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Rab Microlight Summit

£230 www.rab.equipment/uk/

The original and very popular Microlight almost became school uniform at Kendal Mountain festival, but a decade on there’s now 3 flavours to choose from, with the Summit being the top of the range. Inside, there’s 750 fill power of Nikwax Hydrophobic down, held in place by a Pertex ‘Quantum Infinity Weave’, a baffle free construction which improves the warmth to weight ratio and will shrug off a little weather. The sleeves are gently elasticated, and all the external zips are chunky and easily grabbed with gloves. The main zip is two way and has a rear baffle, but there’s no hem popper so the zip can occasionally ride up. The handwarmer pockets are nice and big and (mostly) accessible with a harness or hipbelt, and there’s another breast pocket inside. The hood is excellent: helmet compatible, but adjustable if not and with the trademark Rab wired brim. The fit is slim and stylish, but buy a size up if you’re planning on throwing this over everything at a belay or camp. It’s longer at the rear which helps keep things snug, but just how warm is it? For me, this isn’t a true winter mountain camp jacket. It does work brilliantly outside of deep winter as an overnight layer, and when active during the coldest season: That’s a very practical range for many people. Weight around 450g

Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern