David Westwrote a review of Rab Stretch Neo Jacket - Men's on January 14, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had this jacket for about six months now and have had a lot of opportunities to test Polartec's tall claims on breathability. I hike up my ski resort for training in the mornings so staying dry is crucial to being comfortable when around zero degrees fahrenheit. I have tried many jacket systems softshells work very well to keep the sweat out but only work moderately well if you score a nice powder runs and you are still cooking on the inside of the jacket. Gore tex works great to keep the moisture out but I have taken my Gore Tex Pro shell off after a good morning workout and sweat was literally dripping down the inside of the jacket and I was wet and frozen all morning.
The Rab Stretch Neo is the best alpine jacket I have ever owned! My base and midlayers are always dry or just slightly wet even after 4000 ft in elevation and 1200 calories. The jacket is soft, stretchy and breathable like a soft-shell but fully water proof like a traditional shell. The features Rab included are also superb the pockets are perfectly placed out of the way of your pack and the same waterproof material is used inside the pockets so you don't loose warmth or get wet from your gloves or anything else wet you put inside. The hood is simple fits well over a helmet and cinches down great. The high collar is great when it's windy. Best of ll the sleeves are long for those of us with a possessive ape index so you can easily reach and not expose your wrist. Most other Polartec Neoshell jackets have a fleece lining which can limit your layering ability this one does not big plus in versatility. Their is nothing not to like about this jacket if high energy alpine endeavors are your thing.