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A small but vital piece of insulation for climbing or traveling in snow-bound regions.

The mountain's shadow grows larger in the afternoon, and to compensate for the cold, lengthy belays, you zip up the short-cut, women-specific Rab Women's Xenon Insulated Hooded Jacket to seal in your body heat. In your pack, this ten-ounce wad of fabric doesn't seem like much, but when you wrap its synthetic insulation around your resting body, you fend of the chills while your partner downclimbs the most technical pitch.

  • Pertex Quantum GL fabric withstands abuse while alpine climbing or mountaineering and features a DWR coating to shed flakes and spindrift
  • Lightweight 60g PrimaLoft One synthetic insulation holds in your core heat without being too bulky or hot while climbing
  • Lycra-bound hood fits under your climbing helmet to provide additional insulation and shelter from the changing weather
  • Tall collar and hem drawcord help seal out the cold wind and blowing snow as you navigate an exit from the upper mountain
  • Front zipper features a chin guard and an insulated baffle to further seal out the elements
  • Two handwarmer pockets hold necessary items and provide shelter for cold fingers
  • Entire jacket packs down into zippered chest pocket for easy storage in a pocket or alpine pack

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5 5

Perfect insulation layer

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

My wife wanted a light synthetic insulation layer for backpacking, breaks on spring/fall cycling trips, days out on snowshoes, etc. I got this one for her Christmas gift, and it's proved to be a smash hit. She's 5'3", maybe 130 lb, and size Med is perfect - a reasonably slim cut that has room for a couple underlayers. The Pertex shell material is amazing - so light it's nearly translucent, yet it's surprisingly windproof, sheds snow and at least light rain, and so far has suffered no damage. Great pocket placement - 2 handwarmers and a chest pocket. The hood doesn't fit over a helmet, but it does cradle her head perfectly. The entire package is lighter than a fleece jacket (listed weight is 10 oz) and way warmer. I don't think she's looked at her old Primaloft sweater since she got this one.

In action, this is the first thing she pulls out at rest stops, the warm and wind-shedding layer that keeps her from cooling off while refueling or enjoying the view. She's also worn this as a midlayer, under a shell, for really cold conditions. Seems to work well for her, and I've gotten lots of "Thank You" comments from her on this one. I think she likes it.

5 5

Bomber little jacket

  • Gender: Female

Perfect for those days when rain -or any moisture- makes you second guess your down. Great for layering over a thin fleece. Highly compressible (packs into it?s own stuff sack ?aka the chest pocket) for easy packing. Long enough in the sleeves that you don?t expose the wrists (and your midsection!) when climbing. Zippered hand (and chest) pockets so you don?t lose things. Did I mention it has a hood? LOVE hoods. Also super durable ?have taken it on many a mountaineering, backpacking and climbing trip and have yet to see noticeable wear and tear.

does the jacket pack small and stuffed...

does the jacket pack small and stuffed into a stuff sack (included?) or does it fold into one of its own pocket doubling as a stuff sack?

does the jacket pack small and stuffed...
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The Xenon packs down pretty small! You can fold it into the chest pocket (it even has a little loop to clip it onto your harness).