Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 87 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.5 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.9 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 228

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Outer shell material is durable and blocks the wind, although it only protects against light precipitation.
  • Soft and comfy to wear.
  • Lightweight but warm.
  • There is a stiff bill on the hood that users like because it keep snow out of the face, but it also hits the back of the neck when not up.
  • Has a useful zippered chest pocket.
  • Can be folded into the chest pocket or the separate stuff sack provided.
  • Longer in the back for extra warmth.
  • A flattering fit.

Expert Reviews

  • Allows good range of motion.
  • Durable enough to resist abrasions while rock climbing,
  • Pertex fabric on the outside keeps out wind and increases warmth.
  • The longer waist stops the jacket from riding up.
  • DWR finish on shell provides pretty water resistance.
  • Impressively warm for the weight.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Tight in the armpits.
  • Down escapes from the jacket more than expected.
  • The warranty requires the original tags and receipt.

Expert Reviews

  • The narrow baffles suppress down and keep it from fully lofting.
  • Not the smallest or lightest jacket available.


The Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket for women is a durable, versatile down jacket that pulls its weight against cold and wind. Users love its durability, flattering fit, and comfort, especially with the slightly longer back that packs in warmth, but there are mixed feelings about the stiff bill on the hood that is made to keep precipitation out of the face. Although it is not the lightest or most packable down jacket on the market, its durability, warmth, and weather-resistance can make up for the extra ounces.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.