Gear Institute's 2012 Insulated Jacket Reviews: Rab Generator Stretch Jacket

The Rab Generator Stretch Jacket is a hybrid piece, combing synthetic fill and softshell panels to create a jacket best used for warmth in active or more aerobic activities

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THE GOOD
    •    Best breathability in the test.
    •    Insulation made from recycled materials.
    •    Best of test for layering under a shell.
    •    Attractive look.
    •    Good performance in damp conditions.

THE BAD
    •    Not as warm as other jackets in test.
    •    No hood.

THE VERDICT
Though not as warm as other jackets in our test, the Rab Generator Stretch can't be beat on versatility. Sitting around camp, we were warm enough to kill a chill, but while hiking, the breathable soft shell panels along the sides kept sweat to a minimum. The good precip and wind resistance were appreciated, as was how easily it slips under a hardshell.

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