It’s hard to believe that something this light (290g, size 10 – lightest on test) can help keep you warm on the hill. But thanks to the super-light Pertex Quantum used on the inner and outer coupled with the warming quality of the PrimaLoft One insulation, the Rab Xenon Jacket packs heat well above its weight.
As soon as I put it on I felt warmer, as if wearing down. Also, the material is water-resistant to protect the insulation from dampness. The elasticated hood fitted me well, allowing total freedom and moving as one with my head; and it can be handily clipped away when not in use.
The main zip features a draught excluder to keep the chill out, while soft fabric extends from the chinguard around the front of the face and neck, making it very cosy. The elasticated cuffs are a close fit and comfortable, and the hem is adjustable to ensure the warm air stays inside. New for this season are zipped pockets, which are a great size for hands.
The Rab Xenon Jacket is not as warm as some, but it’s warm enough when walking and benefits from feeling completely unrestrictive. So for hillwalking, as opposed to camping and sitting around for longer time periods, it’s a great choice at a good price.
Weight 270g (size 10)
Outer fabric Pertex Quantum GL 10 denier
Inner fabric as outer
Insulation PrimaLoft One
Women’s sizes 8-16
Men’s sizes S-XL
Superlight, feature-packed and warm, the Rab Xenon is a great jacket, perfect for the needs of a hillwalker year-round at a decent price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012