Take the direct approach.
Most people take the longer routes up mountains. As a minimalist, you have no time to spend on so many switchbacks, so take the quickest way to the top with your alpine climbing equipment and the Rab Women's Alpha Direct Insulated Jacket keeping you warm. This jacket feels great as a midlayer for winter skiing or by itself for summer alpine climbing. Its Polartec Alpha insulation adds a touch of warmth and remains air permeable for the extreme breathability required for rigorous ascents. Pertex Microlight fabric wraps up this innovative insulation with windproof protection, abrasion-resistance, and water-repellent protection.
- Versatile layer for alpine climbing in any condition
- Polartec Alpha insulation is air permeable and warm
- Pertex Microlight shell is windproof and water-resistant
- Scuba hood fits under climbing helmet
- Seamlessly integrated thumbholes
- Item #RAB00DD
- Q & A
- Size Bought: XS
- Height: 5'2"
- Weight: 105lbs
So far, I am into this jacket. I run cold and have been looking for a ski touring/climbing midlayer that will keep me warm without sweating buckets. A puffy just does not cut it - it is not breathable enough but also lets a ton of wind in, and it's not sleek enough for my taste either.
The Alpha Direct jacket is form fitting without being tight and it allows a natural range of movement in the shoulders/torso. I don't sense any lift in the waist when I raise my hands over my head, and it fits comfortably with my trad harness (long pockets means I can also stick my hands in there with the harness on).
The lining is cozy - I am a little worried this could be too warm for ski touring, but I'm pretty small and I run cold.
One qualm I have with this jacket - its kind of noisy! That has never been a dealbreaker for me when it comes to jackets, but the outer material crinkles noticeably which is not great, but again not a dealbreaker.
Fit: True to size, with a drop hem to cover the rear and fit under a harness.