Your New Best Friend.
We've all been there—those days in the mountains when Mother Nature can't quite make up her mind and settles instead on intermittent rain. In the past, days like this meant a constant cycle of layering and de-layering as conditions changed, but with the Rab Men's Kinetic Plus Jacket you can put those days behind you. Constructed with a waterproof membrane, this lightweight softshell balances waterproof protection with stretch and breathability for complete comfort in mixed, challenging conditions. A close-fitting stretch hood prevents wind and rain from sneaking into the jacket, while a dropped back hem provides additional coverage whether you're climbing, hiking, or exploring the backcountry on your skis.
- A lightweight softshell jacket for a wide range of mountain activities
- Proflex fabric is stretchy, breathable, and waterproof
- Fully taped seams prevent seeping
- Close-fitting stretch-on hood with laminated and stiffened peak
- High-set zippered hand pockets for easy use with a pack or harness
- Item #RAB00EL
- Q & A
Great Jacket for Cooler Weather
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
According to the normal Rab size chart, I should be a medium (38S blazer, 33-inch sleeves), but the medium was too small. However, the sizing tool on the Rab website for Kinetic Plus said I should use the large size. The large fit me, just like the tool said. Definitely check the size out at the Rab website and save yourself some trouble.
With the large, the sleeves are a tad long, and the velcro on the sleeves definitely mitigates this. The overall length is longer than my OR Helium II, so it is a bit more practical for standing around and is still good for hiking (because most of the extra length is in the back), but it is probably too long to use as a running shell unless you're tall. I was able to test out the jacket in a humid rain, and I'm not sure if it is that much more breathable than other high-end rain jackets under those conditions. However, it feels slightly warmer yet less clammy because of the softshell-like interior. The wind resistance is excellent, but it might be too warm to replace your windshell in the summer months (I haven't had it long enough to use it in the summer).
I wear glasses, so I really appreciate the hood. Under the brim, there is a stretchy material that fits kind of like the top part of a balaclava. This stretchy part helps keep the brim in place right over my glasses, so I don't have to wipe them off so much. Because the hood is so close fitting, though, it might add to the warmth, which might hurt the jacket's use in the summer, but again, this is just speculation.
One last thing: the maple color is less purple and more burgandy-like than the pictures show. The color is actually really nice, and I haven't felt out of place wearing it out on non-rainy days (which I've done a lot). It's a shame to call it a rain jacket--it is much more comfortable than that.
Comfortable and WATERPROOF!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was pretty psyched the first time I wore the Kinetic Plus in a thunderstorm. I was deep in Rocky Mountain National Park and stayed dry for 4 hours in torrential thunderstorms hiking back to the car. Honestly, after feeling how comfortable this material was it surprised me to see it perform as well as Rab describes it's waterproofing. My favorite part of this jacket is the hood. It fits perfectly with or without a helmet (and most importantly for me, it fits well with a man-bun.) Another cool aspect of the hood is the small fabric that extends below the brim and keeps your forehead dry and the hood from blowing off in the wind. I normally wear a Medium rain jacket and this Medium feels great for me (5'9" 143lbs) The one thing I wish this jacket had is a waterproof zipper. The jacket definitely stays dry but after a long day will begin to leak through the top of the zipper a bit.
Awesome addition to the jacket quiver.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 165lbs
Fit. Color (Steel), Comfort. All perfect.
I pulled the tags off during a rainy day in Montreal, and haven't regretted it a bit. It's the most comfortable softshell I own, and it's waterproof. Fit is Rab-like, slim.
size difference between M and L especially the length of main zipper and the width of hem