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Rab Flashpoint 2 Jacket | Review

With the highly packable Flashpoint 2, Rab have delivered an excellent lightweight waterproof

What do a hockey puck, half a can of soup, the Rab Flashpoint 2 Jacket and nine-tenths of an average household hamster have in common?

It’s not that they’re all incredibly popular with toothless Canadians, though that may well be true. And it’s not that they’re all great hangover cures. You need a full hamster for that. It’s that they’re all incredibly lightweight, weighing just 185g a piece (according to cult website ‘The Measure of Things’, anyway).

But what we’re really interested in is the weight of only one of the items on that aforementioned list, and as interesting as it may be, it’s not the household hamster.

“It’s a perfect option for those who like to move fast through their landscapes and who know to always be prepared for a turn in the weather…”

The Rab Flashpoint 2 Jacket is a nifty option to consider when you’re looking to bag yourself a super lightweight waterproof jacket. ‘Bag yourself’ is a particularly appropriate term in this case, as the Flashpoint 2 packs away into a really neat and compact carry bag too (and the total weight of 185g includes that stuff sack).

Just because it’s light doesn’t mean the Flashpoint 2 skimps on the details either. The first and foremost thing to note in this regard is that it’s made from the ultralight but resilient three-layer Pertex Shield waterproof fabric to ensure that you stay dry no matter what the weather throws at you. It’s a high performance material that we’ve always rated well when we’ve tested other jackets that feature it.

Then there’s the adjustable and helmet-compatible hood which has a slightly stiffened peak for added protection, the adjustable velcro cuffs, zipped hand pockets that can be accessed under a hipbelt, and a YKK Vislon AquaGuard front zip with a storm flap to make sure moisture is properly sealed out.

It's a lightweight option at just 185g. Photo: Chris Johnson.
It uses a 3-layer Pertex waterproof fabric. Photo: Chris Johnson.
It comes with a little stuff sack. Photo: Chris Johnson.

When you don’t need to be wearing it, you can just stuff the Flashpoint 2 into the pack sack it comes with and clip it nicely onto a harness or bag, making it super handy for keeping it close at hand if you suspect rain might creep over.

The design is minimalistic but stylish as well. No messing around with colours, just a cooly-placed large Rab logo on the left arm and a plain navy blue or grey, depending on your preferences.

All in all, this is a hell of a jacket from Rab. It’s lightweight, it offers a quality level of protection and there are those nice technical details. The Rab Flashpoint 2 is a perfect option for those who like to move fast through their landscapes and who know to always be prepared for a turn in the weather.

Tester’s Verdict

“Simple but effective. The Rab Flashpoint 2 is incredibly lightweight, but it certainly keeps the rain off and out well too. It’s also quick and easy to pack away into that little stuff sack – I’ve barely noticed it when I’ve had it clipped onto the strap on my backpack.” – Stuart Kenny, gear tester.

Price: £230

Weight: 185g

More info: rab.equipment

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