Last updated: 26-Nov-18
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.
- 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.
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.
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