One of the lightest waterproof shells that GearX carries, the Rab Kinetic jacket is an ideal just-in-case shell for day hikes under the threat of showers. It doesn't sacrifice functionality once it's called into action, though - it features a full-length front zipper with storm flaps, adjustable cuffs, a helmet-compatible hood with drawcord adjustment, and 2 large mesh-lined pockets that double as vents. All in a package that weighs just 220g / 8 ounces in a size large!
Light weight doesn't have to mean fragile, either, as the Kinetic jacket is made from 2.5-layer Pertex® Shield+® fabric. This highly-engineered, densely-woven fabric offers surprising durability for its weight and offers waterproofness and breathability on par with almost any other 2.5-layer waterproof system out there.
Feature list from Rab
- Pertex® Shield+ 2.5L fabric
- Helmet compatible hood, kitty clip roll down closure
- YKK Aquaguard® front zip, double internal storm flaps
- 2 YKK zipped welted, mesh lined A-line pockets, left side doubles as integrated stuff sack Velcro® cuffs, half hem drawcord
- Reflective trim
- Fit: Regular
In 1981, British mountaineer Robert “Rab” Carrington started making down jackets and sleeping bags in Sheffield, England. Inspired by the new style of lightweight alpine climbing which he helped pioneer, Rab made it his mission to make equipment that would withstand “the most extreme conditions in the world.”
Rab’s product line has expanded dramatically since then, but Rab’s commitment to functionality, durability, and value remains as strong as ever. At GearX.com, we are continually impressed by Rab’s superb knowledge of technical fabrics (they were the originators of Pertex) and attention to small yet crucial details like high-quality zippers. No matter which Rab product you choose, you can be sure that it will be a faithful companion in the mountains
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Material Synthetic Properties Uninsulated, Waterproof