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Rab Microlight Summit jacket: gear review

British outdoor brand Rab is celebrating ten years of the Microlight jacket with a subtly upgraded down version that's better than ever before

Rab Microlight Summit Jacket

Rab Microlight Summit jacket: What is it?

A super-light, super-toasty down jacket that packs really small, but still has enough punch to keep you warm in the most adverse conditions. New for AW18, the latest jacket in the Rab Microlight series celebrates 10 years of the iconic jacket with subtle upgrades that'll make your life easier, from city to summit.

Rab Microlight Summit jacket: Why do I need it?

Lugging a weighty jacket around is an absolute nightmare when it's too hot to wear one, but lighter jackets aren't usually warm enough for tough conditions and colder climates. The Rab Microlight Summit solves that problem, cutting an instantly recognisable outline and weighing in at less than 500g while providing innovative developments in fabric that make it warmer and better waterproofed than ever before. On the techy side of things, Pertex Quantum Infinity fabric means there's no longer any stitching for wind or rain to get through, while the responsibly sourced European goose down was developed with Nikwax to be hydrophobic. That means you'll stay warm in this jacket when it blows a gale and the rain starts coming down. That said, if conditions are seriously cold, or if rain gets heavy, we'd still recommend layering with a hardshell.

Rab Microlight Summit jacket: Should I buy it?

If you're looking for a versatile jacket to rock this winter, yes. The Microlight Summit is the top-of-the-range jacket in a range with stellar heritage, and slots right into the outdoor gear arsenal of any climber, hillwalker or mountaineer. It also doubles as a conveniently-sized travel pillow when you pack it into its stuff bag, too – turns out a decade of tinkering has its benefits.

Like Rab, Cotswold Outdoor is committed to bringing the best products to UK outdoors lovers. That's why the two brands have teamed up to offer the new Rab Microlight Summit exclusively at Cotswold Outdoor until the end of November. The jacket is available for £230.