Marmot makes two styles of Precip Pants: Full Zip Precip Pants and Regular Precips. The Full Zips are designed for winter hiking, backpacking and climbing. They are sometimes called “New Style” Precips by online retailers because they were introduced after regular Precips (also called “Old Style”) which only have calf high boot zips. I own a pair of each.
I feel that full length side zips are a must-have requirement for any serious cold weather pant layering system. Sweat buildup in winter should be avoided and side zips provide you with the ability to aggressively vent any moisture buildup in real-time. In addition, having side zippers eliminates the need to remove your boots, crampons, snowshoes, or skis before you put on or take off a pants layer. This is essential because you don’t want to stop moving for very long in winter and get cold.
The side zippers on the Precips work very well and don’t jam with use. They are also two-way, so you can pull them down from the top and/or up from the bottom. If you want to take off the pant without taking off your boot, simply zip both zippers to the top of the pant, undo a velcro attachment on the waistband and the leg comes right off. Do the same on the second leg and you can take the whole pant off.
What would the world be like if all pants were like this?
In addition to the side zips, the Full Zip Precips have one front pocket and two back pockets that close with zippers and are great for carrying small stuff. The pants themselves are made with a breathable multi-layer laminate Gore-Tex knock-off and have fully taped seams to prevent leaks. And finally, they weigh 12.7 oz. in a size XL (mens.)
I must confess, it was pure luck that I decided to buy these Full Zip Precips Pants. I bought them because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money to buy full zip winter pants, but I’m extremely pleased at home good they turned out to be. Highly recommended!
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
Written 2009. Updated 2015. Author is still using the product six years later.
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