Not large but in charge.
We've all done it before: set out on a summer afternoon trek sans rain jacket, only to encounter a serious amount of precipitation five minutes from the summit. And since no one really likes a soggy hike home, the folks over at Rab designed the Women's Charge Jacket to keep those wayward and off chance summer storms at bay. Built with ultralight Pertex Shield+ fabric, this rain jacket is not large but is most definitely packable and is certainly in charge of keeping you dry. In addition to its breathable yet waterproof qualities, the Charge is equipped with a drawcord hem, waterproof zippers, internal storm flap, and two hand pockets; one of which functions as an integrated stuff sack while the roll-down and adjustable hood provides ample protection, which is optimal for avoiding the wet rat look.
- Drawcord hem
- Waterproof zippers
- Hook-and-loop cuffs
- Reflective trim
- Stuffs into left chest pocket
- Q & A
Well-Constructed, Smart Jacket Update
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
After my initial review in June, have used this jacket quite extensively this summer in muggy weather, downpours, and windy conditions on lake. It breathes well, water rolls right off, and the wind is blocked out. This has been my go-to rain jacket this summer, and it also performed well when hiking trails in and around the Lake Superior forest and shoreline. As an added bonus I found the Rab Power Stretch Hoodie on a store sale rack in the "Beluga" color, and have used it as a warmth layer under the Charge jacket. Has been a good traveling/packing set. Only feature I miss is inside zippable storage pocket.
Well-constructed, smart jacket & specs
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: S
Not sure which I would like best, I purchased both the Rab Windveil and Rab Challenger jackets (Size S) and compared them. The Windveil is a "micro pertex" fabric and is far thinner that that of the Challenger 2.5 Pertex. Both jackets measure 26" down from base of hood to hem. The bottom width hip-to-hip on both measures 19" across the front, and 20" across the back that dips lower than front. On my 5'3" slender, slightly curvy frame, the jacket just covers my backend. In a jacket, I like a little length and ease, and this is where fabric comes into decision. The Windveil, because of thinner fabric and sleeve style, fits snugger and the sleeves are very long. The Challenger, due to sturdier fabric, fits more smoothly and looks smarter on. The Challenger sleeves can be rolled up to grey (lining) small cuff, which to me looks better than the bunched up fabric at wrist on the Windveil. My impression is that both jackets are for slender frames with long arms. The Challenger jacket is more substantial and still packs small in built-in pocket. For the money, I think the Challenger jacket is smarter investment and it's the one I'll keep. Initial impression is that the fabric will do the job, and I look forward to putting it through summer hikes in rainy, windy weather in the Midwest.