Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:21

Rab Microlight - 10 years on. A classic gets deconstructed, analysed and carefully rebuilt for a new generation

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Where were you 10 years ago? Can you recall your favourite moment? A lot can happen in that time - friends come and go, memories are made, life changes, but some things remain constant.

Tried, tested and much loved, the Rab Microlight Jacket seamlessly entered the lives of climbers, hikers and mountaineers alike over a decade ago. Instantly embraced for its fit, versatility and warmth, it was a game changer for the outdoor industry and quickly became an icon.
From remote belay ledges to long days on the hill, this packable jacket is well travelled. First designed as a classic layering piece for alpine climbers, our Microlight Alpine has seen far more than mountains in its lifetime. Worn under a harness, over an old jumper, with climbing pants, surf shorts and jeans - it’s been hiking, skiing, fishing, flying and more. Trends come and go, but the Microlight has remained steadfast.
Whatever you’re doing, there’s an unspoken club, that knowing look. United by a glance, this has become more than a jacket to many. Whether it’s slightly faded by years of wear or brand new, the possibilities are there, waiting. Patches, duct tape and scuffs are memories of epic tales. Always ready for more, it will see you through your best and worst days.
10 Years On is a celebration the Microlight, of one of our most loved products. To the untrained eye, changes are subtle. However, on closer inspection, you can see a decade of natural evolution. Refinements here, tweaks there - our perfectionism shows. This year is bigger than that. Deconstructed, analysed and carefully rebuilt, every tiny detail of the Microlight has been scrutinised and honed.
Alongside perfecting the old, we’re also introducing the new - the Microlight Summit. Born from the classic, the Summit is inspired by innovative new fabric developments. Signalling the start of something special it harks back to the original jacket’s purpose, pure alpinism.
Proud to stand the test of time, it’s been a memorable decade for the Microlight. Here’s to the next 10 years.

 

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Built for the alpinist, every feature and detail of the Microlight Summit has been scrutinised to ensure it functions seamlessly. High in the mountains, it offers essential warmth at a practical pack size.
Born from the classic Microlight, the Microlight Summit is inspired by innovative new fabric development, Pertex® Quantum Infinity Weave™ ∞. This incredible technology removes the need for glue, heat and stitching when constructing baffles, increasing weather protection and boosting warmth. Inside, each baffle is filled with the highest quality 750FP ethically-sourced hydrophobic down. This allows the Summit to pack down to next to nothing and quickly loft again when needed, even in less favourable conditions.
Worn as a protective outer, or warm midlayer in cold conditions, the Microlight Summit is versatile and robust with a feature set honed for alpine environments. A two-way YKK zip and stretch nylon cuffs make transitions quick, allowing the jacket to fit comfortably over gloves and sleeves to be pushed up for temperature regulation. While a slightly longer fit in the body, harness compatible hand pockets, insulated zip baffle and chin guard all maximise warmth when belaying. Then when conditions worsen, a helmet compatible hood with an internal stretch gaiter protects from wind and improves the fit around face both with and without a helmet.
Technical Specification:

•  Pre baffled seamless build Pertex® Quantum Infinity Weave™ ∞ fabric

•  Filled with 750FP Ethically-Sourced R.D.S Certified European Goose Down (143g in size Large)

•  Rab Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down developed in conjunction with Nikwax®

•  Stretch nylon cuff allowing sleeves to be rolled up

•  Full helmet compatible hood with laminated brim and flexible polymer peak

•  Internal stretch bound hood seams to reduce hood size when worn without a helmet

•  Internal stretch hood gaiter to seal out wind and improve fit around face

•  2-way YKK® VISLON® front zip with insulated zip baffle and chin guard

•  YKK® VISLON® harness compatible hand pockets

•  Internal YKK® reverse coil zipped pocket

•  Stuff sack

•  Long length and slim fit

•  Weight: 455g (size Large)

 

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Tried, tested and much loved, the Rab Microlight seamlessly entered the lives of climbers, hikers and mountaineers over a decade ago. Instantly embraced for its fit, versatility and warmth, it quickly became the perfect companion for any adventure.
10 years on from its creation we have continued to refine and improve this iconic jacket, honing its fit and features. To the untrained eye, changes are subtle. However, on closer inspection, you can see a decade of natural evolution. Refinements here, tweaks there - our perfectionism shows. This year we have deconstructed, analysed and carefully rebuilt the Microlight, scrutinising every tiny detail.
Made from Pertex® Quantum fabric, each baffle is filled with the highest quality 750FP ethically-sourced hydrophobic down guaranteeing exceptional protection and warmth without compromising on weight. Features including an adjustable hood with laminated brim and flexible polymer peak, two harness compatible hand pockets and an easily accessible chest pocket. In addition to this, the highly compressible Microlight Alpine also comes with a stuff sack which can be easily clipped to a harness or stashed in a backpack. Available in a wide range of colours and styles, there’s a Microlight to suit everyone

Technical Specification

•  Pertex® Quantum outer and inner

•  Filled with 750FP Ethically-Sourced R.D.S Certified European Goose Down (143g in Size L)

•  Rab Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down developed in conjunction with Nikwax®

•  Micro stitch-through baffle construction

•  Adjustable hood with laminated brim and flexible polymer peak

•  Diverted hood baffle lines for an anatomical fit

•  YKK® reverse coil front zip with insulated zip baffle and chin guard

•  2 YKK® reverse coil harness compatible hand pockets

•  YKK® reverse coil chest pocket

•  Hem with dual drawcord adjustment

•  Stuff sack

•  Slim Fit

•  Weight: 470g (size Large)

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