We’ve read the reviews across the web for the RAB Xenon X Insulated Jacket and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 87 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 71
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Very warm and pretty lightweight.
- Packs down small.
- Less stitching than the Nano Puff which means it is more durable and warmer.
- Hood looks funny but is nice and snug and warm.
- Outer layer is durable and doesn’t tear easily.
- This jacket epitomizes fast and light.
- Minimal stitching allows for greater loft from the insulation.
- Best wind resistance of jackets in this class.
- One of the warmest jackets in this class.
- Incredible weight-to-warmth ratio.
- Easy to pack into itself.
- Other than high energy activities that require a lot of breathability, this jacket does it all.
- Incredibly cozy to wear.
- Well thought-out zipper placement.
- Pockets have soft insulation all around the inside.
- The size of the jacket stuffed into its own pocket actually allows it to be a decent backpacking pillow.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Rab customer service is poor compared to Patagonia or Arcteryx.
- It has a weird fit.
- The zipper is on the opposite side from what most Americans are used to.
- Doesn’t breath as well as some competitors.
- Arm holes (at the shoulder) are too small.
- Colors aren’t true to their names.
- Doesn’t breathe very well.
- Brighter colors have a bit of a shiny look to them.
- The zipper being on the other side is annoying.
The RAB Xenon X Insulated Jacket is warm, weather resistant, and comfortable. It trades a lack of breathability for superior insulation. This jacket is a terrific mid-layer option that can even fill-in occasionally as an outer layer.
Note: User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on outdoorgearlab, backpackers.