Raymond G.

Raymond G.

Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 162 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Ok, the jacket just rocks. Super light. Stellar materials. Great design and fit. I'm 5'9" and usually rock medium and medium rocks. I can add even another synthetic under it if I need too. It's not mega huge though, good fit with some room for extra layering which is what it's all about.

Very thoughtful with the pockets I must say. Alot of jackets these days especially Arcteryx have no chest pocket and small packet openings. The Rab is perfect. Pocket openings are large for gloved hands and there is a chest pocket for someone like me who needs a chest pocket for my eyeglasses to read maps or my phone etc and back of my camera as a photographer. I broke my eyeglasses last year in Japan just before I went out putting my snowboard boots on because I had to keep them in hand-warmer pockets in a different brand jacket. So chest pockets are KEY (RAB, keep up the thoughtful design) especially for big mountains, like Chamonix, etc. It is essential. There are two other internal pockets too both zippered.

Hood is great, a big fully featured hood with three adustments - perfect. Scuba hoodies suck. Like I said when you are out there really doing the stuff, you need adjustments for the hood, when the wind blows, when it's blizzard conditions, it's is essential and RAB kills it. I would say the hood might even have too much down in it, but that is really just picky. This jacket is the real deal for real life in really harsh conditions.

Design and color insanely good. It looks super cool too. I got ebony with lime green interior (pockets too) and just a stunner. I like my jackets to look cool especially for when I'm done apres ski in Courmayeur, Chamonix, Switzerland, Japan, Couchevel.. etc... Form and function.

I would not hesitate to buy this again whatsoever. To reiterate: Thoughtful design, good pockets with large pocket openings for gloved hands, chest pocket (key), great hood with three adjustments and it's very warm and it breaths by the way, the inner material is really lightweight and looks really cool.





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Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 162 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm becoming a big Rab Fan! Ok, the review. They are on the light side, so if it gets too cold, just add a base layer. I like the flexibility to add warmth if I need it. The design style is very very cool. I'm a 32.5 or so waist (5'9" ht) and a medium fits great in the legs. It's a very flattering fit, not tons of extra material flapping around, just a bit of nice looseness for movement. If you are say a 33, I'd go up in size.

In the butt and waist when you first put them on, they do seem to hug you and I didn't like that at first, but once you wear them they loosen, but don't get mega baggy. The elastic on the ankles is great, not too tight at all and length is good, not tons of extra length bunching up down there like Arcteryx, but just enough extra so they don't ride up.

The color scheme and design is phenomenal. I want to get the lime green ones next and switch em up. They breath very well and no problems there. Just superbly clean and functional. I will say thigh pockets would be perfect on these. I am a believer in lots of pockets especially thigh pockets.

I've the Rab Infinity Down Jacket that I got recently too and it's the best down jacket I've ever owned and I've owned a few. Rab is the unsung hero of gear. Cool European brand.

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Raymond G.wrote a review of on October 29, 2015

2 5

I returned this within 20 minutes of receiving it. I got blue/saffron and it's darker than the color in the pic and it didn't really pop at all as it does it the photo and on their site. Also it's an extremely lightly filled jacket. A Uniqlo that has more fill than this. The fit: I'm 5'9" 160 and a medium was really snug. The slim fit is trendy now, but this was the slimmest fit ever. For instance the new North Face L3 Hooded down in small is bigger than this by far. I just bought that one and returned it too because I don't like scuba hoods and I thought this would do the trick, but was just totally under-whelmed and the price at $309 is at least 50% too high.

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Raymond G.wrote a review of on February 8, 2013

5 5

I'd fractured some ribs so I ordered this vest when I was in Niseko, Hokkaido Japan and it arrived within three days.

The fit was perfect, I'm about 5'9", 158 lbs. It's pretty slim actually, and flexible which was great. It just gave me peace of mind. I didn't actually crash at all once I wore it so I don't know how much protection it provides, but I'm sure it would absorb any hard impact to prevent a serious injury and of course depends on how hard you fall and what you hit.

Nonetheless, I wanted something flexible, that could protect front and back, and the shoulder and upper arms protection is a plus I must say. I snowboard the trees in Niseko and just knowing that you have that protection makes you more confident.

I want to get some Demon snow shorts now too with the padding. I think they make some great products and price is key too. I never knew of this company till now and they make functional products with intuitive design.

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