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Warm and dry without being too burly.

The Rab Strata Hooded Insulated Jacket strikes the ideal balance between warmth, weather resistance, and breathability thanks to a combination of cutting-edge fabrics and purposeful design. The zoned lining construction gives you a bit of extra protection where you need it while keeping things light in the places where you want to breathe. Outside, Rab used a Pertex Microlight shell to keep you dry while still getting in under the one-pound mark. Pretty impressive for a jacket that also packs highly breathable Polartec Alpha insulation and a helmet-compatible hood. Thanks to a slim fit, you could actually wear this Rab jacket under your waterproof shell if you found yourself in one of those storms that feel like they could actually bring the world to an end.

  • 80g Polartec Alpha insulation
  • Pertec Microlight water-resistant shell
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Helmet-compatible hood

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Rab & Polartec Alpha

Polartec Alpha is the latest evolution of synthetic insulation, offering a rare combination of light-weight warmth and true breathability.

We use Alpha throughout our Strata collection, which was designed and tested with our professional athletes on an expedition to climb new lines in Arctic Norway.

2 5


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

I really wanted to like the Strata, but I’m sorry to say it falls short of my expectations. The good: excellent construction, good articulation, awesome chest pocket, slightly longer cut on the torso and arms so it is comfortable, but tailored. Essentially all of the stuff that Rab is known for. It fits very similar to the Atom LT, but I think it is more comfortable and is a bit less techie looking. The bad: I bought this garment because of the breathability claims. Essentially, this jacket is more breathable than its 60gm insulated brethren, but isn’t breathable enough to be used in the backcountry. You will still sweat and then arms will get soaked and the jacket’s near windproof outer will make it slower to dry. I wear the jacket all of the time around town as it is more breathable than the competition and it’s nice for transitioning from outside to inside and back, but that breathability falls way short of technical use. This jacket gets mentioned all of the time in comparison to the Paty Nano-air, but they definitely should not be in the same category. I

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Unanswered Question

How does Polartec Alpha compare to PrimaLoft...

How does Polartec Alpha compare to PrimaLoft with warmth? Is it closer to 40g, 60g PrimaLoft or is it even less warm? How about long term use? Will it loose more/less warmth with time and use than PrimaLoft? Thanks.

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I'm curious to hear from people who have...

I'm curious to hear from people who have an Alpha jacket, how does it compare to the Arcteryx Aphix (80g Coreloft) or Atom SV (100g Coreloft) insulation. From the video review I'm looking for that all round jacket for coldish sometimes rainy environments that I could wear on a hike or to work, and it looks like both types of jackets could serve me well, but the technologies are hard to sift through sometimes.

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Can anyone compare the performance of this...

Can anyone compare the performance of this with the Vapour-Rise line? It seems that they would be functionally very similar.

4 5

New go to jacket

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

I have had this for about a month ago and I wear it pretty much everyday. Hands down best piece of gear I have spent $$ on this year.

I am a 46 in a suit jacket and the XL fits me perfectly. Snug but far from tight; athletic fit if you will. SUPER comfortable and lightweight; barely realize it's there. Works really as a mid-layer under a shell or standalone. I love hood on this thing too; hugs your head nicely and doesn't reduce your peripheral vision at all. Also really like the soft backing in the chin area.

I sweat very easily so a big selling point on this is its breathability and it definitely works as advertised. Haven't haven't any issues with damnness or sweating when hiking. Worn it temps from 20* - 40* it has kept me warm and dry.

Only reason I won't give it 5 stars is because I have only had it for a month. Let's see how it holds up after a full year of use.

5 5

Light, Packable, Warm & breathable

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

I am loving this jacket so far. It is my first week with it and I have already taken it out skiing and put it under my waterproof shell. The fit is amazing in combination with the shell and even alone I love it for casual wear.
It is so light I barely realize im wearing a jacket. It packs down to be stored in my pack for backcountry skiing. The elastic cuffs is a great spec that I enjoy especially when pairing it with another jacket. The hood is stow-able as well a very neat spec if you want to hide your hood or already have on with your shell. It breathes really nicely so there is little to no sweat build up and I stay dry and warm in the cold temps.
Needless to say I will be taking care of this jacket so I have it for seasons to come.

Light, Packable, Warm & breathable
4 5

comfortable, technical, awesome fit

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

I just got this jacket and it has quickly become one of my favorite pieces. Went climbing in 40 degree temps and when the hail and rain started on the third pitch of a climb I didn't miss a beat. This jacket kept me dry, I didn't overheat, and the stretchy hood secures around your head without having to do any adjusting. I am 5'10 165 lbs and the medium is a perfect fit.

comfortable, technical, awesome fit
4 5

Warm, good fit and really comfortable

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

I just picked up this jacket and am really impressed by the comfort level and the fit. The fit of this jacket is slim- I am 6'3" 190lbs and have around a 40" chest- I ordered the XL and it is a perfect fit for me.
The hood is definitely a technical fit hood, meant to fit snugly around a helmet. When not wearing a helmet it looks a little funky thanks to the elastic in the hood, it doesn't lay flat like other hoods.
Great jacket- really well insulated and non-restrictive when moving.

5 5

Good light jacket. Super comfy.

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

Just got this jacket in a couple of days ago and I'm loving it. It's super warm for it's size and weight and the fabric feels soft to the touch, but I can tell it's going to be hard as nails when I need it to be. The hood is great as well.
The only thing about this jacket is the price. Fortunately I was able to get a great deal on mine, but I'm not sure if I'd feel 100% confident about spending the asked price for this jacket. Although it is great, there are probably similar jackets with less terrifying price tags on them.

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This is a new jacket from Rab that combines warmth and breathability thanks to a new fabric from Polartec called Alpha. See my video for a full review: