Alice from our Taunton store tested the Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket while hiking, cycling and kayaking in the rain. Did it stand up to the test?
In 1981 Rab Carrington, a key figure in climbing and mountaineering, started making down sleeping bags and clothing in his home in Sheffield, using knowledge from his years of global expeditions.
Rab’s goal was simple: to make honest, rugged climbing kit that could perform at the highest level. Each piece was tested by climbers in the most extreme conditions.
The Kinetic Plus jacket is an extremely lightweight, stretchy waterproof, designed for day-long use in challenging, changeable weather conditions. I’ve tested this jacket almost every day, cycling to work in the winter. I’ve also worn it running on roads and hills, hiking and after kayaking.
The fabric and Proflex™ technology
The jacket uses Proflex™ technology to keep the fabric waterproof, breathable and stretchy. Its membrane has a 10,000mm hydrostatic head with taped seams. Rab uses one-way YKK AquaGuard Vislon zips on the front zip and pockets.
This jacket keeps me dry and is windproof. It doesn’t keep you warm (it’s not designed to), but the fit allows a base layer and a light- to mid-weight fleece underneath. It forms the outer coat of a layering system that keeps heat in and pushes moisture out.
Pack size and features
It has a weight 270g. I add it to my kayaking kit to wear when I get off the river; it comes with a stuff sack and packs away so small you don’t notice it.
A breathable membrane means this jacket fantastic for fast paced activities. While cycling I'm working hard to keep up with the traffic, in all weathers – I used to choose between a waterproof coat or a breathable layer, but this jacket keeps me both dry and cool, and means I have less weight to cycle with.
The fit is slim and articulated, with room inside for a couple of thin layers and a beanie under the hood. I am a size 10 and the jacket is a perfect fit in this size. The zip goes up far enough so that the lower half of the face is covered with the hood up.
This has been my favourite for cycling by far – the only feature I would add is some reflective strips. I can see this jacket being super for lots of activities, from trail running to climbing to mountain biking. I would recommend the Kinetic Plus for any fast-paced or lightweight activities.
Alice, from our Taunton store, is regularly out hiking on the Quantocks and enjoys indoor climbing, cross fit, camping and water sports.