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Rab Mens Photon X Jacket Black

Rab Mens Photon X Jacket Black

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The Rab Photon X jacket provides reliable warmth, durability and amazing water resistance in a midweight and compressible package. Perfect as a technical belay jacket or for general mountaineering and trekking duties

Description

Season : 2019S

Code : QIO-20-BL

Weight : 0KG

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The Rab Photon X jacket has had a bit of a re-vamp for this season, but remains their versatile, durable, warm and water resistant all mountain insulated jacket. The insulation has been beefed up whilst some of the extraneous features have been removed making this the perfect jacket for use as a technical belay jacket or as a reliable outer layer for backpacking, climbing and mountaineering. Combining the warmth from Primaloft Gold insulation and the amazing weather resistance of Pertex Endurance fabric the Photon X is the perfect insulated jacket for our typical wet and cold winter weather.

Warmth is provided by Primaloft Gold Active, a synthetic insulation made up of highly hydrophobic microfibres that makes it perfect for activities where you cant guarantee that you will stay dry. Rab have zoned the insulation to maximise performance with 170g/m² throughout, 133g/m² down the sides and underarms and then 193g/m² in the front torso area. The performance of Primaloft Gold Active, unlike Down, is virtually unaffected by water; you can literally soak this jacket, wring it out and it will still keep you warm making it the perfect piece for our wet climate. 

Rab have used the superb Pertex Endurance for the face fabric which has an ultra-thin membrane allowing it to breathe and maintain high water resistance; this tough fabric is well able to resist abrasion from rucksack straps and abrasion. Whilst not guaranteed so, the combination of Primaloft Gold and Pertex Endurance make this jacket practically waterproof. To keep the weight down and to improve the Photon X packability Rab have used superfine nylon fabric for the lining; this ultra-lightweight fabric absorbs little moisture, wicks moisture and dries quickly.

The main zip is a YKK VISLON zip that runs smoothly even in freezing conditions and is backed up by an insulated baffle to prevent cold spots. The large Napoleon chest pocket also feature YKK zips and two handwarmer pockets and two internal mesh pockets offer more storage options. Please be aware that all the pockets are not completely waterproof, so if you have items that must be kept dry (mobile phone or GPS) protect them with a waterproof case or bag.

Rab have used their superb hood design for the fully helmet compatible fixed hood. The hood may be able to accommodate a mountaineering helmet but it adjusts to fit your head comfortably; I really like the Rab hood design, it works with all headgear without being too big and baggy. A particulalry nice feature of the Photon X is a seperate insulated neck baffle that acts like a built in scarf to stop drafts and spindrift from getting down the back of your neck. The Photon X has a roomy fit as it is designed to be used as an overlayer, simply chuck it on over your waterproof to provide warmth when you are not moving and stash it away in your pack when you get going again.

If you want one winter jacket to do just about everything from mountaineering to dog walking, then this is the one.

  • Pertex Endurance outer fabric and hood lining
  • 100% Nylon breathable lining
  • Zoned insulation. Primaloft Gold insulation 170g/m² throughout, 133g/m² sides and underarms, 193g/m² front torso
  • Helmet-compatible hood with one handed adjustment
  • 2-way YKK VISLON front zip with internal insulated zip baffle and chin guard
  • 1 x YKK zipped Napoleon chest pocket
  • 2 x YKK zipped hand warmer pockets
  • Glovbe compatible zip pullers
  • 2 x internal open mesh pockets
  • Insulated baffle in back neck
  • Part elasticated cuffs with asnti-snag hook and loop adjustment
  • Hem drawcord
  • Regular fit sized for overlayering
Pro Opinion

Introduction

I’ve had the Rab Photon X for a few months now and have to say it’s my now my go-to jacket which is always in the car ready to go. When used in the environment it was designed for, (cold, damp and windy) and with the correct layering of clothing, I can’t fault it. Due to the mild winter months we have been having, I have not been able to test the Photon X to its limits, but I know it will cope with driving snow and continuous sub-zero temperatures with ease when the time comes.

What is it made from?

