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 all of your cold-weather pursuits. It's got a durable, windproof, and water-resistant Pertex Quantum fabric to keep you protected from fickle winter weather, and 750-fill hydrophobic down insulation to keep you toasty warm, even when heavy rain and super-wet snow start to soak the insulation. The adjustable hood provides added protection from snow and wind, and when your adventure is over and you're sitting warm by the fire, you can easily pack it down into its stuff sack on throw it into your pack or suitcase.
- A trusty down jacket that thrives in a variety of conditions
- Reliable hydrophobic down stays warm if it gets wet
- Durable shell fabric offers windproof and water-resistant protection
- Adjustable hood provides coverage against alpine winds
- Hand and chest pockets provide necessary storage for essential gear
- Included stuff sack allows jacket to easily fit into any pack
- Item #RAB00IR
What do you think about this product?
January 24, 2020
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.
December 16, 2018
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.
December 12, 2018
Great jacket, very small
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.
December 5, 2018
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!
December 4, 2019
Nathan, what size chest are you? I'm 5'11, 195lbs, 42 chest, 34 arms, 35/36 waist. Comparing those measurements to yourself, would this work for me in XL? I like athletic fit, but not tight. The patagonia down sweater had a huge midsection in large so i'm looking for a slimmer alternative. Thanks
November 20, 2018
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.
December 23, 2019
John, I have the same issue. I bought the jacket almost 10 months ago and waited to wear it until it got cold. Now I can't even wear it because the pit seems just dig right into my arm pits like crazy. I thought about going up a size, but then the jacket will be too big overall. I'l stick with Arc and Patagonia
November 15, 2018
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.
November 15, 2018
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!
January 19, 2018
Best light coat ever!
It’s at least $40 cheaper than the good ones! BUT if you want a nice hood and much more, it should be more!!!
January 8, 2018
Best winter jacket
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.
December 26, 2017
2nd jacket -Alpine longer length nicer
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.
October 24, 2017
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.
September 26, 2017
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.
February 18, 2017
Great alternative to Pata Down Sweater
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.
December 13, 2016
Solid Jacket and Warm!
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
December 10, 2016
Perfect Aesthetics/Feel, Poor Armholes!!
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.
December 8, 2016
not a great fit
So I should say that the quality seems great. That said, I love the fit of Rab shirts and saw that some feel this is a slim fit. I found it (and several other mid and outer layer Rab products) to be short and wide.
November 2, 2019
I'm a similar build. Have you found a down jacket that fits better?
December 4, 2016
Warm, light, and really stylish fit
I was looking for a jacket warmer then those light-weight ones w/o down. Bought a Beluga size M after exhaustive research. Just what I need. Love the color, quality, and especially the fit. Tried many other brands, and I would say if you care about the fit like I do, and don't want to look bulky when wearing such a jacket, this Microlight Alpine is definitely something hard to beat. I feel size medium runs snug , but not small. You are not getting as much room inside the jacket but for me that's still sufficient.
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November 15, 2016
Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket
I just love RAB gear and this is the greatest down jacket i ever test it.
February 29, 2016
Warm, light, simple
Incredibly light, very warm and works great as an outerlayer, very wind resistant. I haven't taken this thing off since I got it. My only complaint is the short hem (meant to avoid climbing harness) which can leave your waist slightly exposed. The large fits my skinny frame perfectly and still allows for a midlayer. I've worn this with a fleece midlayer on Mt. Washington in January (10 deg F, 50 mph winds) and was comfortable while idle on the summit for 20 minutes. Around town with a button down can handle about 25 deg F. Great hood with drawcord and moldable wire in the brim but I haven't tried it with a helmet. Packs down to nothing.
January 30, 2016
My wife bought me this jacket. I like its red color. It's very light, and keeps me warm in the cold days. This jacket is really true to size, fit me perfectly. It is also very stylish. I don't have any problem with the feather falling out of the jacket. Backcountry.com customer service reps are excellent. I strongly recommend this website.
February 25, 2020
I'm a pretty short, broad dude. 5'6", 175 lbs, thick shoulders chest and lats, narrow waist. Kind of a bodybuilder sort of frame. I really like the look of this jacket in the green, and the price point looks perfect, but this 'slim fit' or 'European fit' has me afraid that it's gonna be too tight at the armpits and my lats are going to try and eat the sleeves. Do you think I could get away with my usual medium, or maybe size up to a large, or is this just not the jacket for me?
July 9, 2019
Does this product run small to fit? Reviews say need next size up.
September 14, 2019
Hey Douglas! This jacket does run slightly small. I would recommend ordering the next size up. If you have any other questions or need assistance with an existing order or placing an order, please feel free to contact us on chat or call us at 1-800-409-4502, Thanks!