Rab’s Vapour-Rise range has been firm a favourite with a wide range of users for many years, and it’s generally ideal when you want maximum breathability while keeping the wind and very light showers at bay. With the Lite Alpine there is no membrane within the fabric, so water can get through fairly easily; but this in turn means the jacket controls condensation really well and is breathable to wear under a waterproof when the light drizzle turns into a full-blown storm. Inside the jacket is a loose lining that adds a notch of insulation and prevents it from feeling clammy. In terms of design you get two very large Napoleon chest pockets, which are great for maps and guidebooks, although personally I’d prefer pockets that I could warm my hands in. The hood has a wired peak and fits and moves well with the head, but most importantly it can be rolled down and secured if not needed, when running or biking for example. On the downside the fabric is not as abrasion-resistant as others and there is very little stretch. But use the Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Alpine for general walking, biking and fast and light backpacking and it is ideal.
Material Pertex Equilibrium with tricot lining
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight 326g (size L)
The Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Alpine is the best choice for aerobic activity among the soft shells jackets we looked at.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2012