rab.equipment/uk | £190
Rab has been honing and refining the Microlight Alpine jacket since its inception a decade ago, and it’s clear to see that that the improvements have paid off. At £190, it’s not necessarily a purchase you would make on a whim, but it is worth an investment when you consider how much time and effort has been spent developing its warmth and durability.
The ethically-sourced 750 fill power European goose down keeps you nice and toasty, while an included stuff sack ensures you can easily pack it in your bag on longer trips. The Microlight Alpine isn’t too bulky, and once it’s packed down into its stuff sack you’ll hardly notice it in your pack.
In terms of features, it’s clear that Rab has focused on the essentials, with two large hand-warmer pockets, a useful chest pocket and an adjustable hood with a laminated brim. Draw cords around the hem and hood, elasticated cuffs and an insulated zip baffle are all there to help banish every last inch of cold from creeping in.
The lightweight nature of this jacket makes it an ideal addition to your pack on longer expeditions, but the warmth and style ensures it comes in just as handy as a solid outer layer for day hikes, camping and climbing – or even just around town.
When put to the test , the Microlight Alpine fared well, keeping me nice and snug on a few cold winter hikes. Thanks to the down being treated with Nikwax’s fluorocarbon-free water repellent coating, it also retains its thermal properties when it gets damp, which is great news for us Brits.
It’s available in a range of colours and is the sort of jacket that looks just as at home in the pub as it does on the trails – making it a no-brainer in my book.
Rab Microlight Alpine Verdict
The Rab Microlight Alpine jacket is lightweight, versatile and warm, without compromising on price or style.