Well what can I say, my first impression was how light it was and how nice to the touch it felt thanks to the Pertex Endurance outer material. This outer fabric is tough, light, water resistant, wind resistant and relatively breathable, meaning it resists rucksack straps, strong winds and unexpected showers with minimal effort.

Providing the warmth in the Photon is up to 190g/m2 of Primaloft Gold. The Primaloft Gold insulation inside the Photon has been zoned giving maximum insulation levels where our body loses more heat, and less insulation and bulk in areas not requiring as much warmth. For example, 193g is used throughout the front of the jacket where our vital organs require more warmth, and 133g in the sides and underarms where we’re naturally warmer. Given the high levels of insulation, the Photon X packs neatly down into a stuff sack no bigger than a pack of pasta and is easily stored in daysack.

One nice little touch on the Photon is the extra strip of insulation at the back of the neck; when the jacket is zipped up fully, this strip ensures that the neck is fully protected from the cold. The large lightly insulated baffle behind the main zip also ensures wind doesn’t get through and heat doesn’t escape.

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How does it fit?

I’m 5ft 6”, have a 46’’ chest, a 36” waist and wear an XL. The jacket sizing and cut allowed for a full range of movement, even with several layers underneath. It didn’t ride up and didn’t feel too tight around the armpits and back which I find other jackets tend to do. The length gives plenty of additional cover to the hips and bum on particularly cold days. The Photon X is as much at home fully layered up on the hills, as it is in only a T-shirt walking on the beach, or walking a dog on those damp miserable mornings. It is literally a jacket for all occasions when warmth and weather protection is needed.

 

Favourite features?

The zips and cuff adjusters are all really easy to use and glove friendly. The main zip is a two-way zip, allowing you to use a harness and rope while still being protected from the elements. The hood is helmet compatible, but also fits nicely when adjusted correctly when no helmet is worn. Other useful features include 3 zipped external pockets and 2 stash style internal pockets; this gives plenty of storage space for any quick to hand items that may be needed.

Another one of my favourite features and main requirements of a jacket is the ability to wash it easily. Due to the use I have had with the Photon X, I have needed to wash the jacket a few times. When washed as per the instructions, using pure soap and low heat drying, I have not experienced any reduction of performance in weather proofing or insulative properties; it performs as well now as it did the first day I put it on. With frequent care, I can see myself using this jacket for many winters to come.

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My Experience

I have used the Photon X in temperatures down to a reported -4°C and have not experienced any issues with cold, drizzle, mist, low-cloud dampness or windchill. The insulated baffle behind the zip and the pre-elasticated cuffs seal in the warmth and prevent cold wind making its way into the jacket. I tend to run warm when walking in the hills whatever the weather, so when moving at a brisk pace, I found that the Photon X was a little too warm; but when stationary on a brew stop or to just take in the views, the Photon provided the perfect amount of warmth. Despite its technical abilities, the Photon performs as well in the hills in demanding weather as it does strolling on wind-swept Welsh beaches.

What could be improved?

What’s not to like? Nothing. It’s a great go-to jacket, for whatever you are doing.

Verdict

Well what’s not to like; great fit, great protection from the elements, easy care, plenty of warmth… why wouldn’t you have one is the question?

Technical Information

Weight: 744g

Outer – Pertex Endurance

  • Warp: 30d
  • Weft: 30d
  • DWR/Spray: 80/20
  • HH: 1,000mm
  • Weight: 53g/m²
  • Composition: 100% nylon

Inner – Nylon

  • Warp: 20d
  • Weft: 20d
  • DWR/Spray: 80/20
  • 5-7cfm
  • Weight: 39g/m²
  • Composition: 100% nylon


Primaloft Gold Insulation Active

  • 170g/m² throughout
  • 133g/m² sides and underarms
  • 193g/m² front torso
Sizing Information
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Rab Men's Sizing Information

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Chest Waist Arm Length
S 37 " 30 " 33 "
M 40 " 32 " 34 "
L 43 " 34 " 35 "
XL 46 " 36 " 36 "
XXL 48 " 38 " 36 "
  Chest Waist Arm Length
S 94 cm 76 cm 83 cm
M 102 cm 81 cm 86 cm
L 109 cm 86 cm 89 cm
XL 117 cm 91 cm 91 cm
XXL 122 cm 96 cm 91 cm

Slim Fit: Slim fitting, sitting close to the body, great for showing of your guns and pecks.

Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting garments that are bang in the middle. The middle is good.

Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body, baggy fit.

1Chest

Run the tape around the fullest part of your chest, the tape should be just below the arm pit and over the shoulder blades whilst horizontal to the floor.

2Waist

Measure around your natural waist as show in the diagram

3Inseam

Measure your inside leg from crotch to ankle blone keeping your leg straight: not as easy as it sounds, you could take a pair of trousers that you already own, that fit you well, and measure from the crotch to the bottom of the leg.

4Sleeve

This is a bit more tricky! Measure from the top of your spine (at the bottom of your neck) to your elbow and on the your wrist

5Arm

You should place the beginning of the measuring tape behind your shoulder, and feed it out following your arm making sure to pass both the elbow joint and the wrist, as pictured. You should take the measurement at the point where you would like the sleeve to end. This is usually just past your wrist.

Rab Men's Legwear

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Regular leg (32")
S 30 "
M 32 "
L 34 "
XL 36 "
XXL 38 "
  Regular leg (32")
S 76 cm
M 81 cm
L 86 cm
XL 91 cm
XXL 97 cm

Slim Fit: Slim fitting, sitting close to the body, great for showing of your guns and pecks.

Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting garments that are bang in the middle. The middle is good.

Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body, baggy fit.

1Chest

Run the tape around the fullest part of your chest, the tape should be just below the arm pit and over the shoulder blades whilst horizontal to the floor.

2Waist

Measure around your natural waist as show in the diagram

3Inseam

Measure your inside leg from crotch to ankle blone keeping your leg straight: not as easy as it sounds, you could take a pair of trousers that you already own, that fit you well, and measure from the crotch to the bottom of the leg.

4Sleeve

This is a bit more tricky! Measure from the top of your spine (at the bottom of your neck) to your elbow and on the your wrist

5Arm

You should place the beginning of the measuring tape behind your shoulder, and feed it out following your arm making sure to pass both the elbow joint and the wrist, as pictured. You should take the measurement at the point where you would like the sleeve to end. This is usually just past your wrist.

Rab Men's Gloves

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Circumference of hand Length of hand
S 7-7.5 " 6.5-7 "
M 8-8.5 " 7.5-8 "
L 9-9.5 " 8.5-9 "
XL 9.5-10 "+ 9-9.5 "
  Circumference of hand Length of hand
S 18-19 cm 16.5-18 cm
M 20-21.5 cm 19-20 cm
L 23-24 cm 21.5-23 cm
XL 24-25.5 cm+ 23-24 cm+
1Length of Hand

Measure from the wrist to the top of your middle finger.

2Circumference of hand

Measure around the fullest part of the hand around the knuckles and excluding the thumb.

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    Rab Mens Photon X Jacket Black ,  On

    Top notch belay Jacket from Rab, perfect combination of warmth, weight and comfort. Not used Trekitt before but will definitely recommend as couldn’t be beaten on price and delivery was hassle free.
    YES Jamie would recommend this item
  • 5

    Rab Mens Photon X Jacket Black ,  On

    Bought this jacket for my husband as his old one (about ten years old ) had unfortunately seen better days. He has never had a better jacket.
    YES Julie Tyrka would recommend this item
  • 5

    Rab Mens Photon X Jacket Black ,  On

    Brilliant jacket, light, warm and really packs down well into its own stuffsack which is easily clipped to a harness, clip in loop feels reassuringly strong. Large pockets for “stuff” with big zipper pulls make it easy to access with gloves on. Felt dead cosy in -15c wind chill. Price was brilliant for the spec of the coat and the service from Trekitt was completely hassle free. Top marks all round.
    YES Rob would recommend this item
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