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Rab Womens Microlight Alpine XLong Black

Rab Womens Microlight Alpine XLong Black

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New For 2018 winter! The Extra Long Microlight Alpine jacket now has an even better fit. It's Warm, lightweight, packable, stylish; it's the perfect all round down jacket for layering in mountainous conditions.

Sweeten the deal!

Save 22% on the Nikwax Down Wash Direct 300ml when purchased with the Rab Womens Microlight Alpine XLong Black

Total price when purchased together : £148.97

When bought separately : £150.40
Description

Season : 2019S OFFER

Code : QDA-93-BL-

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Microlight Alpine?

So, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the Microlight Alpine, where have you been? this thing is ten years old! Over the past decade it’s been tried, tested, and loved and has become firmly established as the iconic lightweight down jacket for climbers, hikers and mountaineers. It’s a micro-baffled, lightweight, hydrophobic down filled jacket that is perfect for just about any outdoor activity. It’s hugely versatile and reliable and works superbly as an insulating layer as part of your overall layering system. It’s now been ten years since the original and Rab have refined and improved the latest Microlight Alpine with some subtle and evolutionary changes to make it even better; but, more about those changes later. Along with these revisions is the introduction of the XLong version, giving you an extra inch of length for taller users or those wanting a little more coverage.

What is the Microlight Alpine made from?

Outer fabric: The outer and inner fabric of the Microlight Alpine are made using Pertex Quantum. This tightly woven, water repellent fabric offers protection from the elements, so it’ll shrug off light rain and snow but it’s not waterproof! Please bear in mind that the fabric is lightweight so use your common sense; if you are going for a scramble or even thrashing about in the brambles, cover it with something appropriate, a shell jacket or lightweight softshell would be ideal. The Pertex fabric is also really slippy, so the Microlight Alpine will glide easily over or under additional layers, so it doesn’t restrict movement.

Insulation: Because the fabric is so light it allows the down inside to fully loft to ensure you get the most out of that luxurious insulation. Loft is a word used to describe the downs ability to expand, basically how “fluffy” it can become. The more “fluffy” down is the more warm air it can trap and the better it will insulate. The universal measure to determine how fluffy your jacket is called “Fill Power”. Technically speaking fill power is a measurement of the amount of space one ounce of down will occupy in cubic inches when allowed to reach its maximum loft. So, the Microlight Alpine has a fill-power of 750, which means that one ounce of that lovely RDS certified down will expand to fill 750 cubic inches of space. Basically, the higher the Fill Power the warmer a jacket will be. You may have noticed that I called the down “RDS” down, this stands for Responsible Down Standard, and means that the down comes from well cared for and happy geese As well as being fully RDS certified, each and every cluster of down has been treated with special Nikwax Hydrophobic stuff to ensure they resist moisture, retain more heat, loft better, and dry much quicker than untreated down. This does not in any way make this a waterproof jacket, so always carry a shell jacket…because it will rain!

What are the Microlight's features?

This is where we get to all the exciting new stuff, let’s start with the biggest improvement; it’s overall fit. The old Microlight Alpine was made by stitching the front panel to the back panel to create a simple 2-dimensional tube shape. This new version features a vastly improved 3-dimensional fit with the addition of side panels to create a body-hugging shape to ensure that all the lovely down insulation is as close to your body as possible to minimise heat loss. The more space inside a jacket, the less efficient the insulation will be; basically you’ll need to work harder to heat up the space as well as the insulation. With this new microlight Alpine, there’s still room to move around and add layers underneath, however the new shape is more efficient and more flattering…it just looks better! Up top there’s a fully insulated and well-fitting hood that will, at a push, fit a helmet underneath. The hood also features little stretchy stitch lines to keep it snug at the back if you’ve not got a helmet on. Finally, a laminated brim with a flexible polymer peak stops it all flopping down over your eyes. For storage options, you get two nicely sized hand warmer pockets and a chest pocket which contains a stuff sack, perfect for attaching onto a harness or to protect the jacket in a rucksack full of kit. Updated cuffs for this year ensure maximum insulation around the wrists yet allow you to fit bulky gloves comfortably underneath, a soft stretchy fabric cuff effectively seals in the warmth and keeps out the weather. Right down at the bottom you get a draw cord on the hem to maximise the warmth and to help seal out the cold drafts.

How does the Microlight Alpine fit?

As an insulating layer, it is designed to be a close, snug fit, yet features enough room to layer up underneath on the particularly chilly days. The rear of the jacket features a slightly dropped hem, while the new and improved fit means it wraps around the contours of your body far better than the old version.

Where does it fit in the layering system?

The Microlight is a lightweight, breathable and packable down jacket. Use it as an appropriate insulating layer depending on your activity level and the weather conditions. It works perfectly well as a standalone jacket on those crisp, dry, freezing days or as a cosy casual jacket. Layering is not a precise science and there is no one perfect system that will suit every person, situation or the weather conditions. Some of us feel the cold, others, like me, get hot very quickly, but for more advice on using layers please check out this video.

Summary

With a clean, uncluttered and minimalist design, this lightweight insulating piece is the perfect winter midlayer/outer layer for all mountain activities. It also performs brilliantly as a piece to wear for everday duties and the occasional pub stop after a day in the hills!

  • Extra long
  • Packable
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal as a mid or outer layer
  • Wind resistant
  • Warm down insulation
  • Hydrophobically treated
  • Two hand pockets
  • One chest pocket
  • Included stuff sack
  • Upgraded fit, cuffs and hood
Care & Advice

How to wash your down products

Having spent years talking to people about down products, whether that’s a jacket, sleeping bag or even a pair of slippers, very few have had the confidence to go ahead and wash the product on their own, especially when they have just spent an arm and a leg on it. This small guide is here to explain that it’s not as daunting and utterly terrifying as it first appears.

