In this Rab Jacket Review, we will look at the Microlight Alpine down jacket. The down jacket is lightweight, durable, and breathable. Let’s start by looking at the construction of this jacket. It has a waterproof membrane and taped seams. Generally, down jackets feature a durable, water-resistant treatment (DWR). However, Rab didn’t use a lot of DWR treatment on its Kinetic 2.0 jacket. Water doesn’t bead up very well and gets saturated at the shoulders.
Rab Microlight Alpine is a down jacket
The Rab Microlight Alpine down jacket is the classic lightweight down jacket reimagined with a new design aesthetic and recycled construction. It is lightweight and highly packable, making it an ideal go-to system when the temperature drops. The jacket is also hot and keeps you dry despite its ultra-lightweight.
The jacket’s outer fabric is 50-g/m2 and features a DWR coating. It has a liner made of recycled 20D polyamide (nylon). The two-layer construction ensures that the jacket is warm and breathable. Combined with the DWR-coating, it provides a high level of water resistance and feels soft against the skin.
While the Rab Microlight Alpine down jacket isn’t cheap, it is well worth the money. It is one of the warmest jackets I’ve ever owned. It feels warm from the first time I put it on and can withstand the coldest temperatures. The jacket packs down to a compact size that can be easily stored in a hiking pack. Alternatively, it can be stored in a duffel bag for road trips.
It is lightweight
Rab’s flagship mid-range down jacket is one of the best puffers on the market. It is excellent for long-distance backpacking, climbing, and everyday use. The jacket features a fully recycled face fabric and 700-fill power-down insulation. It also uses Nikwax technology for superior moisture resistance.
The Rab Jacket is made with treated down and features two zippered hand pockets and a chest pocket. It doesn’t pack down too small and comes with a stuff sack for easy storage. The hood is adjustable and features a stiff wire brim. The waist hem is adjustable, and the jacket is available in both men’s and women’s versions.
The Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket is another lightweight option. The microlight model is water-resistant and breathable. It uses a 50-g/m2 outer fabric treated with a DWR (durable water-repellent) treatment. The lining is made from recycled 20D polyamide (nylon).
It is durable
The Rab Jacket is made of durable, water-resistant material. Its Pertex Quantum outer material is treated with a DWR (durable water-repellent) finish. However, the DWR coating used by Pertex is not free from PFCs, the chemicals responsible for depleting the ozone layer. The PFC-free version of this coating doesn’t seem to last as long.
Another feature of the Rab Jacket is that it’s made with recycled polyester. This material makes it both windproof and waterproof. The jacket weighs between eight and nine ounces in a medium size. This material also features Proflex – a revolutionary Rab innovation that sandwiches a PU hydrophilic membrane between two high-gauge knit fabrics. This technology makes it ideal for a variety of mountain activities. The jacket also includes ski touring and mountaineering features and reinforced areas for heavy use.
It is breathable
The Rab Kinetic 2.0 is an excellent waterproof, breathable, and windproof jacket for those who want to stay dry and warm. It has a streamlined feature set, soft stretch knit shell, and liner. The jacket’s hood is long enough to accommodate climbing helmets, and the cinch-down system cinches nicely around the head. Despite its thin fabric, the jacket doesn’t compete with the strength and toughness of more durable shells.
Despite being lightweight, the Rab Kinetic 2.0 is surprisingly warm. Its high breathability makes it an excellent option for colder temperatures, but it is still not too warm or bulky for cycling. You may want to size up if you’re tall because the jacket has a slim fit.
It has a reversible pocket.
The Rab Jacket has a reversible zipped pocket. Unlike some other down jackets, this one has two pockets: one on the inside and one on the outside. Both pockets are zipped, which allows you to store items from both sides. The zipped pocket is convenient if you need to take a few things off or put them back on.
This down jacket is also environmentally friendly. It uses recycled P.U.R.E. down for insulation. Its outer fabric is lightweight and has a DWR coating. The lining is made of recycled 20D polyamide (nylon).
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