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Rab Mens Kinetic Alpine Jacket Firecracker

Rab Mens Kinetic Alpine Jacket Firecracker

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Rab Mens Kinetic Alpine Jacket Firecracker

The Kinetic Alpine takes the stretchiness, breathability and softness of a softshell, and the waterproof capabilities of a hardshell to create an immensely versatile jacket between the two. 

Description

Season : 2019W

Code : QWF-75-FC

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Kinetic Alpine?

The Kinetic Alpine is a very unique creature; it takes the softness, stretchiness and breathability of a softshell, and the waterproof capabilities of a hardshell to create a jacket half way between the two. It's perfect for use in the same situations as you'd normally use a softshell, but where the weather may be a little more changeable.

What is the Kinetic Alpine made from?

The Kinetic uses Rab's own Proflex fabric. This fabric is stretchy, breathable, lightweight and completely waterproof; this makes it ideal for a wide range of mountain activities thanks to its incredible comfort and weather protection. Despite its waterproof capabilities, this outer fabric feels more like a traditional softshell and is exceptionally comfortable next to skin. Rab have cleverly increased the durability of this fabric by using a Ceramic Print on high wear areas such as the shoulders, arms and hood. Rather than using the traditional method of overlaying tough pieces of fabric over the top, Rab use a print which increases durability by 20% yet barely impacts breathability. Inside the jacket, a soft knitted fabric sits next to skin and actively wicks away sweat when you're working hard. 

What are the Kinetic's features?

Starting up top, Rab give the Kinetic a helmet compatible hood with a stiffened peak to keep the worst of the rain off your face. Lower down, you get two A-line pockets which are placed to avoid a harness or rucksack hipbelt, while an internal zipped security pocket stores valuables such as a wallet or phone. On the lower of the jacket, Rab give you two concealed hem adjusters to seal out the weather. This area, along with the cuffs, is stitch-free to avoid chafing and to increase comfort. 

How does the Kinetic Alpine fit?

Featuring a longer fit than its brother the Kinetic Plus, the Alpine is slim, long yet unrestrictive thanks to that brilliant outer fabric. It features more than enough room to move inside while climbing, walking or generally while in the mountains, and if the temperature drops, has enough room to fit a lightweight fleece underneath without impeding movement. 

Where does it fit in the layering system?

The Kinetic Alpine is designed to be worn in the same instances as a softshell, therefore it works best as an outer layer, however it can also be over-layered when static (i.e, slip an insulated jacket over the top when having lunch to stay nice and toasty). 

Summary

Although this isn't designed to replace a hardshell in extreme conditions, it does provide greater weather protection when you need the performance of a softshell with the waterproof capabilities of a hardshell. It's exceptionally stretchy, comfortable and breathable, making it one of the most versatile jackets in your kit cupboard.

  • Breathable
  • Waterproof
  • Soft to the touch
  • Knitted inner fabric
  • Slim fit
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • Internal zipped pocket
  • Ceramic print overlays
Care & Advice

Care and maintenance

To keep your outdoor clothing and equipment in tip top condition and performing to its maximum we recommend the use of Nikwax products. We have been using Nikwax products since day one (26th March 1986) and have found them to be totally reliable, dependable and effective. Today’s Nikwax treatments contain environmentally friendly elastic water-repellent polymers that bond to fabric fibres, leaving the spaces between open and breathable. These stretchy polymers are able to stretch and move with the fabric so they stay put for longer and work better.

Nikwax treatments will not change the look or feel of the fabric and they are all water based, environmentally safe, non-flammable and contain no nasty Fluorocarbons. Nikwax products can be used to clean, re-proof and revitalise all your outdoor technical clothing and equipment.

Waterproof breathable clothing has a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish applied to the face fabric during the manufacturing process. The DWR forces water to bead up and roll off the surface therefore preventing the fabric from absorbing moisture. If the outside of your jacket is soaked in a layer of cold water, the warm damp air within can’t escape and will condense on the inside. This makes the jacket feel cold clammy and can make you think that it’s leaking. The DWR finish is not permanent and needs to be maintained and revitalised to optimise performance.

This three layer waterproof jacket should be cleaned regularly with Nikwax Tech Wash; I wash my jacket about once a month, or more often if it gets really filthy. Regular washing with Tech Wash will maintain the DWR for longer and remove salts and oils that can contaminate the fabric, and it will keep your lovely jacket clean and smelling fresh. Washing can be done in a machine according to the manufacturers care guidelines (on the internal label). First clean out any detergent and conditioner residue from the machine dispenser and then add the required amount of Tech Wash and away you go. Hand washing is also suitable but be sure to rinse the garment well.

When you notice that rain/water is no longer beading up and rolling off it’s time to re-proof. Nikwax TX Direct will re-instate a long lasting DWR to completely rejuvenate your jacket. Re-proofing can also be done in the machine once a garment has been washed. Just add the TX-Direct and use the same programme you used for washing. You can also use the spray-on product on a damp garment that has just been washed.

You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari and never have it serviced, so make sure you regularly wash and re-proof your quality kit.

Technical Information
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Weight: 390g

Outer fabric: Proflex - 10,000mm HH

Centre back length: 76cm

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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    I already have a Kinetic Plus, which I liked, but wished for more pockets, a hem adjustment and a better hood. I found that with my hands in the pockets of the Kinetic Plus, the hood transferred the full weight of my arms to the nose piece of my glasses. As soon as I heard about the Kinetic Alpine, I had high hopes that it would really be the jacket for me. This is quite a hasty review, but it ticks all the boxes for me. It is a tad looser fitting than the Plus. It fits nicely over my Rab Alpha Direct jacket, which didnt really work out with the Plus (all sized medium). I do like the hood. I can think of no real issues to mention, though by way of potential enhancements, I think I would have liked some kind of retainer for the hem adjustment.
    YES Darren would recommend this item
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