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Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket - Men's

$279.95
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Microlight Alpine Down Jacket

Anywhere the cold can be found, the Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket is sure to follow. Light on weight, big on warmth, and versatile enough to handle changing weather conditions, this jacket can easily step in as a trusted insulator for everything from a day at the resort to big mountain summits.

  • A trusty down jacket that thrives in alpine conditions
  • Reliable hydrophobic down stays warm if it gets wet
  • Durable shell delivers windproof and water-resistant protection
  • Adjustable hood provides coverage against biting winds
  • Hand and chest pockets offer necessary storage for essential gear
  • Included stuff sack allows jacket to easily fit into any pack
  • Slim fit delivers low-bulk function and works as a midlayer
  • Item #RABZ06I

Material
[face fabric] Pertex Quantum (30D ripstop recycled nylon), DWR finish, [lining] 20D recycled nylon
Insulation
700-fill European goose down, RDS-certified, Nikwax finish
Fill Weight
5oz
Baffle Construction
micro and nano stitch-through
Fit
slim
Length
hip
Hood
fixed, adjustable
Pockets
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
Claimed Weight
1lb 0.5oz
Recommended Use
casual, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

hot

Buying this to replace a previous one, which has been more or less lived in for two years. It has withstood climbing, ice climbing, backpacking and even rafting trips. Light, highly compressible and over all a great pick. One drawback I noticed on my previous jacket was that the zipper eventually began to invert itself when zipping up making it difficult to unzip. But taking it on and off and on and off so many times while climbing and belaying will take its toll.

>Rating: 5

Perfect for what I was looking for

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Weight
215 lbs

Living in the Pacific Northwest I was freezing so I spent the money for a warmer jacket. It fits great. I have no belly fat, yet muscular built. I would'nt want it any smaller but XL is usually a little big on me. I wear it under my gortex rain coat when it is wet and just the jacket when dry. It is a really light jacket. I like it so far with no complaints.

>Rating: 5

Second One

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 11"
Weight
200 lbs

Absolutely beat on an older version and wore in every type of weather around the world (biggest test was cold and rain in Ireland) Eventually the zipper failed and I had to make the decision whether to fix that or get a new one. Decided it was time to retire the first. 5’11 range in weight from 180 to 210 haha. True size large in everything and size large in this jacket. Fits great no matter what weight I’m all. I don’t have any problem with the sleeve length or tight fitting chest. This is a pretty much do it all down jacket.

>Rating: 5

Fits larger than expected.

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 10"
Weight
199.0 lbs

Just received my Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket 2020 Edition in color Beluga. It’s one sharp jacket, superb all around. I may be the first to write this though...from all the reviews I’ve read, I ordered an XL based on all of them saying the jacket fits small. Well, I first put the jacket on wearing a sweater and I feel I could have went with a Size L. I’m an athletic build. I was worried it would fit tight around the armpits from what I read but there’s more than enough room. It fits a little larger than I truly expected. So, to me, it’s true to size. However, it will allow me to wear a flannel or layer up underneath with no constraints. Everyone should own one of these, thanks Mr. Carrington, cheers!

>Rating: 3

The RAB jacket

Size Bought
2x
Height
5` 6"
Weight
230 lbs

Ordered a 2X but it was still small, by about 4 inches

>Rating: 5

Yes!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 10"
Weight
145 lbs

Had it for several months and very impressed. Warm and light? Sure. But euro fit works for my skinny/narrow physique. Chest is cut tighter than major US brands and I’m good with that (I’m a 38-39”). Sleeve length a bit on the long side which is good on a bike and works for my 34” shirt size. Down feather escapees are minimal to non-existent. Hood drawstrings and wire brim are fantastic. Neck is cut a little tight which keeps out drafts and snow (a problem for me with many US brands). Excellent durability for fabric and zippers after 4 months of resort skiing, backcountry skiing, winter hiking, snow shoveling, dog walking etc.

>Rating: 4

Light-weight Warmth

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Extra-Large
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

This is an amazing lighter-weight down jacket. It is a European fit, so it is a bit on the smaller side so I would suggest sizing up, and it is more of a tight fit which I like in a down jacket. It has a very burly construction, but is extremely light; coming with a stuff sack about the size of a 32 oz water bottle. This is a down jacket that can hold up to the elements, with the material being both wind-proof and water-resistant. One of my favorite features is the hoot, which is a nice adjustable brim and also a high collar. Overall this is a great jacket that is technical without being over kill; able to be worn into the office, but also taken on a winter excursion.

>Rating: 4

Great jacket, very small

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
155 lbs

Originally bought the small which, according to the size chart should have fit me perfectly. But returned it for the medium. The small was too tight, especially around the armpits. And the medium is just a shade too big for me, but still a great jacket. Love the colors. Super light. I've warn it in 23F and needed a couple of layers with it, but around 30F it's perfect. I think I'll be really happy with it.

>Rating: 5

Great Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
200 lbs

Got his jacket a while ago, and so far I love it. I did have the opportunity to try them on before I bought, and opted to size up to an XL over a large. It fits perfectly. That being said, normally being a large, I fear the Large would have been too small for me. This jacket is warm, comfortable, and having it out in the snow and rain, the treated down performs well when wet, which is a new thing for me. Love this jacket, wear it everywhere, need to take it out into a more rugged area to see about durability. But no complaints so far!

>Rating: 2

Too tight

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

The pits come up high in this coat so much so that if you have any upper body mass in terms of your chest or lats you will feel restricted. As a result I ended up returning this item. The Rab Xenon also had a very slim upper body cut so it seems to be par the course for Rab.

