• the seam sealing on the optima is better….being gore-tex. it will offer better protection from the elements. the fabric on the optima is also thicker and just seems like it is better quality. i have only had the chance to wear the jacket a few times but have been very happy with it.
    Answered on 4/17/2014 7:00:12 AM by gman80918 from colorado
  • Gortex,Gortex,Gortex That is the main difference I see. I don't own the precip, but I understand it's a great buy for a rain jacket! I use my paclite as both a shell and a rain jacket and wanted the "extra" breath-ability that I know Gortex offers. I've never tried a nylon vs Gortex durability study, but I do have a 10 year old gortex "old" school with the mesh liner rain jacket. It still works even with a few patches. I needed a replacement, because it became a "trust" problem and potentially one my life could depend on... don't get wet!
    Answered on 4/17/2014 9:22:29 AM by Dadburnet from Chicago