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Lightweight and warm from your head down.

The Rab Women's Microlight Alpine Down Jacket will keep you warm whether you're belaying during an alpine climb, settling in at a high-altitude basecamp, or just doing your daily commute across town. The Pertex Microlight fabric adds to this jacket's light weight, surprising durability, breathability, and soft feel so you'll be able to move freely. Insulated with 130g 750-fill power European Goose Down, the Microlight Alpine provides toasty heat in moderately cold conditions. This jacket has a slim fit so you can layer a waterproof jacket over the top in case of an unexpected shower.

The Microlight Alpine jacket has a down-filled hood with a wired peak that conforms to the shape of your head so you get the perfect fit no matter what. The Lycra-bound cuffs and hem drawcord will keep any unwanted winds from breezing up your body, the front zipper has an internal insulated zip baffle to prevent heat from escaping through the zipper teeth, and there's a chin guard for added comfort. When the day warms up, stuff this down jacket into its stuff-sack zipped chest pocket and stash it in a small corner of your backpack.

  • Pertex Microlight outer fabric
  • Nylon ripstop inner fabric
  • 750-fill European goose down insulation
  • Slim fit
  • Down-filled hood, wired peak
  • Lycra-bound cuffs, hem drawcord
  • 2 hand-warmer pockets, 1 chest pocket doubles as stuff sack

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4 5

Fits well

  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 1"
    Weight: 115 lbs
    Size Purchased: XS

I'm 5'1" and about 115# and got an XS. My torso is pretty short and this jacket fit pretty well. The sleeves fit well, I personally like them a little bit long so they cover my hands a bit. The hood is probably the best one I've seen, it has this cool little hard visor area and it actually stays on your head which is great. I have yet to test this jacket out in real harsh weather but I'll be taking it with me to Kilimanjaro this summer!

Rab Hydrophobic Down

In the early days, Rab Carrington built his brand around down insulation, and we still see down manufacturing as a core part of the Rab brand today.

All of our down insulated products are filled with the highest quality Hydrophobic Down, developed in conjunction with Nikwax. The hydrophobic treatment is applied at source and is seen as the next step in our progression in down manufacturing.

3 5

I returned it, body did not work for me.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 5"
    Weight: 122 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

The quality of the item was very good, just like the Rab Neutrino Plus I own. But when I put this jacket on, the body of the jacket felt way too loose and did not work for me. The sleeve were fine, the length of them and the length of the jacket were fine. Hood worked, zipper was good. I can't explain the odd fit of the body of this jacket. I am 5'5" 122lbs and wear the S in Neutrino and it fits me better than this Alpine did. I would have to wear a number of layers in order to have the mid section of this jacket not feel like it was 1-2 sizes too large for me. In contrast the bust section fit somewhat fitted for a S and I am 34B. Just odd fit. I would have to agree with another reviewer who said it was tighter is armpit area and big overall. It sort of describes how I felt it fit. Tighter up top, very very loose through body and bottom. I think the fact the bottom of the jacket around hip area was very loose/large made it not work for me. I don't like to have to cinch down jackets that I may use for mid layering or lighter wear. Cinching down the Neutrino is a given I just didn't feel it helped in the case of this jacket.

5 5

TOASTY and SLEEK

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I'm finally able to admit that I have a down jacket addiction... always looking for the next best thing. Rab nailed it with this one. It was a STEAL on SAC... I love bright colors, but the black was the clear choice; goes with EVERYTHING and looks nice for any occasion. Awesome everyday jacket.

First off, my go-to "puffy" is my Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer, which is about half the weight of this jacket. Coming in a 14 oz, this Rab Microlight is still super light but it's not going to be my go-to travel and hiking jacket; it's a bit more solid throughout, making it incredibly warm but not the most ideal for packing.

SIZING
I'm 5'2" 130 lbs and the medium is perfect. I am a little thicker in the hips and thighs (size 6-8ish) and it's a wee bit tight around the hips, but not so much that it bothers me. I like that it is longer in the back, not letting air travel up my back! If it were any shorter, it wouldn't be tight on me because my waist is a lot smaller than my hips. Keep in mind, I am only 5'2" so things tend to be long on me. Armpit seams are totally comfortable and fit my shoulders great.

DESIGN
Compared to the MH GW, this thing is a little more heavy duty, which I kind of like for a change! I don't feel like I am going to snag it if I brush up against something. The ripstop nylon is great and DURABLE. The drawstring cord at the waist is perfect for someone with smaller hips. I, however, will not need to tighten it. Great feature though! The cuffs are secure around my wrists, not letting any air up that direction either. The hood is something I would change... it doesn't seal around my face so on a windy day, this hood doesn't do much... BUT it has the ability to cinch down and has a little "visor"! I prefer to just pull my hood up and call it a day. :) Great in the rain, as the "visor" keeps any water from landing on my face. It also seems to be pretty water resistant.. wouldn't wear in a monsoon, but won't wither away if a little water gets on it.

DOWN FILL
Really warm. I have to say, this jacket is great for trapping the heat. Again, I love my MH but this Rab is gaining on it. The fill is really well placed and doesn't clump up. I have yet to be super cold in it.

BEST FEATURE
The chest zip pocket. I love having the ability to stash some cash and chapstick up there without worrying if I'm going to lose it. I use hand pockets so much that things fall out with I'm pulling my hands in and out. The hand pockets are huge and hold anything too, but the chest pocket is the best. It's big because that's where the entire jacket packs into.

