Rab Vapour-Rise Alpine Jacket

Weighs 350g (Medium size)
Code: SS16137
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The Rab Vapour-Rise Alpine Jacket is a lightweight and highly breathable jacket that incorporates Rab's Vapour-Rise technology with a wicking fleece liner, designed for climbing and multi-sport use. 

Rab says:

Revised for Spring/Summer ’16, previously known as the Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket, the Vapour-rise Alpine Jacket now comes with a number of new features which make this light-weight, highly breathable softshell jacket a go-to piece for summer climbing and sport use.

Developed exclusively by Rab and Pertex, Vapour-rise creates breathable, high wicking and quick drying performance clothing. The Vapour-rise Alpine Jacket now features a fully helmet-compatible hood and anti-snag Velcro adjustable cuffs to increase an already packed feature set.

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The Vapour-rise Alpine Jacket (previously known as the Vapour-Rise Lite) now features a fully helmet-compatible hood and anti-snag velcro adjustable cuffs. All good improvements. These features lend this jacket to climbing and multi-sport use in the summer months, whilst the high wicking nature of the Vapour-rise fabrics also enable the Alpine Jacket to be worn during the winter months as a next-to-skin layer.

Vapour Rise clothing is designed to be worn next to the skin or over a thin baselayer. The lining and the outer fabric work together to wick sweat away very quickly whilst providing insulation and wind resistance. It`s a very good system for keeping you comfortable when active.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

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  • Pertex Equilibrium outer fabric
  • Wicking micro-fleece drop liner
  • Helmet compatible hood, wired peak, roll down anti-snag velcro tab
  • 2-way YKK front zip, internal storm flap and chin guard
  • 2 YKK zipped Napoleon large chest pockets, left pocket doubles as integrated stuff sack
  • 1 YKK zipped internal pocket
  • Anti-snag velcro adjustable cuffs
  • Hem drawcord
  • Reflective trim
  • Small weighs: 338g
  • Medium weighs: 350g
  • Large weighs: 364g
  • XLarge weighs: 400g
  • XXLarge weighs: 410g
  • Fit: Slim
  • Pertex Equilibrium outer fabric
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
November 22, 2018 | Danny - UOG
Awesome Cool Weather Jacket

I decided to take the plunge and buy myself a Vapour Rise Alpine Jacket to use in cooler months instead of a fleece. I tend to run pretty hot and don’t need many layers to stay warm when backpacking and walking even in cold conditions unless I stop. The Vapour Rise Alpine jacket seemed to fit my needs. It’s light and packable, breathable, offers enough warmth and has a DWR treated outer shell so will shed a shower and snow. It’s ended up being one of my favourite jackets because it works so well across so many conditions. I’ve used it on a couple of trips this year in very changeable weather and it has performed superbly. The Vapour Rise concept uses a breathable but wind resistant outer shell combined with micro pile liner which wicks well and also offers some warmth. The idea is that the fleece wicks moisture away from the body and carries it to the shell where it evaporates. I must confess, I sweat fairly easy when working hard going uphill and find combining a base layer, mid layer and then an outer windproof layer I tend to get too hot as soon as I’m on the move. I rarely got hot or sweaty in the Vapour Rise Alpine due to the hugely effective wicking of the micro pile and the breathability of the Pertex Equilibrium outer. It strikes the perfect balance for me, hence why I’m wearing it in almost every photo during treks in the cooler conditions this year! When the weather has turned too wet it still works well as a layering piece under a hard-shell jacket. The only slight negative is that the shell material is prone to pilling at wear points. It’s fluffed up a bit from my pack around the sides of the hipbelt but otherwise it’s had no issues.

October 31, 2017 | Paul Willis
My Go-To Jacket

I purchased the pull-on version of this first and liked it so much I got this hooded version which quickly became my go-to jacket. Very comfortable and surprisingly good in wet and windy weather though it doesn't replace a hard shell. For me it's a replacement for a fleece being reasonably warm with the addition of shedding light rain and wind. As a lightweight top the material is now showing some signs of wear with a bit of bobbling on the arms and sides, it won't last forever but when it dies I'll be getting another.

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