Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket: £170 / 305g (medium)
Rab’s new Kinetic Plus occupies a small, distinctive corner of the galaxy all of its own. It’s like a fashion model, that also does martial arts. Or maybe a footballer, who happens to excel at ballet too.
A jacket that’s as soft and stretchy and just all round, well, nice as the Kinetic Plus just didn’t also ought to be waterproof and very, very breathable as well. But it is. Even Rab seems a little confused. The brand website says it’s ‘a super lightweight stretch softshell’ but with ‘high levels of breathability and waterproofing’.
So what’s going on? Technically the jacket is waterproof. Thats luxuriously, soft-feeling fabric is called Kinetic and uses Rab’s Proflex technology to make it stretchy, which it is. The seams are taped and the jacket is fully waterproof to the tune of 10,000mm hydrostatic head.
That’s not in the Gore-Tex league of waterproofing, but the trade off is loads of breathability, ‘in excess of 35,000cc/sqm/24hr’ if you’re a lab stats nerd, or just very, very breathable for the rest of us.