Rab Zenith Women’s Jacket Review
It’s no secret that we LOVE Rab’s jackets! Following on from our recent spotlight on the Rab Meridian men’s jacket, we thought it would also be a fantastic opportunity to highlight another of our favourite from our women’s range, the Zenith Waterproof Jacket. This incredible jacket excels in wet weather and is built to be the perfect lightweight, weatherproof companion for those spring/summer downpours that catch you off guard out of nowhere!
Let’s dive in!
About The Jacket
To kick things off, it’s worth noting that the Zenith is super versatile, stylish and made from arguably the best combination of materials out there. It’s sole purpose is to keep you dry whilst being super breathable and lightweight, it definitely helps that it also looks great too!
Weighing just 290g (at size 12), the jacket easily carried and even packs into itself thanks to Rab’s PACLITE® Plus features for when it’s not in use. This does make it one of the lightest outer layers on the market and whilst wearing does feel super lightweight without weighing you down during high activity. Because of this, we know the Zenith is going to be super popular with hikers, walkers and even just as a jacket for heading into town.
As mentioned, the pièce de résistance of this jacket however it’s its full integration with GORE-TEX® technology. 13D GORE-TEX and 20D reinforcement panels in the shoulders and hood means that this jacket is fully water resistant whilst also providing incredible breathability so you know you’ll always be performing at your best when out and about and undergoing high output activity! For more on the history of GORE-TEX® and how their technology works, read our guide here.
Features We Love
For the non-outdoors person, it can sometimes be difficult to express the incredible features loaded into jackets, however the Zenith couldn’t make things easier and much like the Meridian, is full of character and quirks that help lend itself to your needs. Here are some of our absolute favourites we came across whilst testing this jacket.
Zips And Pockets
We love a good hidden pocket or sneaky zip! Luckily the Zenith comes fitted with full pit zips and ventilation mesh linings inside the pockets to promote airflow when you’re working hard. It’s often not uncommon for many waterproof jackets to fit so snug that they make wearing under layers rather uncomfortable, however 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.
That last point also ties in brilliantly with comfort, not only is the Zenith super adaptable to it’s surroundings and your needs, but it’s also brilliantly maneuverable thanks to 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.
Being such a stylish design, we also love how this jacket doubles up as not only a great hiking, climbing or activity jacket, but also because of the fantastic BLUEPRINT and CRIMSON colour schemes, it can easily also double up as a simple throw on jacket when heading into town or doing the school run!
All in all, we really can’t get enough of this jacket and know you won’t be able to too! If you’d like to learn more, you can check out our guide to other Rab products here, or contact our experts today!