Rab Microlight Summit Jacket Review

Last updated: 26-Nov-18

By Alice Morrison

When you need a really warm, light layer to put on after a run, or during if you are in extremely cold conditions, nothing beats a down jacket. They represent instant warmth and can make all the difference to your overall state when you need to keep your core temperature up.

I tested out the Rab Microlight Summit Jacket during the Everest Trail Race, (ETR) a 6 stage ultra around Everest where it got pretty nippy.

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Features

  • Weight: 420-455g
  • Pre-baffled seamless build Pertex® Quantum Infinity Weave™ ∞ fabric
  • 750FP Ethically-Sourced European Goose Down (143g/5oz in size L)
  • Rab® Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down developed in conjunction with Nikwax®
  • Stretch nylon cuff allowing sleeves to be rolled up
  • Full helmet compatible hood with laminated brim and flexible polymer peak
  • Internal stretch bound hood seams to reduce hood size when worn without a helmet
  • Internal stretch hood gaiter to seal out wind and improve fit around face
  • 2 way YKK® VISLON® front zip with insulated zip baffle and chin guard
  • YKK® VISLON® harness compatible hand pockets
  • Internal YKK® reverse coil zipped pocket
  • Tonal outer branding
  • Stuff sack
  • Long length
  • Fit: Slim
  • RRP £230 

Rab jackets dominated the post-race wear at ETR and here is how I found that the Microlight performed.

Conclusion

It’s a great jacket. It kept me warm, stuffed down reasonably small and repelled moisture from the surface.

Of course, I would have loved it to have been even lighter but I am willing to sacrifice some weight for warmth. I liked the long fit and the tailored back and the hood was snug without being claustrophobic.

At this price it is an investment rather than a quick buy, but if you need warmth and like quality then it is a jacket to consider.

Score  
Design 9/10
Features 8/10
Performance 10/10
Value 8/10


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OUR RATING:
4/5
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"When you need a really warm, light layer to put on after a run, or during if you are in extremely cold conditions, nothing beats a down jacket"

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