Step one: Before you even get near that washing machine, wipe off any excess mud or dirt that may be lingering on the surface of the jacket, as this will clog up the washing machine, eventually rendering it useless.

We recommend the use of Nikwax Down Wash Direct for down products as it’s one hundred percent environmentally friendly and will wash and re-proof the garment without the use of bleach or any other nasty chemicals. What household washing agents can (and often do) is remove the water repellent coating on the fabric of the jacket, whilst also damaging the delicate array of feathers inside.

Step two: We’ll assume in this instance that you’ve been washing other products prior to your down jacket and have used a bleach based detergent. Therefore it’s a good idea to run the washing machine for half an hour or so without anything inside to rinse it clean before adding the Nikwax or putting the jacket in. Also, don’t forget to remove the detergent drawer to give it a wash inside, outside and behind, as detergent can clog up and still enter the washing machine if not cleaned out thoroughly. This ensures that any remnants of detergent are removed and that the Nikwax products will work effectively.

Step three: Set the washing machine to a cold wash (check the garments care label, most tend to be around 30°C) and as delicate as possible. Most washing machines have a “wool” cycle which is ideal.

Step four: If using Nikwax Down Wash Direct, place 100ml in either the tray or directly into the washing machine inside a small pot/ball. If you choose to use another washing product, place the appropriate amount in the machine in the same way.

Step five: Set the washing machine to run on a slow cycle, allowing plenty of time for the jacket to soak up the cleaning/re-proofing product. Most washing machines will have a pre-set time for different washing cycles.

When the cycle has finished be prepared for a shock, your precious bit of kit will come out looking like a soggy ball of material. But don’t worry, you haven’t ruined it, it’s just that all that fluffy down insulation has become water logged and has clumped together. The trick is to now get all that down nice and dry to reinstate its superb insulating properties. Simply hanging it up in a warm place will not work that well. It will take days to properly dry and you will have to constantly break up the clumps to get it thoroughly dry. The best way is to use a tumble dryer; either a domestic one for smaller items or a commercial drier for sleeping bags.

Step six: Pop the garment into the dryer and make sure to select a low heat; a high heat runs the risk of melting seams and fabrics within the garment. It sounds weird, but shove a few tennis balls into the drier with the garment; the tennis balls will bounce around and help to break up the clumps of down. Every 20 minutes, pull the jacket out of the dryer and lie the jacket down on a table. Run your hands over the jacket until you find a 'clump' or ball of down; tease apart this down clump and spread it evenly into the baffle. Once you're confident you've pulled apart every clump to the best of your ability, stick it back in for another 20 minutes. Keep repeating this until there are no more clumps left. 

Step seven: When the cycle has finished and you are sure that you have got the garment as dry as possible, hang it up in a warm dry place, an airing cupboard is ideal, for 24 hours. This drives out the last of any dampness and allows the down to loft fully. Take it out and give it a good shake and, hey presto, it’ll be as good as new.

 

Technical Information

Weight: 430g

Insulation: 750FP Hydrophobic Goose Down

Outer fabric: 30D Nylon

Sizing Information
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Rab Women's Sizing Information

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Chest Waist Arm Length Hips
UK 8 33 " 26 " 27 " 35 "
UK 10 35 " 27 " 27 " 37 "
UK 12 37 " 29 " 28 " 39 "
UK 14 39 " 31 " 29 " 41 "
UK 16 41 " 33 " 30 " 43 "
  Chest Waist Arm Length Hips
UK 8 84 cm 66 cm 70 cm 89 cm
UK 10 89 cm 69 cm 70 cm 94 cm
UK 12 94 cm 74 cm 72 cm 99 cm
UK 14 99 cm 79 cm 74 cm 104 cm
UK 16 104 cm 84 cm 76 cm 109 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.

1Bust

Measure around the fullest part of the bust and across the shoulder blades of your back. When measuring the bust for women's underwear and swimwear, follow the bra measuring guidelines.

2Waist

Measure at the natural waistline, just above the hip bone.

3Hips

Measure around the fullest part of your hips. As a guideline this is often 20cm below your natural waistline.

4Inside leg

Measure from the top of the inside leg to the floor.

5Sleeve

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

6Arm

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 Woman Legwear

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Waist Hips
UK 8 26 " 35 "
UK 10 27 " 37 "
UK 12 29 " 39 "
UK 14 31 " 41 "
UK 16 33 " 43 "
  Waist Hips
UK 8 66 cm 89 cm
UK 10 69 cm 94 cm
UK 12 74 cm 99 cm
UK 14 79 cm 104 cm
UK 16 84 cm 109 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.

1Bust

Measure around the fullest part of the bust and across the shoulder blades of your back. When measuring the bust for women's underwear and swimwear, follow the bra measuring guidelines.

2Waist

Measure at the natural waistline, just above the hip bone.

3Hips

Measure around the fullest part of your hips. As a guideline this is often 20cm below your natural waistline.

4Inside leg

Measure from the top of the inside leg to the floor.

5Sleeve

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

6Arm

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 Women's Gloves

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Circumference of hand Length of hand
S 6.5-7 " 5-6.5 "
M 7.5-8 " 7-7.5 "
L 8 "+ 7.5-8 "
  Circumference of hand Length of hand
S 16.5-18 cm 12.5-16.5 cm
M 19-20 cm 18-19 cm
L 20 cm+ 19-20 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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