RAB Microlight Alpine down jacket Review: Down jacket is a must have gear while going for any expedition or adventure in any freezing environment. It keeps us warm and active even when everything around becomes silent due to harsh cold! Down Jackets are a bit different from traditional jackets. Today we are reviewing RAB Microlight Alpine down jacket.
Rab is a manufacturer that has been around since 1981 when the company opened in Sheffield, England. Their Microlight Alpine Jacket has been designed for alpine climbing in an environment where a lightweight, easily packable, yet warm jacket is needed.
Fortunately, it is also a down jacket that works great for everyday city and country wear as it is slim fitting and looks stylish.
RAB Microlight Alpine Down Jacket Review [Features Explained]
Scratch & Wind Protection: Due to its Pertex outer fabric, which uses technology from typewriter ribbon, the jacket is scratch resistant, windproof and very reliable. The Microlite has 750 fill power hydrophobic European goose down that is micro-stitched throughout, which keeps the down in place.
It’s not water resistant: Though the Microlight is not waterproof and an outer shell is recommended if you are expecting a downpour, when the jacket does get wet, the down retains its loft and dries quickly. The down is also fluorocarbonfree, thus non-toxic. The jacket’s ripstop interior is purely nylon.
Baffles on both versions continue the microstitch throughout the jacket and do a good job of keeping the chin warm. Additionally, a convenient chin guard fits over the zipper to protect your chin from rubbing against the YKK front zipper. The Microlite has elastic Lycra cuffs and a hem draw cord to keep out as much cold out as possible.
The Microlight has three generously- sized external YKK zippered pockets. The pockets at hand length warm the hands considerably and the breast pocket doubles as a pouch for storage of the jacket. When the jacket is folded into its pouch, it is roughly the shape of a large finger-less glove.
The latest version of the Microlite also comes with an additional stuff sack. Microlites are available in sizes S XXL for men and 8-16 UK sizes for women. As discussed, the jacket is slim fitting, which is beneficial to allow for another layer on top, if necessary and to offer continued comfort if using a climbing harness.
The jacket is hip length in front and extends further in the rear to cover the upper backside. A men’s large jacket weights a total of 430 g, with the down coming in at 143 g. A woman’s UK12 jacket weighs in at 360 g, while the down weighs 135 g.
The Alpine Microlight is available in a variety of classic and bold color combinations, including Beluga, Black, Electric, Fir, Koi, Ricochet and Twilight for men and Aubergine, Black, Gargoyle, Twilight, Tasman, Koi and Lupin for women.
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Do you want a hood?
This product can be purchased with or without a hood, but since it was designed for moderately cold weather, the hood, which has been made to be windproof, is definitely beneficial. The hood is adjustable and includes a flexible wire brim that easily fits over a hat or helmet and is great to keep snow off your face. The hood is also slightly gathered in the back over the lower part of the cranium to form a more moulded fit.
Overall, this is a great jacket. It offers a lot of warmth in a very light weight and is great looking to boot.
Negatives are that the Microlight is not water proof and the breast pocket is so large that small items like a phone end up creating bulk in an awkward place that interferes with the streamlined shape.
Also, when your hands are cold, it may be tough to get your jacket in and out of its pouch. The suggested retail price of 150-200 dollars However, this jacket offers a lot of great features and would be a great addition to any cool-weather wardrobe.