The Rab Momentum jacket is a remarkable price for the features and weight on offer. Firstly at 356g (size L) it is light enough to stash in a pack on dry days. But more importantly when the rain comes the eVent fabric is well-proven to provide excellent performance in terms of waterproofness and condensation control. The jacket is fully featured too, with a full-length front zip, a good length in the body and a pair of chest pockets. These pockets are map-sized, sealed rather than mesh, and have a Napoleon layout. The sleeves are a close fit, as is the body, but the freedom of movement is outstanding. The hood is no slouch either, with a wired peak and superb fit and movement. This is a remarkable piece of kit at any price, but it’s unbelievable at £175. But my only problem with the Rab Momentum jacket is the Napoleon pockets as they cannot be used as handwarmers. If that was resolved the Momentum would easily be my first choice. The front zip does not get an external stormflap either (but lots of lightweights lack this feature). Unfortunately, women will have to wait until spring 2010 for their version to be available.
Outer 3-layer eVent
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 356g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 30
Verdict: The Rab Momentum is a superb jacket for travelling light that would be perfect if the pockets were not a Napoleon design.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009