Gear Review: Rab Generator Alpine Jacket

A jacket revered by a search-and-rescue team.


My brother and I wailed on this midweight puffy jacket. On search-and-rescue weekends in New Hampshire, the Pertex Endurance shell (with reinforcing nylon shoulder patches) stood up to thick pine brush. On a traverse of the Presidential Range, it killed 50-mph winds. I could layer under the roomy cut and pull the hood over my helmet. Yet it’s not overly bulky, so I could also fit a shell on top. My brother wore it as his outer layer on Kilimanjaro, where it endured big rains: It wet out eventually (seams are not taped) but the PrimaLoft One insulation kept him warm on the descent and dried overnight in his bag. $235; 1 lb. 4 oz. (L); m’s S-XXL;

Best For:
Foul-weather layering or mild-weather insulation

Tester Data

» Gerben Scherpbier (other tester: Bart Scherpbier)

» Duration Jan. to July

» Locales/conditions Tanzania, NH, VT; 10°F to 50°F; rain, snow

» “The stretchy interior pocket is perfect for warming batteries, stove canisters, and energy bars.”

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