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As you skin up thousands of vertical feet and scramble across rocks to reach your favorite chute, the Rab Men's Alpine Tour Jacket will be your new best winter friend. Highly breathable eVent fabric takes the sweat out of long approaches and hairball descents, and underarm vents allow you to vent away excess heat before it builds up. Rab used EVA foam and a wire brim to help the helmet-compatible hood stand up to driving wind and precipitation, and you'll find a powder skirt, adjustable cuffs, and a hem drawcord that let you fully batten down the hatches. With a short cut and articulated sleeve design, this jacket gives you the freedom to move and all the protection and venting you need for a long, hard day in the mountains. For the ski mountaineer, this is a well-featured and reliable jacket that'll get the job done right every winter.

  • Midweight eVent fabric features three-layer construction that keeps you dry from external moisture and precipitation while allowing sweat and moisture to escape from within
  • Fit falls short at the waist and uses an articulated sleeve shape to give you maximum range of motion at the arms
  • Front zip uses a one-way, water-resistant YKK zipper with a storm flap
  • Hood is helmet compatible and features a peak with EVA foam and a wired peak to protect your face from driving rain or snow
  • Underarm zips allow you to release excess heat and moisture as needed
  • Fixed snowskirt features stretch-mesh construction that feels comfortable and helps the skirt form a tight seal around the waist
  • Hook-and-loop tabs keep snow out of your sleeves and a double-exit hem drawcord seals this jacket around your waist
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Great Touring Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I really, really like this jacket for touring. A couple of other reviews have stated an odd fit, but I find it fits and accommodates layering really well. I even managed to fit my Norrona Lyngen down jacket underneath!

It's really well made and has stood up to some rough & tumble and is pretty durable. It's also got lots of zips for ventilation and I like the big chest pockets, especially when skinning as you can stuff gloves and hat for when it starts to get warm.

My only concern was the fixed powder skirt, but when I am not using it I hardly notice it. It fits well over a harness & sheds snow and water exceptionally well. Glad I got one before they were discontinued!

Great Touring Jacket

Oddly tailored

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

A nice jacket, the breathable fabric is great and works well. Feels good on bare arms, not sticky.

But the waistline has a very odd cut. It is rather short in the front and becomes long in the back. For me the front is far to short, but I would guess that they did it so that you could get to your pants pockets.

Nice jacket

    Rab makes nice clothes, no doubt about it. This jacket is a great piece for backcountry skiing/mountaineering. The short cut lets you get to your harness easily, and it has an integrated powder skirt, which I usually remove, but it works well with the shorter cut. Underarm zips + the event fabric keep you dry and comfortable. The arms don't ride up when you raise your arms, and the chest pockets work well with a pack. It also packs down nicely. I'm 5'10"/140 lbs with looong arms/wide chest, and got this in a large, it's not too baggy in the body. If I wasn't proportioned like an ape a medium would be a nice fit....

    Unanswered Question

    I have been looking for good alpine touring jackets. I keep coming back to this one for a various of reason. I am wondering about the fit. I am 6'4 weighing 215lbs with a 35inch waist. I have broad shoulders. On dess shirts I wear a 37-38 inch arm length. Which size of this jacket would fit me best?

    Is it sized up or are those true sizes? ...

    Is it sized up or are those true sizes? I am 5'5 132 should I go for a Small?

    Best Answer

    It's considered an "athletic" fit, and I guess that's what I would call it, too. Measure your chest and your sleeve length to be sure, but you should probably start with the small and potentially plan to go to the medium once you try it on layered up. I have several Rab pieces and I find them all true to slightly smaller in the chest and shoulders than most other jackets I own. The combo of Rab and eVent make for some very formidable gear. The Latok is my absolute favorite.

    Even though they're both 3-layer, the Latok is made from heavier material. It weighs about 26oz compared to 16oz. I consider it more of a mountaineering jacket than a ski touring jacket, so it might be more than what you're looking for. The Latok also has more pockets, aqua-guard zippers and no powder skirt. I don't own the Tour, so can't say for sure, but I believe it's also a longer cut, whereas the Latok and Latok Alpine are drop tails but shorter cuts for use with a harness. For my general go-to rain jacket, I use the Latok Alpine.

    It doesn't appear that the Tour is being made any more, but the Latok and the Latok Alpine have been solid staples of Rab's line up for years, although just about any Rab piece I've ever owned or tried on has been fantastic.

    Rab's site should give you more info about all their jackets: