Rab Xenon X Hoodie (2014)

The Rab Xenon X Hoodie’s two main pockets and a chest pocket are all map-sized and have zips, although if you wear this with a rucksack you do lose some access to the lower pockets. The hood is elasticated around the face with no drawcords at all, while the cuffs have no adjustment and are simply elasticated.

There is a good size range – XS-XXL for men and 8-16 for women – and the L felt great on me without being too roomy or overly fitted. The hood and cuffs get no adjustment, though, so try before buying.

This feels light at just 361g (size L) and it’s very unrestrictive. The brushed polyester chinguard is nice, particularly in winter, while the softness of the outer and insulating materials feels luxurious. But others are closer-fitting, while hood drawcords would provide more comfort if the hood didn’t fit perfectly.

It’s stuffed with Primaloft One (now renamed Primaloft Gold), a very well-proven synthetic insulator with a great warmth-to-weight ratio for use as a year-round backup. In the depths of winter you might want something warmer, or at least use this as part of a layering system to trap more air. If you add a waterproof over the top it should be warm enough.

The price is great for a hooded jacket with good insulation and comfort for general hill use.

The Rab Xenon X Hoodie is ideal year-round insulation, whether stashed in your pack in summer for hilltop bivvies or worn with extra layers in winter for chilly summit brews. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014