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Down warmth, light weight.

The Rab Women's Microlight Down Jacket will warm your core whether you hike across a snow-capped landscape, trek through breezy valleys, belay your buddy up an alpline ascent, or hang out by a cold campsite. Its Pertex Microlight outer fabric makes this jacket very lightweight, surprisingly durable, windproof, and highly breathable. The nylon ripstop lining helps the jacket slide easily over your layers and boosts durability on the inside. And between the fabric layers, 120g 750-fill European goose down brings a sweet warmth-to-weight ratio (feathery warmth without weight) for moderately cold days. The down also means this jacket packs down small so you'll always have space to bring it along.

The Microlight's slim fit helps avoid the super-puff look, and it means you can layer a waterproof shell over this jacket when weather conditions get unfavorable. The jacket's Lycra-bound cuffs and hem drawcord keep undesirable breezes out, and two hand pockets warm your fingers. The chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack so you can attach this highly compressible jacket to a harness without having to sacrifice an extra set of stoppers.

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

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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.

This jacket baffles me at how good it is

This jacket baffles me at how good it is

The baffles are also good! No sign of down leakage here - overall this jacket is nicely made. The stitching is solid, and the Pertex Microlight fabric does a great job at keeping the down in and the heat close to your body while shedding precipitation of any form and blocking the wind.

Good for all activities

Good for all activities

Here I am on the beach with my helpful assistant Doc(he tested the durability of the fabric by routinely jumping on me scratching his paws across the jacket).

May not look like it but this day there were 40mph winds, it was in the low 30s (Fahrenheit) and some light mixed snow-sleet precipitation. This jacket had no problems keeping me warm and dry.

Doc approves of the jacket because it kept me nicely warm and dry; meaning he got an extra long walk.

All stuffed up!

All stuffed up!

Binoculars and hat for size comparison!

This jacket stuffed to about the same size as the jackets I own that are 4 ounces lighter!

"Chest" Pocket = Waist Pocket

"Chest" Pocket = Waist Pocket

Meaning no awkward bulges in the chest!

This pocket doubles as the stuff sack.

Good zippers and cinch cord

Good zippers and cinch cord

Nicely made, high quality, easy to use with gloves on!

5 5

Perfect combination of warmth and weight

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

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Rab for hand-selecting me to review this awesome down jacket for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

I was really excited to get this jacket for testing because it had always been on my short list of lighter down jackets. I have to say, I couldn't be happier with this jacket. I'm usually one to want to have a variety of jackets, backpacks, etc. to choose from but since getting it - I've never wanted to use a different jacket! So it has experienced non stop continuous use since it arrived! In 30 days it went from being on my "short list" to my go-to warm jacket.

This jacket isn't quite in the ultralight down category (some ultralight down jackets are half the weight) but it still is very light at about 12 ounces (15 for the larger sizes). I compared it to a few lighter down jackets (8 ounce jackets) that I own and found that the Rab Microlight outperformed in every situation. Far too often gear seems to trade comfort, performance, etc. for shaving a few ounces. This jacket is the winning combination performance, warmth, and weight.

The exterior Pertex Microlight fabric did excellent at shedding water when nature decided to throw some sleet, snow, and freezing rain at it. Wind stood no chance at beating the fabric either - and I found myself more than comfortable in 50 mph winds in sleet/snow. (OK my face and legs weren't comfortable - but everwhere the jacket was, I remained happy!) The Pertex Microlight claims to be "down proof", meaning your down shouldn't come through the fabric - I found this to be accurate; however, like nearly every other jacket I own, a few feathers did escape here and there along the stitching, which is to be expected.

To give the exterior fabric a good test, I brushed up against nearly every surface I could on a regular basis: shrub, tree trunk, car door, mailbox etc. In order to help me in my testing, my dog Doc, jumped up on me while I was wearing the jacket, using his extra sharp long claws (hmm someone needs his nails cut) to further test the fabric. Still no rips, tears, or abrasion showing! I call that a win!

The hydrophobic down definitely seemed to do it's job in the precipitation and I experienced no loss in loft or warmth in more intense precipitation. Since the jacket did well at shedding water, the down never got fully submerged and never wet-out - so I can't get into full details about the ability for the down to recover from that level of wetness.

The construction as a whole is clearly well done and the design is clearly well thought through. The zippers are chunky enough that I never struggled to get the jacket zipped, and the zipper pulls are long and hefty enough to support putting the jacket on with gloves without adding unnecessary weight. The cinch cord along the bottom is easy to use (again easy with gloves too) and works well at cutting out any air seeping in from the bottom.

The pockets are roomy enough (But they could alllllways be bigger if you ask me!) and the interior pocket is large and very functional. I like that it was strategically put along the waist, not the chest - meaning if you put something in the pocket, you don't get stuck with awkward bulges in the chest area! (Note: this is referred to as a chest pocket in the description but it is not entirely accurate as to the location!)

The cuffs along the arms are comfortable and simple. The baffles are well made and overall the jacket has enough poof to be effective but not so much that you look like a marshmallow!

One thing that can be tricky with all Rab products is sizing because they use European sizing - so be sure to pay attention to size charts and realize that the sizing is different!

This jacket is definitely a slim/trim fit - so if you want to layer under, I'd recommend going a size up. However, this fit combined with the puff of the jacket means it easily fits under a hard shell - allowing you to be warm and entirely protected from all extreme weather!

Perfect combination of warmth and weight
Responded on

What an excellent review! I have a North Face down jacket that I love but I was much fatter when I bought it, tragically, I have to go shopping!
The Rab Mircrolight was on my radar after reading Outdoor GearLab's 2014 down jacket review. The guys at the gear lab did a nice job but their photo of the Rab packed into its pocket scared me off - it looked awfully bulky. Thanks to your photo and detailed review, I'm back to thinking that the Rab Microlight might be perfect. Thank goodness for Backcountry.com and thank you, Lauren K!

Is this jacket long enough for a 5'8 140lb athletic build (thinking of ordering medium)? Thanks!

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Hi - I found the size chart to be very accurate for this product. As for the length - I have a very long torso and found that it hit right at my hip and did not ride up - so I think the length is fine as long as you're not looking for a "long" jacket.

5 5

I bought one for my wife & she loves it!

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

I bought this jacket for my wife, so she would let me have mine back, and she loves it. I have been wearing the mens version of this jacket for the past 5 years and I love it. Warm and Light. I'm excited to see that this jacket has the new down moisture coating on it. She loves her new jacket, it looks cute on her, and its warmer than anything she has ever owned. I can even turn the heat off in the car now. :)

5 5

Love it!

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

I am 5'0", 100 lbs, I bought the XS in Orchid and the jacket fits perfectly. Beautiful color, high quality, well made and shaped, feminine fit. Not as warm as I expected but I live in San Francisco and it is great to wear around town.