The Rab Womens Microlight Vest is a versatile down piece that can be worn as a light outer or a midlayer. The Microlight Vest is a great choice for the fast and light adventure racer, mountain marathoner, backpacker or mountain walker.
Pertex Microlight is a very light fabric which is highly breathable and windproof. This combination enables the Microlight Vest to be used as either a mid or outer layer depending on the conditions. The 750 fill power (US) goose down will ensure enduring warmth for the wearer and the armholes are lycra bound for comfort and ease of movement. Despite being lightweight the Microlight Vest still has plenty of features including; a baffled front zip and a chin guard, giving extra protection and comfort; two hand warmer pockets; a chest pocket that the vest can be stuffed into and a hem drawcord to keep the weather out.
Hydrophobic down is used to provide better performance in damp conditions. This is achieved by washing in a Nikwax coating in the early stages of production. This down is NOT waterproof, but will retain its loft for longer if it gets damp, and will dry faster.
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I bought this to take to Norway on a cross-country skiing trip as I had heard such good things about the hydrophobic down and insulation. I chose the vest as it is my chest area that suffers from cold and I like to keep maximum mobility in my arms. It fit snugly and I barely took it off for the entire week! It is so light-weight that you forget it is on but it does a tremendous job of keeping your core warm. I would highly recommend this vest.
Excellent fit, light weight and very warm. Great as a mid layer on colder days and as an over layer during autumn. Inner pocket an added bonus.
I purchased this in January and haven't tested it in any active outdoor activities yet. However, it arrived just before the recent freezing UK weather. I wore it everyday under my normal coat when the temperature was zero or sub-zero. I could really feel the extra warmth it provided despite it being so light.
It is significantly better made and warmer than my non Sports brand lightweight down jacket (which I am guessing has copied the idea of these lightweight Down jacket from Sport brands). The only suggestions I would made to improve this vest are 1) if it could be an inch longer in the body as I find it keeps riding up and 2) slightly smaller/tighter around the collar. Apart from these 2 points, I am very happy with this vest.
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