Rab Electron Jacket

I first saw someone wearing a Rab jacket this past January in Salt Lake City. What I noticed right away was how it was fit well for everyday use, but it was also flexible to handle outdoor activities.

As someone who travels to different climates on an everyday basis, I wanted a go-to jacket that could keep me warm in our van, on trails and could pack down for backpacking.

Insulated

If you're looking for a jacket for cold weather, this one is for you. Made with 800FP European Goose Down, this jacket can keep you warm in high winds. You can even put the hood up over a helmet or hat. The outside zips up all the way to cover your neck and chin.

Water Resistant

With a water-resistant Pertex® outer shell, you can wear this jacket on those cloudy days and not worry about getting wet. It's also windproof, and you can clinch the draw cords around the hood to close off too much air from coming through. We tested this jacket in the rain and snow and found that the jacket did get wet, but seemed to dry pretty quickly.

Comfort

It's lightweight and comfortable. I like wearing this jacket with a short-sleeved shirt underneath on spring days and with several layers underneath on colder, snowy days. The elasticated stretch woven cuffs help trap in warmth. Inside, you'll find a zipped security pocket where you can store your keys, cell phone and other valuables.

overall impression

The Electron Jacket is suitable for day-to-day use. Pack it down into a small stuff sack (that comes with it) to store in your pack for those long trips. Use it as an under layer or main layer for skiing, hiking, alpine climbing or cold-weather biking. We tested this jacket at 25 degrees Fahrenheit in the national forest and it held up quite well with a wool long-sleeved shirt and sweatshirt underneath.