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Massdrop x Rab Kinetic Jacket

Massdrop x Rab Kinetic Jacket

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Made for outdoor adventures where the weather could turn on a dime, the Massdrop x Rab Kinetic jacket is waterproof, breathable, and stretchy. It uses Rab’s proprietary Proflex fabric, which comprises a waterproof polyurethane membrane between two high-gauge knitted layers: a water-resistant outer layer and a moisture-wicking inner layer Read More
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NatureNate
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Jul 30, 2020
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Excellent
So this version is aimed towards WEIGHT REDUCTION. This should be fully considered when buying versus buying the RAB Kinetic Alpine Jacket straight from the company ($280 retail). There are some differences between the two in fabric, the Kinetic Alpine has reinforced shoulders but are otherwise very similar. The Massdrop version does not have adjustable wrist cuffs, a waist drawstring, side hand pockets, or drawstring to cinch the hood (the hood also seems less helmet friendly). The MAssdrop jacket is a super basic version that is excellent if you are looking to save about 5 oz. As far as the jacket performs, it is excellent. The fabric is soft, quiet, and malleable, making it superior to traditional waterproof fabrics. I really have no complaints about the thing, it's super packable and light. The waterproofing is great but another year of use will give me a better perspective on that.
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Stellar lightweight softshell
Overall I have been extremely impressed with this jacket, it definitely lived up to any expectations I had. It is very lightweight and packs up nice and small so it is easy to carry with you. I have it in my bag daily for my commute. As promised it keeps me dry (at least chest up) on my 2 mile walk to/from the office during showers. It is surprisingly breathable for a rainjacket as well, it doesn't feel like I'm sweating in a plastic bag by any means. That being said, it is more comparable to Gore-Windstopper (Arc'teryx Trino SL is a good example) than a full hardshell - it won't keep you totally dry if you are in a downpour for extended periods. Still, this is FAR more comfortable than a traditional hardshell which is really the big reason to pull it out of my fully packed Seattle closet. UPDATE 1: So, I initially got this just for city travel in Seattle to hold off light rain, but I recently took it with me on a weekend trip hiking through Zion (Subway and Narrows) and wore this and it held up exceptionally well. Was quick to try (constantly getting wet with swims and river crossings) and really put up with a lot of abuse (abrasive rocks, tree limbs snagging it, etc) and it held up perfectly. Absoultely a 10/10 product in my book, and something I would highly recommend. WITH THAT IN MIND... If you plan to use this like a traditional "shell" (Arc'teryx Alpha/Beta/Zeta series, for example) this does not ACT like a hardshell. The face fabric will wet out on this jacket essentailly making it much less breathable, prone to condensation on the inside of the jacket (very common in shells, people often mistake this for leaks), and essentially loses all thermal capabilities. I'm not at all knocking this jacket, expectations just need to be reasonable. This is a fantastic, highly packable piece of gear, just make sure you are looking for something that fits the use case for this jacket and not expecting it to work like a traditional hard shell.
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nfischer
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May 9, 2018
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Seems to breathe well (when dry) but still cuts wind, only time will tell how durable the WR is. Fit is more ectomorph than mesomorph, so the chest is not much bigger than the waist. The jacket is stretchy enough that it's still comfortable in places that it's tighter, but it will still compress a puffy layer if you have one under it. Overall the only feature I wish it had from the kinetic pro is the wrist straps. The wrists openings aren't that small and if I needed to have my hands up to climb or work on something in a downpour I think a fair amount of water would be getting in the sleeves.
UPDATE: Took it out for a spin in more alpine conditions (Mt. Shuksan for three days with light and moderate rain, frozen rain, and light snow). Some things I noticed: * DWR is pretty much gone at this point, so the jacket wets out pretty quickly. Although I never had breath-ability issues (but that could be because I'm not very sweaty and it wasn't hot out) * Cuffs were less annoying than I expected. They fit well over light gloves, and weren't too bulky to stuff inside heavy gloves. * The way the sleeve cuff is designed, the outside-facing fabric wraps around to the inside of the cuff. This means that when the outside wets out, the first inch of the inside of the sleeve is also wet out. * It dries surprisingly fast. The outside was all wet out when I was up at the summit pyramid, but nice and dry when I got back to high camp a few hours later (I was wearing it the whole time). * The hood is a bit annoying when worn under a helmet. The visor of the hood can't sit any higher on your face than the bottom of the helmet, so the elastic bit of the hood is always a few inches lower than that. With my Mammut Wall Rider, this meant that the elastic was about on my upper eyelids and eyebrows.
