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Rab Microlight Alpine Hooded Down Jacket - Women's


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    18 Reviews


    Lightweight warmth.

    The Rab Women's Microlight Alpine Down Jacket keeps you warm and cozy whether you’re belaying during an alpine climb, skiing in the backcountry, or commuting across town. The Pertex Microlight face fabric is extremely lightweight and durable, and the nylon lining prevents moisture from seeping in. Even though this jacket is protected with a DWR coating, it’s surprisingly breathable and soft to the touch.

    Insulated with 750-fill Nikwax hyrophobic goose down, the Microlight Alpine jacket provides toasty heat with a trim fit that leaves room for layering—this includes the down-filled hood with its wired peak. And since the jacket has a mini stitch-through baffle construction, your body heat stays where it needs to and it easily packs away into your backpack.

    • Pertex Microlight face fabric
    • DWR coating
    • Nylon lining
    • Nikwax hyrophobic goose down insulation
    • Mini stitch-through baffle construction
    • Slim fit, hip length
    • Chest and hand zip pockets
    • Item #RAB006Q

    Tech Specs

    [face fabric] Pertex Microlight, DWR coating, [lining] 100% nylon
    750-fill Nikwax hyrophobic goose down
    Fill Weight
    [size 12] 5 oz
    Baffle Construction
    mini stitch-through
    2 hand zip, 1 chest zip
    Claimed Weight
    13 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, hiking & camping, alpine & expedition
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    Awesome Jacket, Super Versatile

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

    I have had this jacket for a year now and absolutely love it. It was given to me as a birthday present after I spent some time trying to find a warm but compact down jacket I could take on backcountry trips. I have used it both during outdoor activities and in the city and have found it functions super well in both settings.

    I've taken it on a few backcountry trips and it has been amazing. I gave it to my sister who was suffering hypothermia after crossing a pass in Jasper in the rain/snow. Once we got her wet clothes off I gave her the jacket to put on and she warmed up pretty well. I also took it on a 6 day canoe trip to Bowron Lakes (interior BC) in the fall when temperatures were dropping to 0 celsius at night. I would wear the jacket after we got to camp and in the mornings, and found it kept me toasty warm without causing me to overheat. It was light enough that I didn't feel restricted at all. It comes with an awesome little stuff sack and is fairly compactable-definitely small enough that I wouldn't hesitate to put it in a backpack or dry sac on these types of trips.

    I am now in the Northwest Territories in December and temperatures are hitting -38 celcius, or -48 with the windchill. I have been wearing the jacket out walking a friends dog on Great Slave Lake, with a light arcteryx gortex jacket on top to keep the wind out. If I'm not on the lake I just throw on the microlight jacket over top of my hoodie and head out the door. The jacket allows some layers underneath and is not so bulky that your shell won't fit over top (my arcteryx gortex jacket is quite fitted and getting it over the microlight jacket is no problem) It's been keeping me super warm even in this extreme weather. I love the hood-it definitely provides some extra warmth. And I personally like the way the hood fits-snug and doesn't get in the way of my vision.

    Finally, the jacket also appeals to the more shallow part of me that likes to look good while staying warm ;) I wear the jacket out in the city and get tons of comments (partially because it's the fuscia colour I think!). People seem to love the way it looks and fits. I find that it is nicely fitted and looks great with a pair of jeans!

    I am quite petite and got the XS which fits perfectly. I see that a lot of people have commented on the fit that seems to be not great for some maybe best to try it on before buying. But I think if it fits well you will not regret purchasing it! One of the best birthday presents ever!!!

    Nice jacket but narrow hips

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I commute to work via bus (in the early morning) and a 3-mile walk home (in the late afternoon/early evening). When Chicago winter is at its most brutal, only a heavy down parka will work, but when the temperature is above single digits, I easily get overheated on the walk home and so I wanted to find a lighter down coat for this purpose.

    So, this jacket. It's a lovely color and clever fit -- I really like the longer back/butt cover. Some people aren't fond of the hood, but I think it's nice. My only issue is that it's noticeably small in the hips. I'm a true Large -- I've been this size and weight for the last 20 years, and I always, always buy large -- but I was surprised when I had to kind of tug at the coat to zip it up at the bottom. I'm not especially 'hippy' so this was unexpected. For comparison, I found that the Patagonia down sweater jacket in medium fit similarly across the hips. (Other reviews about fitting snugly across the chest or in the armpits didn't hold true for me.)

    I bought it on sale, so I'm hesitant to return for an XL (and spend an additional 100 bucks). My Arc'teryx Atom LT (also a large) fits well enough underneath, so I'm not super worried about layering. Still, be forewarned: this runs a little snug, so if you're unsure, size up. If you're in-between sizes, you'll *definitely* want to size up.

    Light weight, fits great, durable...

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

    I am 5.2 and 145 lbs and got the Medium. Fits perfectly and gives me enough room for another warm layer underneath the jacket. I plan to use it on my hiking expeditions (Mt Whitney or Mt Langley in CA) and during my days at a local Ski Patrol base underneath my waterproof hardshel jacket.

    Didn't like the hood

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    Overall I liked this jacket; the outer fabric seemed very durable, as well as water resistant, and it fit trimly, but was large enough so I could wear a base layer and microfleece under it. With 5 oz of down fill, I bought this jacket because it was supposed to be one of the warmest on the market, which was a priority for me. However, the hood has a brim, and instead of elastic around the face it has pull cords to tighten the hood around the face. I did not like the pull cords in my face at all. The brim got in the way when I tried this on under a waterproof shell with a hood/brim. Also, this jacket does not compress down very small; it was about the size of two Nalgene bottles placed side by side. It is also much heavier than other "ultralight" puffies. I ultimately returned it for the Arcteryx Cerium LT, which I love!

    Fits well

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 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!

    I returned it, body did not work for me.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 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.


    • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    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!

    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


    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!

    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.

    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!

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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.