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I just got back from an ice climbing trip in Montana. Even when it was 10-20 degrees F, I was able to lead a pitch in the jacket, through up the hood at the belay and not get cold while standing at the top and belaying. The fit was great- it never pulled up and out of my harness and the thumb holes in the sleeve helped keep my hand even warmer. The large side pockets seem to work great for extra ventilation during the more physical pitches. I climbed a couple drippy routes and though the jacket isn't technically a shell, the thickness of the jacket kept the water from soaking through and the jacket was always dry by the time I got lowered to the ground.
I'd highly recommend this jacket!
I have the men's version of this hoodie. I had to write a review, I love it so much! Fit is snug and jacket is warm. Great base layer when you need warmth under a shell on a cold day, or works alone on dry cool days. Nice and soft on inside. The hood is also very soft and fits tight. Inside pocket is long and narrow, will fit a pair of sunglasses or checkbook.
The quality is high for the price. Arcteryx and OR have similar jackets at way more $$$. Rab stuff in general is great if you have long arms. Hope backcountry gets the men's shadow soon and I'll get another color. My second Rab jacket and I am searching for more ASAP!
I Like it a lot
Warm, abrasion resistant, a little bit wind resistant, really comfy. It is not the lightest thing, but it is way more wind resistant and durable than similar polarfleece items, so the trade off may be worth it to you. I'm really glad I got it, I will be using it a lot!