Rab Cirrus Alpine Insulated Review
Cons: Heavy, uses an external stuff sack
Manufacturer: Rab Equipment
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|Pros||Very comfortable, warm, many features||Very comfortable, great fit, breathable, impressively warm, great mobility||Very warm, great features set, packs away easily||Wind resistant, excellent breathability||100% recycled materials, lightweight, highly wind-resistant|
|Cons||Heavy, uses an external stuff sack||Pricey, not as warm as thicker layers, doesn’t stuff into itself||Not the lightest||Poor water resistance, minimal features||Mediocre breathability, low stretch|
|Bottom Line||This medium-weight jacket spares no attention to detail when it comes to keeping you comfortable||The ideal active insulated layer combines lightweight mobility and great breathability, yet still wards off the chill during cold weather||With high loft, water-resistant insulation, this jacket is a great option for staying warm on cold, damp days, and doesn't break the bank||Breathable and lightweight, this jacket is the perfect companion for cold weather high-output activities||While it isn’t the most technical insulation layer, it is warm, comfortable, and light enough to be used for a wide range of activities|
|Rating Categories||Rab Cirrus Alpine I...||Arc'teryx Atom LT H...||Rab Nebula Pro||Rab Xenair Insulated||Rab Xenon 2.0|
|Weight and Compressibility (20%)|
|Weather Resistance (20%)|
|Specs||Rab Cirrus Alpine I...||Arc'teryx Atom LT H...||Rab Nebula Pro||Rab Xenair Insulated||Rab Xenon 2.0|
|Measured Weight (size)||17.6 oz (M)||13.20 oz (M)||22.9 oz (M)||11.8 oz (M)||12.4 oz (M)|
|Insulation||PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Luxe||60 g/m2 Coreloft Compact w/ Stretch Fleece panels on sides||Cirrus HL||PrimaLoft Gold Active+||60 g PrimaLoft Silver 100% postconsumer recycled synthetic fibers|
|Outer Fabric||30D recycled Pertex Quantum||20D Nylon Tyono||Pertex Quantum Pro (30D recycled nylon)||Pertex Quantum Air||30D Pertex Quantum ripstop|
|Stuffs Into Itself?||No||No||Includes stuff sack||Yes||Yes|
|Number of Pockets||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest||2 zippered hand, 1 internal zipped|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Rab Cirrus Alpine is a medium-weight synthetic jacket that is designed to be worn in cold winter weather. It's incredibly warm and comfortable but is one of the heavier in our fleet and offers less breathability.
The Cirrus is one toasty puff. Stuffed with a serious amount of insulation, it's great for hanging out in the cold, layering up between activities, or for recreating in freezing temperatures. The elastic wrist cuffs and cinchable waist hem ensures that minimal body heat escapes out into the atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a layer to wear under a shell or while hiking, this jacket will likely be too warm on all but the coldest days. It's an excellent choice for hanging around camp after the sun drops but is more than most will need for their summer backpacking and camping trips.
Weight and Compressibility
Our size medium weighs in at 17.6 ounces; this is one of the heaviest models in our fleet. This heavy weigh-in is to be expected with a jacket that provides as much insulation as the Cirrus does. Features like the brimmed hood and fleece chin guard all add additional weight to this piece.
For its weight and warmth, we are impressed by its compressibility, especially as a synthetic insulator. When stuffed into the included external stuff sack, the Cirrus packs down to about the size of a football.
Tailored with an athletic cut, the Cirrus has room in the shoulders and tapers towards the waist. This makes it comfortable to move in and gives you enough room to layer underneath without totally hampering your shoulder mobility. The waist hem extends down to the upper bum and doesn’t ride up much when you reach overhead.
The wire brimmed hood keeps the hood from slouching over your eyes and impairing your vision — something that many jackets with large hoods do. The fit of the hood isn’t adjustable but is designed to be slim enough to be worn underneath — not over — a helmet.
This jacket is ideal for cold temperatures; cold and dry is where the Cirrus flourishes. Between the brimmed hood, the DWR (durable water repellent) shell, and synthetic insulation, this jacket can stand up to light precipitation fairly well. The thick insulation and nylon shell make an excellent wind stopper that will take the bite out of blustery winter days.
As with most insulators, this isn’t a true rain layer. If you are expecting to be out in prolonged or heavy rain, you’ll want to pair this jacket with a waterproof shell. The brimmed hood does keep water and slush from dripping down onto your face, which is a welcome addition you won't find on all insulating layers.
Very rarely can a piece of outerwear do everything well. While the Cirrus is warm and rather windproof, it lacks breathability. This layer is great for hanging out in cold weather but unless it's well below freezing, you may find yourself sweating pretty hard if you’re staying active and keeping your heart rate up.
The Cirrus offers consumers an exceptional value. Priced towards the bottom of our testing group, it would be a tough endeavor to find a synthetic insulator that offers this much warmth for a better price. More expensive options might be lighter but unless shaving off ounces is a huge priority, this piece offers an excellent blend of features, warmth, and comfort — especially for the price.
The Rab Cirrus Alpine is a cold-weather synthetic insulator. As is the case with many pieces from Rab, it's offered at a great price. While it's on the heavier side of insulated jackets in our fleet, it's very comfortable, windproof, and very warm. Its weight and warmth may make it overkill for some spring and summer activities but is an excellent layer to have in your arsenal for cold winter weather.
— Buck Yedor
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