Microlight Alpine Down Jacket

The Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket keeps you warm and cozy whether you're belaying during an alpine climb, skiing in the backcountry, or commuting across town. The Pertex Microlight face fabric is extremely lightweight and durable, and the nylon lining prevents feathers from poking out. A DWR coating protects the down from exposure to moisture keeping you warm through light precipitation.

Insulated with 750-fill Nikwax hyrophobic goose down, the Microlight Alpine jacket provides toasty heat with a trim fit that leaves room for layering. This includes the down-filled hood with its wired peak. And since the jacket has a mini stitch-through baffle construction, your body heat stays where it needs to and it easily packs away into your backpack.

  • Lightweight down jacket for warmth you can take anywhere
  • Hydrophobic down retains warmth when exposed to light moisture
  • DWR further protects down from excess moisture for maximum warmth
  • Hand pockets are accessible when wearing a harness for convenience
  • Adjustable hood seals out the elements and keeps heat from escaping
  • Jacket easily packs into stuff sack and into pack when not in use
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Ill fitting

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

I found this jacket to be ill fitting. After reading reviews I decided to size up to a medium. I am 5'3 130lbs and pear shaped. The sleeves are very long but felt tight in the armpits and too large everywhere else so I didn't feel that I could size down to a small or I'd be really uncomfortable since it already felt like I had an apple in my armpit. I also liked the idea of the visor but when the hood is down it hits the back of your head and you wouldn't be able to wear it down if you had another hood over top for the same reason. I had an Arcteryx Cerium size small that I need to replace due a run in with a battery that melted my coat :( I did like how lightweight it felt but didn't check out the performance before I returned it.

Warm and Super Lightweight!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I love my new Rap Microlight Down Jacket! It's so lightweight it feels like air but it is exceptionally warm! It performed perfectly in 30 degree temps with significant wind with just a base layer underneath! The shape is slightly fitted which makes it flattering but still allows room for layering. I have long arms and sometimes have trouble with jackets gapping between my wrists and gloves but the sleeves in this jacket are long enough to prevent wrist exposure! I purchased size small and it's perfect! I'm 35 1/2", 27 1/2", 37 1/2" and 122 lbs for reference. I have full range of motion with my arms in this jacket without feeling like it's binding. I love that it folds into it's own pack. It's lightweight and perfect for hiking/backpacking or travel.

Warm and great coverage!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this for my wife and it is her go to jacket for around town and work! She loves how the back of the jacket goes down lower than the front which is flattering and warmer. The hood is deep enough and the bill keeps the snow out of her eyes and the hood in place. The color is great (twilight/fuchsia) which is true to the photo here and the size S fits great! Usually a size S at 5'6" 120 pounds. She has not experienced any loose down and she's had it for about 3-4 months.

2nd Jacket owned by Rab

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Its not poofy like most other down jackets and its got a nice sleek lines for a female body. My only real problem with the jacket is where the arms come together with the rest of the jacket is a little tight. But it still allows me to wear a bulky sweatshirt or sweater underneath. This is the 2nd jacket that I've gotten from them and I've had NO issues with them. So apparently the only difference between Rab and Patagonia is that it's made in the UK.

Poor Quality and Customer Service (Rab)

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I had this jacket for about a year and the main zipper broke. When I called Rab to see how I could send it back so they could fix it for me, they told me they only warranty if you have the original receipt and tags. Since I did not have either, I have been unable to use this jacket. They do not stand behind their product like many other companies (such as Patagonia). As an active person that lives in the mountains, this was extremely frustrating and has made it so I will not purchase any of their products. Just something to be aware of before spending money with this company as your money might be better spent with a company that cares about the product they produce and the consumers that use them.

Much poorer quality than advertised.

    I bought this because a good friend told me that this item was "top of the line" and "without compare" and the reviews indicated this as well - and I am about to head out on four day backpacking trip. But, lo and behild, I can't even make it out of the house before it has loose down. This is something I expect from a product a tenth of the cost. I am sincerely disappointed, and will not be buying from this brand again.

    Warm and looks good

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I gave this as a gift because it was supposed to be so warm. It has done the job really well so far.

    warm, flattering, lightweight

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: small

    I finally decided to invest in a lightweight down jacket for my spring and fall backpacking trips. I did some research and decided on this Rab jacket. Actually, this is Outdoor Gear Lab's top pick for a women's down jacket that is durable and still light.
    I have owned this jacket for 4 months. So far I have taken it backpacking in the Grand Canyon and Pinnacles National Park. I live in North Carolina where the winters are mild, but the jacket has served me well here too.
    I am 5.9, 135#, and I got a size small. I have been able to layer the jacket with two wool layers underneath. I agree with other reviews that the jacket is on the smaller size, so if you are in-between sizes or want to layer thicker things underneath the jacket then size up.
    One annoying thing about this jacket (though I think it's typical with all down clothing) are the little feathers that get left of your shirt when you take the jacket off.
    People have commented on the hood--I don't love it, but I don't hate it either.

