The Rab Microlight Alpine has been tested as an everyday winter jacket, out hiking and while travelling to the Alps
Rab are a British brand and were founded by Scottish climber Rab Carrington. Today they are based in Sheffield and make clothing and equipment ‘by climbers, for climbers’. They continue to pioneer new material technology, such as Proflex™ and have partnered with Pertex® to develop the Vapour-rise™ breathable system and with Polartec for lightweight warmth.
All of their products are designed and produced with technical capabilities. Whether that is lightweight warmth, breathable and waterproof, high wicking or simply hardwearing and long lasting.
I’m pleased to have had the Rab Microlight Alpine for the winter 2018-19 and it has been my go-to jacket for the season. Worn every day to work, while travelling to the Alps, for city days out and when hiking in the March storms.
The windy conditions of storm Gareth in March were a good test of its warmth and how windproof the jacket is. I hiked up to Brent Knoll and around Bleadon in Somerset on a very blustery day and couldn't fault it. The hood features, warmth and windproof capabilities came into their own.
The jacket is practical but also stylish, worn with trousers, jeans or a casual skirt. Whether it's been pottering around the city for the day, walking around Northumberlandia or travelling to the Alps. I've found that the Microlight Alpine covers all bases and is an easy choice when deciding on what jacket to use for the day.
Fit and Features
It is a tailored fit and the low cut back makes it quite flattering and practical. The zip comes up to the chin and the hood is shaped around the head, with an adjustable wire peak.
The cut of the neck and hood keeps your neck warm and the fleece chin guard prevents the zip catching your chin and has a cosy feel. The hood adjustments are embedded in the lining so they are not waving around and it remains in place when out in high winds.
On the Microlight Alpine, the cuffs are elasticated and they keep out the cold while keeping the sleeve in place. This is something I found really effective as my mid and base layer sleeves always seem to find a way of coming under my jacket sleeves.
The pockets are a good size although bulky items such as gloves and hats can make it a bit snug.
The stuff sack is also handy for travelling or to keep organised in your rucksack as a ‘just in case’ jacket.
For a British winter it is perfect. It keeps you cosy and warm and the waterproof technology meant a light shower didn’t affect it. I was concerned about wearing it in the rain as some down jackets won't perform as well in wet weather. When I was caught out in a couple of light showers, it had no effect on the warmth and it dried pretty quickly.
When I wore it to the Alps in February, it was perfect for travelling when there were short periods of time outside. However, a quick walk around Tignes in sub zero temperatures, pushed the Microlight’s warmth capacity to the limit. That is when it is time to go for the Rab Electron jacket.
This was my introduction to Rab and the big question for me was, is the price justified? I can safely say – it is definitely worth it and wouldn’t hesitate in investing in more Rab clothing. The quality, design, fit and technical capabilities are perfect and would say I am now a Rab fan!
Amy from Marketing wrote this review and her interests are mountain biking, horse riding and skiing.