The Zenith Jacket from Rab is a well featured jacket for its price. It combines premium Gore-Tex fabric and several useful features to ensure you stay dry in some pretty awful weather.
Why wait for the clouds to clear? The Zenith Jacket excels in poor conditions. Pairing GORE-TEX® PACLITE® Plus with protective features to keep out the worst of the weather, this is a jacket made for the mountains.
With lightweight 13D GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus construction and 20D reinforcement panels in the shoulders and hood, our Zenith Jacket is designed for highly active mountain users. There are full pit zips and ventilation mesh linings inside the pockets to promote airflow when you’re going hard; and there is generous sleeve articulation, so you can stretch forwards and upwards on a vigorous climb without lifting the hem. There are also harness-compatible chest pockets and a helmet-compatible hood for serious climbing, as well as cuff adjustments with knuckle extensions so you can stay equally comfortable with or without gloves.
Despite its slim-fit design, the Zenith Jacket retains plenty of space for flexible layering, making it the perfect choice as a lightweight waterproof shell for exposed mountain trips.
The Zenith Jacket from Rab features Gore-Tex Paclite Plus across it’s entirety for a super lightweight yet fully featured shell. It features two napoleon style chest pockets on the outer and no inner pockets. Two-way pit zips make venting super easy whilst the ready elasticated hood means no faffing if you get caught in a rainstorm.
The hood can be easily adjusted to fit tighter around your head, but the elasticated face section can’t be adjusted any further. In terms of the brim on the hood, it is fairly solid it does slant downwards more than it does outwards. In driving rain it might not work as well as it could. As well as a waterproof main zipper it also has a considerable storm flap if you are really hunkering down. Both chest pockets are decent sizes with well-designed zip garages.
The fit of the jacket is fairly good, with it being cut slightly longer in the body and the cuffs are elongated to cover your knuckles. The armpits are cut fairly high, and the sleeves are quite well tailored so this is best used as a lightweight shell when you are looking at wearing thin layers underneath rather than a big insulated jacket.
This is a well designed jacket using premium materials and handy features that will help keep you dry for a wide range of conditions you might encounter in the hills.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear