Rab Vapour Rise Flex Jacket Review
Over the years I have lost count of the number of items of outdoor clothing I have tested, owned and bought for the thousands of adventures into the great outdoors and beyond. I think we all have our favourites, our go to items of clothing we always seem to reach for. It doesn’t matter what I have had at my disposal I always end up throwing my Rab Vapour Rise jacket into the backpack “just in case”. It has been everywhere with me on all the peaks in Wales, Cumbria, Scotland and further afield into the Pyrenees and has never once not done exactly what I expected. In fact one of the 1st reviews we did on this website was of that very jacket I was so fond of it and still am. So when the new Flex Vapour rise jacket fell into my lap I was both excited and little apprehensive as I really didn’t want it to disappoint….
So when you look on Rabs website at how they describe it they say “The Vapour-rise™ Flex Jacket is a light-weight softshell jacket with added stretch, designed to offer highly breathable protection, using a 2-layer system unique to Rab®.”. In a nutshell that sums up the basics of what the jacket is, but in all honesty I feel its a lot more than that.
Developed exclusively by Rab® and Pertex®, Vapour-rise™ creates breathable, high wicking and quick drying performance clothing. …
My first concern was how durable the material was because when you first try the jacket on you are struck by how light weight it is compared to its older brother and I do tend to put my softshell jackets through there paces. The Vapour-rise™ Flex jacket uses a durable Pertex® Equilibrium outer fabric which so far has taken a beating on rocks and boulders and hasn’t so much as a mark on it which for something so light weight is impressive.
The Vapour Rise Flex also utilises the micro fleece liner to create breathable, high wicking and quick drying jacket in the same style as its predecessor. It can be worn over a thin base layer or my preference with Vapour Rise is always next to the skin.
Rab are always thinking about the packability of there clothing and ventilation aspects as well so the Flex Jacket features a 2-way deep-venting YKK chest zip, fitted collar and an integrated stuff sack which is ideally for throwing in the pack if you are saving for the summit.
The jacket features draw chords and elasticated cuffs so you can tailor the fit for your body shape although the overall fit is classed as Slim and its definitely fitted which is ideal for your layering system.
Another winning product from Rab and for me another classic vapour rise product that will no doubt be coming with me everywhere for the next few years whilst pounding the trails.
For more detail please visit the Rabs website for further information:
– Weight 260h (Large)
– Pertex® Equilibrium® outer fabric
– FuWicking Micro Fleece drop liner
– Matrix SWS™ side and underarm panels
– YKK front zip, internal storm flap, chin guard
– Fitted Collar and Reflective Trim
– 1 internal YKK zipped pocket, doubles as integrated stuff sack
– 1 YKK zipped chest pocket
– Semi Elasticated Cuffs with a Slim Fit
Men’s Sizing Chart
Regular Fit Garments
Designed to be versatile our Regular Fit garments are not closely fitted for cross-seasonal use and multi-layering. Garments are contoured with room for movement.
Slim Fit Garments
Our Slim Fit garments are designed to be worn closer to the body or over layers such as base-layers and light mid-layers. Close fitting for maximum performance when moving dynamically.
Expedition Fit Garments
Expedition garments are designed to be worn in colder conditions and over more layers of clothing than our other fits and as such are oversized slightly to allow for this.
How to Measure
Arm length – Measure arm length extended from your neck to your wrist fold along the top of the arm.
Chest – Measure horizontally around the fullest part of the chest.
Waist – Measure horizontally around the narrowest part of the waist, your natural waist, at the small of the back or where your body bends if you lean to the side.
We have been using and abusing this jacket over the last month or so and have been really impressed with its durable build and as always with Vapour Rise products the wicking ability is excellent. This will be my go to jacket for summer jaunts into the mountains and I am fairly sure come the colder months later in the year it will be a big part of my layering system. I would happily advise anyone to invest some of that hard earned in the Flex Jacket as it will get worn so much the use to cost ratio will be pence..
For more detail please visit the Rabs website Rab Equipment or
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