jah00
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Jul 29, 2020
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Light and comfortable
I've been using this almost every day since I got it - just in case of rain (Melbourne Winter). It's been on a number of 30/40km cycling loops, plenty of walks/hikes and a short jog. It's worked perfectly as a wind/rain layer that breathes well. It hasn't seen lots of rain but a small shower was no bother. Material is really comfortable and flexible, good for exercise and looks nice enough as well. I was expecting it to be bigger, I'm usually between a L/XL and ordered an XL. I don't find it restrictive with a thin fleece/layer underneath but wouldn't fit over much else. So don't expect a big fit is all. I like that it folds up into a pretty neat pocket with a little loop to clip/carry. And that it only has a chest pocket. Also, the drop rewards made the price pretty attractive as well.
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dbdotdot
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May 2, 2018
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I have ELEVEN Rab outer wear tops from jackets to vest to under layers. I am a HUGE Rab fan. This jacket from Massdrop is by far the most poorly made of them all. The stiching is bunchy, the main zipper is cheapr than normal, and the omission of simple elastic cuffs makes this my least-worn piece of Rab. The material is awesome and I respect Rab’s manufacturing, but I suspect this is Massdrop putting the pressure on Rab to make it cheaper. It sure shows in my jacket.
Tacotimes
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Dec 14, 2018
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It’s great, lightweight, waterproof, and breathable. However, if you so much walk into a Taqueria or Fried Chicken shop, your jacket will immediately absorb these smells and retain them for weeks. I had a shell which did this once before, so it’s made of that type of material. Other synthetics do this too, but this is the one that really does it. I smell like fried onions now.
Spiemel
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Feb 12, 2019
I smiled reading your review, I laughed out loud after seeing your profile name
CoryTheGlory
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Jan 21, 2019
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Pros: -Very water resistant -Lightweight -Stretchy -Structured hood Cons: -No front side pockets -no cinch around the waist -no cinch around the wrists -all three of the cons features above can be had for an extra $25-30 on the non-Massdrop version
Do agree I really miss the cuff cinches.
mowens
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Jan 21, 2019
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Not sure how I failed to realize it lacks pockets. I spent a lot of time with my hands in my raincoat pockets so... it's basically useless to me.
mowens
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Jan 29, 2019
The hottest new look hitting the trails in 2019 :-)
The fact that you rated low based on your inabiliity to read what you were buying is a bit frutrating.
andinopatagon
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Jun 9, 2020
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Water resistant, not a bomb shell under continous rian.
I took this jacket for my bikepacking experience last year, La Carretera Austral in Chile. There was spring time that means rain a lot of rain everyday. I wear it just when the rain gets more menacing,,, that for keep it free of dirt and grease (having in mind that a clean jacket works better than a dirt one); and the weeks pass on, one after other,,, and mymind start to fear the rain,, bcz my jacket did not do the work well: I ended the most of the times compleatly soaked... imagine that alone in a gravel road far from a fire and a warm kitchen... Ok, in otehr words, if you are interested in a ultralight rain jacket then you have this, but a expense of less reliability in continuous rain conditions.
m8oman
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Jun 20, 2019
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One word of caution to buyers ...
... these run extremely small! Make sure you get one TWO sizes larger than you think. Example: I used to be about the same size as Mr. Trump before I lost 40ish lbs. (To use someone most of us recognize to be a [ahem] 'girthful' individual, regardless of our political or personal feelings about him) Well, he would NOT comfortably fit in the XXL. Tho you'd expect being a XXL, he would. I did. Bought one when first announced a few years ago with plans to wear over a non-rain coat to temporarily provide rain protection when needed . After delivery, then owned a rain shell that acted like a body suit even tho I'd normally wear XL and this was XXL; and was useless if I wore heavy clothing let alone try to wear over another coat; no bleep'n way! You've been warned.
  • The other weird thing is the zipper is on the wrong side, like a lady's coat. My order reads "Model Option: Men's – Steel – size XXL", so I didn't order wrong. Maybe I was shipped a lady's; maybe that's just the way it is.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
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m8oman
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Sep 25, 2019
Athletic my arse. Lol. They run WAY too small. I'm now down below 180 at 6' 2" . No stomach bulge anymore. It's a tad too tight. Absurd to call it a XXL. And maybe now, people may know what they are gettting. Not the case during preorders.
JakeAZ
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Oct 19, 2019
I also have a British jacket and the zipper is on the wrong side. Just like they drive on the wrong side of the road.
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