Sage Cleggwrote a review of Rab Xenon Insulated Hooded Jacket - Women's on July 11, 2011
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using this Rab Synthetic coat for a couple years now & wanted to update my thoughts on it. First: the coat still works. Second: I hardly ever wear it when I'm not on the trail because it's just not very "cute", but the functionality & light weight keep me packing it on expeditions. The fact that it's kinda ugly has allowed it to survive far longer than my other jackets. Fourth: My experience with Rab customer service for other items has been miserable, and I hesitate buying more items because of that... but thankfully I haven't had to return this item yet!
Here is my original review:
This synthetic Rab Xenon is really light and doesn't look like a blocky boy bag! I am stoked to find something I can wear on the trail that fits me and is under 9oz for the large after I chopped the tags off. My only complaint is the funky elastic on the hood. The down version has a bill but this version sticks to my forehead. Maybe it will prove to be great in blowing snow, but I think I will be wearing my baseball cap under it to make it feel less like an insulated swim cap. This jacket does have a really soft liner near the chin and excellent pockets. I'm off for a hike of the Japhy Ryder Route to see how it holds up & will report back. This might be my favorite new piece of gear for the season!