The Rab Men's Microlight Down Jacket is lightweight and stylish, and it shatters cold weather with its extreme protection and warmth. The trim silhouette allows room for light layering but easily stands alone with its 750-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic European goose down. From chucking massive snowballs to destroying the moguls on your skis, the durable Pertex Microlight face fabric with its DWR coating keeps your body heat where it should be. And since you’re out in Mother Nature's playground most of the time, it helps that this jacket remains tough and flexible with its nylon ripstop lining and mini stitch-through baffle construction.
- Pertex Microlight face fabric
- DWR coating
- Nylon ripstop lining
- Nikwax Hydrophobic European goose down insulation
- Mini stitch-through baffle construction
- Slim fit, hip length
- Chest and hand-warmer zip pockets
- Item #RAB007V
- Q & A
It's a no-brainer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
I just bought this on sale (June) I can really just make some observations and sizing comments.
The construction and materials are as outstanding as other reviews have claimed. There was not one feather visible and the Pertex fabric is soft in the hand and quiet. The collar is well insulated and stands up nicely. The other features are standard - zip hand warmer pockets, zip breast pocket, stuff sack. I actually dislike the separate stuff sack because it's just another thing to hold onto. You can also get this into one of the hand pockets ( amazingly not much bigger than the sack). Double hem adjustments are nice and provide a good fit - I really dislike the way Patagonia and others have gone with these single-tab drawcords. Also noticed that the pulls, cords, and plastic cord fasteners are at a nicely considered weight - fitting for a lightweight piece, but not too dainty.
European left-sided zipper. A small price to pay, and I've had some Mammut stuff in the past. No big.
OK - fit. This is clearly a trim fit jacket. It does, therefore, run small in relation to other brands. While intended to fit close to the body, a lot of other reviewers said that their normal size was either too tight in the chest or the forearms. I chose to size up to a Large over a Medium. This fits almost identically to my Arc' Atom SV ( now only LT ) which is a Medium (this is the cold weather insulation layer I am replacing with the microlight because the Rockies are brutal in January). Also, I am always a medium in Patagucci and Arc' . I purchased a Large Microlight. Chest -43, waist 34(smallest part of torso), pant size 32, like long walks on the beach. I know that my measurements put me in the 'Large' category of most size charts, but medium always seems to be right for me.
I made a good choice for my uses. I need a lightweight, compressible stand-alone for climbs and backcountry, and a solid insulator for skiing. This does it, as I can fit my R1 (medium) well underneath it, but it also goes under my Arc' Beta AR shell easily and hits at exactly the same hem length. I feel like I hit the jackpot.
I will be using this skiing, camping, backpacking, climbing, and casual. I'm stoked.
Chilling with the boy
Took this jacket to Quebec. Needed it too as temperatures dropped and the wind picked up. Was probably a bit too much for the climate controlled lobby, but it is so comfortable, I wear it everywhere.
Love this jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
I actually own two. I own one with a hood (previous generation, XL) and wifey got me one without for an early xmas gift (L). It's super light and super warm. Perfect for shoving into the last nook in a suitcase or a backpack. I've kept might warm with this jacket under a shell (or over it) on many an outdoor activity from climbing to skiing to backpacking.
it goes everywhere with me.
The zippered pockets are great without adding too much weight. Gives you some peace of mind when putting a valuable in there. The large fits me like a glove in the sleeves, which doesn't leave too much room for layers. But around the torso, there is space for a vest, even a down vest. I can wear a thick sweater under it, but maybe not a base layer, mid layer, and a shell (due to sleeves).
The XL goes over everything with no complaints but isn't too baggy that I look ridiculous when i don't wear multiple layers.
Great jacket, lightweight but tight
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
Really like the jacket. Lightweight but seems durable. Warm almost immediately after putting it on. Bought the medium based on other reviews, but it was too tight around the armpits and across the chest. I'm 5'10", 170lbs, with athletic build. Also tight at the waist and I am size 32 pant.
Lightweight, Trim Down Jacket
This is a very lightweight, trim down jacket/sweater. I've either purchased or tried on about six similar models and prefer the RAB for several reasons. The fit is "trim" but has sufficient fill in the jacket to provide significant warmth. Secondly, the exterior is lightweight, nevertheless it seems to provide adequate protection from the environment and prevents the feathers from escaping. Third, the neck is warm and sits at the correct height to provide good protection from the wind. If I had to list a few issues, the zipper zips on the opposite side and the neck is clearly built for a more "stout necked" individual. Nevertheless, if you tend to wear high necked sweaters, turtlenecks or scarves, it would appear to be the correct height. Overall, I would rate this as one of the top microlight jackets offered and the "twilight" color with contrasting red looks terrific. Moreover, the Medium fits my 6'0" 165 lb. frame quite well.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: large
This is a good-looking, well-made jacket. Good for cool, not cold weather. It is a bit tight in the sleeves. I understand that the trim fit is stylish, but it's trimmer in the sleeves than it is anywhere else. Just another inch would make it more comfortable without hurting the look.
Is rab fitted athletic build or loosely?
This piece is designed with a slim fit for increased comfort when worn underneath a larger outer layer. A slim design also compliments use with a harness.