The Rab Womens Microlight Alpine provides fantastic protection for its weight, making it the perfect mid or outer layer for those who want to carry an insulated jacket with minimal weight and with a compact pack size. This makes it a great piece of kit for the adventure racer, mountain walker or the lightweight alpinist.
The outer is constructed from a Pertex Microlight fabric which is very lightweight and is highly breathable and windproof. The 750 Fill Power (US) European goose down is held closely in place by stitched through narrow baffles, ensuring enduring warmth for the wearer. The down is Hydrophobic as it provides better performance in damp conditions. This is achieved by washing the down in a Nikwax coating in the early stages of production. This down is NOT waterproof, but it will retain its loft for longer if it gets damp, and it will dry faster.
The shape of the jacket allows unrestricted movement and is a contoured fit, so it looks flattering on and will sit under a harness and rucksack straps comfortably. The down filled hood will keep your head warm and it features a wired peak for protecting your vision in poor weather. To keep spindrift out and keep the heat in, the cuffs are elasticated and the hem features a drawcord. Please remember that this is a lightweight down jacket, so if you require greater insulation, then do consider a heavier down jacket.
For more information on down please read Down Fill Power Explained.
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This is the second one of these jackets that I have bought. They are warm, light weight and functional with a handy stuff bag. The new one has been updated, slightly longer in length (great), but I don't like the new peak in the hood as much. The cuffs have also been improved. I'm yet to find out if it is more damp proof. I would recommend for the outdoor life trekking etc in colder climates.
Jacket arrived as promised in 2 days. It was a perfect fit, love the little bag to put it in an added bonus. I won't want to take it off once the weather turns- excellent value.
An absolutely perfect purchase. Essential to have a warm down jacket, and this was spot on. Most of the British ski mountaineers had one, or something very similar. I liked the cut and fit, and this was my surprise perfect purchase. Can't recommend it highly enough, and for an environment which did get really cold at night - especially the hut dormitories (no-one mentioned how cold they were) - was an essential piece of kit, and for many the only warm layer that was taken. a quality product which also looks extremely good in the resort at the end.
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