    Great quality - tight across the chest

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I love this jacket - bought it to take on a trekking trip through Nepal. It feels sturdier than many other lightweight down jakets and fits great.....except across the bust.

    This is not an umcommon problem for me, but the large size barely fits my 36DD upper body (arms and waist are spot-on). Ladies - don't expect to be able to wear your most bodacious bra with this jacket, especially not with any thick underlayers! Luckily I'll be wearing sports bras, but I still wish there was a tad more room.

    My wife is warm and happy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought this as a gift for my wife a bit over a year ago. Its still going strong, and is her go-to winter jacket. She loves how much coverage it offers.

    Best of 3

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I ordered 3 hooded down jackets: Patagonia Down Sweater, Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer, and this Rab. I ordered all in medium...and all were too small! I am am pretty broad shouldered but generally can where mediums. I reordered the Rab in a large and am happy with my decision. I really wanted to get the Patagonia but the fit just wasn't right. I'm new to the Rab brand, but so far, so good.

    Awesome Jacket, Super Versatile

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS

    I have had this jacket for a year now and absolutely love it. It was given to me as a birthday present after I spent some time trying to find a warm but compact down jacket I could take on backcountry trips. I have used it both during outdoor activities and in the city and have found it functions super well in both settings.

    I've taken it on a few backcountry trips and it has been amazing. I gave it to my sister who was suffering hypothermia after crossing a pass in Jasper in the rain/snow. Once we got her wet clothes off I gave her the jacket to put on and she warmed up pretty well. I also took it on a 6 day canoe trip to Bowron Lakes (interior BC) in the fall when temperatures were dropping to 0 celsius at night. I would wear the jacket after we got to camp and in the mornings, and found it kept me toasty warm without causing me to overheat. It was light enough that I didn't feel restricted at all. It comes with an awesome little stuff sack and is fairly compactable-definitely small enough that I wouldn't hesitate to put it in a backpack or dry sac on these types of trips.

    I am now in the Northwest Territories in December and temperatures are hitting -38 celcius, or -48 with the windchill. I have been wearing the jacket out walking a friends dog on Great Slave Lake, with a light arcteryx gortex jacket on top to keep the wind out. If I'm not on the lake I just throw on the microlight jacket over top of my hoodie and head out the door. The jacket allows some layers underneath and is not so bulky that your shell won't fit over top (my arcteryx gortex jacket is quite fitted and getting it over the microlight jacket is no problem) It's been keeping me super warm even in this extreme weather. I love the hood-it definitely provides some extra warmth. And I personally like the way the hood fits-snug and doesn't get in the way of my vision.

    Finally, the jacket also appeals to the more shallow part of me that likes to look good while staying warm ;) I wear the jacket out in the city and get tons of comments (partially because it's the fuscia colour I think!). People seem to love the way it looks and fits. I find that it is nicely fitted and looks great with a pair of jeans!

    I am quite petite and got the XS which fits perfectly. I see that a lot of people have commented on the fit that seems to be not great for some people...so maybe best to try it on before buying. But I think if it fits well you will not regret purchasing it! One of the best birthday presents ever!!!

    Nice jacket but narrow hips

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I commute to work via bus (in the early morning) and a 3-mile walk home (in the late afternoon/early evening). When Chicago winter is at its most brutal, only a heavy down parka will work, but when the temperature is above single digits, I easily get overheated on the walk home and so I wanted to find a lighter down coat for this purpose.

    So, this jacket. It's a lovely color and clever fit -- I really like the longer back/butt cover. Some people aren't fond of the hood, but I think it's nice. My only issue is that it's noticeably small in the hips. I'm a true Large -- I've been this size and weight for the last 20 years, and I always, always buy large -- but I was surprised when I had to kind of tug at the coat to zip it up at the bottom. I'm not especially 'hippy' so this was unexpected. For comparison, I found that the Patagonia down sweater jacket in medium fit similarly across the hips. (Other reviews about fitting snugly across the chest or in the armpits didn't hold true for me.)

    I bought it on sale, so I'm hesitant to return for an XL (and spend an additional 100 bucks). My Arc'teryx Atom LT (also a large) fits well enough underneath, so I'm not super worried about layering. Still, be forewarned: this runs a little snug, so if you're unsure, size up. If you're in-between sizes, you'll *definitely* want to size up.

    Light weight, fits great, durable...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I am 5.2 and 145 lbs and got the Medium. Fits perfectly and gives me enough room for another warm layer underneath the jacket. I plan to use it on my hiking expeditions (Mt Whitney or Mt Langley in CA) and during my days at a local Ski Patrol base underneath my waterproof hardshel jacket.

    Didn't like the hood

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    Overall I liked this jacket; the outer fabric seemed very durable, as well as water resistant, and it fit trimly, but was large enough so I could wear a base layer and microfleece under it. With 5 oz of down fill, I bought this jacket because it was supposed to be one of the warmest on the market, which was a priority for me. However, the hood has a brim, and instead of elastic around the face it has pull cords to tighten the hood around the face. I did not like the pull cords in my face at all. The brim got in the way when I tried this on under a waterproof shell with a hood/brim. Also, this jacket does not compress down very small; it was about the size of two Nalgene bottles placed side by side. It is also much heavier than other "ultralight" puffies. I ultimately returned it for the Arcteryx Cerium LT, which I love!

