Have you found yourself in the market for a lightweight insulated jacket, but just don’t have any idea which to choose? Fear not! We’ve put some of the most popular lightweight jackets to the test in order to help you find the perfect jacket for your next adventure.

Rab Microlight Summit Jacket

Price: €259.95

Fans of the iconic Rab Microlight Alpine might ask whether you can make that great jacket any better. It seems you can. The brand new Microlight Summit jacket is due to hit the shops this autumn and it’s nothing short of fab.

Lightweight insulated jackets

Warmth: Packed with 750-fill and weighing in at just 420g (for the women’s UK 12), this jacket offers a superb warmth to weight ratio. What sets the Summit apart from its predecessor is the absence of stitching on the exterior baffles. A special infinity stitch creates the baffles instead, which improves the jacket’s wind protection. Stretch nylon cuffs help keep warmth in and mean sleeves can be rolled up.

Features: Bells and whistles are really not Rab’s thing. So what you get here is a jacket where every single element and its end use has been very carefully thought out. When open, angled pockets reduce heat loss, a two-way front zip means easy harness access and the stretchy hood is helmet compatible. The hood is also designed to lie flat when not in use, a really nice touch. Other features include an internal pocket, adjustable hem and hood (with a wired peak) and a soft chin guard. The jacket’s insulation is hydrophobic down, meaning it retains loft for longer if it gets damp. It also dries out faster.

Appearance: As you would expect from a Rab jacket, the Summit is sleek and understated. I am a particular fan of the dropped tail. However, the sizing does come up quite small, so it is a good idea to try it on before you buy if you aren’t familiar with the Rab sizing.

Overall verdict: I am a big fan of this jacket. The simple upgrades are clever and in no way over-engineered. It is a high price point, so if you do feel it is a little out of your reach, I highly recommend the Microlight Alpine.

Available from/order through: Great Outdoors, Dublin; Wild Side Sports, Bandon, Co Cork; Radar Stores, Limerick; Basecamp, Dublin; Cotswold Outdoor, Dublin; 53 Degrees North, Blanchardstown & Carrickmines, Dublin, and Cornmarket, Cork.


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