This jacket just looks good and feels good. I have no cons to it yet. If I could shrink my hips a little, the bottom would fit better, but it's not a flaw of this jacket. It rocks. Get one.

TOASTY and SLEEK
5 5

Hooded Bliss!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I gave this product as a gift to my girlfriend and it is the first I have ever bought the right fit in a jacket!My girlfriend is a huge fan of her Patagonia Down Sweater, but after using the Rab Microlight I think the Patagonia will be retired to her closet.
The jacket is super light weight and very comfortable. The jacket looks great on and is extremely warm. Great for year round use.

5 5

Finally, a present my wife didn't return

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I bought this jacket for my wife and she loves it! She gets cold very easily and this jacket has been great so far. She wears it everywhere she goes and is complimented about it quite often. The jacket is very lightweight and super warm which she loves. I originally bought her a medium which we needed to exchange for a large as the jacket does seem to run a little tight - especially through the bust. I did a lot of research online and this jacket appeared to be the warmest ultra-light jacket out there. Buy this one, you will be happy with your purchase. This is one of the few presents my wife hasn't returned lately, so score one for me!

2 5

strange fit

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I love that this jacket goes below my butt, however, the sleeves are too tight in the armpits. Big everywhere else, so really strange. I will have to send it back.

5 5

She's not cold anymore!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Gave this jacket as a gift and she is psyched!
Finally found the jacket I've always needed; I mean that. This sweet relief of a toasty layer has saved me in so many situations both in the city and out in the middle of nowhere. That's right, I'm no longer the one complaining "it's cold".
Some key life saving points:
- The cut is feminine and includes cordage adjuster and extra fabric length on the back so no air travels through the waist line.
- Thin spine on hood brim to allow you to mold the shape that best suits the weather you're fighting.
- Elastic cuff which helps with easy sleeve roll up.
- Super lightweight breathable fabric to keep you dry and warms you up immediately after putting on.
- My personal favorite, it curls into a tiny ball that can fit in your purse.
- Jacket is so soft it dubs well as a pillow or if stuffed in your sleeping bag helps generate more heat.
I'm 5'4" 120 lbs and took a small for a little extra room. Pair this with a marino layer for the extra cold nights and you won't need to lug a huge jacket with you ever again.

Eric Watford
Expert Gearhead
801-736-6397
ewatford@backcountry.com

5 5

Love this item!

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

It's longer in the back then any other down coat I've tried which i love. Arms are a bit more longer as well which I love. Thin but warm and cozy. I'm 5'6" 150lbs and got a Large, perfect fit!

My wife is 5'5.5" 118lbs, athletic, and a 34A, 25 waist. Would the small be too big for her? A few people say the sizing runs small, but the recent reviewer said her small has lots of room for a big sweater underneath.

Best Answer Responded on

I think that a size small should fit perfectly on your wife. Going with an XS I think would end up being too tight.

4 5

Great fitting down jacket

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

Love this hooded down jacket. It's warm, fits well, great color. I'm usually in between S and M in Patagonia gear. This RAB size S fit well, enough room for a substantial sweater underneath. I love the wire in the hood and it doesn't preclude it from stuffing the full coat in the chest pocket. The stored jacket makes a great pillow on flights.
Cons: I get small feathers clothes after wearing the jacket, even after a month of wear. I would have loved a two way zipper like on the Mammut down jackets.

5 5

Look good, feel good.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

This is a great technical and stylish layer. On the Technical side of things: the 750-fill European goose down is quality and provides warmth for days! She loves the wire brim on the hood. The pockets are great for warming her hands and are good sized. And the fact that it can be stashed into itself (aka chest pocket) to about the size of a nerf basketball, but squished, will leave you room for packing fun stuff... or snacks! The loft is not cumbersome while still providing plenty of warmth making it a great layer. and on the style side, it just looks good! it is a fairly fitted cut/shape, but the waist has solid length and the sleeve length is down where you want them to be. All in all she looks good in it and whenever we see somebody else wearing one, they do too!

5 5

Stylish, Light and WARM

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I am going into my second winter with this jacket and have no complaints. This jacket is light yet extremely warm. It's a great layering piece and will keep you warm whether you wear just a t-shirt or long sleeve under it. In addition to the high functionality of this jacket it's stylish. The slim fit is feminine. This is a perfect jacket for the active fashionista!

5 5

Warm and Light

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

I use this for everyday cold weather wearing. It is light weight and super warm. It is a slim fit but still long enough coverage. If you are wearing it under anything it is true to fit.

5 5

Cozy and nice fit for a ladies puffy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I tried on multiple down jackets before this one, such as the Patagonia sweater puffy. I found the Rab to be a bit longer and offer more length. The fit was also a bit more women's specific. So far, I love this jacket. It is super warm for everyday use around town. I will use it as an insulating piece during the winter on cold days on the ski mountain. I would definitely recommend this jacket to anyone who is looking for a puffy jacket that is not too thick and will also make a great layering piece.

5 5

Functional and Well Designed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I anticipate having this jacket for a very long time! The cut is slim and the sleeves are awesome long but do size up one because this piece runs small! It has plenty of coverage on the back hemline, even when I'm active. I can wear this alone as a warm lighter weight jacket but it also shines when layered with a good performance outer shell.