    Fits well

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS

    I'm 5'1" and about 115# and got an XS. My torso is pretty short and this jacket fit pretty well. The sleeves fit well, I personally like them a little bit long so they cover my hands a bit. The hood is probably the best one I've seen, it has this cool little hard visor area and it actually stays on your head which is great. I have yet to test this jacket out in real harsh weather but I'll be taking it with me to Kilimanjaro this summer!

    I returned it, body did not work for me.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small

    The quality of the item was very good, just like the Rab Neutrino Plus I own. But when I put this jacket on, the body of the jacket felt way too loose and did not work for me. The sleeve were fine, the length of them and the length of the jacket were fine. Hood worked, zipper was good. I can't explain the odd fit of the body of this jacket. I am 5'5" 122lbs and wear the S in Neutrino and it fits me better than this Alpine did. I would have to wear a number of layers in order to have the mid section of this jacket not feel like it was 1-2 sizes too large for me. In contrast the bust section fit somewhat fitted for a S and I am 34B. Just odd fit. I would have to agree with another reviewer who said it was tighter is armpit area and big overall. It sort of describes how I felt it fit. Tighter up top, very very loose through body and bottom. I think the fact the bottom of the jacket around hip area was very loose/large made it not work for me. I don't like to have to cinch down jackets that I may use for mid layering or lighter wear. Cinching down the Neutrino is a given I just didn't feel it helped in the case of this jacket.

    TOASTY and SLEEK

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I'm finally able to admit that I have a down jacket addiction... always looking for the next best thing. Rab nailed it with this one. It was a STEAL on SAC... I love bright colors, but the black was the clear choice; goes with EVERYTHING and looks nice for any occasion. Awesome everyday jacket.



    First off, my go-to "puffy" is my Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer, which is about half the weight of this jacket. Coming in a 14 oz, this Rab Microlight is still super light but it's not going to be my go-to travel and hiking jacket; it's a bit more solid throughout, making it incredibly warm but not the most ideal for packing.



    SIZING

    I'm 5'2" 130 lbs and the medium is perfect. I am a little thicker in the hips and thighs (size 6-8ish) and it's a wee bit tight around the hips, but not so much that it bothers me. I like that it is longer in the back, not letting air travel up my back! If it were any shorter, it wouldn't be tight on me because my waist is a lot smaller than my hips. Keep in mind, I am only 5'2" so things tend to be long on me. Armpit seams are totally comfortable and fit my shoulders great.



    DESIGN

    Compared to the MH GW, this thing is a little more heavy duty, which I kind of like for a change! I don't feel like I am going to snag it if I brush up against something. The ripstop nylon is great and DURABLE. The drawstring cord at the waist is perfect for someone with smaller hips. I, however, will not need to tighten it. Great feature though! The cuffs are secure around my wrists, not letting any air up that direction either. The hood is something I would change... it doesn't seal around my face so on a windy day, this hood doesn't do much... BUT it has the ability to cinch down and has a little "visor"! I prefer to just pull my hood up and call it a day. :) Great in the rain, as the "visor" keeps any water from landing on my face. It also seems to be pretty water resistant.. wouldn't wear in a monsoon, but won't wither away if a little water gets on it.



    DOWN FILL

    Really warm. I have to say, this jacket is great for trapping the heat. Again, I love my MH but this Rab is gaining on it. The fill is really well placed and doesn't clump up. I have yet to be super cold in it.



    BEST FEATURE

    The chest zip pocket. I love having the ability to stash some cash and chapstick up there without worrying if I'm going to lose it. I use hand pockets so much that things fall out with I'm pulling my hands in and out. The hand pockets are huge and hold anything too, but the chest pocket is the best. It's big because that's where the entire jacket packs into.



    This jacket just looks good and feels good. I have no cons to it yet. If I could shrink my hips a little, the bottom would fit better, but it's not a flaw of this jacket. It rocks. Get one.

    TOASTY and SLEEK

    Hooded Bliss!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    I gave this product as a gift to my girlfriend and it is the first I have ever bought the right fit in a jacket!My girlfriend is a huge fan of her Patagonia Down Sweater, but after using the Rab Microlight I think the Patagonia will be retired to her closet.

    The jacket is super light weight and very comfortable. The jacket looks great on and is extremely warm. Great for year round use.

    Finally, a present my wife didn't return

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    I bought this jacket for my wife and she loves it! She gets cold very easily and this jacket has been great so far. She wears it everywhere she goes and is complimented about it quite often. The jacket is very lightweight and super warm which she loves. I originally bought her a medium which we needed to exchange for a large as the jacket does seem to run a little tight - especially through the bust. I did a lot of research online and this jacket appeared to be the warmest ultra-light jacket out there. Buy this one, you will be happy with your purchase. This is one of the few presents my wife hasn't returned lately, so score one for me!