PreCip Pants Womens 06

Review by planetFear
Saturday 7th October 2006

I have always hated wearing waterproof trousers – they look awful, make you sweat, restrict your movement and sound like a crisp packet when you walk…but I have never had a pair of lightweight, female-specific, Marmot ones before.

The PreCip Pants fit me really nicely, although I wouldn’t go so far as to say they are flattering! They weigh just 283 grams, allow a good range of movement (so far I have worn them walking and cycling) and, needless to say, they are very waterproof.

PreCip is Marmot’s Dry Touch Technology, designed with fully taped seams to be waterproof, breathable and durable. “A special layer next to the skin reduces condensation and the sticky clammy feel of most coatings”. I tested that claim by wearing them with just shorts underneath, and indeed there was no condensation and minimal clamminess after cycling to work (15 minutes up hill).

The waist band is elasticated and also has Velcro tabs, to allow for growth or extra layers of clothing. The ankles are not elasticated, which I like because they fit better (and look nicer) over boots. However, they do have a drawcord on the inside in case you prefer them tight around the ankles. This feature is useful for cycling because, before I noticed it, the material was catching in my gears.

Full length zips are obviously great for ventilation and for pulling the trousers on and off over muddy boots or crampons. There are also two deep pockets at the hips, which are made of mesh and fasten with covered zips – big enough for hat, gloves and other small items.

The RRP is £59.99 and to me that seems like good value for a pair of waterproof trousers that do the job without annoying me. I am looking forward to testing their durability over the coming winter, but I feel confident that they will beat any of my previous waterproof trousers hands down for comfort and functionality.

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