>Rating: 5

RAB

Height
5` 7"
Weight
120 lbs

Excellent design, poor execution. This jacket feels cheap doesn't loft as well as my previous Patagonia micropuff, North Face Summit series or my BD puffy. Zipper is on the wrong side if you're the type of person to notice that stuff or unless you are european. Even though the zipper is YKK it feels cheap and often times jams up. Hood is NOT over the helmet compatible which is a bummer. Also they include a stuff sack in the chest pocket rather than making the chest pocket the stuff sack so if you lose it then you're out of luck for securing it to a harness.

>Rating: 5

Super Warm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
med
Height
6` 0"
Weight
140 lbs

Great jacket, super comfy and warm. Have taken it out in 15F with only a T-shirt on and felt fine. the down is treated so its more water-proof which is rad!

>Rating: 5

Best light coat ever!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 9"
Weight
155 lbs

It’s at least $40 cheaper than the good ones! BUT if you want a nice hood and much more, it should be more!!!

>Rating: 5

Best winter jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
small
Height
5` 5"
Weight
145 lbs

Living in MN, brutal cold and snow a lot. Ever since Nov, I been looking for light weight winter jacket can do cold and wet weather. Both local store and online, tried Arcteryx Cerium LT - best fitting and weight but feather kept coming out from the seam exchanged another one still the same. Patagonia down sweater - sleeve too long with no elastic so cold air easy to get in. Marmot guide down sweater - too bulky....tried few more brand, no luck... So found this Rab mircolight alpine jacket, talked to gear head and decide to give it a try - durable out face fabric for better weather protection. Nice size hood and easy to adjust. Im 5.5, 145 size small fit perfect with room for light weight fleece on colder day. Otherwise a base layer can do on 20's and up. Only down side is the armpit are little snug when first tried on, but did lose up a bit after a week used. And had not seem any feather try to poke out. So IMO...this is the best light weight down jacket in my case.

>Rating: 5

2nd jacket -Alpine longer length nicer

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 10"
Weight
181 lbs

My first RAB microlight from 05/06 winter season is still going strong with few patches. I looked for over 2 season to replace this universal jacket /layering piece with something else and simply could not find better.... (Mammut, Patagonia, Bauer, North face...) BTw this is year long piece of clothing. My decade old RAB jacket gets packed for snow biking, construction or dirty endeavors and this new puppy for town style points. Having 2 same jackets is really the best.

>Rating: 4

Phenomenal Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I was hesitant as this was my first experience with Rab. I'm a bigger body type at 6'7" 270lb and I typically stay away from European brands. The cuts never seem to be right, but Rab nailed it with this one. The XXL fits like a glove and is perfect for me. The length is just right and then hood adjustability is also a major plus. I'd recommend.

>Rating: 4

my everyday jacket

im 5'11 170 and a medium fits perfectly. be aware the arms a tad roomy. but for the price this is awesome.

>Rating: 4

Great alternative to Pata Down Sweater

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XXL
Height
6` 3"
Weight
225 lbs

Great jacket. Slim fit. I'm 6'3", 225 and the XXL fits great. I wear an XL in Patagonia. XL or XXL in Arcteryx. Feels like there is more down in the sleeves and back than the down sweater, which is a huge plus. Dont love the hood, but everything else is great. When I zip up the neck but don't wear the hood, it is uncomfortably tight around my neck.

>Rating: 4

Solid Jacket and Warm!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
X-Large
Weight
185 lbs

I am a big fan of this Rab jacket, and hope to wear the thing into the dirt. First the pro’s: -Lightweight -Quite warm (worn down to -5 degrees F with just a single long sleeve layer underneath while walking) -Very windproof -Helmet friendly hood (BD Half-dome underneath) -Fit: front is harness-friendly, back is cut a tad lower down so it fits nicely, harness or sans-harness -Durable Pertex -Responsibly sourced Down (http://responsibledown.org/) And really only two con’s: -The hand pockets leave a bit to be desired. The cut allow the hand to go to the very bottom of the jacket, which reduces the warmth a bit. -I would prefer a slightly beefier area where the zipper meets the small pocket that holds the zipper near the chin when fully zipped up and the hatches are battened all the way down, though the microfiber fleece in that area on the inside of the coat is nice

>Rating: 2

Perfect Aesthetics/Feel, Poor Armholes!!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium and Large
Height
5` 8"

READ THE REVIEWS CAREFULLY - after writing my review and re-reading over these reviews, some of these high ratings still complain about fitment issues, yet still "Love it". This does not fit true to size or even one-size up in terms of armpit fit and comfort. Absolutely in love with the Rab brand, yet I was very disappointed in the armhole placement on these jackets, they run up into your armpit. You do not notice it so much when you first try it on. The Medium was my first choice and yes it is a very slim fit, yet overall it fit comfortably....and I was happy until I ran a 30 minute errand, which had me taking it off and reordering a Large due to the armholes cutting into my armpit very noticeably. The Large came and it was much more large/longer in every other place and felt like a much different jacket overall - a marshmallow sensation that ballooned my figure and swallowed my arm length. I still wanted to keep it, and I ended up with the same feeling within a day of using it, the armhole placement is bothersome, not something that is acceptable for any brand, especially at this price point. And it is certainly not my shape or size or whatever you want to possibly excuse it on, I am athletic yet very lean... I am a TRUE MEDIUM in outwear. I usually have plenty of room in my slim tees and dress shirts, otherwise I would have NO clothes in my closet to wear! And that's FAR from the case. This is purely an example of what I believe to be cheap armhole placement. In other terms if you really want to get this jacket in alpine conditions with layering required, you would likely have to double your normal sizing to feel adequately comfortable.