two way zippers running the length of each leg on the outside seam.
They have a gusseted crotch and articulated knees for improved
movement and fit. Ankles are held with elastic and a metal snap with
the Marmot logo. "Marmot" is embrodidered at knee level on the right
leg in a dark grey thread. I find the fit snug. The rain pants
include a mesh rear pocket that can be used as a stuff sack. In
order to use the back pocket as a stuff sack, I have to turn the
pants inside out and gingerly stuff each leg into the pocket. The
pocket can be zipped closed or left open. Stuffed, the pants are
about the size of an soda can. The waist band does not contain a fly
and is held in place by dual velcro strips. The best way to describe
this is a diaper. To secure the waist band I follow the steps below:
1. Zip the legs all the way to the waist
2. Secure the inner flap (fuzzy velcro side) with one hand
3. Attach the outer flap (hook side) to the inner flap at the
4. Repeat for other leg.
I have worn these pants for 7 years. They have seen use as stand
alone trail pants, wind pants, rain pants, and a life vest ( I would
prefer not to go into details). The pants are very durable, with
only suffering one major rip during a cycling trip that resulted in a
3 inch long tear near lower leg on the inside of the right leg. This
was repaired by the kind folks from Granite Gear at Trail Days in
I have worn these pants in 13 F (-10.55 C) snowstorms while
snowshoeing the rim of Crater Lake, Oregon. They are very
comfortable in the Virginia summers where the average humidity is 90%-
100% and temperature hovers in the 80 F (26.67 C) - 106 F ( 41.11 C)
range. They have survived rock scrambles, sand, being submerged in
rivers and lakes, frozen and thorny bush.
I generally store my rain gear either stuffed in my pack or in my
gear closet at home on a hanger. They have been cleaned according to
instructions on the label using mild detergent about 6 times and do
not hold any odors. The Durable Waterproof Coating (DWR) has been
recharged about once a year with a quick run through the dryer for
about 20 minutes on medium heat. There is no wear and tear on the
seams, the tape is still intact and the color has yet to fade.
I love these pants. They may be old, but their good. The have
survived everything I have tossed at them and then some. The nylon
becomes more supple with age and wear. The fit is snug, which
doesn't bother me.
The pants are durable. Minus the repair on the leg, and a few small
scruffs, they look as good as new. I have yet to pop a zipper,
unravel a seam or peel away any of the taping. the Velcro still
holds tight and there is plenty of spring in the elastic. The Precip
material is still waterproof and breathable after 7 years. Water
beads well off the legs, and the DWR coating has been recharged in
the dryer 6 times and replaced once with a wash in solution.
Precip fabric works for me. I have a naturally high temperature and
I rarely do not get a hot or clammy feeling when wearing these over a
pair of shorts or as my only pants. The lack of dots or mesh feels
great against the skin. The articulated knees allow me to have a
full range of movement. As a wind garment, they block the wind well
and are snug enough that I don't turn my legs into a sail.
Wahoos! (Things I Like)
Breathability: My legs do not feel clammy wether it was with the
pants alone or as a layer.
Fit: Very form fitting, no loose fabric blowing in the wind. This is
very important for cycling.
Cost: For $90.00 I have received a very nice, long lasting pair of
Color: Black, goes with everything.
Full zips: Sure it add weight but their more versatile in ventilation.
Wammies (Things I don't like)
Wammies are those little animated monkeys from Press Your Luck that
steal your money.
Waist fastening: the diaper system is kind of a pain to use.
Lack of front pockets: I generally have to unzip the tops of the
pants a few inches to use my shorts pockets. This has been fixed in
Weak Velcro: I find that the velcro pops out if pulled too tight or
in high moving situations.
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