I’ve spent most of the summer in Rab’s Microlight Vest – the sleeveless equivalent of this jacket – and, were it not for the fact that the L sample sent for this review is a little tight, I could have seen myself relying on the backpacking-friendly Microlight Jacket in similar fashion. Like the PHD kit reviewed it’s pretty minimalist, maybe having the edge in terms of aesthetics (should appearance be a factor in your selection process) at the expense, perhaps, of just a few grams. Narrow baffles hold the down in place, effective Lycra elastication pulls the cuffs and waist hem in snugly – more so than on the hooded Alpine equivalent also featured. The zipped hand pockets are sized for gloved hands and the chest pocket, though it has a fairly small opening, runs back to your armpit so will accommodate selected accessories; it also doubles as a stow pocket. The cut is deliberately short.
Pros: warmth-for-weight, pockets, low bulk, hem elastication
Cons: very little
FILL: 750 fill-power goose down PACKABILITY: pocket WEIGHT: 346g (L) FABRIC: Pertex Microlight POCKETS: two zipped hand, one zipped chest HOOD: n/a SIZES: S-XXL PRICE: Ј135 WEBSITE: rab.uk.com