Crushing the competition once again, the Rab Xenon X Hoodie took home our Editors' Choice award for the fourth year in a row! With a delicate balance of performance features that keep you warm in frigid to mild conditions, this jacket stands out for its unique balance of weather resistance, warmth, and lightweight design. Featuring a Pertex Quantum outer shell and inner liner, this full-zip continuous shell hoodie will keep you warm without weighing you down. As one of the most compressible jackets in this review, we are happy to recommend this for use with pretty much endeavor. This super versatile jacket will have you hiking to the tops of mountains or tackling the very bottom of canyons.
While we love the Xenon X Hoodie as both a mid and stand-alone layer, but it's not a breathable jacket. So avoid it for those early morning runs or super sweaty cross-country ski sessions. Though, you're in luck because there are plenty of breathable options out there. Our top recommendation is Patagonia Nano Air Hoody, our Top Pick for Breathability. On the other hand, if you're looking for a jacket that's a little less techie, and more for a stylish romp around town, don't miss our Best Buy award winner, the Columbia Mighty Lite Hooded Plush.
- Rab eliminated the soft collar linings that once brought us joy.
- The outer breast pocket that we once loved has been eliminated.
- The zipper is much more durable and the fit is a little tighter than before.