Why We Chose It: Great use of recycled materials, lightweight, water resistant
The Microlight Alpine by Rab has to be one of the Derbyshire-based brands most popular items. It’s one of those mid weight insulators that’ll end up being worn a heck of a lot; that kind of thing that comes on every hike or climb and that you spend virtually the whole of winter in, both on and off the hill.
It’s been around for a good number of years in various iterations, constantly evolving with the new fabric technologies that come out and for 2020 there’s more of a focus on sustainability.
What’s The Rab Microlight Alpine Best Suited To?
Considering the warmth-to-weight ratio of the Microlight Alpine, along with some of the technical details it has, this will be a handy jacket for climbers – particularly those who like to get out all year-round. As is normally the case with these kind of mid-weight insulated jackets, it’ll suit basically all other hill-based activities as well. For me, it’s certainly the kind of thing I’d be happy to carry with me on my next long-distance backpacking trip.
The biggest difference between this Rab Microlight Alpine and the last one is that Rab have switched all of the materials to recycled ones to massively up its credentials in the sustainability department. Not only is it made using a recycled outer shell and lining as well, but all of the down inside it is recycled too. Called P.U.R.E down, it’s a fill that’s gathered from post-consumer duvets and garments from all over Europe – basically stuff that was destined for the landfill. Don’t worry, it’s all washed, sterlised and sorted at P.U.R.E’s Italian HQ.
I especially like the fact that they’ve teamed up with Nikwax, one of the most environmentally conscious outdoor brands out there, to bring hydrophobic properties to their down fill. It’s actually a new version of Nikwax’s Hydrophobic solution that’s specially developed to treat down that has been washed by consumers in its previous life.